At first I received this product as a sample. It sat in my drawer unused. My sister had used hers and it gave a glow to her skin. Upon her advice I started using it religiously. I have finished 2 small bottles and I'm on my way to finish a big bottle. In the heat of the moment, I went ahead and purchased another big bottle.This serum did NOT do anything to my skin. I do like the moisturized feeling when applied, but I believe I could also achieve the same feeling with a good moisturizer. It never gave me the glow,or even changed anything on my skin. Now I'm left with a big bottle which I can't bear to throw, because it was very expensive. The packaging looks good, however, the dropper I have has issues. The serum gets clogged in it and wouldn't come out. I had rinsed it out with water, thereby losing the serum and it was like "putting money down the drain", and when put back into the bottle, it clogged again. Finally, I threw the dropper out. I guess I could get good/better results with some other product costing the same amount. I will NEVER repurchase this product again.
I have to admit that I considered Estee Lauder makeup/skincare as a very "grandmotherly - old fashioned" brand and i never really gave their counter a second look. When my skin went haywire i panicked and scrambled to find a skincare routine to save what was left of my dignity and confidence in the mirror lol That sounded way less vain in my head just now lol
Basically i went to my "go to brands" - Chanel, Dermalogica, Bliss, Murad etc and every single haul ended up in either disappointment or complete indifference. Every single bottle became an epic fail for me! Then the unassuming gwp brown bottle made its way to my bathroom and one night i figured why not - it cant get any worse and besides i was desperate (a few drops cant kill me right?). In the morning i was pleasantly surprised to see the redness had turned baby pink, the flakies were less visible and there was no stinging!!! Basically i was looking at "HOPE" in the mirror and i was in love just like that :) Our love affair continues and all i can say Estee Lauder is the best relationship i have ever had - a little bit high maintenance (the price is a little ouch) but really-really worth it! It turns out that looks arent everything when it comes to relationships - its what inside the ugly brown exterier that counts :) I love you ANRSR - dont leave me please...
I have a confession...I have too much else in my nightly skincare routine to throw a serum in there so I use this in the morning :-)
I liked the original ANR but did find it a bit drying, I don't have that problem with this version. It's a apricot tinted very runny liquid with a faintly gel-ish feeling. It sinks into my skin fast and I can use it all over my face, including under eyes and on eyelids without stinging or irritation.
It's hard to pin point the effect of this stuff, I know that my skin feels more hydrated and soothed, and it makes a lovely base for BB creams and foundation. I'm not sure if I've seen much in the way of other changes in the month of so that I've been using it, but I'll give it to the end of the jar and then reassess.
I've been using this product for almost 2 years and i always come back using it after trying out other stuff. This product really makes my skin glow in the morning and my skin feels so smooth and hydrated every morning. Definitely a good investment and one of my HG serums.
I am surprised at how popular this serum is. I was not aware until I looked on this board that this serum is a "cult" item. I do understand why people enjoy using it because it has a very nice texture and smell and feels like you are doing something medical (meaning with powerful results) to your face.
I am 36 and so I have fine lines around my eyes and some melasma which is my main "pet peeve" with my face. I have good skin that is not overly sensitive in terms of getting irritated, but I do think my skin and my body in general are sensitive to active ingredients and so i tend to see results quite quickly from products that I try. To me this serum seems to do nothing. I don't see any signs of improvement, my skin looks exactly the same after using it. Plenty of other products, I will see noticeable benefits within one or two nights of use. I have been using this serum several nights a week for about 3 weeks and basically I really think it is a waste of time, time that could be better spent applying something more powerful to my skin. For this price I especially, I expect something to happen.
I am honestly addicted to this serum. I had wanted to wait a few weeks before reviewing to ensure I had given it a good month on my skin. From the first night I used this I saw results. I woke up with my skin feeling amazing. I use this morning and night, and at times when the weather is humid, I wear this in the morning with no additional moisturizer. It is amazing under make up and I could not live without it! How did I not find this earlier. Even if you have the odd day with a solo pimple, you can put this on, and voila its like the skin is instantly clear. My skin loves this, I suggest everyone give it a try. It is expensive but I consider the cost well worth it, I have never been happier with my skin since finding this product.
