After hearing good reviews, I decided to try this product. I don't have many skin issues, but when I do get the odd blemish, it takes several weeks for the red marks to fade on my fair skin. I was hoping the "repair" part of the serum would speed up the healing process. When I asked for a bottle, the sales assistant at Esteé Lauder raved about it too. She said she can always tell which customers use it when they come to her counter. She also said that it's a preventative treatment, so if you start using it at a young age, even if you feel you don't need it yet, you will definitely reap the benefits when you get older.
The product comes in a brown plastic bottle with an eyedropper in the cap. I was told to take 2 drops and apply it all over my face. Even though I have combination skin with an oily T-zone, my skin soaked this stuff right up. I found that I had to use at least 4 drops initially, to feel as though I covered my entire face. However, as my skin became more hydrated, I could use fewer drops. I also felt that the product normalized my skin, making it less oily.
The product has a medicinal smell that I don't find unpleasant. It has a smooth consistency and spreads easily over the skin. It is absorbed almost instantly, although I find that it can leave a sticky feeling for a short while if I use too much. Initially I used it morning and night. It did not affect my makeup application or its staying power.
As for how well the product performs, I find it almost miraculous. I noticed a difference in my skin after four days of use. My face appeared brighter, more evenly toned, blemishes were faded. The more I used it, the better I looked. Within two weeks, I was happily leaving the house without any makeup on my skin. Not even concealer. I was glowing, radiant, I felt that my skin hadn't looked or felt better in years.
My skin looked so good that I became lazy. I stopped applying ANR every night, because it's expensive and I didn't need it any more. I just used it to spot-treat any blemishes. In the past, I'd struggle with the same blemish for 2 to 3 weeks, with ANR it was gone in 3 days.
I started using the product in summer, then fell out of the habit in autumn. Now it is winter and my skin started becoming uncharacteristically dry. I've added ANR back into my daily skincare routine and already feel the benefits of its hydrating properties. It feels as though it allows my moisturizer to perform better.
To me, this product has become indispensable. I will repurchase this for as long as they make it. It didn't break me out, it healed existing blemishes and my skin also didn't become "used" to it and react negatively when I stopped using it for a while. My mother, who has dry skin, also uses it and feels the same way about how wonderful this product is.
ANR is resistant to tanning! i've been using this for a year now, and have yet to see it working its wonders. Two weeks ago, I went to a Water-Themed Park, whole day of exposure under the sun darkened me (of course!). I did slap on sun-screen,but somehow it just dissolved inside the waters. Later on,I was tanned all over, bodyskin was peeling, but I realised that my face was the least tanned and did not peel. So yes, ANR helped! :)
I bought this because of the rave reviews here. sigh......it didn't work for me. It broke me out horribly(whiteheads all over my cheeks). I think this product would work for people over the age of 28. This serum is very light and the texture is quite liquidy. Overall, this is not a bad product but just not for me. I think my skin didn't like estee lauder products. I have tried the blue bottle serum and it broke me out as well. ;-(
This is a great serum! I don't have tons of concerns with my skin but I was told everyone should use this, so I thought "why not?". It helped even out my skin tone and absorb moisture better. My complexion improved. Overall clarity. I'm impressed with the results and will continue to use.
Amazing serum that acctually sinks in to the skin. The skin feel incredibly smooth an nourished. I have combination skin and this is perfect for that extra pampering at night!! I wil definately buy this again.
Oh, how I wanted to love this product. Unfortunately I fall into the “this product massively breaks me out” category. (In fact, all EL products do – Time Zone is the absolute WORST of them). I broke out for a straight month, all over my face, and then basically severely on my chin (massive, under the skin, red pimples). I have used Differin for 10 years, and I will say that this stuff (layered underneath the Differin each night) was a huge help in preventing the typical Retin-A flaking, but unfortunately my skin just does not agree with it otherwise.
I can see how people love it for brightness and tone enhancement – but if you are a new user, and start breaking out shortly after using it, you might want to take a couple days off and see if the ANP is the culprit. Again, this is my experience with all EL products, so clearly there is something they use that I am just unable to tolerate.
I actually really like the eyedropper packaging - so 5 stars for that EL!
Love this product.
