Monday, 11 November 2013

Brand Test - Estée Lauder!

Today is the second in my new Brand Test series. The first brand test was all about Kiehl's skincare products. However, since then I have been testing out a few products from Estée Lauder which I thought I would share with you. The first product is one of their moisturisers, followed up by one of their famous face serums. This is the first time I've ever tested any Estée Lauder skincare so if you want to hear more about these products, carry on reading! :)

Estée Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF15 for Normal to Combination Skin: I first got my hands on this when I went to buy a few bottles of Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation. There was a free gift with purchase perk going on at the time so I managed to get my hands on a few samples. I absolutely love testing out samples as it's such a good way to find out if you like a product before going and splurging on the full priced item.

I'm always very skeptical about moisturisers as a lot tend to break me out. It took me forever to find my holy grail mac version that works perfectly for my Combo/Oily skin. Having said that, it doesn't contain any SPF and when paired with my day to day foundation, Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus, I'm left with no SPF and a little bit at risk. You will see that I tested out an SPF in my Kiehl's brand test and here I am again, testing out another in this moisturiser. SPF is known for breaking me out which is why I normally steer clear, but I had high hopes for this one.

You are advised to apply this moisturiser morning and evening. I thought this was a bit strange as I clearly don't need SPF protection when I'm asleep. However that's what it says on the tub so that's what I did.

It's a thin cream consistency with a slight cucumber scent. Applied to the face, you can definitely tell that it contains SPF. You get that standard greasy feeling that typically comes with a product that contains sun protection. Having said that, this one wasn't nearly as greasy as some I'd tried. If it had been I would have stopped using it straight away. But the way the skin absorbed this product made me feel confident about using the product on a trail basis.

I have now been using this moisturiser for a couple of weeks and overall my skin is quite well hydrated. It does an alright job but I have started breaking out on my cheeks which never normally occurs. I put this down as a sign that the SPF in this product is breaking me out as it's the only new skincare item, along with the serum below, that I was using during my breakout.

The spots weren't anything massive (thank god), but it was enough to make me want to start using my Mac moisturiser again. What I've done now to try and reach a happy medium is to use the Estee Lauder Daywear in the morning and then use my Mac moisturiser in the evening to give my skin a bit of a break. I'll probably continue this routine until I have used the whole pot. 

Overall I don't think I would repurchase this straight away. I would like to test some other moisturisers to see if I can find one that doesn't actually break me out. I know there is an Oil Free version of this with SPF25 so I might give that a go and see if I notice any difference.

If you have similar skin to mine and know of an amazing moisturiser you think I should try out, please let me know in the comments below.

Estée Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF15 for Normal to Combination Skin - £40 for 50ml from Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator: I've been using this serum paired with the moisturiser above as I know that pairing skincare products from the same brand is generally advantageous. I suffer this hyperpigmentation which was why I wanted to test this in the first place. Having said that, my hyperpigmentation is probably down to the fact that I don't use an SPF everyday, so it's really a vicious cycle. I do suffer with acne scarring too which contributes to the problem so I was interested as to whether this would help at all. The serum is aimed at significantly evening out blotchiness, blemish marks, dark spots and discolourations.

It looks like a thin yellowy/gold lotion and applies like silk to the skin. It is the softest, smoothest feeling product I've ever applied to my face and I adore that fact. The skin drinks it up and within 10 seconds you wouldn't know you'd applied anything at all. The only remnant it leaves behind is the silky soft feeling.

This is such a lovely product to use - a real treat. It's helped to almost completely irradiate my skintone issue which means that sheer foundation on top looks a lot more flawless. I really would recommend this serum for anyone who suffers with hyperpigmentation and would certainly repurchase it myself. Now I'm really interested in trying all the other serums Estée Lauder have to offer and seeing if I can get the same wondrous results again with others.

Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator - £48 for 30ml from Estée Lauder


  1. Looks very luxurious! would look great on any dressing table

    lovely post

    zara xx

    1. Yeah. Looks lovely on my bedside table :) xxo


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