I have an embarrassing confession. When I was first awarded the opportunity to review Summer Fridays, I mistakenly noted the brand as “Sunday Riley,” a similar but different digital native brand with a notable hero product (SR’s Good Genes could go toe-to-toe with the buzz factor for SF’s Jet Lag Mask). Luckily, I cleared up this particular beauty writer’s occupational hazard with plenty of time to delve into Summer Friday’s gorgeous products.
For several weeks, I applied Summer Friday’s staples to my skin daily—and vitamin Can oil-free cream, an all-in-one facial oil, a lip balm and a Vitamin C eye cream. I reveled in the hard-working Jet Lag mask and even tried one of the brand’s newest launches: a sheer complexion that left me dewy beyond my wildest dreams. And while the brand generally left a positive impression, some products stood out more (much more) than others.
So without further ado, here are my honest reviews of some of Summer Friday’s most popular products.
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The summer Friday story
Okay, a bit of a rant. But only because Summer Fridays aren’t coming to us from some vague, faceless internet entity. It’s worth noting that the brand was co-founded by Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Ireland, two longtime beauty influencers with their own strong followings. (Especially Hewittwhose Instagram followers are currently at 1.1 million)
The duo launched Summer Fridays in 2018 with just one product, The Jet Lag mask, and continues to add vegan, cruelty-free products to their portfolio. Four years later, Summer Fridays has become one of the most sought-after skincare brands on the market, selling in Sephora, Selfridges, NET-A-PORTER and beyond.
“None of us have an ego when it comes to making decisions,” Ireland shared with us earlier this year. “Often founders—especially co-founders—can get in the way of their own success because they allow ego to drive their decision-making. But when you’re able to put feel first, decisions become clearer and easier to make. It is a remarkable shift and I recommend it to anyone in all aspects of life – not just business.”
Summer Friday’s Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer Review
Like almost all Summer Fridays products, Cloud Dew comes in a lovely glass jar. It also lives up to its name – the pink-tinted gel feels as light as a feather on your fingers and face.
If you’re looking for a thick cream to slather on, Cloud Dew is not your bet. But if you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer, the oil-free formula packs a deceptively strong punch with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, amino acids and a pineapple enzyme rich in vitamins E and C. The jelly-like product glides on beautifully and left my skin silky smooth.
Last thought: This would be a large summer moisturizer. I’m not sure it can stand strong in a hardcore winter skincare routine, but moisturizer doesn’t (and shouldn’t) always be needed. Plus, if you need to even it out a bit, just add a few drops of Summer Friday’s Facial Oil.
And speaking of…
Summer Friday’s Heavenly Sixteen All-In-One Face Oil Review
OKAY. This is the thing. By far the most luxurious product in my Summer Friday range, the Heavenly Face Oil is aptly named. It’s beautiful to look at – the glass jar takes on an orange ombre effect as you work your way through the bottle – and even more lush when it penetrates the skin.
If the most important measure of any good facial oil need to moisturize and moisturize, Summer Fridays’ product has it in spades. A rich blend of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and balancing blackcurrant gives my skin the boost it craves without leaving me looking like an oil slick.
Last thought: For anyone just starting to dabble in facial oils, Summer Fridays’ bestseller would be a great place to start. The all-in-one formula is essentially one-size-fits-all, and comes in at a relatively modest price (especially compared to other popular face oils). Plus, a little packs a solid glow.
Summer Fridays Light Aura Vitamin C + Peptide Eye Cream Review
Besides the usual early 30s complaints, I’d say my biggest skin concern is dark circles. For me, the best eye creams should feel ultra-hydrating (but not too heavy) and be armed with effective ingredients.
Last thought: While I wish the eye cream was just a bit more hydrating, the ingredients—caffeine, vitamin C, and skin-firming peptides—were a perfect addition to my morning routine. The sensitive skin around my eyes was brighter and my bags under my eyes were noticeably less puffy. In short, it’s a solid morning eye cream.
Summer Friday’s CC Me Serum Review
One of the first products to be added to the Summer Fridays range after Jet Lag, CC Me Serum has a huge fan base – and deservedly so. It smells fresh (a feat for vitamin C serums), comes in a lovely opaque pump bottle to protect the product, and has two super-concentrated forms of vitamin C.
I definitely think it helped even out and brighten my skin, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture. It’s light (which is nice), but it doesn’t sink in as well as you’d expect from something so light. It can end up feeling a bit rubbery or worse – causing the dreaded pilling effect.
Final Thought: All around, it’s a strong vitamin C serum, but I’d probably still swap the sweet-smelling serum for it SkinCeutical’s splurgier (and admittedly smellier) formula.
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm Review
As a chronic sufferer of chapped lips, I demand a lot from a lip treatment. Honestly, this one left me wanting. It sits beautifully on the lips and adds an enviable glossy shine. But it didn’t do much to moisturize.
Final thought: If you’re looking for aesthetics, the Butter Balm, which comes in a range of sheer shades, is great. Just make sure your lips already feel nourished.
*Note: That being said, most reviewers think love the butter balm (it was even nominated for several Lure Readers’ Choice Awards). So maybe it’s me…I am the problem.
Summer Friday’s Sheer Skin Tint Review
Everyone, be quiet while I go on and on about a tinted moisturizer that made me change my tune to tinted moisturizers.
Summer Fridays’ first makeup product (it just debuted this summer) does what few sheer shades can: offer actual coverage. It goes on smoothly and sinks in beautifully, leaving my skin glowing and hydrated thanks to a dose of hyaluronic acid and squalane. I am so addicted to its dewy effect; I mix it with my go-to Armani foundation when I’m looking for more coverage (more skin tone than Armani to be honest).
Last thought: It’s perfect. The only thing that could make it better would be if there was SPF built in, but that’s just me being greedy.
Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask Review
As much as I enjoyed the Summer Fridays products, my overall note tended to be that my skin needed more moisture. Summer Fridays’ hero product, the Jet Lag mask, literally saves the day. it is thickthat combines the brand’s airy, lightweight feel with extreme hydration (which I can only assume is some sort of proprietary magic trick).
A recent reformulation also made the formula fragrance-free, making it a little less sexy, but perfect for sensitive skin. And while the mask (armed with niacinamide, glycerin and hyaluronic acid) comes out of the tube as white as toothpaste, it goes on sheer, making it perfect for an ultra-hydrating primer.
Last thought: The Jet Lag mask may seem a bit pricey, but its versatility and power (a little goes a long way) help justify the cost.