Every week, fashion and beauty editor Jolene Khor, makeup artist Fiona Bennett, hair guru Christian Marianon, and beauty connoisseur Monica Saranya Selva De Roy — collectively known as The Clubbers — test drive the latest (and with hopes, the greatest) makeup, skincare, hair care, fragrance, bath and body drops to land in Singapore. Tools and brushes too. You get the idea. To buy in bulk or to take a hard pass? We give you the 411 so you never have to second-guess again.
In the spotlight this week:
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

What exactly does CEO skin look like? On one hand, it can be argued that there's no brighter a glow than that of a self-actualised successful person (who probably owns their weight in gold, natch). On the other hand, CEOs are known to have mad schedules, take long flights, and fight through late nights to run companies, which can result in less-than-stellar skin conditions. Where C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil is concerned, we're thinking it's the former Sunday Riley is gunning for. The brand tells us that their radiance-enhancing oil absorbs quickly, and works overtime to make bright, amply hydrated skin a reality for all — not just the apex predators. Only two to three drops are needed to "protect, balance, soothe, and replenish your skin, imparting a healthy glow to your complexion all day long." Aside from the vitamin and spice, evening primrose oil, red raspberry seed oil, ginger root, and bisabolol also star.
Day v. Night
I'll leave the technicalities to my fellow Clubbers and instead, share with you my experience with the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil as someone with slicker-than-slick, forever oily skin and clogged pores. Thanks to the founder of Uma Oils, Shrankhla Holecek, I've found the courage to try different oils on my skin, though the idea of slapping grease on grease has always seemed counterintuitive to me. Since then, I've had good luck with some (SK-II Facial Treatment Oil — Pitera is love) and encounters that didn't quite bear fruit (La Mer The Renewal Oil — I adored the scent but the formula better suits dry skin). For me, C.E.O. Glow sits squarely in the middle. At first touch, I was worried about its absorbency because the formula feels hella thick. Surprisingly, my skin drank it up like it was the Sahara at noon. My nighttime application came through looking quite matte in the morning — an effect I didn't hate because I sometimes wake up to a gross, sticky complexion. Having said that, I do wish I were glowing a tad. C.E.O. Glow's daytime performance yielded mixed results. On days I wore cushion foundation, my skin was beaming by lunch and not in a good way. It fared way better with a long-wear foundation; I was mostly matte with a little more life than usual. Not bad at all.

Jolene Khor

Glow in the Dark
I am a true vitamin expert. I should know... I was a nutritionist and naturopath in my former life in Australia, so I was pretty excited to try the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil. First thing's first: I liked the orange glowy tint C.E.O. Glow has, courtesy of the turmeric; in this respect, the product does live up to its name. It also has a distinctive rose hip oil scent. Rosehip is the first ingredient listed — figures! It felt like rosehip too, which means the oil is rather thick and heavy. I used it religiously for a week, just to make sure I wasn't imagining any of its benefits. I have to admit, no matter what my skin (and weather) condition was during those mornings, the oil didn't absorb too well into my skin; FYI I used just two little drops before my usual serum and cream. I was left with an oil slick on my face all day. Bummer! However, it was a different story at night; after application, my skin looked fresh as a daisy even after a long day — maybe the vitamin C was working its magic for younger-looking skin. The C.E.O. Glow would be great if you're looking for a face oil but if you want an industrial-strength vitamin C concoction, it's best to move on.

Fiona Bennett

Start Here
The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil is a wonderful product for beginners looking to add vitamin C to their skincare regime. Facial oils can sometimes contain oleic acid, making them rich and too heavy for oily skin (like mine) and clog the pores. Thankfully, a majority of the 10 oils found here are high in linoleic acids which work well on oily skin; they can even be used to manage acne like mine. While it can help, the comedogenicity of some linoleic acid may irritate the skin. So I recommend spot-testing if you're worried about your acne-prone skin freaking out.

