Friday, January 20, 2012

Estée Lauder Even Skintone Illuminator

 I used to be a die hard Estée Lauder skin care user. Cleansers, toners, serums, eye creams, face creams/lotions. There used to be an Estée Lauder spa in Toronto that I used to frequent (it no longer exists). Estée Lauder products are expensive, and there came a time when I could no longer afford to pamper myself so. Once we were back on track again, I broadened my product window and have been sampling and trying other lines.

So, when I first read positive reviews about this product I didn't automatically jump on it, even-though the list of benefits seemed to be exactly what my face needed.

Forward a few weeks and several more positive rave reviews, and I could no longer resist the tug of the promise this little bottle had.  This product comes in two sizes 30ml (1oz) $72.00 CAD ($58.00 USD) and 50ml (1.7oz) $100.00 CAD ($85.00 USD). I opted for the smaller bottle, simply because if I was one of the few this did not work for, I saved myself a couple of bucks.

This serum is targeted for uneven skin tones. It claims to even out redness, acne marks, sun spots, dark spots, and any other discolorations. It's oil-free and non-acnegenic. Recommended usage every AM and PM for the first 12 weeks, on cleansed skin, after your toner (if you use any), before your moisturizer. After 12 weeks, once a day in the AM.

It was the acne marks reduction that I hoped this product would help me with most. The color of this serum is luminous ivory. Feels extremely comforting, moisturizing, and calming when applied.

This product delivered somewhat. Skin redness was reduced, but I didn't see enough of a drastic change that I was expecting. I stopped using it when I started my La Roche Posay routine... and LRP has been really really good for my face.

So in conclusion, EL... nice product. But for the price of one illuminator I can practically purchase all the LRP stuff I need and use, and the results were more satisfactory.  I'm glad I didn't splurge on the big bottle, well actually I wish I found LRP before I got all wound up over EL.

In a few years when my face is more mature, with more sun/age spots and texture is dryer, if EL doesn't discontinue this product, I might give this another try. It was nice, just not nice enough at this time.


  1. I've never been a fan of EL. I feel their products are overpriced and ineffective. I was tempted to buy this illuminator when it first came out, but will never waste my money on it.

  2. yeah I'm not really tempted by any of their skin care products any more but I am smitten with their makeup collection for spring