Estee Lauder Idealist: The Original Revisited

By Lynnie | December 14 2011 | 9 Comments

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The super-duper new Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator from Estee Lauder has been the subject of rave reviews from the blogosphere as well as print and broadcast media since its launch during the summer, so you know I had to buy myself a bottle of the stuff just at the first opportunity for a trip through the airport duty free presented itself.

I’ve long been a fan of their original Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher, from €50 for 30ml, but for the last few months I’ve been less concerned with the hack of my pores than my lacklustre, uneven skintone and I had high hopes that its iridescent cousin would be able to sort me out with a luminous complexion while simultaneously dealing with a few dark spots.

Light-reflecting particles meant that the look of my skin improved immediately on application, but I didn’t notice a longer-term benefit to my skintone and, despite being oil-free and non-acnegenic, Even Skintone Illuminator left my skin congested six ways to Sunday.

It might have been no good for my skin but at least one good thing did come from the purchase: I was able to swap Even Skintone Illuminator for a bottle of my old flame. I shouldn’t ever have abandoned Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher for the skincare equivalent of the emperor’s new clothes, but I’m happy to report that the old reliable doesn’t appear to harbour any bad feelings and still performs consistently for me.

Used under my regular moisturiser, it doesn’t just reduce the look of pores: as the name implies, it refinishes skin to leave it looking velvety soft and feeling silky smooth. Clogged pores are rectified. Dry patches vanish. Make-up glides on.

Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher is an oldie but a goodie. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and I flipping love it.

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9 Replies to "Estee Lauder Idealist: The Original Revisited"

  • MilkyMoo says:

    I got a sample of the older version in a magazine once but never used it because I hadn’t a clue what to do with it! From this post it sounds like it’s a primer…

  • Oh I love this stuff! Haven’t been able to afford it in about 18 months and I miss it so much. I started using the No 7 Protect and Perfect serum as it was cheaper, as a kinda primer, but it’s not the same.

    LOVE the feel of the Estee Lauder, it’s like velvet.

    Sigh. I hate being poor.

  • I started using the Illuminator several months ago and have to say it’s one of my HG products.

    The tone and texture of my fizzog has changed since starting to use it and genuinely my pores are reduced.

    Same with a slight birthmark I have high on my cheek, which D’Mammy affectionately calls a ‘prison mark’. It’s barely visible now, which is handy :)

  • roxette says:

    awe no, i love the new fancier version. Still love the old one too though so I will be switching between the two as needs be.

  • Pinkpanther says:

    Haven’t used this in ages. Used to lurve it but kind of forgot about it – so many new products come out I just HAVE to try. Think I might get this again now you’ve remindeed me about it – my pores are looking a bit massive of late.

  • tina10 says:

    Used this for about 2 years, loved it. Also used their other one (name eludes me)in a brown bottle – it was fab. But can’t really justify the cost at the moment. :(

  • Lynnie says:

    Milkymoo – it’s a serum, to be applied under moisturiser, but I find it does have primer-alike qualities which is very handy. Two birds, one stone and all that.

    Cherrysue / Rox – I was actually DEVO when Illuminator didn’t work for me. DEVO I tells ya!

    tina10 – sounds like Advanced Night Repair? It’s on my “to try” list, have heard great things about it.

  • tina10 says:

    @lynnie Yes Advanced Night Repair, that was it! It was super, if I had to pick between them, then that one made the bigger difference in terms of improvement to my skin. For the smell and feeling of pure treat, I liked the Idealist, but ANR really worked on skin tone and smoothness for me.

  • surleen says:

    I don’t understand the difference between the 2- can you please explain? thanks!

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