At the time I was using this, I didn't notice any special positive or negative effects. However since I finished the bottle and started using another serum a few weeks ago, my skin has broken out like never before. I don't know whether this is just because of the change from one product to another but I found it interesting to read the acne related reviews here and have to wonder if this serum was the reason.
I got samples of this in cute little bottles. I tried it and I liked it. The feel of it after weeks of using it. But I realized that when I watched the ingredients... I didn't know the first couple and decided to research. At the top of the ingrdients, is a fancy term for "fillers". Then another main ingredient PEG (or one of the main ingredients in this serum) is said to affect certain parts of the body over time but that the doses are usually in small quantity in product in order to get it approved. The molecules are not big enough to penetrate the skin BUT if used on open skin (aka blemishes) it enters the body. So imagine using this product for years..... The main ingredients being fillers and PEG. I've began researching every type of ingredient listed and realized that I'd be wasting my money on a product that is just full of fillers and harmful ingred and a small percentage of antioxidants. I'm looking now at investing my money in Clarin's face oils (cause the ingredients are 100% natural). Research ATLEAST the first couple of ingredients listed and you maybe be surprised at what you find!
I never purchased it and never will.
Recently, after a bout of antibiotics, my face broke out and scarred. My skin has never been worse, and I tried cheaper cleansers ect. Clearasil fast action pads worked well, but did not seem to get rid of the eruptions nest to my eyebrows and dried out my skin. I needed something that was moisturising and uplifting.
I had used Estee Lauder's cyberwhite cleanser (discontinued, I think) on my face for sometime in 2010 and it stripped my skin of oil ect making it feel tight (i.e. not good) but cleaned. So, after reading reviews I decided to take a leap of faith, and make a hole in my wallet and get ANR 30 ml along with the Perfectly Clean face wash (which is not as stripping as the first estee lauder cleanser I got).
It had been a day and I saw improvements in my face (even after drinking the night before); it was amazing looking; the redness had subsided, my skin just looked moisturised- dewy and glowing. Almost seems like a hangover skin cure!
It takes me 4 drops to cover my face (esp. problem areas); and I use it morning and night because of the extent of the damage from breaking out. I will continue this until my acne and redness subside, and only then will I use it once a day at night.
The ANR serum requires you to use a moisturiser after it; I used the Sebamed one which does not break me out.
I will update this review in a few weeks.
My skin has quite a few problems and this serum is AMAZING.
1. seborrheic dermatitis
2. mild rosacea on my nose
3. cystic acne on my chin area
4. brown sunspots
5. oily t-zone
6. visible pores.
I started off with some samples of ANR, I fell in love and have invested in a big bottle. Not only does it NOT aggravate any of my skin conditions, it manages to calm and hydrate like nothing else I've tried. I have been using this morning and night for the past few weeks and OK I don't look like the model who advertises it yet. ;-) But what I do see is calm, normalised skin. I am hoping that over time I will see results on my sunspots. I'm applying this morning and night (at night I avoid chin and nose because I use specialised products there). I not only use this on my face but I've also been applying to my neck, chest and also backs of hands when I think of it. At night I layer my Nivea Sensitive Cream over the top (after allowing time for the ANR to absorb) but in the mornings I've been wearing this alone under my makeup and it's brilliant.
The packaging is good. It's a dark brown plastic bottle with a dropper style lid. I like the "apothecary" style of it. The dropper is excellent, I wish more serums were packaged like this. The product itself is this sort of apricot coloured gel which has a bit of a citrus smell. I apply fairly generously and use about 3 drops for my face and another 2 drops for neck and chest. I think the big downside is the cost but I bought a huge bottle at the airport in Singapore (highly recommended to save a bit of cash!) so it will last me a while given that it is so concentrated. I will definitely continue to use this. Yes it's pricey but I would rather invest in a kick-ass serum and save money on cleanser and creams.
Terrific analysis of ingredients here: