As other misfortunates have said, I really wanted to like this product but unfortunately it broke me out along with the night repair synchronized recovery complex.
The bottle was pretty and I liked the effect that the light reflecting particles had on my skin but sadly I have had to cease using it.
I was very torn in my decision to get this product or not. I had heard a lot of good things and some bad. It was also pricey at $46.50 for 1oz. I saw it had won some awards too so i decided to buy it. Its a pale yellow serum-gel that smells like sweet sweet citrus. I will say i can defiantly tell a difference in the evenness of my skin short term and long term. I have a scar/ deep wrinkle in my forehead. It has made a dramatic difference in a month and a half.and seems to have made that problem area a lot less noticeable. The best thing is shrinking my pores. I have huge pores and this is the best result from anything i have tried for that issue. One of the most important ingredients is silicone which fills them in temporarily but gives your face an amazing even look. My makeup goes on flawless because my skin is so soft and smooth. It also includes some antioxidants and whiting agents. There is so much its used for its worth the money. I think it is a miracle product and would recommend purchasing! A little goes a long way and i love the container, pumps are more sanitary. Try it out!
I really wanted to like this product! I have great skin! I at best get 1 big nasty pimple a year, but never have break out issues. I am religious about moisturizing and have found a regime that works great for me! My only issue is uneven skin tone, so this product had me really excited! I bought the smaller bottle to start and listened to everything the sales associate had to say at the Dillards counter. She did her best to sell me the full skincare system but I just pointed to my face and said thanks but what I use now works great for me! I am in medical sales so I get trying to "up sell". I used as directed for 2 days and on the morning of the 3rd day I woke up to itchy, red, inflammed, dry patches and a full on break out of teenage proportions (I'm 34). I was mortified & pissed! I had a photo shoot coming up that week so a full on break out couldn't have been worse timing! I promptly returned the product only to deal with a very rude sales associate that insisted that there was no way I could have had an allergic reaction to Estee Lauder products because they were made from the highest quality ingredients (her words)! I smiled and pointed to my face and said well clearly I'm the exception so please refund me!
Unfortunately part of my experience was tainted by dealing with a rude sales associate. But the product itself was nicely packaged, smelled good and felt good going on. I hate that my skin didn't respond so nicely to it! I used Cetaphil RestoraDerm as a moisturizer for a week and it cleared everything up just in time to say cheese!
I work closely with a plastic surgeon that has a medi spa and she had previously suggested a retinol based compound that she will cater to me to soften and lighten the appearance of a surgical scar I have and said it would do double duty to even out my skin tone on my face as well. I think I'll be calling her to take advantage of that offer!
I love this product! @saphiric you do need to moisturize over this product. I asked this when I went to the store and the consultant was very specific about moisturizing over the top of the Even Skintone Illiminator. The Cooling Eye Illuminator IS an eye moisturizer, but not the Even Skintone. I have issues with scars and some blotchiness. When I used this product, My skin was redder in the first few minutes but within a few minutes, everything EVENED out...it wasn't all to the lightest shade on my skin, but it wasn't red or dark like other parts of my skin. My foundation looked amazing. I use the DayWear Tinted Moisturizer and a little bit of Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder and I'm all set. Fantastic! I will buy again.
I am very fair but I have a lot of red on my face across my cheeks and on the bridge of my nose (ppl always ask me if I'm sunburn!) so I usually pack on the foundation to cover it up. I've been using this about 3 wks and I cant believe the difference it has made in that redness!! Even the times where I would be red all day (mornings I took a showere: hot or cold didnt matter!) I get out the shower red put this and maybe an hour or 2 later it has calmed considerably! I tried the original Idealist and it was not for me, it contains silicone and I just dont prefer that. Also, I like that you can use this day and night unlike the original that is not recommended at night. I went from having to pack on the foundation to using a powder foundation! I'm so very very pleased!!
I was very skeptical about the claims on this... I saw the ad in a magazine and was intrigued. I have now used this for 3 weeks and, I hate to say it, but I actually see a difference. My my scars are noticeably lighter. This hasn't stopped new breakouts but it's helped diminish the look of older ones on my chin and forehead. I haven't seen this do anything for redness however. I definitely give this two thumbs up though for healing my scars, I'll be buying the big bottle next time.
I have been using it for two days and I can see a difference already. My go to product has always been Black Opal Fade Gel...which usually works in 14days; however, I can see a difference already and I have acne prone/sensitive skin. I have also used Ambi in the past (which breaks me out too). Whether I pick or don't pick I scar...with this the scars are fading overnight and healing faster.
