My Thoughts: Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream


My undying and backed up love for Sunday Riley Good Genes is irreplaceable. I had high hopes for the brand new Sunday Riley launch, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. It claims:

Tidal delivers an intense water drench plus two forms of hyaluronic acid for a more youthful, hydrated look. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate, while alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. Tidal significantly increases hydration within minutes and provides up to 24 hours of continuous moisture.


The first thing I noticed the ingredients on the packaging was inconsistent with Sephora site. I contacted Sunday Riley team and they advised the ingredient listing on packaging is accurate and Sephora has an incomplete listing. In my comparison of the ingredient listing, I also noticed the order of ingredients is shuffled. As an example, Sodium Hyaluronate is listed as second ingredient on Sephora site, however on the packaging it’s listed as the sixth ingredient.

Additional Info: Free from Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. It’s oil-free, noncomedogenic, cruelty-free, vegan, hypoallergenic, and gluten-free.

Few ingredients listed on Packaging that are not listed on Sephora site – which shows as an incomplete listing

Aqua, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Ethyl Macadamiate, Adipic acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Laurel Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Allatoin, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (and) Titanium Dioxide

Few ingredients listed on Sephora site are not listed on the packaging

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Farnesol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Sephora needs to get this right, considering its exclusive to them and they need to provide the consumer with accurate information. I went on to Sunday Riley website to verify the ingredient listing there, however website says We’ll be back soon.

Onto the Actual Product and its Performance:

Packaging in a twist open tub, why in this day and age people use jar packaging when tubes and air suction jars (think Kate Somerville Moisturizers) work.

The scent strongly reminds me of Estée Lauder day wear cream which had a cucumbery scent. However, the Sunday Riley version is slightly stronger with an added fragrance. Whilst the existing cucumber scent also is refreshing, I wish SR team retained the “exotic floral scent” that’s my personal preference.

Consistency of gel cream, whipped texture. As the name suggests Water Cream, so it has a gel texture but slightly denser (if that makes any sense).

Absorbs instantly in skin and doesn’t leave a lingering scent. The finish on skin feels dry to touch, doesn’t feel like it nourished the skin like oils would (I’m biased…we all know that….why is that you ask….read here!). Basically, the finish on skin feels like it has absorbed the product instantly (which is a good thing) but left a smooth dry touch silicony effect.

SR claims suitable for all skins however I think dry & mature skins will need more layering. Also sensitive skins might experience slight tingle with enzyme addition in the formula. In my opinion, this would be best for combination, oily, normal to congestion prone skins (no congestion noted with use).

 How have I used it?

  • Under makeup – works fine, doesn’t roll off but my skin looked just average.
  • Layered over Serum (Indeed Labs Hydraluron and Caudalie Vinosource SOS) – now we talking, my skin felt better with this combination. Skin felt plump and supple. It felt like my skin had a glow, but I’m beginning to second guess that and attribute it to inappropriate lighting. Will report back. Without this layering method, I think Tidal would be a Perfect addition to summer skincare.
  • Layered over Serum and under an Oil – I think this combination worked best for me. Sephora site advised if layering with Luna, use Luna first and then the Brightening Enzyme water cream.

In terms of brightening, smoothing, exfoliating, and illuminating complexion, I will need to use longer than a week to determine (will update soon).

Officially launched in Sephora where you can try it, play with it and sample it.




  1. Great review. I’m definitely still interested but a little less so since recently trying the Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion as its another oil free formula and from what you’ve described sounds similar in effect and I don’t find this enough moisture. It needs some layering too, even for day use for my normal/bit dry skin. As a huge SR fan though, I do want to try it but may hold off until Sephora USA has another item or two that I can’t get here to make it worth the shit fight it is to pay a shipping forwarding company to deliver lols.
    The Beauty Bloss

    1. Yeah totally makes sense, it would have been lovely for summer but now since you’re heading in autumn-winter skin needs more. I have Dr.DG moisture cushion too and whilst they’re textures and packaging are similar the ingredient listing are very different.

  2. Dryer skin might need more layering, but not combination/oily skin. I think it is too heavy for girls like me with combo skin. And the scent is toooo strong. I will be passing this by because of the two following reasons.

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