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Review 1 for Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
Age: 25 - 34
Skin Concern: Prevention
Using Estée Lauder For: 2 - 5 years
I recommend this product
Changed my mind
Date:September 30, 2013
Best For red skin
I was given a sample from one of the women that works at the beauty boutique I shop at. At first I was reluctant since I'd read so many mixed reviews. So after about a month I dug out my sample bottle and gave it a try while still using my other Lauder serums (ANR II and CP+R). I used it morning and night and in just over a week I noticed a difference. I figured "ok maybe that's it" but nope after polishing off my second sample bottle I was hooked. I noticed a significant difference, a new even tone for my skin So I headed back to my boutique to pick up a bottle and got a couple more sample bottles for my upcoming trips. I used one while in NYC. Though I did get too much sun while there thanks to all the walking around Manhattan we did, I did notice after a week of being home and not sweating off my makeup/moisturizer (Daywear spf 50 btw) my skin was back to it's new even tone. I am so happy that this serum worked for me. I have quite sensitive skin that reddens very easily and this serum has been WONDERFUL!!!
Not that effective. I have been using this product over a year now but I didn't see any dramatic changes as they advertise. Im dealing with acne scar and Iam using the product as directed but not happy at all I wonder if it ever works ?
I have a long history of rosecea and have tried so many antirouge products but none seem to work until I saw an ad about the Idealist serum that can help to even skintone. I thought I give it a try. I was skeptical in the beginning as I have never used EL product at all. To my surprise, after 1 week's use AM & PM, my face doesn't seem to be as red a it used to be. I have now been using it for a month and I can totally see how my skin loves this product. I don't have to use so much green tinted concealer to cover the redness as I used to. I don't think I can go without this beautiful serum! I already bought the Advanced Night Repair serum and can't wait to try it on!
I don't know what it contains or how it works, but this lotion has given me skin of a different person -- a person with smooth, radiant, evenly toned, "Oh, I've always had gorgeous skin la dee dah" skin. My real skin is so fair that it is see-through; so easily irritated that any blemish at any stage is visible for years (I've had horrible acne 20+ years); and despite doing all the right things, I have acne scars, pock-marks, ice-pick scars, sun-damage (large patches of congealed "freckles") and of course the beginnings of wrinkles. I have long resigned myself that "skin" just isn't going to be my best feature, ever. Five days after using Idealist Illuminator morning and night, I received a compliment that I still can't get over. The girl at the spa -- you know, the 20-something blond, gorgeous, perfect, somewhat icy girl who is so elegant it makes you want to sign up for every procedure they offer -- says to me: "You have the best skin. Do people tell you that all the time?" I stared at her, expecting a "Just kidding!" or "You're on Candid Camera!"...and then stammered a thank you and told her about my new magic potion from Estee Lauder. I am still floating from this compliment, and have to admit that yes, my skin looks pretty great, despite its sad history. I really don't care if it's witchcraft, this product is more than just lotion...it's healing little wounds in my soul.
Best For acne scares, glow without oil, most amazing texture i have ever seen
I have used estee lauder exclusivley since i was 16... I LOVE the originial and use Day Wear... And Advanced Night Repair... I got this from my advisor the day it launched And bought 2 1.7 oz bottles... Having not missed a day or night for close to 3 weeks ANY LAST TRACE of acne scaring is gone... I use half as much Double Wear and for the first time IN MY LIFE can go out with a dusting of powder... I will NEVER EVER be with out this... Thank you so much for starting to cater to us 80,s babys... I dont wear Knowing, and Country mist like my grandma and slather on Swiss performing... This is Our generation of Estee Lauder!
Firstly I am not a person who writes reviews. This is probably second review in my life. I have started using Estee products last week and feel in love with them from then. I am a brown skin Indian with oily skin type. I have gone through a terrible acne teenage phase and is suffering from post acne marks and scars. Frankly I haven't used anything for my acne spots till now. I started using both Idealist even skintone and advanced night repair last week and is surprised with the results. My spots already started fading, my skin started glowing and silking smooth. I always feel like touching it. I am now 26 and my husband used to say that I am becoming old with a dull skin :(. He now started complementing my skin. Estee brightened up my skin. After using it for 2 days I got 2 little acnes on my face, I doubted the serum, but didn't give up. They are gone now. I some times feel the shimmer is making my face look more oilier whith out any make up. But I am ok as I use light make up over it. It absorbs very quickly so feels very light on skin. LOVE ESTEE <3
I just never believed all the claims about "Illuminator," but my skin actually looks smoother, brighter and younger ( at least in my opinion). A little product goes a really long way, and makes my skin feel velvety.
