I bought this product in CCO. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. I had received a small sample before and thought it was amazing. I am torn because I do love how this makes my skin feels but I'm not sure it does all the things it claims and I'm not sure if it makes my foundation look better.....but I do love how it feels.
I don't know what they put in this product, but the way my skin feels after is nothing short of miraculous. It becomes totally smooth - like I can't stop feeling my own face....I'm almost afraid to look at the label because I'll find out I've spent $50 plus on, like, sugar & water.
Idealist makes my skin feel and look totally smooth. It is also one of those products that I totally ENJOY putting on every night....it feels luxurious. I'm not sure how much it's doing in the long term, but I enjoy it for now. UPDATE: Oh dear now after reading other reviews, I was right to be suspicious...it's just silicone? I can't help it, I still love how it feels! I have been using it at night but maybe I'll try it in the morning!
PROS: The artist used this (Pore Refinisher) as a primer and I loved it for that. Smelled good and felt wonderful on the skin.
APPLICATION TIPS (when using as a primer): Don't wait before applying foundation (like you do with other primers) because this dries up faster on the skin and you will lose that primer benefit. Started to clog my pores
^^^^^^^^^^There's a review specifically called "Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher" but there's less reviews.^^^^^^^^^^^^
I really was hoping this to work good, after all it is a quite pricey product and you expect expensive things to delive some quality. Sadly enough, I did not notice any difference at all, it did not do anything for my skin or my pores. Waist of money.
I tried a 7ml sample of this product and I am not impressed. It is basically silicone. Not as bad as Smashbox, but not worth the price. I did not see any improvement. I would not purchase the full size product.
I got a deluxe sample and overall i love this. I had some medium pore around my nose and after using this they are almost gone. I love the citrusy smell and the smooth texture.I will but the full size.
I would never purchase this product. i find myself very well with some estee lauder skincare products, such as moisturizers and exfoliators, or makeup, foundations and mascaras, etc. unfortunately this is one no-no product from estee lauder and it's a pity because when i first tried it i was really excited a company finally addressed the issue of pores and it was estee lauder, something i trusted.
i must agree with the reviewers before me: this product doesn't do anything it says it does. i was lucky enough to get three samples of this product so more or less almost a third of the full-sized bottle of this product. however, i know it is very expensive so i was reluctant to purchase the full size until i finished going through my samples...which i did, thank goodness.
basically, it didn't do anything. it didn't moisturize, it didn't give me more even skin or a less grained aspect and most of all, it absolutely did not tighten up my pores. AT ALL.
it felt a bit sticky and smelly as i applied it on my face, strangely enough. it sank into the skin quite well, i didn't experience anything in the 'veil on top of the skin' family. yet it didn't make any difference at all.
actually i think it made my skin feel a bit tight, not dry but definitely tighter; i have never tried it as a makeup base or overall moisturizer so i can't comment on that.
the packaging is cute but who the hell cares when you have to pay so much for taking care of a specific problem and you don't get any results?! i was super disappointed.
it didn't work out for me but since it is a skincare product and we're all different, i can't say i wouldn't recommend it.... i am partly thinking about the estee lauder brand, it is a cosmetic company i have always felt great with and always thought high of. therefore i feel a bit....sad lol!
maybe for other people it might work, who knows....
I've a bottle of it that's been sitting on my dresser forever. I only use it when I thought I need some sort of light primer cos I think that's what it does... This is a product frm EL that doesn't really do anything for me... aside frm giving me a smooth base for my makeup. Will i buy it again... i think not.
This product not only did not work for me but I was informed by Estee Lauder customer service that it contains crab shell.
I am totally against animal cruelty and the use of animals for cosmetics, so I will never ever buy this product again.
PS I also asked for some other products I used to buy and will not buy anymore:
Advanced Night Repair contains fish, wool grease
Advanced Night Repair Eye contains wool grease
Time Zone contains crab shell
This is quite expensive given that it does not make any difference to my skin. Would not recommend this!