Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

January 15, 2015

Sunday Riley has been on my list of brands to explore for over a year now, and in particular, this Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer has popped up on my radar many times. I finally picked it up from dear Gummy’s blogsale last November, and since then I’ve been asking myself where has this been all my life!

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer packaging

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer comes in a lightweight plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. Nothing fancy, very simple, but I did wish the bottle design was sleeker. As it is, this is the largest bottle of makeup currently on my dresser.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer swatch

The pump dispenses quite a generous douse of product in a shot, which is sufficient for a sheer coating all over my face. You may need or want a second pump, but since it is not easy to control the amount the pump dispenses, I would proceed with caution.

The product itself is a very runny fluid, not at all like the usual silicon-heavy stiff gel-like mass market primers. There are still silicones in here, just not as high up on the ingredient list as others. It applies very smoothly, and clings to the face the way a good fluid moisturizer or sunscreen would, without pilling nor starting to look cakey the way silicon-heavy primers tend to.

The most noticeable characteristic is the color of this primer. True to its name, this Sunday Riley primer is tinted. But I’m hesitant to call it that, as images of tinted moisturizers or tinted sunscreens start floating into mind and confusing things. This is really not meant to be worn on its own the way you would with tinted moisturizers or tinted sunscreens, unless you have pretty much perfect skin already. Despite its tinting, the primer sheers out substantially when applied such that the color is barely noticeable and does not offer much in terms of coverage. What it does however, is effectively neutralize redness (which I need, especially around my nose, and on my cheeks) without drying out my skin or caking up the way foundations would. It also nicely blurs the look of pores and helps my makeup glide on more smoothly.  Also, either due to the evening out of skin tone or otherwise, I feel like my skin looks brightened.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer blended swatch

The “breathable” claim from this primer comes from the ingredient perfluorodecalin, which some studies have shown is able to dissolve and deliver oxygen to the skin. This has the potential to reduce fine lines and improve the skin’s barrier function, which are all great bonuses to have in a product that will be sitting so close on the skin for most of my waking hours. I have not been using this for long enough to be able to discern any fundamental improvements to my skin, but cosmetically, it does make my face look better whenever I have it on.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer is a reflection of the changes in my makeup routine due to my skin’s dramatic transformation from oily to dry combination. I now can no longer tolerate thick foundations, and oil control has become a secondary concern. My t-zone still gets shiny by mid-day, but not to the same extent as before. Instead, I’m frequently battling with dry patches on my cheeks.  So instead, I prefer to use lighter foundations with sheerer coverage, and build up slowly with a combination of a tinted makeup base, sheer foundation, and concealer. Slowly building up in thin layers ensures less likelihood of my makeup creasing and caking up at the end of the day.  For my still-oily t-zone, Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer manages to keep any shine to a minimum… I do get a little dewy towards the end of the day which I simply fix by blotting.  This may not be as great with oil control if that is your primary concern, but for anybody else, Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer is a lovely lightweight choice!

xo Linda


12 responses to “Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer”

  1. Sil says:

    Well, this product sounds very interesting! I admit that primer is not a product I give much thought to. I’ve been using one from Lancome, which works fine. And I got one from Guerlain waiting to be used (I just bought it because it’s so pretty!)
    And how weird that your skin has changed so dramatically! Is it because of the weather? We don’t get such extreme changes in seasons here, so I don’t know if that’s responsible for my oily face all year around. Anyway, I’m glad that you’ve found a new routine that works for you 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Ohhh yes Guerlain’s meteorites primers are the best!!! They used to be the only one my skin can tolerate, until I discovered these others. It is lovely, but doesn’t really do very much, especially for oily skin. I think my skin changed in response to hormonal changes…my skin was naturally dry to begin with, but only turned oily post-pregnancy (2 years ago), and then there was a sudden reversal. Or it could be the turning of a certain age… ;P

  2. Lily says:

    Thank you for the review Linda. I was really interested with this product when it was first mentioned by Lisa Eldridge but I’ve read mixed reviews. I’m glad it neutralizes redness well because that’s what I need. Maybe I’ll give this a try one day

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks for reading, Lily! I think there are some confusion where people who expected more from the tinting were disappointed by the lack of coverage. But us Asians shouldn’t have as much trouble, as we’ve already seen this from Japanese brands long ago! There is actually a very lovely one from RMK which was launched last year, with SPF too (if i’m not mistaken), which may be more accessible for you than SR.

  3. Gummy says:

    Yaaaaay for Sunday Riley!!! So so happy you are enjoying this!! Thank you so much for the shout out <3

  4. Noodles says:

    SR has also been a brand I’ve been wanting to try, and this sounds like an amazing item to test out!

    • silverkis says:

      I can pump some out and send you a small sample to try if you’d like babe…. seeing as how hard to get hold of and so expensive this is. Malaysia isn’t far from Singapore… just let me know!

  5. Hi Linda,
    I have heard so much about this product. Thanks so much for your review. I still think I will pass because I am not ready to put more steps between my moisturizer and foundation. Even for a primer I hesitate. I am wearing primer today and it cost me 5 min more in the morning, I’d rather slept ;-))

    • silverkis says:

      Oh Sara you made me burst out laughing!!! 5min more to make sure your face doesnt fade away is well worth the time! But seriously, 5 min for primer?!?!?? I just slap it on with my fingers!! And it saves me time with concealer because the tinting somehow helps…

  6. Ting says:

    Ooh this is interesting. I have dry and dehydrated skin and love using primer to prevent my foundation from being drunk up by my thirsty skin. I like the idea of the blurring, and evening from this as well though.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

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