Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Face Oil

This oil is all the talk right now, and I am happy to report that I actually purchased this right away instead of slacking. I think I was in shock with all of the five star reviews that I didn’t need any convincing whatsoever. It definitely has to be one of the top rated products on Spehora right now. This is the Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Face Oil, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

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I just wanted to get my thoughts about it out right away, and let you know that this will be a positive review. That way all the people who don’t bother to actually read reviews can get on with their generic “great! sounds like a nice product” comments. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? It is a nice product and you don’t have to read any further if you don’t like. Was that a mini rant? Oops. Moving on…

Basically, you need this stuff. I won’t go in to the ingredient details because they are all listed here under the ingredients tab, so you can have a look if you’d like. The main thing that caught my eye was the Salicylic Acid. I have acne prone skin and it’s usually associated with stress, so I am always looking for products to help with that but aren’t drying to the skin. Another thing I noticed off the bat was the tea tree oil included as well. This is also a great at killing bacteria on the skin, which is what can cause acne (not dirt or makeup, contrary to popular belief).

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When I finally found this alien-looking product at Sephora (which is quite properly named), I pulled out the dropper and plopped some on my skin and began to take a big wiff. I literally was so turned off, I had to walk away for a second. You guys, this smelled sooo bad to me I wanted to gag. It had the most earthy scent and I hated it. I thought to myself “how can I possibly purchase this?” I was really nervous and began to look at other products. Long story short (and after much time pacing back and forth), I Obviously ended up purchasing it. I just couldn’t get past how good the reviews were and I was determined to try and get over the scent.

Guess what? I got over it. The scent dissipates after a while until it is almost completely gone, which I was so happy about. As far as the initial application, I am learning to love the smell of what I call ‘earth’. Which is what I also happen to refer to matcha tea as (gross).

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So how does this actually work? Well it works brilliantly. I usually test a product out for three weeks in most circumstances, but I noticed a difference with this after two nights. Two bloody nights. Before bed I massage about four – six drops of this on my face after my cleansing routine. What I love is that it’s a dry oil and doesn’t leave your skin greasy. By the time I wake up the oil has soaked all the way in to my skin and I am left with glowing blemish-free skin. Even my mom noticed how healthy my skin was looking after night two.

Another benefit to using this was my skin got rid of some discolouration. This is also a claim of the face oil as listed on Sephora. Literally every claim they made was met in my opinion. I will say that I didn’t feel like this minimized my pores the more I used it. Though I had/have been using this straight for a good two and a half weeks every single night. My pores looked fantastic for the first week and a half or so. That’s the only real thing I noticed that could be a downer, but I have a suspicion I need to ease up for a few days and apply some other oils.

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And lastly, the thing that’s on everyone’s mind: price tag. This is essssspensive. But yes, it is worth absolutely every penny in my opinion. This is definitely a splurge and I will be repurchasing this again and again and as long as my adult acne is here to stay, *scowls*. You can find it at Sephora for $80.

What has been your best skin care splurge? And have you tried Sunday Riley U.F.O. yet? If you have any recommendations for other Sunday Riley products I am all ears! Would love to get some.

Psssst, apparently the Sunday Riley site is down currently. But here it is nonetheless:

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77 Comments

  • 10 months ago

    Thank you so much for this review! This unfortunately will not be right for me as I have dry skin and as soon as I saw salicylic acid and tea tree oil, I know this will be too drying on me. I this Luna will be right for me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Welcome! Hmmm… I really do think this formula is pretty hydrating. But I have to say for $80 I wouldn’t want to buy it and find out either haha. When I wake up my face is pretty oily but in a good way. I don’t think the salicylic acid is too strong. I think benzoyl peroxide is MUCH more drying, though you know your skin better than me! Wish they had samples. Bah!

  • 10 months ago

    My skin is oily but dehydrated, do you think this will be good? To be honest, I have never splurged on any skincare products, because my skin is worse than a moody teenager. At one point it`s oily, then dry, back and forth. Your review was great; it really made me curious about this oil.

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Well the salicylic acid can definitely be drying. But I think this oil has a nice balance of not making your skin dry and not making you too greasy. I would definitely give it a go for your skin type. If you don’t like it after the first few nights, Sephora will let you return it anyway. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    The packaging already told me it was expensive! 80$???
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Right?! Haha. It’s definitely a splurge.

  • 10 months ago

    I am dying to try some of the Sunday Riley products but they are so pricey!!! This one sounds like exactly what I am looking for (I have acne-prone skin too). I may go to Sephora so I can check out the scent you described first and make sure I can get past it too! lol!

    Kate | katelovesmakeup.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      I knowwww, I wish it wasn’t so much! There are a lot of awesome ingredients in it though. BUT YES, definitely check out the scent before you purchase. It’s super strong haha.

  • 10 months ago

    In my opinion, If it works it is totally worth it! 🙂
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Same! There are so many crappy products out there, I love finding a good one. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    Love your photography and the packaging is soooo rad!!! ESp the UFO name! AWESOME!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    http://www.BeckermanBlog.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      I love the name too! It’s so fun and plays off the colour. Thank you!!

