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Sunday Riley Subscription Box Review – Wellness Edition 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 8, 2018 | 38 comments

There’s a new quarterly subscription from Sunday Riley! This first box is all about wellness, featuring “real tools to achieve physical, mental, and energetic health.”

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: Sunday Riley Subscription Box

The Cost: $95

The Products:

This box comes with a large card detailing the items included.

Now, on to the items!

SMITH & CULT Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle – Retail Value $18

I LOVE Smith & Cult nail polishes! The bottle designs are so gorgeous (it’s supposed to have that dent), and the formulas are great, too. (Tip – you can remove the large cap to make the brush easier to hold.)

Here is the nail polish on:

Here it is on:

Two coats for full coverage with a high shine creme finish. (And I’ve been wearing this for days with no chipping!)

bkr Bottle 500 ml – Retail Value $38

(Subscribers will receive one of four color options.)

I have a few of these BKR bottles, and I love them! The bottle itself is glass, and the silicone cover makes it easy to grip and tough to break! They are dishwasher safe, and the silicone is BPA and phthalate free, too.

Here it is in hand to give you a better sense of scale:

KITSCH Cleanse Ritual Collection Microfiber Hair Towel (Value $23)

This microfiber towel wraps your hair up into a perfect twist, holds it in place, and helps it dry faster and with less breakage.

And how cute is this palm print?

Once you wrap your hair in it, just secure the end of the towel to the button in the front and it will stay put:

I’m thinking of using this even with dry hair while sleeping to keep my hair from getting tangled. (I’m trying to embrace the only-wash-your-hair-a-few-times-a-week movement, and I’ve heard suggestions of wearing your hair in loose braids at night, but this might be better for me.) If you’ve mastered this dry-shampoo lifestyle, let me know your tips!

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler – 1.7 oz Value $9.86

I’ve sampled this before thanks to Allure Beauty Box! This is a coconut-oil infused styling product designed to be applied on damp hair followed by air drying. It smells amazing (sadly, the scent didn’t linger in my hair), and I found it added a little texture to my hair, too. I have the type of hair that never air dries into beautiful beachy curls, and this didn’t change that for me, but I still like it as a styling cream.

WelleCo SUPER ELIXIR 7-day Supply – Retail Value $30

I was SO excited to see this in the box! It’s an expensive supplement, but I’ve been eyeing it ever since I first saw it on Net-A-Porter’s beauty section, and I finally got to try it!

The powder is made with 45 premium whole food ingredients – nothing artificial, and no soy, gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. It’s designed to “support 11 systems in your body for increased energy, stronger immunity, and glowing skin.”

To use it, you mix the packet (the equivalent of two teaspoons) with a glass of water, or in a green juice or smoothie. I’ve been stirring it with a standard glass of water as the first thing I drink every day. (I found that using the whole packet with a tall glass of water was a bit too much for me to get through before the drink started to separate, so I’ve been using half a packet with a small glass of water.)

I’ve only been using it for a few days, so I can’t weigh in on some of the long-term benefits it promises, but I can tell you about the taste.

First, I should preface this by sharing that over the past 2 years I’ve completely stopped drinking any drinks with sugar (either real or artificial). These days I’m pretty much only drinking water, sparkling water (Waterloo is the best!), or coffee or tea with creamer. So, I didn’t think the drink needed any sweetener, but if you are used to sugar in drinks, you may disagree.

The taste isn’t unpleasant, but it isn’t something I would crave, either. If you are used to green supplements/juices, I think you’ll be fine with the taste, too.

Personally, I really have been enjoying making this part of my “morning ritual.” I’ve found that in general I’m more productive/make healthier choices when the first thing I do that day is healthy, so this has been a great (and easy) healthy way for me to start the day!

Next up, we have two Sunday Riley items that came in their own reusable pouch:

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes – 15 ml Value $52.50

This is a lactic acid treatment designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation. I’ve sampled this before in other subscription boxes and I *think* I could notice a difference in the evenness of my skin tone, so I’m thrilled to get this product in a larger size! (FYI – I don’t love the smell, but it doesn’t linger.)

SUNDAY RILEY Ceramic Slip – 30 ml Value $10.80

This is a gentle, creamy gel cleanser. There is no noticeable scent, and it did an excellent job of cleaning my face and removing makeup without drying out my skin!

UPDATE: Tip from MSA reader Anna – check out this Flash Facial technique for both of the products!

THINX Hiphugger – Retail Value $34

This underwear is moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, absorbent, and leak-resistant. You can forgo panty liners/pads/tampons on light/medium flow days and just use these instead!

