Sunday Riley Artemis Face Oil – Fixer Upper

I turned into a face-oil convert ever since I experienced the lovely benefits from my first one, Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+. And after the success of Sunday Riley Good Genes and the wonders it brings on my skin, what better way to expand my face oil arsenal by getting one of the oil offerings from the brand.

It took me quite some time to write this review because I had a hard time finding the right words for it. The oil itself is rather complex and I am still a newcomer in the face oil-world. But let’s try, shall we?

Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil


As of now, Sunday Riley has three face oils in her skincare line: Juno, Artemis and Flora (used to be Isis). I was going to get Juno first, but after a few consideration and a lot of review readings, I decided to get this one instead. Here’s why:

Artemis is described as “a complexion balancing blend of clarifying, toning, and detoxifying oils for a clean and healthy glow from within.” It’s said to possess the ability to combat redness, fight premature aging, and provide anti-inflammatory, purifying and cleansing benefits. –Skin & Tonics

Artemis is aimed at a slightly confused skin – it is clarifying, toning and detoxifying and smells lovely due to the medicinal lemon ironbark and myrtle. This one is anti-inflammatory, cleansing and purifying. –Caroline Hirons

The underlined words up there are pretty much the reasons why I’m sold on Artemis. Slightly confused skin? Oh yeah, definitely. Sometimes my skin still acts like a rebellious teenager. And when it does, it’s havoc in the house.

Artemis’ ingredients are also antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal.


Let me just state here first that I am not a fan of the scent. It reminds me of oregano or Italian herbs and it’s pungent. It’s so strong that I could smelled it before I open the box when I first got it. It’s very interesting how a lemony scent comes out once I blend the oil into the skin. Oregano and lemon are not something I’m used to, at least for the first couple of months. I literally had to hold my breath when I use this. I’m quite used to it by now, though I still don’t like the scent.

I use this only at night time and I think it’s the right call because Artemis feels rich. It took me a while before I found the right use for it and to be honest, it made me slightly frustrated in the beginning. It works beautiful on one night and it could give me bumps on the next. After using it for some time, I suddenly found it, that silver lining.

I’ve found that Artemis works best when my skin is acting up due to PMS or general stress from work, or life *ahem*. During those times, I usually will have few tiny bumps here and there, even pimples. Artemis does everything that it promises to be. All of those underlined-key words above are true. It clarifies and detoxifies the skin. It purifies and cleanses the skin’s impurities. The anti-inflammatory quality definitely helps calming down pimples and redness. It doesn’t get rid of pimple(s) in one night, but it sure does help deflated it and made it less painful. This is important especially if I’m going to a special event in the next (few) day(s).

I couldn’t count how many times Artemis had become a savior during these ordeals, unknowingly and after. It was just one lucky night that I noticed the difference and ever since then, I always rely on this oil to be the hero on my bad skin day. I use 5 drops mixed with Avène Thermal Spring Water. The oil is rich that 1 drop makes a difference. 4 drops aren’t quite enough but 6 drops are definitely too much.


Now, here’s the catch. It’s truly a complexion-balancing oil for me. Artemis helps to fix and makes my skin back to a normal, happy state. That being said, it’s a double-edged sword for me when I use it every single day. It breaks me out! And this is the part where I realize that Artemis is rich and potent. I probably have a reaction to the essential oils used (lemon ironbark, lemon myrtle and pink grapefruit) when exposed too much. That’s not a problem though, because once I stop using it, the breakout recedes in no time.

So, how do I schedule the usage? It’s pretty simple. I use it 2-3 times a week, once in every other day-type of schedule. On bad skin day, I could use it straight for 2, sometimes 3 days, but not more than that, otherwise I will have that reversed effect. I generally don’t layer Artemis over Good Genes, but sometimes I do when I feel the skin needs a huge boost. On normal schedule, I use other (lighter) serum such as SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence or Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin.

Aside from the whole detox and clarifying attributes, I also find Artemis has refined my skin even more as well. It makes it more toned, clear and radiant. It’s not necessarily brightening like what Good Genes does, but the healthy glow it leaves is unmistakably Sunday Riley’s :)

I have to say that this is one expensive oil. At USD 125, this is not everyone’s cup of tea. For 30 ml, it will last me a long time so I suppose that’s where the justification comes in.

But first and foremost, I consider Artemis to be a super food for my skin, when I need it.


  1. Yes. I totally agree with you! Oils can be a bit too much sometimes, but the easiest way to nourish and hydrate the skin because the skin recognise them as oils. I will definitely get this one… After I get Juno though! ;)


      1. I’m using face oils for quite a while now too and I feel like my skin care is incomplete without one! It’s tricky though because some oils can be a bit too much! But used carefully they are amazing! Can’t wait for a review on Juno too! ;) xx


  2. I seriously LOVE this oil and SERIOUSLY have no luck with any of their products.. which is sad because I’d love to make my $$$ worth..

    I’m just gonna share a little (TMI) bit of my experience with Artemis Oil. It worked heavenly when I was in Jakarta, nothing life-changing but it worked! Strangely, right after I moved back to US, I found my skin in such a horrible condition. It literally flaked the hell out of my face! I could make cereal out of it :D -ok I’m gross- I couldn’t figure out why and right after I stopped my Artemis, my flakiness was gone!

    So I figure, it was just a badluck between me and Artemis.. I haven’t touched the Good Genes and Ceramic Cleanser as well because I freaked out it was going to happen again.

    I’m glad it works on you though! better luck for me next time :D



  3. Hi Kae, just found your blog and I love how you reviewed Artemis. Been eyeing this product for a while and my biggest trigger to adopt it is exactly the same with the words that you underlined above! So, do you think Artemis will be a great help too to diminish red acne marks that has been sitting for months? And I have mild rosacea too (I think), do you think it will help to reduce it? Thanks! :)



    1. Hi Felice, thank you for reading!

      Artemis is most suited when the skin is acting up. It calms down blemishes with its clarifying and anti-inflammatory properties. But it’s not meant to fade the spots afterwards.

      If you’re looking to diminish the post acne spots, you’re better off with products that contain AHA or brightening ingredients. If you have mild rosacea, you might want to look into Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream (that I’ve reviewed as well). It’s a fantastic product.

      Hope that helps!


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