Now and again one of those products comes along that you just can't escape. Everyone's talking about it, and inevitably, I get swept up in the hype. Usually I'm pretty happy to try out most things to see for myself, but when it's an £85 night oil, it's not such an easy decision! The Sunday Riley brand in general is one that's drawn a lot of attention from bloggers, and I'd considered a few of their products in the past, before leaving them to languish on my wish list a little longer due to their higher price points, but something about Luna really got me hooked.
As a blogger myself I really shouldn't say this, but when someone's been sent an £85 night oil to review from such a trendy new brand, which they'd probably very much like to receive more super expensive, high-end skincare from, are they going to sing its praises no matter what? In the most part, no, a lot of bloggers have a lot more integrity than that, but when I read review after review from people saying they could see amazing differences after a one night use, my BS detector started going off. I waited around a bit for reviews from people who'd actually paid for the product, just for some reassurance. Once Laura of Buy Now Blog Later stated she'd bought and loved this, it was in my online basket quicker than you can say '£85 night oil'.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a retinol packed oil made with organic cold-pressed ingredients including avocado, chia and blue tansy. Products containing retinol can be really effective at tackling skintone issues and fine lines, but they also have a reputation for being harsh on the skin. Sunday Riley's formulation promises a gentler, skin-friendly approach, which is still going to be effective. It claims to reduce pore size, improve damaged skin and tackle wrinkles. The blue tansy in particular is supposed to heal damaged skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties, so it should be good for sorting out redness.
One of the first things you notice about Luna is the blue-green colour - (due to the blue tansy). It feels a bit odd to be applying something of this colour to my face at night, but it doesn't dye your skin or anything - once you've worked the oil into the skin you can no longer see the colour at all. If you can, you're using too much - a few drops is all you need.
So does it really work? After night one, I woke up in the morning and quite literally ran to the mirror so much was my excitement to see what magic had occurred overnight. I couldn't spot a single damn difference. I got annoyed with myself for expecting miracles - how stupid of me - but then again all those people said...? I tried again the next night, and the next and so on, unsure as to whether I should be using the oil nightly or only a few nights per week. I also used the oil alone, as I didn't want to hinder its efficacy with any other products which might not go well. I certainly wasn't going to stop using an £85 product without putting up a pretty good fight to get it to work for me.
After a while I was using the oil every other night, and back to normal moisturisers on the alternate days. Within a couple of weeks, maybe less, I clocked on to what everyone has been banging on about. Why it took longer for my skin I really don't know, but suddenly my skin looks SO much more even. In the morning I usually wake up with a tonne of redness - it's gone. And joy of joys, my pores are actually reducing in size. I'm tempted to say even my lines look less prominent, but I'm not 100% sure and was focusing more on the overall appearance in texture and tone.
I'm really impressed, and can hand on heart say that this is well worth the money as I've never before found a product which has given me such brilliant results in these areas. Because you only need a few drops, my 30ml bottle still looks very full (although it's slightly hard to tell through the blue glass), so I think it's going to last me a good few months yet, but at this point I feel pretty certain that I'll be repurchasing this, despite the eye-watering price tag!