  • 10 months ago

    I need this! I have super oily and acne prone skin, yet it’s weird because most of the times it is kind of dehydrated. I wish their products weren’t super expensive, though 🙁 and I love everything alien-themed. I totally feel you with that little “rant”, I’ve seen many comments lately saying “sounds great!” when the review is completely bashing the product, haha, kind of makes me lose some respect.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      This is a dry oil and it contains salicylic acid, so it might be a little drying for you if you are dehydrated. Though if I remember right you can actually HAVE oil skin yet be dehydrated. Kind of weird how that works! I wish they had a sample size or something for people to try because I’ve heard a few ladies think it might dry them out more. For me it’s very hydrating! 🙂

      And I totally agree! I always try and read everyone’s post. It’s funny when people are like “sounds like an amazing product” and you literally said you hated it the whole time. Kind of makes me laugh haha. Thanks Cy!

  • darriyan
    10 months ago

    This looks like such a great product! i have really oily skin and this sounds perfect for me!

    Darriyan xo
    http://www.darriyancateland.co.uk

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      I like it for my skin which is oily because it’s a dry oil. So it doesn’t leave you greasy! 🙂

  • 10 months ago
    • Emily
      10 months ago

      You’re welcome Adi!

  • 10 months ago

    I am so pleased you mentioned the smell! I had a whiff of my friend’s bottle when I’d started hearing so much great stuff about it, and I literally couldn’t get over the smell! Although, I have to admit, I didn’t realise how hydrating it was, though – I think I might have to bite the bullet and give it a try, after all.

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      The smell is soooo strong! I wasn’t in to it at all. I still am not, but I’ve at least gotten used to it. The nice thing is after an hour or so it’s gone. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    The packaging is just so so chic, haha would want this only for the packaging! But lovely to hear that it actually works too, wouldn’t say now to have someone stating that my skin looks healthy too haha! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Yes! The best feeling when someone compliments your skin. The packaging is super super nice. Can’t help but think the price could be knocked a little lower without it. But honestly I still love everything about it and the packaging is a bonus. 😉

  • 10 months ago

    This sounds like a great oil – I suffer from acne every now and then and sometimes it is worth to pay a little bit more for something that works!

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      I totally agree! There are lots of good ingredients in there as well.

  • 10 months ago

    I’ve never heard of this brand before. Looks like a great product! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Welcome Samantha!

  • 10 months ago

    That sound delish for the skin! might have to save up first before trying this. It is pricey but seems like a promising product!
    https://www.paypal.me/DarlenePepito

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thanks Darlene!

  • 10 months ago

    What a great review! I would love to try it as it sounds perfect for my skin! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week Emily!
    xx
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thanks Stella! You as well!

  • Jess
    10 months ago

    This product sounds really good! A little too expensive for me though!

    http://www.jessbethan.blogspot.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      It’s definitely pricey! But very very good. And a little goes a long way. 😉

  • 10 months ago

    I like the aesthetic look of the brand..

    <3 | X ALY | Aly In Wanderland | LATEST: Bit Beachy

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Me as well! Thanks Aly!

  • 10 months ago

    It sounds like a quite good product. Should try it out :D!

    Have a great week,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thanks Andreea! Definitely give it a go. 🙂

  • Leah Joyce
    10 months ago

    So happy you stated how many drops you use! I used this for the first time tonight and felt like I put way too much on. I started with 3-4 drops, which felt like hardly anything. I put on 2 additional drops and felt like an oil slick. It says to put on a thin layer, but I never know whats considered “thin” lol! I guess I will have to play around with it! I put this on over the Martian toner. Have you tried out Martian yet? I’m very excited to see how it does as a base. I have high hopes for these Sunday Riley products!

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      I tried the Martian toner in the store and I was so so close to buying it haha. It feels absolutely amazing. I love that it goes from a light cream to a liquid and virtually disappears. It’s designed so well! As for the drops, the SAME exact thing happened to me. At first I only used 3-4 and it felt so light. So then I did two more drops each on my cheeks and it was the perfect amount. It can also depend on how large the surface of your face is. I am pretty tall and just bigger in general, so I have more to cover. Currently I use six drops and that seems to work pretty nicely. Keep me updated on how it goes!!

  • 10 months ago

    This was SUCH a thorough review, thank you for covering every aspect of your experience. I’m definitely interested in trying it out, especially after I get off some of the harsher chemicals I’m using my own problematic skin right now. I’ll be sure to plug my nose when applying!

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Ah I remembering you mentioning the stuff you’re taking for your skin. Hope you can get off of it soon! This oil is definitely worth the splurge. Thanks for the comment Kasie!

  • 10 months ago

    Two nights is so fast! :O

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Right?! It’s crazy, but I ain’t makin’ it up haha. Thanks for stopping by Sophie!

