Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

Firstly I must address how this takes the trophy for the most unnecessarily wordiest product name in the history of makeup launches. Congratulations Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. This has been on my shopping list for the longest of times. I’m not even sure what pushed me over the edge to purchase it in the end – perhaps I was just feeling super spendy that day? Well, whatever the cause I’m bloomin’ glad I did cause it’s really rather lovely. It’s billed as an oil-free and oxygen-rich, skincare pumped, sheer tint of colour that can be used alone or as a base for makeup and I can’t really argue with that. It does exactly what it says on the tin, depositing a light wash of coverage (FYI it comes in three shades, I’m Light) that mimics the texture of skin and operates in the realms of a tinted moisturiser, while providing a ready to go base for foundation if required. I find it to work particularly well as a bit of a lube-like primer on dry skin days (lube – that’s a word I never thought I’d use on here). The results are so subtle that even I struggled to see the difference until I paired a before and after photo side by side, but that’s the point. This stuff is seamless. Personally I like it most on its on, paired with a touch of concealer under the eyes; it stifles my redness, blurs away blemishes and gives a healthy dose of colour to my complexion.

The only downer, is the £38 that must be shelled out in order to purchase it from Cult Beauty; but, when you look at it as a multi-tasking primer/tinted moisturiser hybrid it’s not too bad, right? There you go, there’s your justification right there.

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  • Sophie

    So tempted, Anna! x

  • Ruby Duchess

    That is a ridiculously long name but it does look lovely on you! I really need something with a hint of colour for those days that I feel like going light because during the winter I am GREY.

  • The name is funny. reminds me of the “much breathable” “such effortless” thing. Anyway, it looks really good! I’d like to see it work on my redness.

  • Jessica Rose

    Bit of a mouthful that one isn’t it!

  • Stefanie Meier

    I wish that this wasn’t so pricey because I really am intrigued


  • I just posted a review of this as well! I liked it a lot but I hated it as a primer – I didn’t find that it really did much for me in terms of making my foundation last longer or go on smoother. This is a great slap and go product though!

    Stephanie | Love, August

  • Nina Zane

    Wow the look of this foundation looks amazing on, so pricey though :)xx

  • hbrooksh

    Looks so lovely! After Karima’s demo and now your review, I may just put this in my queue now!

  • Sarah

    What is the beautiful blush pictured above the ysl glossy stain?

  • Fernanda

    Wow, I can’t believe how subtle it is, yet… What a difference! Why, oh why, Anna?? I need this in my life now! x

  • Millie

    Love this foundation but it is quite pricey. Like that it gives just the right amount of coverage xx Hi check out my blog thank youu x

  • Chaitra

    Wow 🙂 There is a marked difference in the pictures! Interesting!

  • Karen Derbyshire

    I have never heard of this before but it looks great!! Very subtle and fresh! Xx

  • Sybil Mae

    There is a much bigger difference there than I thought there was going to be, i’m impressed!

  • Madeleine S-B

    Looks amazing, but your skin is really good anyway (: I’d like to try this out but it looks like it would be a little bit dark for my skin :

  • Stephanie

    It’s definitely expensive but it looks fantastic!


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  • NadFor

    Impressive difference! Such a pity it is so expensive..


  • Very expensive indeed! However your skin looks amazing here! You look really healthy and radiant x

  • This looks so nice, but the price!!! If it was cheaper I’d consider it

    Tiny Alis

  • Holy wow! This has been on my wish list for awhile, but after seeing the results it has been bumped up on the list! Gorgeous!

  • I’ve actually just gotten it myself and done some before and after photos, too. 🙂 I love it. It’s so great for days when you’re not in the mood to bother with foundation but also don’t want to look terrible.

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  • Chelsea Leigh

    I really like the fact that it’s tinted!

  • DB

    Looks beautiful! I really love the Dr Jart BB Cream in Platinum though, it does a similar thing with sheer coverage but a really nice moisturised surface on its oven or with a powder to set and for a bit more coverage if needed. It is around just £14 on offer in Boots…think I might stick to that for now!

  • debasree banerjee

    It is actually seamless, I had to struggle to find out which one out of the two you were wearing the tinted primer before I read the post, you have flawless skin.

  • Primers seem to be a big thing now more than ever, it’s very clever that it’s tinted. Not something I’d use though.

    Colourful Stuff | Beauty, Fashion, Life ♥

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • This makes your skin look so healthy and glowing, love it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • You are literally reading my mind right now! I just bought this and am so excited to use it (they sent me the wrong color so I won’t be testing it for a minute). I also love (LOVE) Clarins Flash Beauty Balm. Great post!

  • Robyn Bell

    A tinted primer sounds great, ive been using a Youngblood primer which is nice but lacks something… TINT!! Ive been paying £35 for that one so think i can push the extra £3 xx

  • Harriet

    Oh how am-may-zing does that tinted primer look? Absolutely love it!! x

  • Its gives you such a healthy glow!

  • steph

    I love the way you photographed the product

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  • Celina

    That’s quite pricey but it sounds like a lovely product. I have never tried products by Sunday Riley before but I’ll have to keep my eyes out for them.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • dannii ofe

    this looks lovely, your skin looks so healthy and naturally perfect in the second photo, although its still pretty amazing in the first, all the skincare definitely pays off!

  • Jessie Hao

    “lube – that’s a word I never thought I’d use on here” LOL

    It looks really subtle and would like to try. What about its staying power? I do not mind it’s light on the skin as long as it stays on well:)

  • I bought this recently during my trip to NYC and it’s fab! Love how it evens out my skin and it really does create a flawless base for foundation. Worth the splurge! xo

  • Sunday Riley products are always so expensive, but they are incredible. Their skincare is on another level of fabulous.

    Love this tinted primer on you!

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Prettysnoopy

    wow this looks amazing!! Your skin looks absolutely flawless! xx

  • Eleri Roberts

    Silly name. Ah-mazing product. x

    Eleri Roberts

  • Faidah Mimbantas

    you’re so Pretty! When I look at you I remember my sister. Anyways I do admit I’m a new follower, I’ve seen when I saw the vlog about how to start blogging, something like that! and I get encouraged.

  • Tara

    Does anyone know if it’s non-comedogenic? I finally found a site that ships to Canada without it costing an arm and a leg with taxes.

  • Joanna Randall

    This is an amazing product. Yes, it is expensive, however I have been using it since September last year and I still have 3/4 of a bottle left. Good value for money.

  • I’d love to try it but it’s a bit expensive for something I’m not sure about.