Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser Review

I bought this cleanser quite a few years ago and have been using it regularly and almost exclusively ever since, so I thought it was time for me to finally do a review of the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay cleanser. In a nutshell, it cleanses my skin well without drying it out. It’s a classic for me. Read on for the deets!


This product is meant to be a balancing, deep-cleaning cleanser. French green clay and Morrocan rhassoul lava clay removes impurities and tightens pores. Vitamin C enhances overall skin appearance by reducing the appearance of large pores, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Essential oils help balance, calm, and soothe skin.


The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser comes standard in a 125 mL sturdy plastic bottle with a twist-to-lock-and-unlock pump. One bottle generally lasts me four to six months. (Though lately it has been difficult for me to track how long a bottle lasts me as I’ve been experimenting with different cleansers.)


The instructions are simple. Give the bottle a gentle shake before use. Massage the cleanser onto skin. Then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

The product doesn’t foam or anything like that but becomes a bit milky in texture when mixed with water. I find it rather difficult to move around my face when the cleanser is directly applied to a dry face. When mixed with a bit of water though, it becomes fairly slippery and moves around easily when massaged on the skin. There’s a slight earthy scent to it, but nothing highly noticeable.

After rinsing off the product, my face feels clean. My cheeks don’t feel stripped or dry, and my t-zone is largely rid of its usual oiliness. I think it does a good job at surface cleaning and maybe even at a bit of the below-the-surface cleaning. With continued use, I don’t really notice any visible reduction in the appearance of my pores and I still do get clogged pores. So this cleanser isn’t an all-in-one solution to clogged pores, but I think it does do a good job at taking care of the daily cleaning. I also don’t notice any significant brightening effects with the Vitamin C in this product. However, I think a concentrated Vitamin C serum would be needed for that.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser


  • The twist to lock and unlock pump cap is fantastic. Pump dispensers are great because it keeps the product free from contamination, but are annoying when they need to be packed up for travel. It is so easy to accidently compress the pump dispenser in a stuffed bag resulting in a huge mess and major loss of product. However, the easy lock mechanism means worry-free travel!
  • After using this cleanser, my face feels clean but not stripped or dry. It effectively removes all the oiliness in my t-zone without stripping it. It is fairly rare for a single cleanser to be able to do that job for me. (I usually require multiple cleansers or multiple uses of the same cleanser to achieve that effect).


  • It is rather expensive for a cleanser, selling for $58 at Sephora.
  • I still have clogged pores despite the rather full complement of skincare products that I use in conjunction with this cleanser (all the necessary exfoliants and moisturizers). So, I feel like I haven’t quite found the perfect cleanser yet. I would like a cleanser that could do more in the cleaning department by keeping my pores consistently cleared (but that might just be a pipe dream).


Yes. As I had previously mentioned, this has been my regular cleanser for some time now. It is a classic for me.


  • While I still haven’t found the perfect cleansing solution, the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser comes pretty close. I think it is a great cleanser for those days where you only want to cleanse once. Especially for those with combination skin (oily t-zone, normal to dry cheeks).
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser
Ingredients and instructions for use: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser

Anyone have any suggestions of great cleansers for combination skin? Or effective solutions for clogged pores? Please share if you do!

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