Some of you may have already heard the buzz from Estee Lauder about a new lotion in the market. I snuck you a peek at the Micro Essence lotion about a month back and I promised I’d tell you how or if I like it. Well, now is the time 🙂 The Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion is now on shelves and you can have a go at it to see what the fuss is about. I received an sms from the Estee Lauder counter that you can get some free samples so go! Sample! 🙂
But before you run out the door here’s what I think about this new, and apparently, revolutionary product.
The Micro Essence is only available in Asia for now so friends in the Western world will have to wait to see if you get it or if it never arrives. The reason I think it’s made for the Asian market is because of what it is – a treatment lotion that is something many of us who are familiar with Asian type skincare are familiar with.
This isn’t a toner in the traditional sense. What this is is an essence in lotion that hydrates, calms and repairs the skin barrier amongst others. Those of us who are already familiar with Asian skincare will be familiar with how this works and I think the nod given by Estee Lauder, a quintessentially American brand, to the growing Asian skincare market is to be applauded.
And yet, where have we seen this before right here on this blog? 😉
But before I tell you how similar (or different) they are, I’d like to tell you how I feel about this Micro Essence after about a month’s use.
For starters, the product comes in a lovely frosted translucent glass bottle with a gold cap. Very classy, very luxurious. The lotion is quite liquid. A little more viscous than water, but not by very much. There are 2 ways you can use this:-
- Saturate a cotton pad and apply all over your face, patting it on; or
- Pour a few drops into your palm and pat it on your skin
I prefer using the latter method because I feel there’s less wastage this way. After about a month, I can attest to nicely hydrated skin. If you have dry skin you will appreciate how well this boosts hydration levels of your skin. If you have oily or combination skin, you too will appreciate how comfortable it feels because as we know, oily and combination skin can be dehydrated too.
As we know, when your skin is hydrated, a lot of your skin woes will be solved and skincare will absorb better and work better. However, although this product promises you will see a nice healthy glow to the skin, supple skin, clearer skin and more even toned complexion because it “activates” your skin so it performs and behaves better, I didn’t experience it.
This might be due to a couple of factors. I went on to try this after I was using the La Mer The Treatment Lotion and that truly did transform my skin. Perhaps then, my skin was already at its optimum and therefore couldn’t get any better. Perhaps I might have seen a better result had I used this first. Perhaps it just wasn’t as effective for me. I can’t say for sure, but I can attest to it maintaining my skin’s hydration.
Estee Lauder says that this Micro Essence when paired with their new Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery 2 will make the ANR work even better than on its own. Again, I didn’t notice much of a difference to my skin. ANR2 makes my skin look very rested and that is something I have to thank it for, when I quite literally feel like crap. Adding the Micro Essence helped it absorb just a wee bit better but I didn’t quite notice a marked improvement. Again, it could well be that my skin is already at its optimum so what the Micro Essence is doing, is preserving that optimum level my skin has achieved.
Therefore I think that if you are going into this as a treatment lotion virgin then you may notice a marked improvement to your skin whether in terms of hydration or a healthier skin and glow. But if you have been using similar products and are quite happy with how your skin is doing right now, then you may notice the hydration improvement but not much else, like I did. It will depend a lot therefore on your skincare routine and lifestyle and just your skin in general 🙂
In a nutshell
The Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion is a new lotion tailored for the Asian market. What this is, is a light watery lotion that you apply on skin after cleansing and before your serums and moisturiser. It helps to increase the hydration levels of your skin as well as strengthens the skin barrier so skin is healthier and healthy skin glows. I personally experienced the hydration bit but not the glowy bit primarily because I think I’d started using this after already using a similar lotion. So my skin probably was already treated by the time I started Micro Essence so if you haven’t used a similar product then you may noticed a result but if you already use a similar product then you may not. It will depend.
Pros: Addresses skin dehydration problems quite quickly and effectively, Easy to use, Packaging is luxurious, Spreads and absorbs quickly into skin
Cons: Pricey, Packaging isn’t portable and travel friendly, Danger of pouring out too much product
Who will like this: Anyone who has a problem with dehydrated skin, Anyone who already uses a treatment lotion product and want to try something similar
EL Micro Essence vs SK-II FTE vs La Mer Treatment Lotion
I know what some of you are thinking (I read minds don’t ya know? 😉 ). How is this similar or different to the SK2 FTE or the La Mer Treatment Lotion that I raved on about?
Well SK-II breaks me out so on that front, it’s a non-starter for me. This EL Micro Essence didn’t break me out so going head to head, I’d pick the EL Micro Essence.
Pitting the EL Micro Essence to the La Mer Treatment Lotion, despite the scent, I’m picking the La Mer Treatment Lotion on the grounds simply I prefer the slightly more viscous texture and also because it doesn’t leave a residue on my skin which I do get a wee bit with this EL Micro Essence. There is a bit of a scent in the EL Micro Essence but it isn’t unpleasant nor strong. I personally also feel that the La Mer Treatment Lotion is more hydrating for me so I’ll pick that one.
So for me: La Mer > Estee Lauder > SK-II
You can be sure more will be added to this equation. 2014 will be the “Year of Treatment Lotions” Mark my words 😉
Does this Micro Essence intrigue you? Do you use a similar treatment lotion as part of your skincare routine?
You can sample this at Estee Lauder counters and see if you like it before investing in it. I think it’s a good product but manage your expectations so you don’t get disappointed 🙂
Ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, PEG-75, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Glucosamine, Trehalose, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis Nobilis (camomile), Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol <ILN40033>
Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion Price: RM320/150ml Availability: Estee Lauder counters nationwide (Asia only until further notice)