These are a size medium and they fit perfectly. (For reference, I’m also a medium in Aerie undies.)

These are comfortable and the lace band is a nice touch:

I tried these on a light day instead of a panty liner, and they were so much more comfortable than wearing a liner! I have seen these in Facebook ads for a while now and almost bought them a few times, so it was nice to finally get to try them!

FYI – here are the care instructions:

We recommend that you rinse them by hand first, and then throw them in the cold wash with the rest of your delicates! DON’T use fabric softener as it prevents the antimicrobial and moisture-wicking treatments from working. Finally, hang dry. (Pro-tip: You should treat the rest of your lingerie like this, too!)

CLEAR YOUR SPACE, CLEAR YOUR MIND KIT Palo Santo + 2 Crystal Tower Points (Obsidian and Rainbow Fluorite)

This Kit includes Obsidian:

A shield against negativity that is thought to help reign in scattered energies. Hold it in your hand when you need to feel anchored and in charge.

Rainbow Fluorite:

Improves mental clarity and helps minimize chaos. Keep it in your office space, study area, or meditation spot.

I’m not an expert on crystals, but it seems like they provide help in focus and meditation. (And this rainbow one is gorgeous!)

This kit also included a Palo Santo stick – it smells so good! Sunday Riley recommends lighting it and allowing it to burn for 30 seconds, blow it out, then spread the scent throughout your home.


(Just FYI I was prompted to enter credit card info when redeeming this, but I was still able to use the app without entering credit card info.) Meditation is one of those things I know I need but I can never seem to do on my own. (My mind always wanders.) So this app should be very good for me. I did the first session, and I kept thinking, “When is this going to wrap up?!” So clearly, I need it!

Verdict: Looking at the products with retail values I could easily identify, this box has a value of at least $216. (It’s more than that when you factor in the crystals and meditation app.) I think it’s a good value for the cost considering the quality of all the items, and how thoughtfully curated everything seems to be. This is what a high-end luxe wellness box should look like.

My only critique? I think a $95 Sunday Riley subscription box should always include at least one FULL-SIZE Sunday Riley item. Since we’ve seen full-size Sunday Riley items in subscription boxes that cost less, it seems like we should get more, not less Sunday Riley value in the namesake box!

What do you think of this new subscription box

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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I have recently been recommended to use the Sunday Riley subscription box i.e. is the Wellness edition. I’m using it for the very first time but honestly saying I am overwhelmed after giving it a try, every product is worth the use. I will recommend everyone to give it a try. Thank you again, simply amazing.

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Thanks for sharing this amazing article, it is very informative post good work keep it up.

Wendy Purdiak

I have received the Self care and the Travel Box. These boxes are game changers with the high end products and the quality. I receive 3 other subscription boxes and there is no comparison………Sunday Riley is an up and comer in the subscription box arena. I can’t wait for my next box…..


@LizCadman any idea when the next box will be announced for annual subscribers? Thanks!


I’m a big fan of Sunday Riley her products have really worked! At first glance I didn’t want this box because I already have the full size version of gg and the cc, however after Liz reviewed it I saw how everything could be of good use. I also read that letter in SR’s webpage it really stroke a note, she’s a busy mom trying to grow her business I am too! I don’t own a business but I do attend classes and work a full time job and it’s nice getting me time because I’m always on the run! I’m so excited about this box! I love the concept to work on the inner you I do agree with Liz for the namesake to have at least one full SR item but all in all I love! 🙂


I meant to ask. Will this appear in the swaps section soon so that I can list the nail polish?
Thank you,


Thanks! I was able to list my items!


This was a very nice box for me. I will pretty much use everything except the nail polish and headspace sub. My granddaughter will get the crystals. The thinx are actually comfortable and will be a great back up. I am thinking about ordering another pair. I’ve got quite a bit of Sunday Riley stocked piled so I hope I get to use these. I normally try the food supplements in boxes and I really like HUM… I hope I like the Wella as much. Overall a great box. Very tempting to get a 2nd box on top of my yearly sub!


FYI the Good Genes has silicone in it so anything you use after it doesn’t get through onto your face and is just a waste of product. If you are going to use it make it the last step in your routine.


I don’t have my cycle anymore or know anyone who does…stuff for that is not appealing to me. There are a few boxes that center on that which would be more appropriate for such an item imo.


Just a thought, these will also help those with leaky bladders or to absorb any kind of discharge (for example, after sex?) I’m not a shill for thinx, I promise! I haven’t even tried mine out yet bc I fear I may need a bigger size than I ordered.


I wear a medium in everything and these fit very well. They are more of a full coverage than I am use to but the fit is good.