I am 64, and have been ill for many years. I began getting better about a year ago, but my skin was lined from pain and had a gray cast. After using Illuninator for about 2 weeks many of the smaller lines have disappeared and my skin looks glowy. This helps me feel even better on my road back to good health. Thank you so much ES for your excellent products.
Best For uneven skintone, scars, brightness, natural glow
I am 52 years old and have had uneven skin tone and acne scars for many many years. I am lucky I do not have any wrinkles but due to my uneven skin tone and acne scars I spend hours applying make up to hide them. I have been trying numerous products for years. I saw Estee Lauder's advertisement on Idealist 'Even Skintone Illuminator' and thought I will give it a try. My order arrived on 15th August (Monday) afternoon and I have been using this miracle product twice a day for just 8 days now (today is 22nd). My skin is absolutely shimmering, most of the areas the uneven skintone is gone except in one place close to my lips - even that is becoming lighter by the day! And my scars are disappearing too! For the very first time in YEARS I went out last night without wearing ANY makeup except my moisturerizer and people were complimenting how my skin was glowing and asked me what I have done! THIS IS A SURE WINNER! Thank you Estee Lauder!
I have been plagued with acne ever since I was a teenager and nothing seems to ever completely stop it. And of course, being African American, it always leads to dark marks where the acne was. I have tried hydroquonine, Clinique's Even Better, Lancome Genifique; you name it, I've tried it. The latter two have worked but after a very, very long time. Being a longtime customer of EL's made me try this Idealist and I am so glad that I did. I picked out new dark marks (the darkest) on my face and started to use the Idealist all over my face, paying careful attention to those two (rather large) marks. Literally two weeks later, both of those marks have lightened to the point where they are almost completely gone, along with other lighter marks on my face. And I honestly haven't used it but once a day! Thank you Estee Lauder for finally making something that actually works on darker skin and works within minimum time.
Pros first: smells great (fresh and light), smooths skin, instantly illuminates (with shimmer), safe for oily skin
With the good things being stated, I just have to say I'm not impressed. I have been using this for 2 months, twice a day, and have not seen any change in my skin. I had high hopes, only because I had very few things I wanted to improve, and wanted to start using this preemptively. Well, aside from making my skin smooth when I first apply it (it does have a very nice texture), it's not effective for me. I had slight discoloration on my cheeks and one dark spot, which this has done nothing for. The "illuminating" part of it is a shimmer. An actual shimmer. So I'm not sure if they use crushed pearls (I have an eye cream that does) or add unnatural shimmer to it, but it's there, for sure. I had a temporary patch of dry skin and as soon as I put this on over it, it was like a spotlight on that patch.
I was glad I could use it on my very oily, sometimes-blemish-prone skin, but overall it didn't do what it said it would. It might work well for someone with more that they want to improve (though I don't see how when mine were so minor), but this just missed the mark for me, personally.
I started using this product on April 8,2012, I have Rosacea that has been controlled using Metrogel and Oracea, but still had a lot of flushing. My skin just looked flat and lacked a youthful appearance. I noticed at the end of April, I no longer had the constant flushing and didn't even flush after my shower. I even went to the dermatologist a week ago and she was impressed with the way my skin looked. I have no other answer except for this product! Thank you Estee!!!
I am forty four years old and am African American. I have dark spots from old acne scars. My skin is a medium brown complexion and I wasn't sure if I would get the same results as someone with a lighter skin tone. This stuff is amazing!!. I noticed a significant difference after the first few days of use. I have been using this product for two months and my dark spots are almost unnoticeable and the texture of my skin looks and feels so much better. I no longer have to use heavy foundation to even out my skin. I highly recommend this product.
