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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil Review

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil (0.5 fl. oz, $40) is a face oil that brightens and hydrates skin for a natural-looking glow. Infused with advanced vitamin C and golden turmeric for instant vibrance and antioxidant defense, C.E.O. Glow delivers cold-pressed, nutrient-rich extracts into your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter and nurtured.

Sunday Riley lists a lot of key ingredients in C.E.O. Glow Oil, but I was intrigued by the presence of two of my favorite cooking spices, ginger root extract (Zingiber Officinale) and turmeric root extract (Curcuma Longa). Ginger originated in Southeast Asia and like turmeric, belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, a species of aromatic flowering plants often used as spices or flavoring agents, due to its aromatic odors, pungent and spicy taste. Ginger contains gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties mean that ginger may reduce oxidative stress, one of the contributing factors to aging. Skincare website Byrdie lists additional benefits of ginger for the skin such as fading scars, rejuvenating skin, evening skin tone, promoting hair growth, combating dandruff and reducing cellulite. And when combined with Bisabolol, one of the active parts of chamomile, ginger soothes the skin and reduces redness.

Turmeric is another spice from southern Asia that has been used in India for thousands of years for cooking and as a medicinal herb. Turmeric contains curcumin, another powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These properties help turmeric provide glow and luster to the skin and also revive skin by bringing out its natural glow. Turmeric helps heal wounds and diminish the appearance of acne scarring by decreasing inflammation. Additionally, turmeric has been shown to positively affect collagen, the main protein in skin, by increasing skin's hydration. One disadvantage of turmeric, however, is that it can temporarily stain the skin and leave a yellow residue, so it is important to test turmeric on your forearm before using. And if you are allergic to turmeric, direct skin contact may result in irritation, redness and swelling.

About the Brand

Sunday Riley founded the eponymous, high-end Sunday Riley Modern Skincare brand in 2009. Riley is an entrepreneur from Texas, who serves as the brand’s head formulator and leader for the company’s research and development. Sunday Riley is committed to green technology which means that they use advanced, clinically proven ingredients blended with balancing botanicals for non-irritating, fast-acting formulas. Additionally, Sunday Riley has a commitment to produce clean products that use less preservatives. Sunday Riley does not use artificial fragrance, mineral oil or sulfate cleansers in their products and instead, use flower and plant extracts to scent their products and gentle and effective alternatives in their cleansers. Finally, Sunday Riley uses ingredients that have been vetted for purity and most of its ingredient suppliers are based in the U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., France and Italy and are vetted for good manufacturing practices.


  • Brightens and hydrates skin

  • Improves uneven skin tone

  • Calms surface redness

  • Recharges radiance in skin

How to Use

Massage 2-3 drops as needed into face, neck and décolletage, morning and/or evening.


Key ingredients

  • Ginger Root Extract: promotes evenness of skin tone and helps to soothe the look of sensitivity.

  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Helps alleviate dehydration and boost radiance.

  • THD Ascorbate (Vitamin C): extremely stable, oil soluble form of vitamin C. Helps fight the signs of aging caused by time, stress, lifestyle, and pollution, including dullness, visible loss of firmness and the signs of lines and wrinkles.

  • Cranberry Seed Oil: Contains the perfect balance of Omegas 3-6-9 and is rich in vitamins A, C and E. The oil absorbs well into the skin, locking in moisture and nutrients.

  • Evening Primrose: Gives skin a healthy glow and replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier

  • Pomegranate Seed Oil: a botanical source of conjugated linolenic acid, also known as punicic acid; a potent antioxidant.

  • Golden Turmeric: distilled fraction of turmeric oil, rich in antioxidants and calming compounds. Applied topically, it may help to improve the look of surface redness and skin evenness.

  • Jojoba Oil: Helps seal the skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture, making the skin soft and supple.

Full list of ingredients

  • Rubus Idaeus (Cold Pressed Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chineses (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cold Pressed Cranberry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Cold Pressed Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Octyldodecanol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Current) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Hexyldecanol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/ Leaf/ Vine Extract, Zingiber Officinale, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

My Take

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil comes in a clear glass bottle with a dropper to dispense the product. The face oil has a clear yellowish-orange color with a strong scent of turmeric. I used 3 drops of the C.E.O. Glow oil in the mornings after cleansing and applying an essence but before applying a sunscreen. The oil absorbed quickly into the skin but left it feeling a bit on the greasy side. I used the face oil once a day and the 0.5 oz bottle lasted about 2 months.

I loved a few things about the C.E.O. Glow oil. First, I loved that the oil helped with uneven skin tone. I suffer from the occasional breakout, which inevitably results in uneven skin tone and I definitely noticed a difference when I used this oil. Another thing I loved was that the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow did not break me out, which is a big deal for someone with acne-prone skin. I have used face oils that caused my acne to flare up, and because I have never used a skincare product with turmeric before, I didn’t know what to expect but my fears were unfounded!

I didn’t like a couple things about the C.E.O. Glow oil. For example, I did not like its smell, which is quite strong. Fortunately, the smell does not last but it is strong when you open the bottle and when you first apply the oil to your face. Another thing I didn’t like was that I felt that it left my face feeling greasy, which is not what I expected when I read that this product increased the skin’s radiance. In fact, I often had to use oil blotting sheets within a few hours of applying this face oil in order to rid my face of the shine.

I won't be repurchasing the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow oil because I don’t think it's a good fit for someone with oily skin because what passes for radiance on those with dry to normal skin, just comes off as greasy and shiny on my skin. But I would recommend this face oil for those who with dry or mature skin, who would like to increase their skin’s radiance. The C.E.O. Glow oil is on the pricier end of the spectrum. but it does last a long time, even when you use it every day. And, although the Glow oil does a great job of improving uneven skin tone, I think there are other face oils that can do the same thing without the unpleasant smell and shiny t-zone.

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