Monday, 6 February 2017

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream...

I’ve been using this cucumber scented moisturiser for about a month now and am so pleased (my bank balance not so much) to say I love it! I knew as soon as this was released ages ago that I wanted it but anything that contains the words ‘exfoliating’ ‘brightening’ and ‘enzyme’ is something I approach with caution as my skin can freak out quite easily as it is prone to sensitivity. But after reading lots of positive reviews I decided to take the plunge. I am glad that I did as this really is a dream cream gel texture that feels so soothing and refreshing upon application. A little goes a long way, its wonderfully hydrating and really leaves skin feeling plump and nourished without feeling too heavy or greasy on the skin. I have noticed that my skin looks brighter and healthier when using this, helping to kick dull tired skin into shape!

It contains 2 weights of Hyaluronic Acid which is one of my favourite ingredients in skincare as it helps skin retain moisture without overloading it or causing breakouts. Alongside this is Papaya Enzymes which work to gently exfoliate and resurface whilst Alpha Arbutin and ‘White Bird of Paradise extract’ supposedly brightens hyper-pigmentation and creates a more uniform, even skin tone. Just for clarification I can confirm that this is not from an actual beautiful bird but a plant! Just wanted to clear up any confusion there as I know I did a double take when I saw that listed!! Studies show that it is effective at reducing the appearance of multiple signs of ageing, leading to a more luminous, youthful complexion :)

Being someone who has dehydrated skin that is prone to oiliness I find that this formula is excellent for me, lightweight but still gives me enough moisture and continues to maintain moisture levels throughout the day without leaving me an oily mess by the end! One of my main concerns with moisturisers is finding ones that don’t exacerbate congestion as a lot of them seem to. That’s why I prefer cream-gel textures, and this falls into the category perfectly. I am left with comfortable, plump skin that is more glowy than greasy which is basically everyone’s ideal!

I don’t think you could use this on its own to improve pigmentation but it’s an excellent addition for someone who is looking to pep up their skin. I use this in the mornings and find it works well before makeup, creating a smooth canvas. My skin just looks healthier and ‘better’ after applying this.  I have also used it in the evenings occasionally after something like Sunday Riley’s Luna, these together are a wonderful powerful combination! Perfect for skins that are suffering with congestion and dullness. I have noticed this cream also mixes well with all other facial oils and serums should you wish to layer and pack in the hydration.

All in all this product is a delight to use and I can feel assured that if I am ever in a rush or want something quick that does this job I can feel confident that this alone will make my skin look better. I wouldn’t usually be up for spending £60 on a moisturiser but for this I’d say is the exception!


Water, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (and) Lecithin, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Strelitzia Nicolai (Bird of Paradise flower) Seed Aril Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) seed extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Papain and Carbome 1, 2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Algin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract (and) Melia Azadirachta Flower (Neem) Extract (and) Amino Esters-1 (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract (and) Lawsonia Inermis Extract (and) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf (Holy Basil) Extract, Pearl Powder, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Have you tried this cream? What other cream/gel moisturisers do you recommend?

Thanks for reading xx


  1. I really like this moisturizer! It feels so lightweight but is still very hydrating.

    xo, Liz

  2. Yes that's exactly how it feels! I imagine it will perfect for Summer, might pop it in my fridge to make it even more refreshing!