I purchased this about a month ago & am amazed by the results!! I was a sun worshiper & have the "sun spots" on various areas of my face. I also have acne scars. Within 2 weeks I noticed a huge difference & now after only 1 month of use, my face is completely clear, even toned, and beautiful!! I tried to use it twice daily but honestly, at least 3 days a week I only used it once. Can't wait to see what happens when I'm more diligent!! Thank You Estee!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product!
I had high hopes for this product - it was my first Estee Lauder purchase and I bought the big bottle and used it religiously in the morning and at night for several months as the instructions said, but I didn't notice a single difference in my skin. On the other hand, my friend started using BB cream around the same time that I started using this serum. I thought this would definitely beat out BB cream, but I was wrong. While her skin has gotten noticeably better, mine has remained exactly the same. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be using BB cream either since the whiteners in it make me feel a little uneasy, but I really had hoped this would work! I'm not sure if I'll continue trying Estee Lauder products.
I am a woman of color who's been struggling with acne marks, dark spots, and discoloration almost all my life. I've been using this product for over a week now at least once a day and so far haven't notice anything remarkable so far. It does brighten up the skin but I really want to fade these dark spots on my face. I'm not so sure this product works with all ethnicities as it claims. I really hoped to be one of those 62 % of women who said they noticed a significant improvement to their skin tone but unfortunately, I'm not. I'll continue to use the rest of this bottle and try to use twice a day but if I don't see any significant results, I will not reorder.
I have suffered from acne and acne scars for years. I was on accutane 4 years ago, and my skin has never been the same. It had no elasticity, it was red and shiny, and I had terrible acne scars. I never left the house without cover-up and was embarrassed of my own face. I asked my dermatologist what to do and she had no suggestions. My mother suggested I try the Idealist, and although I was hesitant at first, deciding to try it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! After completing the 12-week regimen I hardly wear any make-up anymore! I still have faint red marks from my acne, but they are significantly reduced and my skin looks so much healthier! I wish I had had this four years sooner! I also have very sensitive skin and use hypoallergenic everything, and this product caused absolutely no irritation.
After taking birth control pills, I had melasma on my face. It was on my forehead, cheeks & worst of all, my upper lip. It looked like I had a mustache & was very embarrassing. I had tried many cheap & expensive creams. I can't imagine how much money I spent on facials & mild chemical peels.
This product showed improvement within weeks. I will never be without it. I have had numerous compliments on my complexion. I was even told I keep looking younger. I am 33 & can't recall ever receiving compliments on my complexion until now! I will never be without this product!!!
I had acne as a teen and was left with a lot of dark spots on my face..this made me not want to go out without makeup..I tried everything if it said it would clear dark spots I would buy it, but nothing worked...so I was very skeptical in trying this product also, but it only took about 2 weeks to start seeing a big difference and now after 6 weeks I don't even have to wear makeup anymore and love the way my skin feels : )
Best For anyone who wants to look her best!!, (or his best for that matter)!
I have a birthmark on the side of my face that starts by my eye and curves in a crescent down my cheek. As I have gotten older, this birthmark has gotten darker and become more noticeable. Rarely would a day go by without someone asking me if I had a black eye or telling me I had makeup smeared down my face. Makeup would only do so much to hide this mark. I began using the Idealist just over two months ago, and I am beyond AMAZED at the results. The birthmark has not only faded, it is lighter than it has ever been in my life. You have to look closely now to even notice it is there. I am beyond thrilled with the results I have achieved with the Even Skintone Illuminator, and it will now be as big a staple in my skincare regime as my A.N.R. is. I really cannot express how happy I am with this product!
After a month, this "fast acting" serum has done absolutely nothing for me. I purchased it on the advise of an Estee Lauder Beauty Consultant to get rid of the dark spots and red marks. It did absolutely nothing for me. When I applied it, it felt more like makeup than a serum on my face. I do not like this product at all. Unfortunately, none of the Estee Lauder skincare items I've tried have lived up to their claims. I absolutely love their makeup and unless they change formulas, will use their eyeliner, shadow and lipstick forever. Well worth the money, but no so with the skincare.