Sunday Riley is kind of an overnight sensation and it is not hard to see why: her products look smashing on the beauty counter. Have you been to her counter at Barneys? Even my boyfriend, who cares little about beauty products says her line looks cool. That should tell you something about her top notch packaging. Her line is very well designed as well, her serums are designed for anti-aging benefits, her facial oil is a cult favorite, and her cleansers are unlike anything else on the market. Ceramic Slip is one of two cleansers in her line, and I chose it because it is for normal and combination skin.
Right from the box, it tells you that this is a foaming cleanser that tightens pores and brightens complexion to create flawless skin. I would say that Ceramic Slip is a runny cleanser (not a cream, gel, or oil), that is rather watery in consistency. It does foam a little but not enough to use with a Clarisonic. If you want a foamy cleanser that envelopes your skin, look elsewhere. I personally don’t like cleansers that foam too much because those foaming agents make my skin more susceptible to drying out, causing long term sebum imbalances. My ideal amount to dispense is 2 pumps, applied directly onto moist skin without using any extra water.
The scent of the product is very.. unique. It isn’t like anything I’ve smelled before. It is a little bit green and a little peppery, it isn’t for everyone but I am fine with it. Once you get past the initial whiff, it does grow on you. There are tiny black specks in the mix and that is due to the black pepper. Along with Black Pepper, there are other notable ingredients such as French Green Clay, Sandalwood Oil, Jasmine Oil, Frankincense Oil, and Vitamin C. The essential oils help stimulate renewal, sooth skin, and tone. The French Green Clay is the active that tightens pores and removes impurities. Black Pepper stimulates circulation, and Vitamin C is used for stimulating renewal.
The first few times I used this cleanser, I definitely felt the tingly/warming sensation attributed to the Black Pepper and French Green Clay. It was a nice feeling that made me feel like all my pores were being cleaned deep down but for those of you with sensitive skin prone to redness/irritation – you should probably try to obtain a sample. Upon washing off, my skin felt soft and clean but not stripped. I really liked the feeling I got from this cleanser. I was slightly sad that the initial tingling feeling goes away as skin adjusts to the product. With regular use, I did notice that my skin appeared slightly drier so I began rotation it out and using it only at night when my skin needs a heavier dose of purification.
The ingredients aren’t as clean as purists would like, Phenoxyethanol is the main preservative used, along with Tetrasodium EDTA which as a EWG rating of 2. The unpronounceable Sodiums high on the list are just salts which have a EWG rating of 0. Along with Phenoxyethanol, the only other ingredient I’m not crazy about is Cocamidopropyl Betaine which is a surfectant that can cause irritation such as dermatitis and allergies. I don’t personally have any sensitivities to that surfectant so overall this formula is pretty good. I’m surprised that there aren’t any fragrances, and the essential oils she used to create the fragrance are all listed and have some skin benefits, which you rarely see in a company that doesn’t actively promote ‘clean formulas’.
With summer fast approaching, I definitely think a lot of blemish prone skin will find this cleanser a refreshing relief from congested pores. I am excited to use this throughout the more active summer months when I need to wash off sunscreen, sweat, and pollutants. As it is, this is one of the most active cleansers I’ve used. I have rarely seen a cleanser give a clean-pore feeling without stripping my skin like Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip. If you’re shopping around for a beautifully designed product to wake up your combination and congested skin, this is the one.