Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner

This is something I have wanted to try for aggggesss!  Still holding out for the Saturn Sulphur mask too, but it isn’t available in the UK yet. Cult Beauty had a flash sale for 25% off Sunday Riley so I grabbed this with both hands!

What is it?

An innovative ‘essence’ targeting dehydrated, acne-prone complexions – infusing skin with moisture while alleviating stress and soothing redness to help calm and clarify. A great post-cleansing booster for oily skin, it prevents a shiny complexion and leaves your face perfectly prepped for moisturiser or foundation


How do I use this?

After cleansing I applied one pump to my fingers and massaged it gently into my dry skin.  The light green runny gel disappears into a clear water toner.  You can use a cotton pad if you’d prefer, but I just find it easier to use my fingers. Can be used morning or night.


Whats in it?

Bentonite Clay – lifts away excess sebum & tightens pores to reduce breakouts & deliver a matte finish, reducing redness and irritation.

Marshmallow & Green Tea – Helps to soothe redness and irritation

Manuka & Black Cumin and Magnolia Bark extracts – anti-bacterial properties to help prevent blemishes.


Initial Thoughts 

Great for my dehydrated oily skin as it doesn’t feel heavy. I haven’t noticed any immediate effects, but possibly continued use over a long period of time will help. I have seen some minor reduction in redness but nothing to write home about. The smell is less than ideal, I can cope with it but it’s not pleasant. This could be a deal breaker for many people.

I really enjoy using this.  It is so easy to use and fit into my current routine.  I am currently only using this at night.  It absorbs so easily without leaving any greasy residue or heavy feeling on my skin.



  1. Absorbs very well into my skin without leaving a heavy residue
  2. Has really helped oil control – made my skin more matt through out the day with less need for powder top ups.
  3. Very cooling on the skin
  4. Need to test further but so far has helped existing blemishes but reducing redness.


  1. Expensive £48 (when it is full price – a big con really!)
  2. Smell – some people might find it a con, it’s not the nicest smell but not too unpleasant.

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