Sunday Riley: Good Genes in a Bottle


Have you ever had regrets regarding the way you have treated your skin during your teenage years? I’m pretty sure we all do. Sunday Riley gives us the opportunity to redeem ourselves and rectify our past mistakes with the creation of Sunday Riley Good Genes. It’s a multipurpose treatment that claims to do a whole lot of good things to your skin:

This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation for a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of line and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and increase epidermal thickness and firmness.

All I can do is agree with the majority of the claims stated above. This is by far the most effective skincare product I’ve encountered yet also the most expensive. Good Genes is a potent concoction of active ingredients that seem to be a real miracle worker, containing a very high concentration of lactic acid to renew skin texture, liquorice to combat uneven skin tone and lemongrass to reveal brighter skin. Some call it a smelly concoction, but honestly I’ve seen far worse. I won’t say it’s the best smelling product on the market, but it’s definitely not that bad. The scent actually reminds me of lemon sweets, just not the best smelling ones and definitely not the worst either.


As what my skin concerns, I’ve witnessed almost instant improvements in both skin texture and skin tone. I first applied it daily as a post-toner and pre-moisturiser step at night. It usually takes ages for acne scars to pack their bags and leave without leaving any traces behind. I won’t say that my acne scars are completely gone but they definitely have faded into a faint mark. And that fading didn’t took that long – after one use only I could see a difference. Application upon application it keeps on blurring, which is super exciting. Dark pigmentation aside, my skin is also more even and brighter. Skin texture-wise it’s smoother, plumper and my almost non-existent pores seem to be even more non-existent.

I’ve been using this religiously once a day for about a little less than a month, but my skin was not able to handle the high levels of lactic acid. Instead of keeping break-outs at bay, it became the source of new ones. So I had to reduce my usage to two à three times a week, which is still very effective. Already being blown away by the results of this little bottle of magic, I discovered that there was more to uncover. One day my skin was feeling and looking rough with little bumps here and there, so I tried to use this as a mask, leaving it on for 20 minutes as suggested on the bottle. I was scared it would maybe be too harsh on my skin – considering the previous break-outs – but on the contrary, the result was jaw-droppingly amazing. My skin looked ten times better: my skin looked visibly brighter, smoother, bumps were smaller and overall more even in skin tone. And that only in a matter of twenty minutes? Sunday Riley Good Genes, I bow down for you. 

Who should break their bank and jump on the Good Genes bandwagon? If you are young, you definitely don’t need such expensive skincare. If you have great skin, don’t bother to look into this and spend your pennies elsewhere. If you have sensitive skin, look for an other alternative as this will most likely break you out. Everyone else, you might want to scribble this onto your wish list. I’m very chuffed with this acquisition – no matter the price tag. They say you go very quickly through one bottle, so I’m trying to use it very sparingly. It’s the closest thing I have found to a youth elixir, so of course it has to be worth every darn dime.




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  • BeautyLoves

    I keep hearing awesome things about Sunday Riley’s skincare. I’m putting this one on my US wishlist, together with the Luna night serum/treatment I see popping up on YouTube.

  • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

    Hi Alexandra! A product this great truly deserves such an in depth review. If your skin is a little sensitive you should be okay. And you’re totally right, the longer it lasts the better! Great thinking haha. Wait until you get obsessed with it! LOL X

  • peggy timmermans

    Never tried anything from this brand. I think the acid in it would be horror for my skin unfortunately it has become really sensitive.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Peggy! Oh I’m sorry to hear that, but at least you haven’t wasted your money. I’m sure there are great alternatives on the market that your skin will be able to tolerate. I hope you find something that works for you – if you need it of course! Haha X

  • Jaa

    Nice! I have a sample of this, I’ll see if I can find it! Hopefully my skin will be able to tolerate! Who wouldn’t want their skin looking young. :)

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hey Jaa! You really should, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! X

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Heeeeey where did my comment go? Anywhoooo, this sounds really effective, sounds good. I wonder how my skin would responds to it though.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Melissa, that’s so strange I haven’t seen a comment of you on this post before this one, of course. Good Genes truly rocks my world. Yesterday I was talking to a friend and noticed how long my skin has stayed blemish-free and that’s without a doubt thanks to this little guy! I really recommend you grab a sample of this and fingers crossed that it works miracles on your skin as well! ;) X

  • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

    Hi Hahn! With pleasure, it has been such a treat to use this product. My skin looks absolutely fab now – couldn’t be any happier! And thanks, they are actually ranunculus. Quite similar, but I can’t wait for peonies to arrive, by far my fave flowers! X

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Oh great, now I need this! My skin could be sensitive tho. I guess it’s still a bit of a bet. Still, SORELY tempted. Might want to lay my hands on a sample soon!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Sunny. I’m SO impressed with this product! My skin is really looking fab – if I say so myself – fingers crossed it stays this way! My skin is also slightly sensitive so I can’t use it everyday, but I still see amazing results when I use it 3 times a week. I highly recommend that you grab a sample of this – if you can! ;) X

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    this sounds like a miracle working thankfully i don’t mind too much about ‘smelly’ products.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Jenn! You should get your hands on at least a sample then! Yup, it has worked miracles on me. Very impressed! X

  • Lily

    I had a sample of this but I really couldn’t tolerate the smell. Smelling it every day and night will be torture >_<

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Lily! I know, you told me on Instagram already. A lot of people don’t seem to like the scent but it doesn’t really bother me. It’s not the best smelling product on the market but I think there’s far worse :p You were lucky it was only a sample then! :p X