What face oil is a major staple behind the runways? Did you think a face oil could or would be? Absolutely. Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum ($125) is the ultra-luxe one wowing audiences and skin care mavens alike. Because a model’s face gets washed at least 40 times a day during Fashion Week, makeup artist/co-founder of the brand Diane Kendal prefers to use Juno on the dewy skins seen at Jason Wu’s line up before applying make-up.
It’s quite a surprise to see skincare making buzz behind the scenes as we too often see & read about what beauty brands are going to bring some new dolly pop of colour or wash of neutrality charging down the catwalk. Add the stress of tailing travel with bitter heat and cold thrashings on to delicate, overwashed faces, and Riley says, “There are cracks in their skin. When you add layers of makeup on top, bacteria can get in there and cause breakouts.” And, you think the fashion crowd freaked out? I’m happy to report that no one broke out!
"I love it. It sinks into the skin and leaves it with a really good texture," she says.It’s not such an outlandish idea to have an oil serum fix it all. It’s just so fab, fab to see mainstream designers appreciating the 99% pure blend of active ingredients found in Juno’s roster of oils. I’m quite smitten with the clean, minimalist line of skincare from Sunday Riley. Though I’m trying to amble my way down to my local Barneys (since they never answer the phone - lame) to snag a gloss and even a blush with my usual fangirlish squeal over uncovering this cultish brand, I’d say Juno has got the conviction and rigor of a luxury face oil that you ought to try at least once.
Ok, so you’ve got the merits of Argan down. But, the star oil here isn’t just that. It’s Acai Seed Oil, which brings its proven antioxidative capabilities. Oil expressed from the Acai berry, it’s extraordinarily high in antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamins (Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3) and minerals (iron, potassium and calcium). Acai berries also have high levels of Omega 3 and 6 fats, which reduce skin inflammation; monounsaturated oleic acid, which helps skin absorb oil; up to 19 different amino acids, which are essential for quick and healthy cell turnover.
Offering you deeper nourishment, the breadth of the oil draws on an organic base with Black Cumin Seed, Blackberry Seed, Blueberry Seed, Broccoli Seed, Carrot Seed, Chardonnay Grape Seed, Cranberry Seed, Marula, Meadowfoam Seed, Pomegranate Seed and Red Raspberry Seed oils seamlessly blended into a clear, amber elixir decadent to the touch. Broccoli Seed is another rarely seen skin hero. Broccoli is bursting with the chemical compound sulforaphane (a cancer protective agent in cruciferous veggies), which stimulates the skin's self-defense mechanisms & amps up skin’s response to free radical pests like UV rays and pollutants.
Riley’s oil feels snug and intimate on skin, dewy to the touch. And, being a rare dry oil for the face, it absorbs within seconds. No essentials? No. The serum doesn’t smell fruity or floral, actually. Rather, the scent is that of mellowing toasted cumin – elegant, almost peppered, but fleeting at best. It’s shy, darkly enchanting & mystical, really. Riley’s instant hydration on the runway does indicate a sympathetic trend...oh heck, a minor revolution of sorts towards face oils and inspiring make up mavens to learn more about how face oils do indeed work well with cosmetics, even in the presence of glaring bulbs & flashes. Even at the luxury price tag, you can expect the treatment to last you at least 3-4 months if a pump a day is all you use. Juno is a modern, unfussy serum made graceful, albeit a bit tricked up.
Thank you Sunday for lending credence to the sophistication of oils on the main stage.
Scent Classification: Woody
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity (2/10)