Product Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

by Gio
review estee lauder advanced night repair synchronized recovery complex II

If you’re a regular here, you know I don’t have much time for department store skincare. Dior, Lancome & co make the best makeup, but their skincare efforts leave a lot to be desired.

The exception to the rule? Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. Here’s why:

What’s In In Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?


Probiotics are all the rage now. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has its own share of good bacteria, too.

Bifida Ferment Lysate, to be exact. It’s a multitasker that:

You’ve guessed it, it’s especially beneficial for sensitive and easily irritated skin.

Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Really Work?


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II jumped on the peptide bandwagon, too. The new version (released a few years ago) uses Triptetide-32, a peptide that claims to activate the clock gene PER-1 (it’s the gene that determines the normal human sleep pattern).

Here’s the theory: PER-1 activates the keratinocyte genes. These genes help protect against cellular damage and promote cellular viability, longevity and improve repair of DNA damage.

The catch? They’re turned off at night. By turning on the switch, Tripeptide-32 could make them work when you sleep, too.

In practice, it’s highly unlikely that Tripeptide-32 can reach deep enough into the skin to activate these genes. Why? Your skin has enzymes that break it down before it has the time to reach its destination.

But let’s say that Tripeptide-32 can bypass these enzymes and reach PER-1. The only study that claims it can activate genes comes from Estee Lauder. Not the most unbiased of sources…

Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?


You won’t find hyaluronic acid on the label. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II uses sodium hyaluronate, a derivative that better penetrates skin.

What does it do? It’s super hydrating. It works by attracting moisture from the air into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has a lightweight, gel-like texture that spreads easily on the skin and absorbs instantly.


It doesn’t smell too nice… But I don’t mind that. It means you’re smelling the ingredients. No irritating fragrance was added to the mix. Phew!

How To Use It

At night, after retinol/exfoliation but before moisturiser. You can also use it in the morning before sunscreen.

Performance & Personal Opinion

If your skin’s sensitive and prone to irritation, you’ll love Esteee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. It’s very soothing, calms down redness and hydrates skin, leaving it softer and smoother all night long.

If you’re into anti-aging, you’ll be disappointed. This serum has a few antioxidants that’ll help you keep wrinkles at bay, but it can’t make wrinkles smaller. A retinol serum would work better for you.

FYI, I didn’t get any breakout or irritation from this. It’s very gentle for all skin types.

estee lauder advanced night repair II review

Who Is This For?

Sensitive and dry skin in need of soothing.

Who Is This Not For?

Oily skin and anyone interested in anti-aging.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II comes in a dark, opaque bottle with a drop applicator. It’s both sleek and practical.

Does Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II Live Up To The Hype?

Instantly adds radiance.It makes skin a little brighter.
Intensely hydrates.Yes, it’s hydrating.
Advanced Night Repair reduces the look of key signs of ageing.Look is the keyword here. The serum doesn’t promise to reduce your wrinkles. It promises to make them look smaller. Anything that hydrates skin can do this. But the effects are only temporary.
Advanced Night Repair contains ChronoluxCB™, a patented “power signal” to help reactivate and synchronise skin’s natural repair process, even when it is impaired by blue light exposure at night and other environmental assaults.The words “power signal” makes me think this refers to the peptide. But “reactivate and synchronise skin’s natural repair process” is such a vague claim, it’s impossible to tell exactly what it does (and if you can’t tell it, you can’t prove it’s a lie). Plus, anything with antioxidants can help you fight blue light export and other environmental assaults.
Effective for every ethnicity.With the exception of a few skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, you can treat most skin problems in the same way, regardless of your ethnicity. This claim makes EL sound inclusive, but really most skincare products work for everyone.

Price & Availability

$70.00/£58.00 at Dermstore, Feel Unique, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta

Do You Need It?

If you have sensitive skin, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II can be a good addition to your skincare routine.

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.



Trisha July 21, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Scents are so important. If it doesn’t smell too good, then it really doesn’t matter if it works. And that sucks that this failed on both of those.

beautifulwithbrains July 21, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Trisha, I could put up with the smell if it worked but this did nothing for me apart from moisturizing my skin. What a disappointment. 🙁

jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) July 22, 2010 - 3:45 am

i had two samples and they didn’t work for me. not one bit. i wrote about it in my blog that i had nothing to compare with as i never tried the old version. oh well…

beautifulwithbrains July 22, 2010 - 1:26 pm

Jojoba, I remember reading on your blog this didn’t work for you either. Believe me, you didn’t miss anything. The old version didn’t do much either and I actually prefer the new one. If nothing, it has a better consistency, but in terms of results, both are disappointing.

Marina(Makeup4All) August 3, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Thank you for review! I also got a sample with my EL purchase but maybe it’s too early for me to try it.

beautifulwithbrains August 3, 2010 - 2:17 pm

Marina, I don’t think it’s ever too early to try anti-aging products but I can see why you would wanna wait. This serum didn’t seem to do much for me but then if I had had wrinkles or other deeper signs of aging, I would have seen better results? who knows..

Jeannine January 24, 2011 - 10:17 am

I am a little surprised reading this, because this stuff works absolute miracles for me. Maybe it depends on the skin type? I have large pores and a problematic skin for most of my adult life. EL advanced night repair makes my skin look and feel smooth and healthier. The only thing that bothers me is the price!

beautifulwithbrains January 24, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Jeannine, I’m glad to know this products works very well for you. I know a few people who use this serum and say how much better they skin looks and feels since they started applying it but on me, it didn’t do much. I think it could depend on the skin type, like you suggested. Mine has always been in quite a good condition apart from some oily patches on the forehead and some fine lines starting to appear so I guess that’s why it didn’t show much visible improvement on me.

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