Lancome, Shiseido, Dior, Chanel… I adore their makeup products.
But, their skincare stuff leaves a lot to be desired. These high-end brands love to charge premium prices for the most basic formulas. You’re lucky if you can find one lonely antioxidant in there. And, you can be sure they’ve put it in a jar to kill it off sooner.
But, there’s an exception. Estee Lauder. If you want to go high-end, this is the brand to check out. Of course, they still have duds, but you can also find some awesome stuff here your skin will fall in love with. But, how to tell them apart?
No worries, I did the hard work for you. So, here they are, the best, the average, and the worst products Estee Lauder has to offer:
Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB And Brightening Balm SPF50 ($50.00)
This is one of the few Western BB Creams that is really worth the splurge. It has a soft, peachy pink tint that gives skin a radiant, healthy glow. It’s hydrating. It has antioxidants to prevent wrinkles and a high SPF to protect skin against the harmful UV rays. It doesn’t have much coverage, though. Its more of a liquid highlighter with skincare benefits, so if that’s what you’ve always wanted, check this out. Available at Nordstrom and Look Fantastic.
DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($40.00)
This is one of those moisturizers that does everything skin needs. It has moisturizing oils to add and lock in moisture, antioxidants to prevent those pesky wrinkles, soothing agents to calm down irritations, SPF to protect skin from sun damage, and mica to give a radiant glow. Available at Sephora and Feel Unique.
Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum ($68.00)
This is one of the most popular products from the brand, and for a good reason. In the short term, it smooths out wrinkles thanks to lots of silicones that fill them in (don’t worry, your skin won’t be suffocated!). In the long term, the generous amount of antioxidants will help prevent new ones from forming too soon. There’s not much else we can ask a good serum to do. Available at Sephora and John Lewis.
Radiant Vitality Essence Oil ($68.00)
This oil is proof that natural and synthetic ingredients work best together. It contains both natural oils, like olive oil, and synethetic emollients, that give dry skin the extra moisture it needs. You don’t need to use it daily, though. Save it for when your dry skin needs a boost. It’ll help get rid of the flakiness and dullness. Available at Sephora.
Verite LightLotion Cleanser ($32.00)
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Yes, this cold cream is way overpriced. But, it’s also great at removing makeup. It also contains soothing agents, like green tea, that make this a great choice for sensitive skin. That’s why I wanted to mention it anyway. If you’re struggling to find a cleanser your skin won’t react badly to, this one is worth a try. Available at Nordstrom and Amazon UK.
Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher ($54.00)
This one can really minimize pores and imperfections. But, not like EL says. The key ingredient, acetyl glucosamine, can’t really exfoliate skin. Instead, it’s the silicones that, once again, do most of the work. They fill in wrinkles and fine lines and create a smooth surface that hides imperfections when light hits it. It has brightening pigments that give skin a radiant glow, and antioxidants to prevent wrinkles. So, not bad, at all. Just overpriced. *sighs* Available at Sephora and Boots.
Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion ($95.00)
An essence-in-lotion that deeply hydrates skin. And, when skin is hydrated, it looks smoother and glowy. It’s a good product, but it didn’t make it into the best list for two reasons. One: it doesn’t contain enough antioxidants. Two: there’s absolutely nothing in here to justify such an outrageous price tag. Available at Sephora.
Re-Nutriviv Ultimate Diamond Scultping/Refinishing Dual Infusion ($360.00)
How stunning is the bottle? The formula ain’t bad, either. It’s chockfull of antioxidants that help prevent premature aging. But, these can easily be found in much cheaper moisturizers, even from EL. You’re paying so much because of the black diamond truffle extract, which is said to be good for everything but has no scientific research backing it up, and gold particles that could irritate skin. Available at Harrods and Nordstrom.
Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask ($25.00)
This is a cleanser that doubles up as an oil-absorbing mask. Problem is, it works a bit too well. It uses potassium hydroxide (lye) to cleanse skin, and that’s drying. And you know what skin does when it gets too dry? Produces more oil to compensate! Argh!
Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Toning Lotion/Refiner ($25.00)
Geez, this multitasking line is such a mess! This toner contains some antioxidants, but also a huge dollop of alcohol that can be drying if used too often. Better leave it on the shelf.
Resist Lift Firming/Sculpting Face & Neck Creme SPF 15 ($80.00)
Why can’t Estee Lauder give up jars for good? Jar packaging won’t help keep the antioxidants in here stable and effective for long. And that’s not even the worst thing about this cream. You know what is? It only protects from UVB rays. Yep, no UVA protection. Bummer!
What do you think of Estee Lauder skincare? And, have you tried any of these products?