Sunday Riley: The Martian & U.F.O. Review

What company makes real luxury skincare for oily and acne-prone skin? Sunday Riley does.

It is so hard to find a luxury skincare company that makes products for those of us with oily and acne-prone skin. The reasoning behind this – I assume – is because most of the people who are spending money on high end and expensive skincare items have different set of concerns; they are a different demographic. Most people purchasing high end skincare are people who are more concerned about anti-aging. They’re concerned about issues like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and hydration.

Finally, a high end brand was able to come up with two products for problem skin that work and don’t completely dry out the skin. This is where Sunday Riley’s The Martian and U.F.O.


The Martian


This toner feels like heaven on Earth.

It comes in the most convenient packaging for a toner: a pump. The packaging is very clean and simple, just like the rest of the product line. I definitely feel comfortable having this out on my shelf when company comes over. Plus, it smells like a box of Fruity Pebbles!

The product itself is a gel-to-water toner, meaning that it starts out as a green, gel consistency and transforms itself to a clear, water consistency as it is massaged into the skin. It is such a refreshing, cooling, and interesting feeling on the face.

Some of the highlighted ingredients in the product are witch hazel, marshmallow root extract, green tea extract, and bentonite clay, all of which have balancing and detoxifying properties.


After just one use, I could feel my skin softening and becoming more matte and I could visibly see that my pores were tighter. After a few weeks of use, I noticed that I didn’t have to blot my skin as much throughout the day. My skin seemed to be liking this product a lot.

Overall, I am absolutely thrilled with this product, and I will definitely continue to use it.




This product took a bit of time to get used to, but I am so glad I stuck with it.

The one downside to this product was the smell. To me, it smelled like a lot of spices. I wasn’t too thrilled with the smell and how strong it was. My boyfriend eve noticed the smell too, which said that it was definitely noticeable. Some people enjoy the smell, but I am not one of them. If the smell of a product isn’t pleasant as long as it works I am more than willing to put up with it.

With that one major con aside, the rest is all positive.

I typically loathe putting oils on my skin. This oil however, went on pleasantly light and did not leave a greasy or oily feeling or look. It has a pretty thin consistency, along with a green tint. It does not leave a green residue on the skin whatsoever.


This product’s highlighted ingredient is salicylic acid, 1.5% to be exact. I’ve used this product as more of a moisturizer or additive to my foundation, instead of using it as a treatment. I loved using it as a moisturizer because of how lightweight it was and how easily it soaked in. I wasn’t thrilled about mixing it into my foundations, not because of the consistency, but just because of my personal preferences.

The only thing that would make this product better is a more pleasant smell, but if it would sacrifice the integrity of the product I wouldn’t change a thing.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey the post was really informative, i have also written a post on how to take care of oily skin, do give it a reading please


    1. Thanks for reading! I’ll be sure to check it out!

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