Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream Review

Today is going to be one of those super fun days because I'm headed over to Barneys for another spectacular Sunday Riley facial and makeover. Barneys is my favorite store, Sunday Riley is my favorite line, Adina is my favorite esthetician- I think that you get the pictures-- I'm pretty much a Barneys & Sunday Riley fanatic.

In celebration of all things Barneys & Sunday Riley, I thought that  it was befitting to do a review of Bionic Anti-Aging Cream. I have used this lovely cream for nearly two years now, and simply can't say enough good things about it. Because it is a richer formulation I tend to use it at night and Skin Adrenaline (review forthcoming) during the day for my combination skin.

According to Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream is,

Built on Hydration + Anti-Aging fusion technology. Highest concentration of key ingredients to Rebuild Collagen, Stimulate Elastin Production, Densify the Skin, Reverse Photodamage, and Increase Skin Energy. All emerging anti-aging technologies and causes of aging covered in the creation of this stimulating, cutting-edge product.

Bionic is a "powerhouse cream for all ages, all skin types."

The first thing that I notice after applying Bionic to freshly cleansed skin (I tend to prefer using this cream after washing my face with Ceramic Slip Cleanser reviewed here) is how it soaks in quickly leaving my skin velvety soft like nothing else that I have ever tried. What is remarkable is that it has all of the intensely emollient properties that one expects from a rich thick cream, but in a much thinner formulation (housed in an air-tight bottle with a pump which keeps all of the active ingredients potent and uncontaminated). There is nothing worse than spending a small fortune on jar of cream only to have it lose potency from the exposure to oxygen, and to be contaminated by sticking fingers in the jar.

When I wake up the following morning the texture of my skin is so supple and smooth. There is what I would describe as a radiance and clarity to my skin that I haven't ever noticed before (presumably because it wasn't there before!). Even my husband, who doesn't tend to be the most observant man, says that my skin just glows and feels so soft- and trust me, that's a lot coming from him!

I think that this cream is suitable for all skin types, as intended. However, I think that people with very oily skin should use it sparingly. In fact if you have super oily skin, I would suggest asking for a sample to try it before buying a full bottle. That said, I have combination skin with an active T-Zone and have never broken out from Bionic.

Bionic contains no petrochemicals, but it does contain a couple parabens at the bottom of the list and a couple of silicones. The parabens are there because they are very effective preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, fungus, and mold. Therefore they also extend the shelf life of the product. If you suspect that you may have a sensitivity or an allergy to either of these ingredient types then I would definitely try a sample before buying. My skin can be very finicky and difficult at times, and I have only ever had stellar results from this luxurious cream. Don't let the bad rap that parabens and silicones have been getting lately dissuade you from trying this product- it really is phenomenal!

Key Ingredients:
-EGCG (99% pure, Prevents + Treats Photodamage; Reverses UV Collagen Destruction)
-Resveratrol (99% pure, Profound Antioxidant; called “Long-Life Extract”)
-Purified Retinol (Reverses Photodamage, Densifies the Skin)
-EMPP (Stimulates Elastin Production, Accelerates Healthy Skin Growth)
-Biopeptides (Reduces Depth + Volume of Wrinkles, Stimulates Collagen + Elastin Production, Densifies the Skin)
-Coenzyme Q10 (Increases Skin Energy to build Collagen, Stimulating, AntiOxidant)
-Copper GHK Peptides (Aids in tissue regeneration)
-Centella Asiatica (Collagen Building)
-NV-5 Ageless Complex (5 Native American Botanicals which Rejuvenate Damaged Skin, Pro-Actively Fight Aging, Anti-Pollution, Detoxifying)

Ingredients: EGCG, Resveratrol, Retinol, EMPP, Biopeptides, Coenzyme Q10, Copper GHK Peptides, Centella Asiatica, NV-5 Ageless Complex. Prickly Pear Extract, Blue Agave Extract, Lady’s Slipper Orchid Extract, Cactus Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Sunflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Squalene, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PEG-75 Meadowsol, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Saccharomyces, Fermet Lysate Filtrate, Green Tea, Xanthan Gum, Pomegranate Extract, Steareth-2, Palmitoul Oligopeptide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Cholesteryl Nonoate, Cholesteryl 1, 4 Dichloro Benzoate, Cholesteryl Oleyl, Chloesteryl Chloride, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin.

Overall assessment: I LOVE THIS CREAM! I will definitely repurchase Bionic.

1.7 oz. $225.00 at Nordstrom, SephoraBarneys New York, & Bloomingdale's (SpaceNK) (Affiliate Links).


  1. No, it's not about the "bad rap", is just that I rely on journals to find ingredient info and if they say something is bad, then it must be. And I'm completely against silicones on skincare products because they create a fake texture, so then, if a product is sooo good, makes your skin soft as cashmere and smooth as a baby's butt, is thanks to the "powerful key ingredients" or the silicones? I'd let the silicones for primers, thanks. Besides, on Sunday Riley's site specifically says they don't use petrochemicals, but from where you think silicones come, as well as butylene glycol and propylene glycol? Here is a matter of principles. And butylated hydroxytoluene? What?
    I was expecting all the rest of Sunday Riley's stuff to be as good as the Charisma Creme cleanser and the Juno oil, and I was eager to try this one of the Stimulant serums, but perfluoro-stuff? That's oxygen, and a derm told me that causes a birthday party of free radicals. I just can't forget what I know about ingredients.
    Thanks girl for putting ingredients list, not many do that.

  2. Hi,this is HillPhillips.It is good to see more natural anti-aging products out there.The chemical treatments are effective put do have some side effects.


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