I bought this product after I used a sample size and I was really satisfied with it: it faded my acne a bit and felt really good on the skin. I bought the big bottle after my birthday and at first, I wasn't happy with this product anymore: it seemed to do nothing for my skin. But now, in the cold winter months, I began using it again (2-3 times a week, using it more gives me spots) and I'm really satisfied. It's really odd: you don't see any actual difference, but when you put it on in the night, you look really good in the morning. Your skin has more color in it, you look more radiant and your make-up applies better. I recommend using it during the winter months (I work as a beauty advisor for Yves Rocher and you shouldn't use serums all year long, since it makes your skin lazy and over-moisturized), not more than 2-3 times a week and I find that applying a thin layer works better than a thick layer: I once made a face mask out of it, and it did absolutely nothing for my, plus I lost like 1/4 of my bottle. I felt really stupid.
I really like the bottle and the packaging: it has a old-school apothecary feel to it and I also really like the smell, but you have to like spicy, medicinal-like scents.
I would definitely recommend it, but it's very pricey, and you don't have to use it all year long.
This is a HG product for me. I used to have really severe acne and I tried all sorts of treatments for it - antibiotics, Clinique's acne skincare programme, Roacctuane/Accutane - which certainly helped alleviate it but I relapsed, Neutrogena grapefruit wash which controlled the acne somewhat and wasn't as harsh as Clinique but made my skin cry for moisture, Pro Activ (NEVER EVER put that on your skin! Please.) and various other methods which completely dried out my skin and left it raw. Then after using only natural products (such as Lush) or highly recommended products (Liz Earle, Clarins) on my skin for about 6 months - providing it with the nourishment that it needed - I came across ANR. My friend had been raving about it.
Every night, I warm about 3 drops of ANR between my finger tips and press it into my skin. Just like a facial oil. Afterwards I put on some facial oil and a lovely moisturiser. Following up ANR with these types of products is vital - I feel as though the serum doesn't work on its own but when combined with a nourishing moisturiser or oil (or both!) then you'll see a major difference when you wake up in the morning. After excitedly sleeping when I used ANR for the first time, I rushed to the mirror to see if the hype was all true. It was. My skin looked plumped and nourished, it felt smooth, my big spotty clusters had drastically reduced and my pores had shrunk a little bit. I haven't had a clustering breakout since and gradually, slowly but surely, my skin is getting much better.
I even get compliments on my skin. Despite having still quite a way to go to completely banish fading acne spots and scars, I often get compliments from strangers. I once told someone I had severe acne, she was in disbelief and said that I had a wonderful glow to my skin and that she couldn't tell. At makeup counters I've been told I have great skin. I'm telling you this because I never used to be told these things and it's a bit of a pleasant shock for me.
Let me put this into perspective for you, I used to cover up my acne and the scars with a lot of foundation. Even when I used a small ampunt, you could tell I was covering up and I think the foundation drew more attention to my horrible uneven skin texture and tone, after using ANR I barely wear foundation and when I do, my skin looks flawless. It is not about foundation really, it's about how well the skin is underneath. I would honestly say that 50% of makeup application is about good skin. I've seen both extremes and stuck to the same foundations, there is certainly a difference.
Ever since using ANR, my skin has come a long way. I still have a few scars from persistent pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads from the past but since ANR came into my life it has really helped to clear up those problems for me. I barely get spots anymore and if I do they're not in horrific clusters anymore. If I notice a spot from not removing makeup properly, I dab a little Clarins Lotus Oil over the offending spot after I've applied ANR and the spot is dramatically reduced by the morning.
My slight criticism is that the dropper application sometimes gets bubbles in it and when I try and drop a bit of serum onto my fingers there are lots of bubbles in the way so I can't really tell whether it's a drop or a lot of bubbles sometimes, but just use your judgement if this happens to you. If after 2 drops/lots of bubbles you don't think you've applied enough to your skin, then take another drop/lots of bubbles and that should do! Skin will feel silky smooth afterwards and then after 5 minutes you're ready to apply your oil and/or/with moisturiser.
The price is expensive but I'm willing to pay that much for brilliant skin: it's magic in a gimmicky medicinal looking bottle. I will continue to use ANR without question, it is my ultimate HG and I am so pleased and happy that my skin is finally on the mend for the long term.
