Sunday Riley Artemis review

Artemis, Artemis, Artemis. Where do I start. I have a love hate relationship with this product. The low point being when I tried to return it because it frustrated me so much, the high point when I panic bought a back-up as soon as I heard it was being discontinued. But love it I do.

(Now I’ve said that, I’m not entirely sure why I am writing a review of a product that is being discontinued… but please! Read on…)



What do they say?

Artemis is one of Sunday Riley’s range of oils. They say it is “a unique, complexion-balancing blend… it works to tone, detoxify and clarify for a clear, radiant glow”. This I 100% agree with, but more on that later.

They also say it is a “medley of lightweight, rapidly absorbed oils”. As far as I am concerned this is utter BS. This is the heaviest, gloopiest oil I have ever used – so much so that I was convinced it had gone off and therefore tried to return it. Again, more on that later.


Eucalyptus Staigeriana (ethically farmed Lemon Ironbark) oil, Backhousia Citriodora (organic Lemon Myrtle) oil, Citrus Paradisii (organic Pink Grapefruit) oil, Punica Granatum (organic Pomegranate) seed oil], Nigella Sativa (organic Black Cumin) seed oil, Silybum Marianum (organic Milk Thistle) seed oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) seed oil


How do I use it?

I happily use this morning and night. Because it is so thick, I dilute it with another oil – something that’s not going to impact it’s efficacy. MV Organic Skincare Jojoba or Jordan Samuel Etoile does the trick nicely. If I use it at night, it will be the last step in my routine, maybe after a serum, sometimes straight after toning. At night I mix one drop of the other oil into Artemis to loosen it up. In the morning I add a drop of Artemis to the other oil to give it some oomph as it’s too heavy to use a lot of in the morning. In the morning I will usually follow it with a moisturiser and/or SPF.

What do I think?

I bought this after falling in love with Luna and immediately wanted to try another Sunday Riley oil. I think I would get on well with any of her oils, but decided to go for this as it seemed like the best choice for acne prone skin.

I hated this when I first used it. It frustrated me so much. It was SO thick I couldn’t spread it on my face (note the use of the word spread – not a word I would use for any other oil, yet with Artemis even ‘spreading’ is hard). I used it so rarely because I found it a chore and an unenjoyable experience. But when I did use it, I really noticed the effects. Then it started to crystallise, which you can see from some of the pictures, and at this point I was convinced I had a bad batch so took it into my local Mecca Cosmetica to see what they thought. It turned out there was nothing wrong with it, the one they had in store was equally as thick (and the Instagram community has told me the crystallisation is normal!).

So I started experimenting by mixing it with other oils, and then I was onto a winner. Once I got over my application issues I started using this everyday, sometimes twice a day. It’s very rare that I expect to see overnight results with a product, especially an oil. Artemis however has magic powers when it comes to my breakouts. Every time I put this onto active breakouts, I go to bed 100% assured that I will wake-up with my blemishes either significantly receded or purged. Artemis is truly my safety blanket.

(p.s. I know lots of people hate the smell – I love it. It’s lemony, but in a herbal way, not a sweet way.)

Would I repurchase?

I cannot believe Sunday Riley are discontinuing this – just as Artemis and I found our groove. I have already bought one back-up, and I am seriously consider buying a second. Artemis is being replaced with U.F.O. I haven’t tried this, but I have heard good things. It has all of Artemis’ ingredients except Lemon Ironbark and Lemon Myrtle, and a whole host of additions, including salicylic acid. I’m not sure about having my acid in my oil… my skin does react to over-exfoliation and what if I want a break from acids? I have to stop using my oil as well? I’ll try a sample when I can get my hands on it, but I’m not convinced.

Aaaah – should I buy a second Artemis back-up? Help me!!

At the time of posting Sunday Riley Artemis is still available at Cult Beauty (£60)


4 thoughts on “Sunday Riley Artemis review

  1. Do you know of anywhere online that I can get it now before it’s gone? I’ve never tried it but have horrible skin and would love to get myself some to see if it helps temporarily until I can find something else. Is Luna anything like it? What about Biopic? I’ve found some of that and know it’s already discontinued. Thanks so much for your very much appreciated help.

    Brandy Garrett


    1. Hi – sorry for the delayed response. Artemis was discontinued quite a while ago now. Biopic I think is a moisturiser so not the same. I think UFO is the most similar to Artemis (although I’ve never tried UFO)


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