Sunday Riley’s Good Genes vs. Drunk Elephant’s Sukari Babyfacial and Glycolic Night Serum

good genes vs drunk elephant glycolic night serum and babyfacialI haven’t tried every AHA/BHA/exfoliating acid product out there, but I’ve used some of the good ones that readers often talk about, and since the big beauty sales (and holiday gift sets!) are all coming up I thought it might be a good time to discuss the pros and cons of a few different products so that you can make an informed decision if you’re looking for a new exfoliating acid to add to your skincare regimen. Readers, have you used Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, or either of Drunk Elephant’s popular products? What other exfoliating acids or physical exfoliants are you a fan of?

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes

I got this one after I heard readers talking about the shocking effect that just a single use of the product can have. While I think that’s true, for me this is not an “everyday” product because it makes my skin a little too shiny, and I feel oily rather than youthful — it’s something I’d use one or two times a week. Pros to Good Genes: The time involved is very minimal (spread it on before you go to bed, wash your face in the morning), and the payout is pretty great — my skin looks more radiant and just generally has a healthy glow. I just ran out of the 0.5 oz bottle after using it solidly for almost 10 months (not sold separately, but you can usually find it as part of a gift set like this one), and for me, getting a smaller gift set (rather than a bigger product) is worth it because a) I feel like when you’re working with acids you want to pay attention to shelf life (I can’t find the info for Good Genes but for Drunk Elephant products they note the shelf life is one year after opening) and b) you get to try other products as well. Cons to Good Genes: Price — and, for some people, the smell. It doesn’t smell BAD to me, but it does have a distinct, maybe medicinal kind of smell. Another minor con for me: I typically alternate using my retinol product with a product like Good Genes. I’ve seen some things saying it’s OK if you wait 30 minutes between applications, but I never remember after 30 minutes have passed.

Cost: $ 105-$ 158 if purchased by itself (Sephora, Nordstrom, Anthropologie) — actually, this set (pictured at top) looks like it’s fabulous because you get the full size (1 fl oz) AND a bunch of other Sunday Riley products for $ 105; this value set at Nordstrom also looks great

Purpose: From Sephora’s website: “Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.”

Kat’s Suggested Usage: 1-2x a week

Time: 30 seconds before bed — note that I’ve also seen that you can wear this during the day if you want to, but only with lots of sunscreen — I already wear lots of sunscreen and wouldn’t wear this product during the day, but that’s just me. I’ve also read that you can use Good Genes as a 20-minute mask if it’s too intense as an overnight treatment for your skin.

Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Sukari babyfacial reviewI heard readers singing the praises of this one, and was thrilled last year to find a Drunk Elephant value set at Sephora last year that had their T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, their vitamin C product and their Virgin Marula Facial Oil. (Just a minor note on facial oils like these — I have pretty dry skin, and I’m not a fan of facial oils like this one or Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Oil — maybe in the dead of a cold winter I would want them, but right now they just feel way too heavy for my skin.) Babyfacial is a bit different than Good Genes in that it is DEFINITELY not a daily product — it’s a mask that stays on for 20 minutes before you rinse it off. I like both Baby Facial and Good Genes, and use both — but for me, the fact that this is a mask means I use it less, maybe two times a month. The payout is good (it’s stronger, so it’s going to be a bit more extreme than Good Genes), and I prefer the smell of Baby Facial to Good Genes, but I just don’t do it as often. For what it’s worth, on me the mask blends into my skin, although there’s a slight pink sheen to it — my kids have never noticed if I had it on. (Unlike the Hanacure mask!) Another pro: as we noted in our post on cruelty-free beauty products, Drunk Elephant products aren’t tested on animals.

Cost: $ 28-$ 80 (Sephora) — they actually offer a $ 28 mini version that comes with the Marula facial oil and for $ 28 I think it’s a great deal just for the Babyfacial product. My .5 fl oz size isn’t empty yet after 10 months of using it once ever 1-3 weeks.

Purpose: From the Sephora website: “A pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone and a more youthful radiance—think of it as an extra nudge for stubborn, dull skin.”

Kat’s Suggested Usage: 1x a week maybe, at most (I use it more like once every 1-3 weeks)

Time Required: 20 minutes

Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

glycolic night serum review vs good genes

Finally, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is worth discussing in this post also — whereas Babyfacial has 25% AHA and 2% BHA, the Glycolic Night Serum has 12% AHA and notes that it’s a  “BHA Blend.” This is noticeably a much gentler product than either Babyfacial or Good Genes — but while it’s acceptable for daily use, you don’t get the same instantaneous results that you do with Good Genes and Babyfacial. Pros: time involved is minimal, and you can apply it quickly before bed and sleep in it. But cons: Again, if you’ve got other products in your nighttime routine that you don’t like mixing (like retinols) or that you want to give a wide berth to, and not apply until each product has fully dried — then this one gets used less.

Cost: $ 90 for 1 oz (Sephora exclusive) (FWIW I still have lots left in my .5 fl oz mini after about 11 months of use)

Purpose: From Sephora: “A 12 percent AHA/BHA night serum that refines and resurfaces skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion.”

Kat’s Suggested Usage: You can use this one daily — I tend to layer it into my nighttime routine if I want something gentler than Good Genes or Babyfacial.