I've had a problem with acne due to PCOS for over 15 years (currently taking an Isotretinoin drug), so it's a daily battle against breakouts and blackheads etc. (they become inflamed if I don't clean out the pores...). At the moment, I don't get breakouts due to the drug, but it turns out my skin is very splotchy underneath (I was surprised to discover that). Right now, my skin is virtually clear but skin tone is very uneven...
The best thing about this serum is that it heals wounds and redness from picking at my skin. Especially in combination with the La Mer cream. Now I keep using the serum to fade the brown spots (acne marks). Unfortunately, with this drug, my skin renewal seems to have almost stopped, so the serum doesn't fade marks nearly as fast as before. Still, it's the best product I know of and can more or less afford, so I keep using it. Soon I won't be taking the drug anymore, so I hope that by then my skin tone will have become evened out. (I'm afraid that after that the acne will return, as it has in the past...)
I have discovered the serum less than a year ago and have repurchased it many times already.
After reading all the reviews here and seeing that this really seems to be a time-trusted, quality product, I went to my local Macys and picked up a bottle. My first impression was that it had a much different texture and smell than I expected. I would say it smells sort of like a pine tree (?) and feels somewhat sticky for a while after applying but not immediately moisturizing. This is a serum after all so its moisturizing properties aren't great. If you are extra dry, just slap on a layer of something on top (I use Cerave lotion on dry nights). When I originally tried this I didn't form much of an opinion. I did wake up to somewhat brighter skin, but I use Retin A every 2 days and nothing compares to what that Rx does overnight. So I forgot about this product for a while and moved on. Recently I moved cross-country and the first thing out of my big box from NY was this. I still use Retin A, which is a wonder product, but it's harsh. So I sort of got into the groove of using this on my days off. I have to say that the more consistently I use this product the more I like it. I've been using it most nights for about a month, and I can see that my skin looks and feels healthier the longer I use it. It's not a "I woke up and all my (wrinkles/melasma/acne) were gone!" product (no product is) but I have to say there is definitely a reason that so many people trust it. It's very gentle, doesn't clog my pores, seems to help my adult acne and brightens my skin (I've definitely noticed decreased redness). So unfortunately it's not going to cure your face of age, but if you buy this product with grounded expectations it can really be a staple on your counter. Not the most exciting product out there but there really is a reason that it's been around for so long!
That serum is supposed to help in the long term, so I don't know how effective it is. However, I've been faithfully using it for about 4-5 months now, because my skin seems to drink it and love it.
It smells like vitamins. It feels like I'm giving liquid vitamins to my skin.
The reviews + the fact that this product has been around for 20 years convinced me to splurge. No regrets so far.
It contains retinol so:
- you may find it a little bit irritating if you put it on damp skin
- you had better start using sunscreen in the daytime to guard against potentially increased sun-sensitivity.
OMG!!! I've been waiting 5 days to write this review, simply because I refused to believe this serum was that good!
Last monday a received some samples of it and started to use it twice a day, by recommendation of the lovely sales lady in my local "Parfumerie". I stepped inside and was actually looking for (another) good foundation for my troubled skin. She suggested I'd use the serum and first improve and heal my skin, before purchasing foundation. She said I would be convinced immediately... Yah, I know these sales talks, but anyway, I decided to give it a try just because she told me she used to have troubled skin too before using this serum.
After using it 1 night I woke up with a more clear and eventoned skin. My hidden acne (small bumps under my skin surface on the forehead) was less visible. I couldn't believe it. After 2 days I went back to her and showed her the results. She was thrilled to see me again and was also surprised that my skin had improved so fast. I asked for the price and this was a bummer.... soooo expensive! She agreed with me, but said that it was worth it. I started to believe her everytime I looked in the mirror and noticed day by day a healthier and better looking skin.
After 5 days of use, day+night, I was completely convinced that this was THE solution for me. Me, who had troubled skin ever since my teens and either bought skincare that was too agressive or too mild. If I think of all the money I've spent on all these wrong skincare products, this serum comes out cheap! So I went back to the lady and purchased it, with 30% discount :).
This was my very first encounter with Estée Lauder, which I always considered too expensive. I'm used to buy Yves Rocher/Nivea/Sabon skincare. Now, I know better! Thanks Estée! :)