  • 10 months ago

    I’ve heard such great things about Sunday Riley, though the price always puts me off! x
    http://www.britishmermaid.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      They definitely work, I’ll say that much! Sometimes I try to spend a little less on makeup hauls, and then splurge on the good skin care stuff. 😉

  • 10 months ago

    Love it
    xx,
    Gina // http://www.artsyrunway.com

  • 10 months ago

    This oil does sound pretty amazing, although I think that it would be a little too expensive for me! Especially if the scent is really so pungent at the beginning. 😉 Thanks for sharing your honest review, hun! x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      You’re welcome! The scent is strong, but you definitely get over it!

  • 10 months ago

    Sunday Riley is one of the brands that I really want to try, however that expensive price tag really puts me off! Noticing a difference within two days using it sounds pretty impressive, I haven’t found a product that does to my skin. Maybe one day if I feel like splurging then this will be on top of the list to check out!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      It’s definitely worth it. I know it sounds like a crazy amount of money. I almost skipped it myself! But I am soooo glad I didn’t. A lot of her products are absolutely incredible, so you can’t really go wrong. She has a few that are slightly cheaper too. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    This product seems very promising and is so perfect for those who have acne! Tha packaging is very pretty as well as your photos by the way! xoxo

    http://www.naomella.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thank you Ivana! The beautiful packaging makes it easy to take photos for sure haha.

  • 10 months ago

    I’ve been curious about Sunday Riley for a while- they have a sleeping oil I want to try! This clarifying oil sounds like a winner, too!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Oh Luna! I’ve only tried a sample but it’s brilliant as well! I just can’t afford TWO of her oils haha. But either are great!

  • 10 months ago

    I literally laughed aloud upon reading your little rant, I so get it, girl, haha. As for the oil, it looks like I NEED to try this one as soon as I’m finished with the one I’ve been using, it sounds like the perfect product to meet all my needs. I have acne prone skin as well, coupled with discoloration and the fact that this triggers both those with results that are noticeable in such a short amount of time, has definitely sparked my interest. Plus, I love that it contains tea tree oil, which I used to apply on my skin and have forgotten to repurchase, since I last finished. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, I’ve bookmarked this page for reference. I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Yay, I love making people laugh! Definitely check this out. You can interchange oils too. I would actually recommend this isn’t used every single night. I like to use mine 2-3 nights in a row and then lay off for a few nights. Your skin will love you if you have acne and discoloration! 😉

  • 10 months ago

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thanks lady!

  • 10 months ago

    All you had to say way Oily skin and Sunday Riley… I am hooked! Need to save up the cashola to purchase this pronto!

    X

    Anjelique

    http://anjelique.com.au | snapchat: anjeliquetv

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Yasss! It’s totally worth it. Thanks Anjelique!

  • 10 months ago

    Great review love! The product sounds great! Need to check it out 🙂
    Love, Pisa
    http://www.inlovewithmyclothes.com

  • Alina Bostan
    10 months ago

    This particular oil would suit my dry skin but I have heard so much about the brand and there’s definitely other products on my wishlist like the Luna Oil xox

    Beauty with charm

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      It’s tough to pick just one Sunday Riley product, and most of us are on a budget so it’s a must. Luna is a great start I think!! Also check out Good Genes. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    This sounds nice..I love your photography and the packaging is so AWESOME!

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Thank you Tessy!

  • Lua
    10 months ago

    great post

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  • 10 months ago

    Got a sample of this and I was able to try it for 5 days. While I like it, it wasn’t as hydrating as I would like it to be, plus, I just can’t get over the scent. Great review Hun! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      Oh nice! I would love to get some samples to give to people, as the whole bottle is quite expensive. How great you got to test it out first! The scent is definitely strong. I actually can’t believe I got over it myself. The salisylic acid can be a little drying for sure! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • 10 months ago

    I love the name of this oil!

    it sounds great!
    xoxo
    Patinka
    http://www.patinkasworld.com

  • Tiffany
    10 months ago

    I so want to try this, but I have been a little put off by the price tag. I think I’m going to need to suck it up and buy it! Great review and I love your blog x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Emily
      10 months ago

      It really is worth it! If that helps haha. I wish they had a smaller size for people to sample first. And thank you Tiffany! Glad you like my blog. 🙂

  • Tanya Johnson
    9 months ago

    I’m very interested in trying this product and seeing how it can help my skin! Liked both. @mrs_jhnsn

    • Emily
      8 months ago

      Definitely check it out! It’s helped my acne prone skin greatly. 🙂

  • Jeewoon Lee
    6 months ago

    This is such a good review!! For a couple of years, I REFUSED to put oil onto my skin because my biggest concerns were oily skin and acne. But my skin started looking better after I put jojoba oil on :)) That was such a big change! Thank you so much for this sweet review. I’m about to buy it XD!!!

    • Emily
      6 months ago

      You’re welcome Jeewoon! Same thing happened to me. When I started using oil on my face and got over my fear, my skin looked so good! Hope you like it!

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