Oh my god, this stuff is HORRIBLE! I bought this one when I was just getting into serums. I had a great night serum and wanted a day one as well. I am pretty obsessed with exfoliating and I have huge pores so this one drew me in right away. I had tried a sample EL's Advanced Night Repair serum and it seemed great so I decided to go for it. After a few days of using, I noticed that my skin was starting to look really dull and dry and the skin around my nose and mouth were starting to flake. I figured that it was just my skin getting "refinished" and kept at it. A few more days, and I had little whiteheads popping up along with some blackheads all over my cheeks and jawline. I still kept at it. (It smelled so great and was kinda pricey so I really wanted to like it!). Then, it happened. Cystic acne ALL over my face. Huge and painful. It was awful!! Needless to say, I returned it. What I look for in a serum is something that will A.) work, and B.) actually nourish and change my skin for the better. This product is just a bottle silicone. Many women say they loove how it makes their skin feel and they can't even see their pore anymore so it must be working. Well, you can't see your pores anymore because they're hiding under a thick layer of silicone. If they marketed it as a primer, I wouldn't take such offense to it. But to me, a serum is a skin treatment product not a makeup product.
I got a very generous sample of this product during estee lauder's sale event. It smells nice and the texure is light weight but it is not a serum by any means. When you put on skin, the skin feels soft but you have to wait a couple of minutes for the product to sink in. It does exactly what it say; it minimizes the appearance of pores, nothing more, nothing less. It does not eliminate black heads or any skin imperfections that you may have and it is definitely not a primer. It minimizes the pores as long as you use the product but once you stop for a couple of days, everything goes back to normal. I cant talk about the packaging because I got a sample. It did not break me out. Considering that it is a pricey product and you are getting only results as long as you use the stuff, I would not waste my money and buy this. I think you can get the same results with a much cheaper product. So in my opinion, save your money and spend it on something that is really worthed.
This irritated my skin like hell!!. May be good for someone with thicker skin. My dry&fine skin hated it!
this is a bad product for different reasons: (1) its very expensive. (2) it did nothing to reduce or minimize the appearance of my pores (3) it made me get TONS of whiteheads! would not purchase again
WOW, look at the negative reviews here. I, on the other hand, loved this product and I am pretty picky when it comes to mu and skin care. I used this at nights for more than 2 weeks (I got a sample) and absolutely loved my skin. The scent is great without being too strong. It absorbs well and my skin looks 100 times better than what it was. My skin is normally oily and acne prone but this definitely repaired the unbalanced nature of my skin altogether.
Yes, like a few had said, it's not really a serum, it has not improve my skin on a permanently , BUT, it does what it claims to do and it does it very well. I have oily t zone, after using estee lauder oil controlling lotion and this product, I noticed significant difference, the oil controlling factor is amazing, I don't have to blot until like 8 hours after I applied these products. It does feel like a primer though as make up goes on smoothly. But it feels lighter and more breathable than other primers that I have tried, I have used smash box photo primer and I hated it. So I will continue using/buying this since it works, though it's not cheap but it lasts a while plus does not cause breakouts. I will stop using it only if I find another day serum.
As much as I hate to fork out the money for this product, I've definitely found it worth every penny. Been using this on and off for about 7 years and I just keep coming back to it. Don't think it really does anything in the long run for anti-aging or anything but when I put this on under moisturizer and foundation, my skin looks very smooth and stays that way for HOURS.
I love this product! It has really made my pores non-exsistent, and trust me they used to be huge! And because my pores are smaller my oilyness is down. I also love the scent. I wish that EL would go back to glass packaging...it just feels so much nicer in my hand.
I have huge pores and oily skin. I am 23. I have noticed a huge difference in the overall feel of my skin and my pores have gotten so much smaller. As for the price, it may be a little expensive, but there are so many more expensive serums out there, and heck! this is a serum! its going to be a little pricey because this is the product that does the dirty work for your skin.
additional comments (6/20/11): I just want to say, after seeing some negative recent comments, that I have noticed that even after I don't use this for a week or so, my skin does not "go back to normal." I have seen huge improvements in my skin texture. It is a serum, and I can feel the product sink in instantly (I do use the Olay Pro-X face machine). The serum is also a skin refinisher, so thats the serum working to smooth out the skin and make it over time softer and smaller pores. The website says "In 4 weeks notice a 69% difference." I have been using Lauder only since December 2010 and with the serum my skin has changed dramatically.
Please fully understand the product and what it is supposed to deliver before bashing it.
I am 2 days into using this after getting a sample from the counter and wouldn't normally write a review after this short a time, however I am so amazed by the immediate results, I had to! I didn't get this for reducing my pores, but more for improving the texture of my skin after I noticed my 30 something skin looking a little tired looking. I use it in the morning and have found, even after only 2 days that my skin looks so much brighter, the texture is better, it feels so soft and my skin tone a bit more even rather than a little red in places. It makes me look like I have a sheer foundation on when its just the good skin showing through.
However - the downside, it made my skin feel a little tighter than it did before (dry feeling) and I developed increased flakiness and a few pimples. I switched to a richer moisturiser and keept using this but just didn't end up getting on with it. Later I tried the Idealist even skin tone serum and loved that - see separate review.