Here’s a little known fact about me. When I first started earning my own keep, one of the brands I headed to for skincare was Estee Lauder. I can’t deny that their GWPs sucked me right in although it helped that the products worked. A while ago, I cleared out my closet and gave away so many of the GWP bags and pouches I’d accumulated over the years and never used. Goodness!
The ANR remains a staple till today, but I mostly fell off the Estee Lauder bandwagon after a while. The last item I tried from the range was the Perfectionist serum. About 2 months ago, I found out that its gone through about 2 revamps since, and is now called Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum.
The young ‘uns among you will heave a sigh of relief at this point, I’m sure. Contrary to popular belief, I am not one for telling those below 30 that they “need” an anti-aging or lifting or firming serum or cream. In your 20s and even early 30s, I believe in proper basic maintenance skincare – keep skin hydrated and you will have fewer problems as you go. But as we age, there comes a time when just hydration alone doesn’t cut it and we need a little extra boost.
That’s when you need your serums and trust me, you’ll know when you do. Its also when you will derive the best benefit from any anti-aging serums you plan to use. This explains why although I used the Perfectionist CP serum back in the day (the original bottle was the tall slim opaque plastic one, if you remember – ugly as sin) I derived little to no benefit from it. It does however, give me a basis of comparison with this new formula
First off, texture. The original formula had a noticeably thick waxy texture. This new one Perfectionist CP+R has a lighter texture and actually feels lighter. It does still have a siliconey feel but it is less waxy, is much lighter in feel, and feels more comfortable on skin.
I did however need 1.5 – 2 pumps of product because I felt that it did not spread as easily as I liked. I would love for the formula to be like that of the ANR serum, a light watery texture. That would be most comfortable.
I do like how Estee Lauder has streamlined the packaging for their serums. They all now sport this square bottle reminiscent of the Advanced Night Repair, except each different serum has a different coloured bottle – ANR is brown, Hydrationist is blue, Idealist is a light green and Perfectionist is Purple.
Despite this silicone feel (and it does make a good primer under makeup!) I did not experience any pore clogging. That said, despite the much thicker formula in the original product, I experienced no pore clogging then either. So maybe my skin is just fine with products like these. It is this silicone feel and texture that I attribute to the almost instant effect you see on your skin, in that any lines are blurred almost instantaneously.
Apparently, as we age, our skin loses the energy to support itself and to respond to the aging process, hnce the apparance of lines and loss of firmness. I am however, blessed not to have a significant problem with lines and wrinkles despite my advancing age So, I don’t really have much to say about the wrinkle lifting properties. Where I do have lines – laugh lines and forehead stress lines – regular twice daily use, paired with Advanced Night Repair seemed to have helped make it look less obvious. I did notice that my skin felt smoother to the touch which was nice, and I did test it after washing my face, not while the product was still on. It is very minimal improvement over a month’s use, but I never expect miracles. Any lightening of fine lines and smoothening or firming up of skin is good enough for me no matter how slight
Here’s the product pumped out on the back of my hand. No camera can capture the effect of it applied on skin so if you would like to test this, I would suggest checking it out at the counter. You might even be able to snag a sample
The serum is a blend of peptides, proteins and amino acids and CPR-75 technology that is supposed to supercharge and strengthen the skin’s natural collagen building power, and reinforce the skin support system which translates into filling in wrinkles and lifting skin to prevent sagging. There is an immediate skin diffusing effect which I attribute to the primer-like qualities of what EL calls ‘light diffusion optics’. As I said, I would peg this for someone in their mid-30s when life’s ravages really starts to show. Your skin would likely benefit best from a serum like this one then.
For those in your 20s, I’d say stick with the Advanced Night Repair serum first, and then graduate to add on Perfectionist CP+R when you need it. And hopefully, that day will come only much much later
In a nutshell
The Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R serum is targeted at firming skin and lifting wrinkles. As I don’t have a serious wrinkle problem, it was hard for me to test their claims. However, I did notice that in a month, fine lines and the deep laugh lines (nasolabial lines) I have, appeared a little lighter and less visible. My skin felt smoother and a bit firmer too and I personally found that this serum, used together with Advanced Night Repair, seemed to work better than alone (ANR then Perfectionist). Texture wise, it is a little thick with a silicone feel. I found I needed at least 2 pumps to get proper coverage all over my face. It makes a good primer, to be honest, and it does blur your lines almost instantaneously. It did not clog my pores, and I experienced no breakouts while using this. I think this will benefit someone who already has a problem with fine lines, and is less of a preventative measure. For the latter, I’d go with ANR.
Pros: Lighter texture than the original formula, Helps lift lines and firm up skin, Skin feels smoother to the touch even after washing off, Makes a great primer under makeup
Cons: Pricey, Silicone feel may not appeal to everyone, Results will vary from person to person
Who will like this: Anyone who has a problem with saggy skin or fine lines and wrinkles
I should mention also that the scent is a light floral scent that is very pleasant and which I find soothing. Unlike the previous incarnation, the scent in this version is much lighter and more pleasant.
I eventually gave the bottle to my friend, who seemed to have a much more significant result than I did. Clear lines on the forehead and on the nose bridge were noticeably lightened and skin looked better overall (said friend doesn’t use any anti-aging or lifting cream or serum). Needless to say, that’s a bottle of Perfectionist CP+R I’m not seeing again LOL!
Have you used any previous incarnations of Perfectionist? Are fine lines or loss of firmness in skin current concerns of yours?
As this is a serum, use it after cleansing and toning and before moisturizer. I don’t have the ingredient list on this one but I’ll share if I come across it
Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R Wrinkle Lifting/ Firming Serum Price: RM270/30ml and RM380/50ml Availability: Estee Lauder counters from September 2012