I’ve been having lots of people query me on this ever since I told you I bought the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum a few months ago. It was basically “Is it good? Why haven’t you written about it? What do you think? Should I get it?”
Yes, I’ve been tardy. Sue me.
The Estee Lauder ANR serum as it is affectionately known, is one I’ve used from the days of yore when it came in a thick silicone formula and in a glass bottle with a pump. The iconic square brown bottle hasn’t changed, but it is now plastic (like the Hydrationist serum, I prefer the old glass bottle) and the pump is now a dropper system because the serum is now liquid.
Lots of changes since I left off using this iconic serum.
The big question you’re asking of course, is what I think of it. And my short answer is that I like it. I used to like it way back in the mists of time, and I like it still, right now in the present.
I leave off using it from time to time, but I always come back to it. My friend with whom I shared this purchase has threatened to take away my bottle, if I don’t use it because theirs is used up 😛 But let it go? Never. They can go and get their own – nyah nyah! 😛
What’s so great about this serum then? To be honest, I cannot put my finger on it.
What I find this serum does is make my skin look better and more rested. My skin feels more moisturized and more refined and it just looks better overall, even throughout the following day. Like I said, I can’t quite put my finger on it.
I had stopped using it for a little while, when I went off to try other things, but when I started realizing that my skin was looking dull and dry, in particular after prolonged exposure to air-conditioning and winter climes, I stopped using everything else that was new, and went back to this magic potion. 2 nights later, my skin looked better again.
When I have a late night (as I did recently at a beer party OMG!) with alcohol coursing through my bloodstream, I reach for this magic serum and the next day, wake up with hydrated, glowy skin. I think my skin just loves this serum.
The serum is of a slightly viscous texture which absorbs very quickly into the skin. I use 1 pump and its just nice for my face. I then follow up with other moisturizers.
As I told those who wrote in to me asking about this serum, I would recommend the ANR serum if you don’t have major concerns to address e.g. hydrating, whitening, lines, wrinkles, sagging skin etc. If you are looking for a basic all round night serum for “maintenance” you can give this one a try.
Like I said above, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it works.
Pros: Lightweight texture, Absorbs quickly into the skin, Helps my skin remain moisturised and more refined, My skin looks better
Cons: Initial cost is pricey but it can last a while, Some may not like the scent
This is a product I’ve used a long time ago, and am revisiting now. Its got a new formula, which I think I prefer because it is very lightweight now. The old one tended to feel like a primer. This one just sinks right into the skin.
I do test run quite a few serums in rotation, but ever since I bought this one, I do come back to it for a “break” for my skin, once or twice every week if I’m not doing an intensive serum test. It balances my skin and restores calm and hydration.
I’m aware its one of those products that are either love or hate. I love it, you might hate it. I’d love to hear your thoughts either way 🙂
The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex serum retails at RM290/50ml and comes in a smaller 30ml size of which I don’t know the price.