This is the 2nd box that I’ve seen you review. It doesn’t scream “Sunday Riley” to me. The brand is known for luxury facial products. If I’m correct, they had “period panties” in the last box, as well as a crystal. I don’t get the concept. I wish that it was more of a spa theme, with items that help busy women/moms relax. The last thing I want to think about is my period.


I feel like there are too many boxes with “spa” theme of sorts. I love Thinx but they’re pricey. Getting them in a sub box makes me feel like I’m actually getting something I need at a lower price.


This is the first SR box. There was a full spoiler post not too long ago though, so you might be mistaking that for a review.


This isn’t the 2nd box. It’s the one she spoiled a while ago, with the period panties and crystals. And I think the whole point of the panties is to make you forget about your period, because you don’t have to worry about leaky bloomers haha. This is a decently put-together box, but too expensive and not “Sunday Riley” enough


I tried to purchase this box , it looks like a dream come true box for me, but the code doesn’t work and although that is only $9.50 off, it bugs me enough to make me not want to order it. Hmmmm…..maybe the universe is telling me something. Such as too many sub boxes this month. I do REALLY like the items though!!!! Decisions decisions.


I jumped on this the day it came out & had a wee bit o’ regret when I read the 8 gazillion comments bashing the box for not having a full-size SR product. However, after reading this review, I’m really glad I’m receiving this- Not including the Headspace trial, it averages out to $9.50/ item, and I’d happily pay that for each the items if I saw them on a table at TJMaxx.
Great review, Liz!


I agree! I jumped on this box when it became available and I was excited about it … until I read all the comments and then I felt like a sucker. That said, having received the box and read Liz’s review, I’m back to being happy. I 100% agree that there should be at least one full-sized SR product (I’ve received a full size serum in a $15 box before so it seems like a no-brainer). I also think there were things they could have done to make it more special. For instance, a million boxes have included the 500ML BKR, the 1L size would have been a nice touch. Also, a 1-month subscription worth $13 is super meh, but a 90 day would have felt like a significant value-add. Hopefully they step it up for the next box.


The Good Genes serum has worked great for me in the past, definitely something you have to stick to using on a regular basis. Even though a little goes a long way, if you are using it regularly that size of bottle won’t last quarterly till the next box. I do agree having either that or the cleanser full size would make more sense. Also I do like the cleanser and great at removeing my make up too 🙂

I do think one thing quarterly boxes should keep in mind is “Will something in this box last till our next box, or will is remain relevant for that season?”

Side note if they were trying to make the products relevant to the season, Luna oil or Tidal cream would be more applicable to the dryer winter season.


Why aren’t my comments showing up?? Can someone please help, as the coupon code is not working!?!


HELP…The coupon code is not working! When I enter it at checkout it says that it’s invalid!!


the coupon code isn’t working for me. has anyone been able to successfully apply it?


I like the box in general, but it does not scream Sunday Riley to me. Even though I would love to get this box, and value seams to be there, nothing there is new and exciting enough for me. I would 100% get it though if it had full size SR product. This box is worth keeping an eye on anyway.


I really want this box but after entering code REFINERY10 it stated “invalid”. Any suggestions? Thank you!!


I was really hoping for more Sunday Riley products, or at least a full size product. I want to try good Genes, but I know it takes time to see the full results. I was hoping to get a full size bottle in the sub box and continue purchasing if it worked as well as many claim it does. I’ll check back next quarter. Hopefully Sunday Riley will take our feedback into consideration.

Thanks for your reviews, as always!


I actually saw immediate results when I began using Good Genes. As in next day results. I know that everyone is different, but I’ve read enough reviews to know that I’m not alone. There’s a small trial size in the Allure box this month which can be a very affordable way to try it out for a few days.


I LOVE this! I do wish there was a full-size product as well though, but they did capture my attention with this box anyway.

Tanya M.

Liz, I was so not interested in the box once I saw spoilers. Now after your review, I am hoping I am too late to buy it so I won’t cave. I want it now… thanks for the review. I think. Lol


You’d think that a Sunday Riley box would have all Sunday Riley products.


That would be so boring. And that would mean like 3 full-sized products at that cost?


Better than throwing in random items.


I completely agree that it’s super disappointing that a Sunday Riley subscription box doesn’t at least come with at least 1 full-size Sunday Riley product, but after reading this review I’m VERY tempted to subscribe as I would use every product!


I want this box! Omg. Just the Thinx and the BKR bottle make it worthwhile. I’ve also been wanting to try Headspace. So hard to not sub.


Preach Liz preach! I agree 100%

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