I’ve been testing out the Sunday Riley Total Transformation Kit from Sephora for several months now and am finally ready to share my thoughts. This set intrigued me because for $110CAD ($85US) you can try both the Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment and the Luna Sleeping Night Oil (a retinol treatment). I was reading about how it can take several months to see the effects/benefits of retinol, which is partly why I waited so long to review these products! The products in this set would retail for over $200 if you were to buy them separately. So are they worth the money? Read on.
THE DIRTY DEETS:
For the record I have dry skin with more of a combo forehead/chin. I have chronic dry patches on either side of my nose so I always have to be really careful with what I put on that area of my face. This set contains 0.5oz of Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, a completely vegan lactic acid made with the pure pharmaceutical grade ingredients. Good Genes claims to exfoliate dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells and visibly plump fine lines. With continued use, the appearance of hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion.
Good Genes Key Ingredients:
–blue agave leaf, orchid, prickly pear, aloe, lactic acid, coconut oil, liquorice extract
You also get a 0.5oz bottle of Luna Sleeping Night Oil– a retinol in oil treatment. The reason this is a ‘sleeping oil’ is because retinol is actually useless when it interacts with UV rays. Luna claims to boost the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin. They recommend you alternate using each product seperately at first until you get used to them. I kind of ignored that and used them both together from day one, but had no bad results. Contrary to intuition, they recommend you apply Luna Night Oil first to clean skin, THEN 2-3 pumps of Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil Key Ingredients:
–extra virgin cold pressed avocado oil, concord grape, cold-pressed blackberry oil, blue tansy, retinol, chamomile, ylang ylang, vetiver
I found I could often get by with only one and a half pumps of Good Genes, and 2-3 drops of Luna. If you were to purchase these products individually, Luna retails for $70CAD for the 0.5oz size or $135CAD for the 1oz size. Good Genes starts at $135 for the 1oz bottle, and $200CAD for the 1.7oz bottle. Yikes!
LUNA OIL AS IT APPEARS FROM THE DROPPER (ABOVE), THEN FULLY RUBBED INTO SKIN (BELOW).
LUNA SLEEPING OIL PROS:
-You literally only need 2-3 drops for your whole face
-In 6 months I’ve only used half the bottle
-The retinol in the product doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin (a common effect at first with many retinols)
-My skin is really soft when I wake up
-Doesn’t clog pores or cause pimples (even on my more oily areas)
-Helps with texture
-I find a have more of a natural glow to my skin on the daily
LUNA SLEEPING OIL CONS:
-They add blue colouring in it to indicate it’s a ‘night oil’
-I don’t notice much improvement with my usual areas of redness
-Fine lines are basically the same
-Pores are the same (but my pores have never been very large)
GOOD GENES PROS:
-I like how you can feel the product tingling and working on your face
-Has a pump = easy to use
-Helped significantly with dry patches on my face
-Helped reduce texture on my face significantly
-Has a slightly tart smell but it smells good to me!
-High potency, pure vegan lactic acid
GOOD GENES CONS:
-Expensive as hell to buy seperately
-I notice my dry patches have come back since running out of this product, even though I use Luna nightly 🙁
-The lettering on packaging fades and the cap gets dirty and is hard to clean
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON LUNA OIL:
I really like this oil but it does sit a bit heavy on the skin. I prefer to give myself 30 minutes to an hour before bed to allow this to sink in so it doesn’t get all over my pillow. The blue colour does fade once you blend it into the skin and it doesn’t stain anything, but I wish there was no colouring added. It also has a strong chamomile/herbal smell but it’s not a bad smell. This never clogs my pores and I feel it really does make my skin more radiant on a day to day basis. I haven’t honestly noticed much improvement in fine lines or texture from Luna.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON GOOD GENES:
I don’t know what it is but this is so freaking good. I wish it wasn’t so f***ing expensive! While I was using both Good Genes and Luna in combination, my skin really was looking it’s best. I noticed however that after I ran out of Good Genes (but still used Luna), a lot of my texture and dry areas came back and my skin was generally less awesome. I definitely think for my needs right now, Good Genes is the winner.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE POWER COUPLE TOTAL TRANSFORMATION KIT:
Overall, this is a great way to be introduced to a luxury skincare brand in a relatively affordable way. I really have enjoyed using these products and do believe they work great in conjunction, but Good Genes gave me better results than Luna. If I had to choose which product to buy the full size of, I would choose Good Genes because I’m more interested in an effective exfoliator to improve texture than an anti-aging oil. I’ve never been so sad to run out of a serum, and I think that says it all. Get the Sunday Riley Power Couple Total Transformation Kit here.