Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

What have you all been up to recently? Sunday Riley products especially the Luna oil is a big hit on Youtube, so when I saw the sneak peaks for the January Allure box, and it said Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum (FULL SIZE) you can imagine my excitement.

I mean this serum retails for a whopping $85.00 on Sephora, that’s currently R1023, then there’s the shipping fee of R200 from Aramex Global. As much as I love my self and want to take care of my skin, I have to be realistic, I am a mom of 3, these kinds of splurges are few and far between. I will, however, say I received this at the end of January and I used up my last drop at the beginning of April so on average that’s R600 per month, plus I used it twice a day so if you make that once at night time, then you probably got yourself an extra few weeks of use.

Is this readily available in South Africa, sadly, No! It is however available on places like and on foenix, for R1172.50 which looks like it links to NET-A- PORTER which is UK based, but I haven’t personally shopped there so I can’t say what the delivery times or service is like, unfortunately.

Enough about where to buy, what you really wanna know is does it work right?

The package

Love it! Feels very high end but it is a glass bottle, it doesn’t feel like it is easy to break but, glass being what it is anything is possible. I was quite surprised that it survived the trip to be honest because it was not in its box (if it even comes in one).

Then it’s a pump and we all love pump bottles right? until the end of the product when the pipe doesn’t reach all the way to the bottom and you waste some product, but not me I opened that sucker up to get the last out, I would even leave it upside down in the corner of my drawer so it could creep to the top lol.

The Product

Sephora’s description “C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, (infused with 15 percent ultra-stable, advanced vitamin C) rapidly brightens the appearance of the skin with immediate radiance, while fighting the look of dark spots and discolourations at the source. Skin looks firmer and plumper, as youthful bounce and an even tone are restored. ”

The formula is a serum and feels like one. It’s so silky smooth and gel feeling if that makes sense. The first day when I applied it, it was astounding how immediate the plumping effect is. I washed my face as usual, then applied this straight after my toner, and my skin actually felt bouncy. So My husband aka my voice of reason was all, “calm down that could be a placebo effect”. I was like you’re right, after 1 week of use even he was like you are glowing and me being me was like “what do you want?” lol.

Jokes aside, I personally didn’t feel like my skin was brighter right off the bat of course, but it was so moisturized and plump, and over the course of me using it, it just got better, I really now wished I had left it alone and used it during winter.

The Verdict

It’s awesome, I am definitely considering re-purchasing it, but on the other hand, I also want to try other stuff from the brand. I don’t know if you can tell the difference but my skin appears brighter to me and a lot more hydrated and firm. It could all just be in my head but I love it.

If you see the before and after and be all oooh she edited the pictures, no my room was set up in different ways and my skin caught the light differently, that’s all. Also, I know I look like a stable worker lol, but I really don’t like taking selfies, but I had to show the improvement in my skin.

People! If you can afford to splurge, do it. I honestly don’t think you would regret it, and what’s awesome is even though I have dry skin and this moisturized like a bomb, I think someone with oily skin would enjoy it too because it is not oily at all. It just gives the skin intense hydration. I think I should have added this product to my “Tips for Foundation” post. Your makeup will look so amazing on skin that feels this good! Promise!

So let’s chat in the comments or wherever about what you are currently loving, or can recommend I try.

Have a Be YOU tiful day Gorgeous! You’re worth it!



  1. I love love love this post hun!!! Wow thank you so much for sharing with us!!!! You are so right your skin looks so hydrated, so plump and brighter!!!!

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