Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum Review

Sunday Riley is here in the UK!  I have been very interested in Sunday Riley but since it’s a luxury brand, it comes with luxury prices so I have been hesitant to try it. I was finally able to purchase some of their stuff because I discovered the Flash Kit on Beautylish and through the GlossyBox X Sunday Riley Limited Edition. Anyway let’s get into this review

The CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a vitamin C serum that tackles uneven skin tone, dull skin and the 5 visible signs of ageing: dullness, sensitivity, wrinkles, brightens, luminosity and radiance.


I have been loving Vitamin C this year! So far MAP from the Ordinary has been my go to and that is the standard to which I have been measuring Vitamin C’s too. I was happy to receive this in the Sunday Riley box because it contains 15% THD Ascorbate. A stable form of vitamin C that is fat soluble. I was looking forward to trying a different form of Vitamin C at a higher concentration.

The CEO serum is a lightweight lotion serum with a pleasant orange scent. It is easily absorbed into the skin and adds a touch of instant radiance. I experienced no irritation with the serum. Unfortunately, I did not experience any benefits from the CEO serum which was disappointing.

The deluxe mini size 8ml lasted a little close to 1 week. I used 2-3 pumps a day twice a day. It pairs well with other creams and serums and I experienced no piling. I found the serum unremarkable, unlike MAP, I experienced no hydration from this and my skin didn’t show any brightening effects. I was impressed by MAP from the first use however with the CEO serum even after using it twice a day for that long, I wasn’t impressed.


Unfortunately, this is a miss for me. I didn’t experience any benefits other than instant brightness after first application but that’s about it. It was disappointing as I love Vitamin C but this isn’t for me. I don’t know if longer use would change my mind but I am not interested in purchasing the full size. I will stick to MAP.

The CEO deluxe size is not available in the UK as a standalone but it can be purchased in a gift set like the Face to Face kit for £35 on Space NK. In it, you get 3 other mini sizes.

Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is £70 for the full-size 30ml bottle on Space NK

Sunday Riley has been in hot water after admitting they have a lot of fake reviews on their website. Personally, I didn’t like this serum but I love their Good Genes Lactic Acid serum. My full review of that is here

Catch you later

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