C.E.O. Glow felt quite thick to the touch — this is because emollients are used to add a thicker texture to the formula. They help prevent moisture loss but stearic acid in particular is a solid wax and may clog your pores if you are sensitive. Though I personally did not experience any breakouts from using the product, I would still advise skipping moisturiser and proceeding straight onto sunscreen if you can't handle too many layers like me.

Overall, I found the product to be mild and I wouldn't expect a quick fix with it; the vitamin C content isn't as strong as what I'm used to which makes me question its results and efficacy of prolonged use. The product however does well in hydrating and retaining moisture. It is also rich in many antioxidants to help firm and brighten skin over time. Still, this is a great product to start with before working your way up to stronger formulas.

Christian Maranion

Fan Girl
I'm a mad fan of turmeric. I would try on any turmeric product on my face given my heritage. As Indians, we grew up applying DIY turmeric masks on our faces because turmeric is well known for its antibacterial properties. The combination of vitamin C and turmeric in oil is novel, and thankfully, the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil doesn't sting like most of the vitamin C products that fill my dresser. This is also one of the most lightweight oils I own; I'm mostly comparing it to The Ordinary's face oils I've used in the past. This non-greasy formula, however, doesn't quite fulfil my requirements of a face oil — it's not entirely moisturising throughout the night. During my week of trial, I've risen in the mornings to a semi-dry face and that's not very pleasing given the price of the product. The packaging, however, is unbelievably sleek. The bottle comes in a matte black box that looks like perfume casing at first glance. If you're looking for a gentle vitamin C product and you want one with gorgeous aesthetics, this will win you over. Spend away!

Monica Selva De Roy
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil is available online and at Sephora stores.
The Clubbers
a.k.a. the people who will never lie to you, the beauty enablers you never thought you'd have, the voices of reason when logic goes out the window on payday, and when Sephora goes on sale.
Jolene Khor
Beauty Editor of Buro. Singapore
The fashion and beauty editor at Buro. Singapore swiped on her first glitter lip gloss at age 12 and have never looked back since — except the rare (only not so rare) occasions when she wants to feel better about her makeup skills as an adult. That kohl eyeliner look wasn't working out despite the fact that she was listening to The Cure and quoting Oscar Wilde. Her mother is thankful that K-beauty happened though that means her glow isn't just genetic. These days, her worst crimes are knocking out with full makeup on and forgetting to apply sunscreen on her neck. Old habits die hard.
Christian Maranion
Hair Specialist & Makeup Artist
Nine years. That's how long Christian Maranion has been in the hair game. Having honed his craft, he then began dabbling in makeup, finding equal joy in killing it at both. He has worked with the likes of Vanessa Fernandez aka Vandetta, Tabitha Nauser, and Charlie Lim. He also frequently collaborates with names such as Sephora, Elizabeth Arden, and Kat Von D to up their beauty game. Don't be fooled by appearances — though he may love dark humour and even darker outfits, he is a pocketful of sunshine.
Fiona Bennett
Makeup Artist & Hairstylist
Fiona Bennett is a makeup artist and hairstylist by profession, and a wife, mother, and part-time Kardashian expert when she's not hustling. Hailing from Australia, she reluctantly came to Singapore with her husband almost six years ago but she's grown to love it so much she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She began her journey (sometimes by force) pinning her friends down to make them up before going out — only now she gets paid for it! You might find the self-proclaimed beauty-obsessed Fiona snapping up the latest products in the department stores on weekends. You name it, she has probably tried it.
Monica Selva De Roy
Henna & Makeup Artist
Monica doesn't have enough heads for the hats she wants to wear. When the sun's out, she's selling ultra cool tech that makes logistics look sexier than ever. Then, she slaps on some face cake to moonlight as an actress on Vasantham; from nasty stepmother to varsity mean girl, she's seen them all in the realm of antagonism. Oh, her makeup and henna businesses keep her busy during the weekends too. Amidst all this, she's finding time to test and review makeup — if that's not true love, what is?
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