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Since my introduction to Sunday Riley products they have quickly become one of my favorite skincare brands and their product launches always pique my interest. A couple of months ago I impulse bought the Brightening Water Cream to go along with my favorite Good Genes and Luna Oil. My initial impression of the product was very good. I love how the packaging looks and I love how the cream feels on my skin but there are some things that I have issues with.
Product Description as seen on the SEPHORA website
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is an advanced brightening treatment infused into a next-generation water cream. It delivers an intense water drench with two forms of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract, for visibly hydrated and plumped skin. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate while alpha-arbutin and giant white bird of paradise extract brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. Tidal increases hydration by 68 percent within 15 minutes for over 24 hours of continuous moisture.
TIDAL Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Available exclusively at SEPHORA
Final Thoughts: I paid $65 for this and I still can’t believe it but I would do it again if all of the claims were true, but they aren’t. The moisture is nice but I was disappointed with the lack of brightening and I feel as though the price isn’t justified. Now with that being stated my impressions of the product aren’t all bad. I love the feel of this product on my skin and the way it glides over my face. It leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturized all day and when I apply my foundation on top of this product, it performs better and looks better for a longer period of time. My skin’s texture feels amazing after using this and I love the smell and the fact that you need very little product to moisturize the entire face and neck area.
Now on to what I don’t love. Sticking my fingers in products isn’t my thing, I would rather have a squeeze tube or pump or little tool to help me get the product out especially at this price point. And since I mentioned price several times, I think that it is overpriced for what it does, however, the ingredient list is quite nice. The ingredients didn’t help with my hyperpigmentation though and I saw absolutely no change in the brightness of my skin.
Would I recommend it? If you want to pay $65 for a really good moisturizer then yes, I would definitely recommend this one because as a moisturizer only, it’s amazing. However, there are some great moisturizers that are much cheaper and will get the job done. Although I won’t be adding this one to my must-have list, I don’t regret the purchase and I admit that I will miss this little luxury when it runs out.
Although I won’t be adding this one to my must-have list, I don’t regret the purchase and I admit that I will miss this little luxury when it runs out.