I really wanted this to work for me; however, my skin just didn't like it but I am pretty certain that most people that tried this would fall in love with it. GET A SAMPLE and try it, please. I had tried the older version, and it was amazing. Dark spots disappeared, my skin felt soft and supple, and I just RADIATED. I stopped using it because I was really just too poor to purchase it (thank you, college!). I had the same thing happen with this formula... for a week. Then, I began breaking out. I was wondering if it was an external factor (stress, hormones?) so I tried it again. I broke out, YET AGAIN. I am terrified because I'm not quite sure I will find something that was so amazing as the original formula.
THAT being said, I have had success using this as a spot treatment. I am guessing that the clarifying element that was added is the culprit of my breakouts. It's probably just too strong for my acne-prone and very reactive skin. So, it's basically a very expensive spot treatment. Since I use so little of it now, I am betting that I will get a lot of use out of it.
Does anyone know if ARN can be used during pregnancy? I have wrote EL and asked and they suggested I should check with my doctor :(.
I bought the 5ml sample size via ebay. Good thing i did cause it slammed the other products down. Just to give a brief background, im suffering from PCOS and cystic pimples are everywhere on my face -which by the way very normal for me. I have been taking many herbs and supplements but these did not do any help to combat or even regulate the pimples. So i ended up trying and using many products. But my search is finally over. I should had bought this in the first place to save me bucks. My routine consists of kojic soap (am & pm), medicated toner prescribed by my derm (am & pm) and this miracle worker (pm only). For 6 straight days of this routine plus sunblock and Estee Lauder Double Wear, i already experienced a dramatic change - believe me it's really dramatic cause my colleagues even said that my skin is like the skin of a toddler. Today is the 7th day and my skin is even-toned, less oily, glowing while the pimples just dried out without the flakiness. I hope these effects will continue and won't go away. By the time the sample size bottle becomes empty, i will definitely go to the nearest Rustan's store to buy the bigger bottle.
I am extremely happy with this product. I think I have finally found my HG skin product. My mother gave this to me as a gift and I began using it about 2 weeks ago after a disasterous experience with NARS new brightening serum and rich moisturizing lotion. I LOVE NARS products but those skin care products made me break out in a way that literally nothing in my life ever has. I had pimples, zits and whiteheads all over my forehead and looked like I was 16 years old. It gave me huge cystic zits as well. IT was a BAD situation.
I stopped using those products and began using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair serum (and the re-nutrive replenishing comfort creme) and within a day my zits began to disappear. 4 days in they had significantly disappeared and now 2 weeks later they are completely gone and my skin is "back to normal" but very soft, moisturized and I see a significant reduction in fine lines.
I have extremely dry and sensitive skin which is mitigated by vitamin supplements I take but I have to use very rich, moisturizing creams. These products by Estee Lauder are better than most Chanel products I have used and even rival their $400 Sublimage cream which did amazing things for my skin.
I will definitely repurchase this serum.
I loved every thing about this product except the fact that every time i had used it, I woke up the next morning with four or so white heads which in turn left red marks that wouldn't go away for three weeks.
Apart from giving me white heads, the product also gave me the most glowing and healthy looking skin I've ever had! I would definitely recommend this product to people who never have problems with white heads/spots and have a 100 bucks to put on a serum.
This is a truly amazing product. I have been using it consistently for 2 weeks now and there is a significant difference in my skin. My skin seems to have normalized; less oil during the day, soft and supple, and pores appear smaller. I am a fan and will continue to purchase this until it does me wrong.
i've only been using it for a week but so far, so good - my flakes are gone, no more tightness, and foundation applies better. but what i really like about it is that it actually makes me sleep better at night. i don't know what's in it that makes me wake up fresh in the morning but it's a real pleasant side effect i must say. will continue using it until the last drop and see what results i get from finishing a bottle.
This the only anti-age product which I believe in its performance a hundred percent. I really repairs and renews the skin. A few drops are enough both for face and neck area. It's texture is quite nice. It's pricey but 50ml and sometimes 75ml (I think) sizes are more economical. I put the product in the refrigerator and this helps to preserve it a long time. A must product.