I work for Estee Lauder..out of all their products I have tried..this one is my favorite!!!..at night i cleanse, then use my toner and then I apply this serum and then i use my acne spot healing gel from clinique...i swear this is making my breakouts less often, and my acne scars are fading a lot faster than when i was using just the even skintone illuminator from Estee...i dont even use the illuminator anymore..this is the best repair product they have! when they say it is the "number one repair serum" they are not lying!!..i only sampled it before, but once i run out of my samples i will be getting this in my gratis!! looooove it!!!, i choose this or even skinton illuminator for repairing my acne scarring!!!!!!!
I can't give an honest review on the anti-aging 'preventative measures' claims, but i do like it under moisturizer. I *think* it has a brightening effect, seeing that my skintone is very even and bright... although any number of reasons can be attributed to that, e.g the good genes courtesy of my as yet unwrinkled parents, my regular skincare regime which includes an exfoliant every few days, my adamant protocol of sunscreen or staying out of sun when possible, good moisturizer, or my face masks every few days. So i can't be certain that this serum brightens or truly hydrates. However, as psychological, soothing reinforcement that perhaps i won't look like i came out of a train wreck in years to come, it is wonderful. What else would justify the unnecessary expenditures we vain and worried customers make?
Edit- when i use just this as serum i get small pimples under the skin. This is a recent thing, perhaps i have become sensitive to one of the ingredients? Rating dropped accordingly.
edit: just wanted to add that, for me, using rosehip oil in recent months has made an actual, significant difference that one can gauge: scars have faded, skin is smoother, under-eye lines are gone, no pimples. With ANR i still (when i use it) get pimples on occasion. With rosehip oil, nope. And with ANR the results are not cumulative--when it's on, it feels good, but if i stop using it for a day or so, my skin is back to normal.
With rosehip oil, the results are more lasting (to me anyway).
.btw as an aside--the whole patents pending worldwide thing is rubbish--you can patent anything and it doesn't make your product any better than any other product. Read beautyandthebullshit. Blogspot . Com blog on this (not affil)
So now, i sometimes use both, R.oil during the day, ANR at night-- just to use up my ANR, but once it's finished, I won't repurchase as I have found an all-purpose serum, better suited to me. If i was a rich old fart, I would use both, and if you ARE rich, I suggest that, as r.o. has actual documented antioxidant properties, vit c, vit e, all those naturally occurring whatnots--but ANR has hyaluronic acid and their ferment thingy--so a combo of the two sounds cool. >>>>
I got this serum in a GWP package and it sat on my vanity for some time. Serums and I don't get along too well. I think all but one (d/c'd Lancome serum) broke me out. So, I'm very cautious trying them. I can't rave enough about this serum. I am so happy I took the chance on this. This is what I call a serum because it has a perfect consistency. I've tried many drugstore and highend serums and they were either 1. too drying 2. too oily 3. too sticky 4. too siliconey or would make my skin peel. EL ANRSR serum glides on nicely and feels amazing on the skin. I had a real hard time trying not to stroke my cheeks. Soon after I applied this, my skin was instantly smooth, refreshed and hydrated. I was able to skip my night moisturizer because this serum gave my skin the perfect ph balance. The next morning, my redness and blochy spots were much less noticeable. But, what pushes this serum to the top of the line is the fact that it doesn't cause breakouts for me.
UPDATE: After continued use, all of my acne scars have vanished. I had a cluster along my jawline and now, they are almost completely invisible. Also, my skin is more even toned and I now only have one tiny patch of redness under my nose. Still, no breakouts. This is a miracle for my skin :)
I joined Makeup Alley because a) your reviews have helped me so much in the past, and b) I've been using this product for two weeks and just cannot believe its impact. I had to share, and I am not a gushy type of person. Honestly, however, this has worked a miracle on my skin!
I have oily skin which is acne-prone (blackheads on my nose, occasional whiteheads on chin or outer cheeks) but relatively good skin for my age. Yet as a woman in my mid-30s I also have tiny fine lines under my eyes which I *hate* and for which I have spent a zillion dollars trying eye creams. I bought this out of desperation, as my recent move to a desert environment has been wreaking havoc on my skin (it actually feels dry sometimes now).
Anyway, the under eye lines are gone. Completely. After two weeks! I'm sold. Yes, I know it's probably just the hyaurolonic acid temporarily plumping up the lines but I do not care - nothing else has done that, ever, not even La Mer eye cream. In addition, my face is so smooth and soft, and is absolutely glowing. I look like I just had a facial, but constantly. It's terrific. In addition, I have had zero breakouts after the first week (the first week I did notice a few additional spots), and my skin is much clearer.
I'm so thrilled to have found something that works so well at smoothing, hydrating and improving the glow of my skin.
