Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil | REVIEW

It ain’t easy being green…

When this face oil launched I knew hands down that I wanted to try it. I love Sunday Riley products, and this facial oil is specifically formulated for oily, acne prone skin. I think its fair to say this oil had a lot to live up to, as I currently am 100% shipped with Tarte’s Maracuja Oil. But I really…really…thought this oil would be the best thing that has ever happened to my face. 

Let’s just get into the product review:

The Product:Sunday-Riley-UFO-Oil-Review-3

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, exclusive to Sephora– $80 (<- not a typo)

The Claims:

A quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin.

-Salicylic Acid 1.5%: Clears congested pores; treats and prevents acne and blackheads.
-Tea Tree Oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil: Help purify the skin and supports clarity.
-Licorice Root and Hexylresorcinol: Naturally brighten the appearance of dark spots.

The Application:


When testing this, it was the only product I used after cleansing and toning. I didn’t want to alter or impact how this product worked. Initially? Its green! And I love green. But (un)fortunately the green color fades as it absorbs into your skin.

I’m not really sure why they call this a dry oil. Maybe I used too much? But I did not find that it absorbed so quickly that there was no residue left behind. It is very much an oily oil. Not thick or pore clogging. Just-….it’s not a dry oil.

It smells like paint.

But that fades too, after application!

The Wear/Results:

I had a pretty massive hormonal event happening on my chin when this arrived. So I was excited to see how it handled deep, under the skin imperfections.

I was…disappointed.

There was literally ZERO improvement on the huge breakout on my chin. And for some reason, even though the oil was oily- the actual blemishes had become dry and crusty? I was just baffled.

After using this for probably 5 days with NOTHING happening to improve the situation, I broke down and applied my super special treatment mixture (Tarte Maracuja Oil and 10% Benzoyl Peroxide). The breakout was almost completely gone after one application of that!

The Verdict:


I LOVE Sunday Riley products- in fact I just reordered my third bottle of Good Genes! But this oil just was not what I was hoping it would be. I’d rather put the $80 towards another Good Genes. (And for a reference point- I tried the much loved Luna Oil, that gets RAVE reviews on and I was underwhelmed by it as well).

Have any of you tried this oil? Who is loving this??