Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser Review

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip review

Here’s our Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser review. In short: Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 

What they say: “Gentle, plant-based cleanser pulls out impurities while pulling in clean hydration, for smaller-looking pores and a clean, radiant complexion.”

Our grade: F

Most explicative Sephora comment headline: “Wtf is this awful new version” (Also: “it smells terrible (like chemicals or toilet cleansers)”)

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser Review: Goodness knows what happened here. The old — and beloved — Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip is no more, though here’s a positive review of the original one, with pump dispenser and higher-end ingredients like neroli oil. Where have you gone, friends? What budgeting shortfall did you fall victim to?

Here’s the thing. The original Ceramic Slip was $45 — a small fortune, but I know plenty of people who will pay that for an effective, luxurious-smelling cleanser (RIP neroli oil). The new Ceramic Slip is $35 — but ain’t no one going to pay $35 for a mediocre cleanser, and that, sadly, is what Ceramic Slip has become. Save your cash. Buy Cetaphil.

Ceramic Slip promises a gentle wash that won’t strip the skin. I’m pro gentle washes, but I am anti no wash. I’ve never actually washed my face before and then said to myself, Should I wash it again? And not in a Korean skincare double-cleanse situation: It was like I’d wet my face and pushed some stuff onto it and then dried it off and was looking at the same exact skin I’d had five minutes ago. I don’t need my cleanser to deliver a miracle (that, of course, is what Good Genes is for), but I do need to feel like it’s done something other than play an ultimately irritating role in the redistribution of $35 of my wealth to Sephora (plus tax).

On top of all that, the product is runny — RIP pump dispenser, too — so I started thinking I just wasn’t using enough of it. (Because more of mediocre is … double-plus mediocre??) That didn’t help, but I did start going through my $35 investment even faster.

Points for being fragrance-free, oil free, silicone-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. But so’s water, and water does just as much for my skin as Ceramic Slip does. Avoid.

Buy It Again? Nope, and I returned the one I bought.

Further Reading: Sunday Riley Responds to Allegations of Fake, Employee-Written Sephora Reviews” (Allure)

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