Sunday Riley Eyeshadows in Siberian Sable, French Press and Little Black Dress
I keep meaning to ask you about Sunday Riley! They’re a relatively new beauty brand, pretty high end (prices ranging from $26 for an eyeshadow single to $295 for a skin care serum), and available at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman stores.
That name is all kinds of awesome, isn’t it? Sunday Riley… Sounds like one of Katniss Everdeen’s friends/adversaries. 🙂
(SIDE NOTE: I’m so excited about that movie! I started re-reading the first book last night.)
There really is a Sunday Riley behind the brand, and she’s from the Lone Star State. Sunday started the line back in 2009 with a handful of anti-aging products containing plant extracts believed by Native Americans to possess medicinal properties.
Being from Texas (her family traces its roots to before it was part of the United States), she spent summers with her grandma learning about some of the most useful plants.
Years later she took that knowledge and created the NV-5 Ageless Complex, a blend of five botanicals that, according to the company, detoxify, heal and recharge the skin. Now, it’s the secret ingredient in her skin care products.
Sunday recently expanded the line to include color cosmetics, and I spent some time with a few of her last weekend.
If what they say is true — that variety is the spice of life — these eyeshadows are hot! They’re available in 28 shades spanning matte, satin and iridescent finishes, cost $26 each and can be worn either wet or dry.
I’ve been playing with Siberian Sable (a cool brown satin), French Press (a brownish taupe satin) and Little Black Dress (a sheer black satin)…
Eyeshadows clockwise from the left: French Press, Siberian Sable and Little Black Dress
Swatches from the left: Siberian Sable, French Press and Little Black Dress
Wearing Siberian Sable
Wearing French Press
The packaging, with its thick, clear covers, reminds me a little of Shu Uemura. Simple, and not exactly fashion-forward, but it feels sturdy and gets the job done. One nice thing about the clear plastic tops is that it makes the colors easy to spot.
With the exception of Little Black Dress, which applies pretty sheer on me, these smooth powders deposit a good deal of pigment on my lids. According to the PR, the powders contain something Sunday Riley calls “micronized spherical pigment particles,” which is fancy talk for “round silica particles coated with pigment.”
And the texture? Oh, the texture… So soft and smooth. Gradients and subtle transitions are easy with these, and I barely have to exert any energy swiping my brush to soften the seams between the colors.
Better still, fallout isn’t a problem with these. While applying, I don’t detect any on my lower lash lines or cheeks, and as for wear time, the colors cling to my lids all day long, refusing to fade or crease.
Everything adds up to a promising product, even at $26. The pans contain a sizable 4.8 grams of product, which is considerably more than a MAC eyeshadow single ($15 for 1.5 grams) and one from NARS ($24 for 2.2 grams). Per gram, it works out to $5.61 for Sunday Riley, $9.37 for MAC and $10.90 for NARS.
Not bad at all. 🙂
These totally remind me of NARS shadows at the top of their game, and I can already sense a new obsession in the making.
I can’t wait to try more!
PRICE: $26 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bergdorf Goodman stores, Barneys New York and online at
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
An appetite for reading
Last night I learned that re-reading The Hunger Games many hours after dinner can lead to hunger pains. Yup, I was re-reading the first couple chapters last night in bed, and when I got to a part where Katniss and Gale were eating bread, berries and goat cheese wrapped in basil, my tummy started rumbling.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,