Fave Five: The Best Estee Lauder Skincare Products

by Gio

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Lancome, Shiseido, Dior, Chanel… who doesn’t love their makeup?

It’s their skincare stuff that 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 faster. 🙄

But… there’s an exception. Estee Lauder. If you want to go high-end, this is the brand to check out.

Unlike its cousins, Estee Lauder knows how to create skincare products that do more than just moisturize skin (cos, seriously, for that price, a serum should make me coffee too).

Sure, it has its duds too. But don’t worry, you’ll steer clear of those and go straight to the stuff that works. Here are the best Estee Lauder skincare products:

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF50 ($50.00/£45.00)

Despite the high SPF, Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF 50 has a lightweight texture that applies like a dream and moisturises skin well. In fact, if you’re on the oily side, this may be too moisturising for you! The sun protection comes from synthetic UV filters that are totally safe for most people but could irritate sensitive skin. But if you prefer synthetic to mineral sunscreens, this is a great option to consider. It has a dewy finish and makes a great base for makeup.

Available at: Harvey Nichols, Look Fantastic, and Selfridges

Related: Chemical Vs Physical Sunscreen: Which One Is Better For You?

Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ($110.00/£89.00)

If you have to splurge $110 on skincare, it’d better work, right? Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules does. Each little capsule – there are 60 in total – contains a bunch of natural oils that deeply moisturize skin and plant antioxidants to keep wrinkles at bay. It makes skin soft and smooth, strengthens your skin protective barrier so harsh weather can’t dry it out and helps prevent premature wrinkles. Due to the oil base, it’s more suitable for dry skin.

Available at: Debenhams, Selfridges and Ulta

Related: How To Strengthen Your Skin’s Protective Barrier (And Why It Matters) 

Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum ($68.00/$60.00)

Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum is one of the most popular products from the brand – and for a good reason. The silicones (they don’t suffocate skin!) smooth out wrinkles in the long term so you look instantly younger. In the long term, the generous amount of antioxidants helps prevent new ones from forming too soon. The texture’s lightweight and suitable for all skin types.

Available at: Feel UniqueNordstrom, Sephora and Ulta

Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?

Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($98.00/£55.00)

Sorry, Perfectionist. You’re good but the true Estee Lauder star is Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. What makes it so special? The lactobacillus base. It helps strengthens your skin’s protective barrier and soothe irritations while the antioxidants fight off free radicals before they give you wrinkles. It dries a little tacky, but if you’re cool with that, you’ll like this.

Available at: DebenhamsFeel Unique, Harrods and Sephora

Related: What’s The Deal With Bacteria In My Skincare?

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm ($45.00/£38.00)

Struggling to remove stubborn makeup? Get yourself a jar of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. The oily base (saffron and coconut) melt away all traces of long-lasting foundation, makeup and other impurities without drying out your skin. If you’ve got oily skin, it may be a little too thick and greasy for you, but then that’s a problem your skin type has with all balm cleansers. The real con is that it includes fragrance but hey, at least it doesn’t stay on the skin long.

Available at: Debenhams, Feel Unique, Nordstrom and Selfridges

Related: How To Choose The Best Type Of Cleanser For Your Skin Type

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Robin April 29, 2016 - 2:33 am

I haven’t tried any of these yet but have tried the Advanced Night Repair and hated its dropper and my skin hated the product itself. the Hydrationist Lotion came in a lovely pump bottle, smelled lovely but my skin hated it and broke out in protest. i’m off to try the Daywear now that I’ve read this. Here’s hoping (smile).

Gio May 1, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Robin, oh no! I guess that’s proof that even the best products won’t work for everyone. *sighs* Hope Daywear is working much better for you.

Hannah April 30, 2016 - 2:44 am

Did you know Shiseido seriously deceives their customers with their claims about their sunscreen? You know,about how “the UVA protection increases when wet for 30 minutes”? Then they have the audacity to charge over $40 for body sunscreen?


Gio April 30, 2016 - 9:38 am

Hannah, thanks for sharing this. It’s absolutely appalling! We are all used to companies making exaggerated and unrealistic claims, but this one is potentially very dangerous. Shame on them.

Hannah May 1, 2016 - 4:30 am

Totally. This company should be sued for customer endangerment after a problem was found out and made known, yet they don’t try to make it right. What’s even more crazy than the $40 they charge for body sunscreen, they charge $36(?) for 1 oz. of face sunscreen and I believe that the ingredients probably are the same between the face and body, too! Makes me think that if I had enough money to buy from this brand, and did, I’d probably start boycotting their products because now I’ve lost my trust in them. It’s too bad, because I’ve heard that Shinsheido is a “good” brand.

Gio May 1, 2016 - 2:08 pm

Hannah, it’s a good brand for makeup, but their skincare stuff leaves a lot to be desired. And, I agree on both counts.. After something like this, you lose trust in a brand. And, most importantly, the authorities should do something about it. In the meantime, the best we can do is warn everyone we know.

Hannah May 1, 2016 - 8:25 pm

Yep. If I had a blog,I’d write an article about this brand and how their sunscreen’s marketing claims are shady.

Gio May 5, 2016 - 7:59 pm

You should totally start one. You have a lot to say, so I’m sure it’d be an interesting and helpful read.

Hannah May 6, 2016 - 1:19 am

Ahhhh! Thanks! 😉 I have a lot of fun browsing yours.

Gio May 6, 2016 - 9:29 pm

You’re welcome, and oh, thank you! 🙂

tawny luna February 15, 2019 - 5:04 am

I love my advanced night repair ll works well for my skin. I’ve seen great improvement within my fine lines within a month. 🙂

Gio February 15, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Tawny, that’s great. So glad it’s working well for you.

Elisa March 5, 2019 - 6:47 am

I have the ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SYNCHRONIZED RECOVERY COMPLEX II , do I have to put it after the SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol and the Hyaluronic Acid but before the cream or before everything?

Gio March 8, 2019 - 5:07 pm

You can put it on it between retinol and the hyaluronic acid.

Elisa March 13, 2019 - 6:03 am


Gio March 15, 2019 - 4:57 pm

My pleasure!


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