Sunday Riley

Bionic Anti-Aging Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 125.00
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Look on Sunday Riley's website and you'll see all kinds of terms, such as "technology," "fusion," and "cutting-edge," to describe this cream. While this description stretches reality (this product is definitely not the result of new space-age technology), this product is still a good option as an anti-aging night cream for normal to dry skin.

One of the positive features of this product is its packaging: It comes in an opaque pump-style container that protects the sensitive ingredients (such as antioxidants) from exposure to light and air, which helps them retain their potency. That's especially good news because it allows the brand's antioxidant-rich NV-5 Ageless Complex to remain effective longer. See the brand summary for Sunday Riley for a discussion of the NV-5 Ageless Complex (in short, it is neither complex nor ageless).

Adding to the benefits of this formula is that it also includes the anti-aging powerhouses retinol and resveratrol, both potent antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory properties (Source: Antioxidant & Redox Signal, December 2001, pages 1041–1064). In fact, the only negative about this product is that it is overpriced, even for the Sunday Riley line. While the formula is impressive, there are other equally impressive anti-aging moisturizers to consider, for less than one-third the price of this one.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Good source of antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients such as retinol.
  • Overpriced given there are less expensive and equally well-formulated anti-aging creams.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream strengthens and repairs your skin while infusing it with age-fighting nutrients and emollients for a firmer, more youthful complexion.

NV-5 Ageless Complex (Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cypripedium Pubescens (Ladys Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Tuna Fruit, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Sunflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Squalene, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PEG-75 (Meadowsol), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, CoQ10, Resveratrol, Retinol, EGCG and Green Tea, Xanthan Gum, Pomegranate Extract, Steareth-2, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Cholestryl Chloride, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin

Sunday Riley is a brand that has captured the attention of many with its mix of luxury-positioned skincare products and its ties to today's top fashion designers. This coupling, plus the brand's cult-like status among beauty editors, has led many of our readers to ask us whether Sunday Riley products are deserving of the hype. The answer: Yes and no.

Often noted in Sunday Riley's products is the NV-5 Ageless Complex. Despite the number 5 in this trade name, the complex contains a mix of seven plant ingredients: prickly pear extract, blue agave, lady's slipper orchid extract, opuntia tuna fruit, cactus extract, aloe, and a type of yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

We explored the research on each of the ingredients in the NV-5 Ageless Complex. While all of them have some benefit for skin, they're not ingredients that have comparative benefit to long established ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide, for example.

This brand has some intriguing products and many of them contain beneficial ingredients that are packaged to maintain their effectiveness, but there are a few missteps in terms of highly fragrant formulas. Even the highly rated products are on the pricey side for what you get, but at least if you choose to indulge you'll know which products are worth buying.

Sunday Riley products are available at several online retailers, as well as at Sephora stores.

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