I bought this in the 30 ml and my wallet cried it was soooo expensive I was in two minds about getting it but I bit the bullet and got it my skin has been looking dull and ashen almost somewhat grey lately I have always had good skin but after having kids and environmental hazards like the suns harsh uv rays has taken its toll I have noticed a slight smile line on my right side of my face and another tiny one forming,I'm only 24 and don't have any wrinkles other than the smile line but prevention is most indeed better than a cure I read the reviews on here and there appeared to be more good results than bad,I have used this twice and almost immediately I see my skin coming to life it brightens my dull ashy looking complexion almost as if I'd been given new blood as wierd as that may sound it really brings my skin to life I have however have extremely sensitive skin so i don't use a lot I just gently tap it on with my fingers its not a moisteriser so you don't rub it in,a little goes along away as its highly concentrated I'm going to be using this for the rest of my life,and I have very good faith in this product.UPDATE 27/11/2011 after five days of using this product it has broken me out in the worst possible rash I have ever seen particularly on my nose area and cheeks I have these tiny little dry red bumps and a red almost black dot on my cheek that I have never had before I'm so embarrassed and skin is under major construction right now I'm not saying this is a bad product maybe I'm not old enough to use it yet as I'm only 24 but my god this is an awful rash it did however often the tiny smile line but it came at a heck of a price I still have the 30 ml bottle untouched so I will probably use it when I'm 25 I just hope this never happens again:( UPDATE:07/2/2012 I have just turned 25 and I'm so glad I decided to keep using this when I first started it broke me out bad but I just kept on using it along with my other creams and I'm so freaking glad I did every morning I wake up to beautiful glowy dewy skin with not a flaw in sight I havint any lines yet but I was getting a slight smile line and now its barely noticeable I'm one of those people that don't believe in plastic surgery this stuff used with a good skin regime is enough to put the dermatologists and plastic surgeons out of commission, will I buy this again? HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!
Brought me out in HUGE spots, in places I don't normally get spots, middle of cheeks etc. To be fair the counter refunded me but beware if you have spot prone, sensitive skin.
Fortunately, I received this in a GWP. After using it for only three nights I have started to break out and I am not at all prone to blemishes. This is the only thing that is new in my skin care routine so I know this serum is the culprit. Glad I didn't spend $100 on this!
Update: I stopped using this and my skin has returned to normal. No more break-outs!
I wanted this to work for my skin but it broke me out.
Quick background - last year my skin broke out quite badly (don't know why...facial products, diet or hormones) and I went to the dermatologist who prescribed antibiotics for me. WIthin 6 months my skin is crystal clear - but super-sensitive...I am only supposed to use oil-free products - and the only thing that works for me are Neutrogena oil-free products (even Olay oil-free products leave my skin congested).
I tried this - it left my skin feeling smoother, but not necessarily plumped or anything. However, after 5 nights of use, I started breaking out. 2 red painful spots showed up on the first day, and 2 more the next day. I immediately stopped using this, and a week later my skin is back to normal - and the spots have disappeared.
Bottom line - if you have acne-prone skin, definitely try out a sample before you buy!
I waited for few months to write this review. first thing to say.. I LOVE IT!!! ive been using this for 3-4 months now and the texture of my skin slowly began to improved from time to time. i just repurchase the bigger bottle and cant leave without this. call me addicted, it's ok because i am addicted to this bottle of heaven. LOL
despite of the expensive price everything else is good. but then again, cmon guys your skin needs the best protection and treatment it can have. i dont mind paying for something that actually work well for me =)
I hate to say it, but I think I like this. Due to its high price & my disappointment over many other expensive skin products (not to mention I'm happy enough w/my usual products anyway, but always interested in more), I purchased a 1/2 oz sample size of this serum @ low price to give it a try. I'd been looking @ magazine ads for this stuff since I was 14 & wondered what this stuff was all about & whether there was any truth to the "night repair" hype. Well now I'm 39, so I need some extra help.
Been using it daily every morning @ work (sorry I am not consistent w/skincare @ night) since I don't wear makeup anymore, & I notice my skin now is looking better after a week's use. This seems to smooth & tighten my skin, which I see & feel shortly after application. I love that the serum feels clean & silky (kind of watery, not thick), not sticky or oily, & it absorbs right into my skin & dries cleanly. It smells a little gross, but that's okay, the scent disappears quickly. I rub any remaining amount into my hands.
I find that my skin doesn't build up as thickly as usual (I have to exfoliate w/high glycolic lotion every week, but I tend to slack off on this cumbersome chore), so it seems this serum has gentle exfoliating properties. My face looks a bit brighter.
Amazingly, my skin pigmentation has improved nicely! It looks like the several dark spots on my face are fading (thankfully). I used to use Nadinola Extra Strength Fade Cream for a while (which also smelled bad) but it did nothing for my dark sun spots (though it did improve splotchy hyperpigmentation around my eyes).
If I continue to see a pleasing difference in my skin I'll happily fork over the full price for a regular dropper-bottle of this lovely stuff (my mini bottle has no dropper). The cost would be worth it. Recently my face got a touch sunburned despite sunscreen, so I hope this serum helps protect & repair my skin from the unexpected sun damage.
I'm really surprised by this! I hope it continues well.
UPDT 7/15/11 -
OK I am loving this stuff. Still using it in the morning only & my face appears to me a few years younger (the sallowness is gone). My skin is soft & appears fresh. A bottle of this lasts a great deal longer than expected! I bumped up my rating from 4 to 5.