Time Required: 20 seconds before bed (wash your face in the morning)

One more little note: I got a Lancer set that included The Method: Polish during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and like it as a physical exfoliant — I use it a ton more than I ever did my Clarisonic, which is languishing at the back of a drawer somewhere (I guess?) and it’s quick and easy. While I’m a big fan of the Lancer Radiance Awakening Mask I’m not sure I’d buy the Polish again, at least at these prices. (As part of the set I got the Caviar Lime Acid Peel which I keep forgetting about, and haven’t tried yet!)

Readers, how do you deal with dull skin — what products do you like? What are your favorites, and how often do you work them into your routine? If you’ve tried these products, what are your thoughts on Good Genes vs. Drunk Elephant?

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A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box

A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box


A subscription box cynic reviews the new Sunday Riley box

Let’s be real, the idea of a brand-new subscription box can sound boring as hell. Since the birth of the subscription service trend, we’ve tried them all, from the O.G. Birchbox, to zodiac-themed boxes, to subscriptions for our fur children. Most of the time, the contents are uninspired, whether it’s products you’d never use in your life or travel-size items that don’t justify the monthly cost. I haven’t signed up for a subscription box in years because of this. Usually when I hear about a new one, I can’t help but scream, “BORING!” At this point, the only subscription I know I’ll never regret is a wine club. But when I heard about Sunday Riley coming out with its own subscription box, I felt my ears perk up. It is Sunday Riley, after all. ICONIC.

Whether or not you’re skin care-obsessed or just a casual beauty consumer, chances are you’re familiar with the name Sunday Riley. The brand is synonymous with aspirational skin care—it’s pricier than what the average beauty lover wants to spend, but piques interest because so many people swear by its products. In fact, celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Victoria Beckham, and Jourdan Dunn are all fans. Good Genes, the exfoliating lactic acid treatment, is a cult favorite despite its stinging sensation, unattractive scent, and $ 100+ price tag. The fact that such a beloved skin care brand launched its own subscription service is something that can’t be overlooked. So when the peeps at Sunday Riley offered to send be a box to review, I thought, why the hell not?

The lowdown:

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Sunday Riley’s first-ever subscription box is called The Wellness Box. It focuses on products that are geared towards not just physical beauty, but mental and energetic wellness. So aside from beauty products, you’ll also get supplements, crystals, and a meditation app subscription.

The contents are as follows: Sunday Riley Good Genes (15 ml), Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip (30 ml), Thinx Hiphugger, bkr Bottle, IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler (1.7 oz), Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle, WelleCo Super Elixir 7-Day Supply, a free month of the Headspace App, Kitsch Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel, Clear Your Space, Clear Your Mind Kit, and a Sunday Riley Travel Cosmetic Bag. The total worth of the box is $ 300, but you get it for $ 95. You can choose to purchase alone or sign up for an annual subscription for $ 380 (there are no discounts if you sign up annually, though I feel there should at LEAST be $ 20 off or something ).

First thoughts:

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Honestly, when I first opened the box I was immediately impressed. My eyes shot to a Smith & Cult nail polish and a BKR water bottle. I knew we were getting into something good. These are high-end items, so Sunday Riley did NOT skimp.

Standout faves:

Sunday Riley Good Genes and Ceramic Slip

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I gotta start off with the actual brand, OBVI. Now, I’ve used Good Genes and love it, though it takes a minute to get used to the smell and sensation (Disclaimer: I don’t really have sensitive skin, so if you do, you might want to use this with caution). I haven’t used a Sunday Riley cleanser, though, so I was excited to try Ceramic Slip. It will take a minute to figure out whether Ceramic Slip will be in my usual rotation, but so far, it’s a pretty decent cleanser.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle

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I love, love this polish brand. The fact that there’s a full-size bottle in a nice, rich, red shade brought me joy.

One free month of Headspace

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I’ve been super curious to try Headspace forever, so it’s cool that they have this in there. Can’t wait to quiet this wild mind!

Kitsch Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

I love me a towel head wrap, and this one is so cute (and usually costs $ 23). Imagine the #maskmonday selfies.

Clear Your Space, Clear Your Mind Kit ( includes Palo Santo and two crystal tower points in Obsidian and Rainbow Fluorite)

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

As someone who works with crystals on the reg, I was pleased to see the size of these points. Obsidian is good for protection against negative energy (be gone, haters) and Flourite is amazing for creativity (I use it when I’m writing). In other boxes I’ve gotten that included crystals they’ve been teeny tiny nugs, so the fact that this comes with two good-sized points is impressive. Elsewhere, these sizes of crystals can cost you $ 20 and a little upwards, if you’re lucky.

Thinx Hiphugger

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

Everyone I know who uses these period panties swears by them, so I’ve been dying to try a pair. Unfortunately the one included in the box I got wasn’t my size, but you can choose your size (XS-3XL) when you order. These usually cost $ 34. 

bkr (500 ml)

Courtesy of Sunday Riley

You cannot go wrong with a bkr bottle. These are so handy, and cost $ 38 on their own. If you don’t own one already, you’re going to be happy you got one. Let’s hydrate, queens!

Final thoughts:

I thought pretty much everything in this box was legit. Almost everyone can benefit from these products, though of course, it all comes down to personal preference. If you’re already a Sunday Riley fan, you’ll enjoy it, and if you’re a newb, this is a good way to try their products while getting a shitton of other stuff as well. Upcoming Sunday Riley subscription box themes will be geared towards athleisure and travel. I’m actually really curious to see how those will look—if the contents will be anything like the Wellness Box, they’re probably going to be bomb.

Order the Wellness Box at Sunday Riley’s website.

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