I received a sample of Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment ($105/1oz) and was attracted to it right off the bat. It is described as "an immediate complexion booster! Brightens, exfoliates, plumps lines, evens hyperpigmentation and increases circulation for instant vibrance and radiance." As I don't have "good genes" when it comes to my skin, I need all of those things to happen right now on my face! This treatment also has long term results like reducing scars and mild to moderate hyperpigmentation. Ingredients include "unneutralized lactic acid for plumping fine lines, ramping up firmness and thickness and skin renewal" and "licorice to brighten skin and fight hyperpigmentation." Squalene and yeast extract "help with repair of the skin barrier and promotes healthy skin." Lemongrass, arnica and something called NV-5 Ageless Complex round this baby out. It may be used daily as a serum-like treatment or for a more intense effect, as a mask left on for 20 minutes. I opted for the mask route as I didn't have much product to play around with for testing. The treatment is white and has a thin consistency. Its scent is...interesting. Some will dislike it for sure as it smells sharply like a rubber/plastic hybrid. Personally, I didn't mind as it does not contain synthetic fragrance or dyes so I am ok dealing with au natural scents. So, did Good Genes make my skin look like I was blessed with GREAT genes? Or should I just give up and settle for mediocre ones?
Verdict: I really like the concept of this treatment which is blending "advanced chemistry with pure, potent botanicals, formulated with concentrated and purified active ingredients." That being said, my skin definitely felt the burn with this product. There is a high concentration (40%) of lactic acid so this stuff is NOT messing around. I was right on the edge of being uncomfortable, however, I gritted through it because I am a sucker for anything that exfoliates the shizz outta my skin. Other than the burning sensation (crazy, I know) my skin did not experience any other negative reaction (i.e redness) after I rinsed it off. I put a small amount on my chest and had no burning sensation there. Perhaps this is the "intense" effect advertised when using it as a mask? Maybe less is more here. Anyhoo, my skin felt soft, smooth and had that "new skin" sheen afterwards. Many reviewers raved about how great their skin looked after prolonged use in terms of skin tone, pigmentation and breakouts. Consider me intrigued as I want that badly. The price, scent and burning sensation are the negatives here but I've said many times over, I will pretty much sell my soul for great skin. Beauty is pain, right? For info/purchase, head to sephora.com or sundayriley.com
**The picture below is sample size