estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing foam review

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam is a night-time cleanser. Doesn’t it have the word “night” in the name?

But I find it way more suitable for my morning cleanse. Here’s why:

What’s In Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam?


If you’ve ever tried to wash a greasy pan without soap, you know it won’t work. Oil and water don’t mix.

That’s where surfactants come in. This family of ingredients allows water and oil to come together, so they remove all impurities and dirt from your face.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam opted for two of the gentlest surfactants out there: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and Lauramidopropyl Betaine.

Both derived from vegetable sources (the former comes from coconut oil), they’re so gentle, even sensitive skin can use them. They don’t irritate skin or dry it out.

The catch? They’re not strong enough to remove waterproof or longlasting makeup. If you’re wearing a full face, opt for an oil-based makeup remover instead.


Glycerin is a moisture magnet that attracts water from the air into the skin. What is it doing in a cleanser?

It makes the cleansing process gentler. Doesn’t matter how gentle your cleanser is, the cleansing process is always a bit traumatic for skin.

By ensuring your skin has all the moisture it needs during the process, your end up with softer and suppler skin afterwards.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?!


Creamy and lotion-like.


Soapy lavender. FYI, lavender can irritate sensitive skin. Do a patch test before using this.

How To Use It

Morning and night, gently massage it over damp skin. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Avoid the eye area.

Performance & Personal Opinion

I have mixed feelings about Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam.

Let’s start with the good: this low foaming cleanser has a lightweight texture that spreads easily on the skin. It’s super gentle, too. It doesn’t strip away too much sebum or leave your skin a tight mess.

But it’s not as heavy duty as I need it to be. It’s ok when I use only a dab of concealer and a dusting of blush. But I need to use a lot of product to remove longlasting foundation.

If you’re wearing a full face of makeup a la Kardashian, forget it. This may work well as a morning cleanser for you, but it’ll take a lot of product, time, and elbow grease to take everything off.

FYI, you can’t use it on your eyes. You’ll need a separate makeup remover for your eyeliner + mascara anyway.

estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing foam

Who Is This For?

Women with combination or oily skin who don’t wear much makeup.

Who Is This Not For?

  • Anyone who wears a full face of makeup
  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam comes in a white tube with a gold cap. It’s sleek and releases just the right amount of product you need.

Does Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam Live Up To Its Claims?

This conditioning formula transforms into a soft, airy foam that removes makeup and impurities, including pollution, as it purifies deep within skin’s surface to improve your overall healthy look. It never turns into a foam, removes only non-longlasting makeup, and can’t purify deep within the skin’s surface.
The high performance formula rinses easily and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed. I wouldn’t call it high performance, but it does leave skin clean and soft.

Price & Availability

$32.00/£28.00 at Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, and Ulta

Do You Need It?

Not really. It does the job, but there are better cleansers out there.


Dupes & Alternatives


Water\Aqua\Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Butylene Glycol, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Silybum Marianum (Lady’S Thistle) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ceteth-20, Sodium Pca, Algae Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Lactate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Chloride, Lauric Acid, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) <ILN42230>