The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation
The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation features a "clean" formula that blurs the line between skincare and makeup, but it isn't all that it's made out to be. The definition of "clean" is open to interpretation because there aren't any regulations around this term, but it's commonly used to describe products "free of" allegedly bad ingredients (most of which are harmless and/or beneficial). Before we jump into more details about the formula, let's look at the performance…
Dispensed via pump, this fluid foundation takes extra effort to blend out smoothly due to the way it clings to skin. Once set, the satin-matte finish does fine for the first few hours but starts creasing/settling into fine lines thereafter. If you have dry skin, it accentuates dry patches; if you have oily skin, it's not mattifying enough to hold back shine for long.
On the plus side, you get medium-to-full coverage to disguise imperfections and with 20 shades to choose from, there's a color for almost every skin tone.
But what really bugs us is the fact that Sunday Riley calls out this foundation as being "synthetic fragrance free" yet it includes natural fragrance ingredients that carry just as much (if not even greater) risk of irritating to skin as synthetic scents.
Don't expect major skin care benefits as claimed, either. Some good antioxidants are included but they're in low concentration compared to the bulk of the formula (not to mention the see-through tube lets in light that causes antioxidants to break down).
Specific to the "clean" claim, Sunday Riley states that this foundation is free of talc, parabens, cyclopentasiloxane and gluten—all of which are actually completely fine for skin unless you're one of the very few people to have a true topical allergy to them. Even gluten ingredients are widely considered fine for the gluten-sensitive when used in cosmetics because for most people with this issue the concern is oral consumption, not topical application.
By the way, we noticed a lot of marketing alludes to the formula being natural without coming out and explicitly saying it. In reality, there are lots of synthetic ingredients present, which is not a problem at all—we just wanted you to be aware of that in case you were buying into this under the guise of it being an "all natural" foundation, because it most certainly is not.
The bottom line: Between the unsubstantiated claims, fragranced formula and lackluster performance, The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation lands in our dud pile. See our picks for superior foundations here instead.
- Offers medium-to-full coverage to disguise imperfections.
- Excellent, inclusive shade range.
- Takes extra effort to blend out smoothly.
- Tends to settle and crease.
- Not a great fit for either oily or dry skin.
- Naturally fragranced formula poses a risk of skin irritation.
- Doesn't live up to its claims.
The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation redefines the line between skincare and makeup. It provides clean, natural-looking, long-lasting coverage that doesnt dry out as the day (or night) goes on, with a satin-matte finish that stays fresh looking even through workouts or humidity.
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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