Only been using this 6 days. Cant tell if its done anything yet. If I dont see any difference by the time I finish the bottle, I wont buy it again because its expensive ($58 for one ounce). I have a lot of post-acne red spots I want to get rid of, and they have been there a while, and so I have low expectations for this to do anything, since nothing has helped dramatically with those. This serum is lighter than the regular Idealist, and has quite a bit of shimmer in it. It hasnt caused me breakouts (that I know of yet). They probably brought this to the market because of the "success" of the clinique even better clinical. that serum did clog my pores, so I never used it long enough to see a difference. I dont like that they bottles are now plastic instead of glass, and they made the bottle opaque. I'll update once I finish the bottle.********update 6/21/11************ been using this for two weeks now and I DO see a difference. my acne scars have faded enough that I need no concealer now, just foundation. Also, has not broken me out which is a miracle. I'm impressed and would buy it again.******update 7/16/11******** still using this every morning, and still hasnt broken me out. still doing an OK job at fading acne spots but its slow going.
I have been using this product for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it. It has transformed my skin! I had acne scars and discoloration, just general unevenness in my skin, and after the 2 weeks (which is when EL said you would notice a difference) I did! Also there is a luminosity about my skin which is amazing. I get sooo many compliments on my skin now, which never used to happen. I use this in accordance with other estee lauder skin care products too. This is definitely going to be a re-purchase for me, because I just can't imagine not using it now. I can't wait to see what my skin will look like after 12 weeks.
INGREDIENTS (not listed on website): water, dimethicone, isododecane, cyclopetasiloxane, polysilicone 11, butylene glycol, ascorbyl glucoside ,peg-10 dimethicone, gentiana lutea (gentian) root extract, orzya sativa (rice) bran extract, hydroloyzed rice bran extract, turmeric root extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, wheat germ extract, cucumber fruit extract, scutellaria baicallensis root extract, mulberry root extract, trametes versicolor extract, barley extract, salicylic acid, caffeine, cholesterol, acetyl glucosamine, squalane, yeast extract, sunflower seedcake, isohexadecane, peg6 dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol, tocopheryl acetate, pgd, polysorbate 20, glycerrhetinic acid, polysorbate 80, sodium hyaluronate, sodium sulfite, sodium metasulfite, acryl ameide, ammonium acrylolyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, potassium sorbate, di-c12-18 alkyl dimonium chloride, fragrance, tromethamine, tin oxide, sodium hydroxide, disodium edt, bht, phenoxyethanol, linalool, limonene, mica, titanium dioxide, bismuth oxychloride, carmine
(hand typed from the back of the box for the face illuminator)
WHEW that's probably the longest list I've ever seen on a product.
**update: thanks p_evavic for informing me that this face illuminator has the exact ingredient as the eye illuminator!**
On to the review:
Skin background: Acne all cleared from prescription retinol, skin is smooth but have hyperpigmentation (dark marks, the likes), and pitted scarring on both cheeks
My expectations: Since Lauder advertised this as a serum proven to 'dramatically' reduce the look of discoloration and dark spots, I was expecting it to do just that. And for the hefty price (1 oz = $58 w/o tax) I was expecting my spots to fade by at least a good 85%.
Packaging: Very Hygienic. Comes in a pale blue pump bottle. The serum itself is beigy and surprisingly shimmery. It smells amazing (citrusy) but I would prefer it if it was sans fragrance. But this IS Estee Lauder so I can't honestly expect that'll ever happen.
Results So Far: I have been using this once or twice a day for about a week and a half. So far I see minimal if any improvements. It might have helped faded newer red marks by about 60%, and the older ones by 10%..? However, I also experienced a few minor breakouts (whiteheads) on my cheeks when using this. Not completely sure whether it was the serum that was the culprit, but I wouldn't put it past it. It soaks into my skin very well and is moisturizing but I still have to use my regular moisturizer on top of it. Will continue to update my progress with any improvements or side effects in another 2 weeks.
In the meantime, if you are still on the fence about this serum, I say just take a chance and try it since you can always return it if it doesn't work (EL has a kickass return policy)
**Update 6/20/11** - Okay, it has been another 2 weeks. I am seeing a further 10% improvements in old and new marks as well as an overall radiance in my skintone. I am pretty pleased, my skin (the parts that don't have the marks) looks glowing (:!! This might be one of my favorite lightener because it isn't harsh on my skin like Skinceuticals Pigment Regulator is (see my review for that if you're looking for a super potent spot eliminator)
Before using this I was pretty desperate and was even considering getting laser done on the scars and hyperpigmentation. Who knows, I might even forgo that in total since this serum is helping with my hyperpigmentation and Palmer's Scar Serum is helping with my pitted scarring.
This is my final update. I have noticed very minimal changes in my skintone within the past month. Maybe a 5% increase in radiance.
But I occasionally get clogged pores in the form of whiteheads when using this so my final score for this serum is 3.5/5
It's definitely worth a try if you have dull, tired skin with some new marks from healed blemishes. Older, deeper, and darker marks probably won't benefit much from this.