Sunday Riley Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Color in Beach Front

March 1, 2012

Sunday Riley Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Color in Beach Front was one of the goodies in my Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event gift bag last month (retails for $28 at Barneys). Having fallen in love with her blushes and eyeshadows I was very excited to try her glosses. The product is described as “A true innovation Lip Gloss! A super conditioning, non-tacky formula adds a high hloss sheen to lips, while stable Vitamin C boosts collagen and provides antioxidant protection. Paraben free.”

Beach Front is a shimmery nude-beige color that looks beautiful in the tube. It comes with a sponge tip applicator. Although this is called a “sheer impact” gloss I found this one had virtually no impact when it comes to color. Product Doctor had a similar experience with the same color. Yes it can be layered over other lipsticks for shine and depth but sheer glosses can be found elsewhere for much less which will achieve the same effect. The sheerness is even sheerer than Becca glosses (which I love but often find too sheer to justify repurchasing once used up). The only redeeming factors are the formula and scent. The scent is something I can’t put my finger on but it smells like a spa facial in a tube (in a good way). I think it makes an amazing lip treatment. I swiped it on several times during the weekend to help moisturize my lips. (My favorite lip treatment is still Jo Malone’s Vitamin E though.)

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I am very thankful Barneys included this in their gift bag. It was extremely generous of them to let their customers sample full-sized goodies which is definitely a step up from other retailers. I however wasn’t really impressed. I know I will use mine to the very last drop because I really like the formula but most likely will not repurchase or look into shades. I saw the colors briefly before the launch (they had prototypes at the counter during my last visit) and only a few caught my eye. After seeing how sheer these are I’m going to stick with my oldies but goodies from other brands.
Have you tried Sunday Riley yet?

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  • Bummer so pretty in the tube.

  • Anonymous

    I received Antique Honey, which is light and sheer, warm and peachy nude. I love the formula and scent and wear it layered over a lip-color lipstick. This color is good for spring and summer. Not as long lasting as my other glosses but I still love it. Thanks Barney's!

  • Karen Stauss

    I loved this! Granted, absolutely zero color payoff but for a girl who dislikes lipglosses in general, this was truly a pleasant surprise. Lightweight, very glossy, not uber-sticky and when it wears off, it's not gritty. I reach for it to top off a lipstick that needs a bit of shine/oompfh! I would consider trying out other Sunday Riley lipglosses based on how much I liked the wearablity of this one.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Lina,

    I went to Barney's last week and was surprised that these glosses were the only lip product by SR. No lipstick? I swatched three of the gloss shades on my hand and they all had the near-to-no pigment you speak of. These were darker colors, too, according to the packaging. I completely agree you can get the same for far less money. Total pass in my book.


  • I've heard such good things about the formula that I HAVE to try this out!

  • I never heard of this brand before! Love the color too. Thanks for blogging about this. Can't wait get my hands on one too!

  • Taryn

    I am about to try it thanks to you! I finally was able to order Fool's Gold from the website. It was odd – they listed the eye shadows for awhile, but Fool's Gold wasn't a choice. Then I went to order something else the other day, and couldn't find the shadows listed at all. I searched "Fool's Gold" and it popped up. How strange! Anyway, they are due to arrive tomorrow and I have your blog to thank for introducing me to Sunday Riley. I just love your blog. It has such a soothing, simple layout and your photos can't be beat.

    The gloss interests me as I noticed it's paraben-free. I might try one, despite the sheer factor.

  • Jo

    I agree with you, the lip glosses are a nice lip treatment but have no pigment. I have antique honey but won't be getting any others. I love the blushes though.

  • I haven't tried anything from Sunday Riley yet, but loved the look of the other items you featured recently. This looks like a nice gloss but wish it weren't quite so sheer. It's always great to get a full-size freebie though! 🙂

  • Sephora is carrying Sunday Riley skincare.