Quite a few months ago, I got my hands on the then newly launched Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator serum. Before I got it, I’d purchased a bottle for a friend for her birthday and within a week received a glowing report of how wonderful it was for her. Said friend swore that it actually did help even out her skintone, reduce redness and blotchiness and left her skin looking wonderfully radiant overall. Goodness! I had to give it a go myself!
It is a point to note that this product is an add-on to the Estee Lauder Idealist range, and not a replacement. So it is by all accounts, a brand new product. It comes in the signature Idealist turquoise bottle which has a slight iridescence to it, to simulate the illuminating effects, I would guess.
What this product claims to do is to reduce redness, blotchiness, discolourations, spots and lift dull skin so you get a more even toned, radiant visage. Results are claimed to be seen in 14 days and my friend testified to it in 7! How did it fare for me then?
Well, to a large degree, I will have to agree that this serum does do what it says on the box.
After about a week or two, I definitely noticed an improvement in my skintone. Any redness was reduced and it was, in general very much more even. This is noticeable most when I apply my foundation, because I find I need less to create an even base.
The serum pumps out a creamy lotion with iridescent sparkles in it. Yes, that’s skincare not makeup you’re using. To a large degree, I think whatever illumination is partly due to the presence of these sparkles. Very very fine, but there. Squint at this dollop on my hand and see if you see it.
When you spread it around, the sparkles sort of blend into your skin but I strongly believe that any instant illuminating effects are due to these, which was a bit of a disappointment for me, because I felt it was more cosmetic than treatment as I had expected from a skincare serum.
Like the Idealist serum, this one’s chock-a-block with silicones too so those who are sensitive to silicones will do well to stay away. However, what I realized after about a month’s use was that my skin was getting very dry. I have a combination skin type tending to the dry so I will notice when my skin feels drier and tighter than it normally does. I was slapping on the face oils and creams and not finding much relief.
I casually mentioned this phenomenon in a Tweet and to my surprise, found out that I wasn’t alone. Lyn told me she felt that it was drying for her as well. However, Tine and Nadia love theirs and I believe that both of them have oilier skin types than Lyn and I, so I personally believe this is a case of “your experience may vary according to your skin type”.
As for me, I’m sticking to the old stalwart ANR – now that one doesn’t fail me one bit!
In a nutshell
A lightweight serum that claims to lift dull skin and make it look more radiant, while reducing spots, blotchiness and redness on the skin to deliver a more even skin tone. The serum is lightweight but full of silicones so those who have acne prone skin may want to be a bit careful. There is shimmer in the serum which may contribute to the illuminated look of the skin upon immediate use. I personally find that although my skintone looks more even and brighter, my skin also felt dry with prolonged use. Those who have oilier skin types may find they like this better than I did.
Pros: With prolonged use, it does give a more even toned visage, Skin looks more radiant and even toned, Discolorations and redness are reduced
Cons: Dry skin types may find it a bit drying, Not sure about the presence of shimmer in a skincare product, Pricey
Have you tried the new Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator? Do you like it? Or perhaps you are a user of the regular Idealist serum? I had very good results with the regular Idealist serum back when they first launched it. I have read that the newest formulation is much better than the original formula so I’m quite keen to try that one, simply because it used to work for me
Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator Price: RM240/30ml and RM350/50ml Availability: All Estee Lauder counters
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucose, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) ruit extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycus (Mulberry) root extract, Travistes Versicolor Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Squalene, Yeat Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Isohexadecane, PEG-6, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Polysorbate 20, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acryl-Amide/Sodium Acrylolyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Capryl Glycol, Hyxylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Di-C12-18 AL-Kyl dimonum Chloride, Fragrance, Tromethamine, Tin Oxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT-Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Cl 77163), Carmine (Cl 75470)