Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II

Estee Lauder wasn’t a brand I would name one of my favorites.
Somehow I thought of it as outdated, something my grandmother would have used, something I was way to young to put on my bathroom shelf.

You see, I know that my beloved MAC Cosmetics belong to Estee Lauder, but there is a difference between knowing and knowing sometimes.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

But as I have gotten more and more into serums, turned 35 and remembered my grandmas gorgeous skin, I decided it was time to eliminate my prejudice and buy one of the most well-known serums on the market:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.

What Estee Lauder claims:
“ANR adresses the appearance of all key signs of visible aging… It helps promote the natural synchronization of skin´s night-time renewal process so that it renews its appearance at exactly the right time … supports purification process. Helps protect … against environmental damage, helps reduce the look of past damage … Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture.”

There are three sizes available, 30 ml, 50 ml and 75 ml. I went for the 30 ml size, which retails for 74,95 € here.
For reference, I started using it at the end of September and still got about half of the product left.

Active ingredients are:
1. Squalane: lipid
2. Sodium Hyaluronate: moisturizing
3. Retinyl Palmitate: Vitamin A; reduces wrinkles, fades dark spots
4. Tocopheryl Acetate: Vitamin E; neutralizes free radicals, moisturizing
5. Bisabolol: antiinflammatory
6. Lecithin: smoothing, moisturizing
7. Xanthan Gum: smoothing

I use one drop of product and press it into my skin, starting at the center and working my way down to my neck and up to my hairline. There is no noticeable smell, and it sinks in quickly without feeling sticky.

I love using pipettes!

Does it live up to its claims?
I know you can read everywhere that the skin repairs and renews itself during the night, which is why this is the time to pack on the good stuff. But trust me, this is complete and utter bullshit.
Your skin is constantly repairing and renewing itself, no matter what the time or the position of the sun.
The reason we should use different products is simply that we need to focus on protection (read sunscreen) during the day, while we should skip that at nighttime. Also, some ingredients like Vitamin A make the skin more susceptible to sun damage, so it is safer to put them on when you are not exposed to UV-rays.
That said, there is no “renewal at exactly the right time”, but the other claims are true.
My skin feels soft and smooth, it is moisturized and supple and I think it looks more radiant since I started using that serum.

Will I rebuy?
And I think I will go for the bigger size, to save some money.

Who would I recommend it to?
As it is on the pricey side and focuses on repairing damage and reducing wrinkles, I think it would be suitable for people in their mid-twenties and upwards. Of course there is nothing wrong with starting earlier, and it isn’t that rich, so it would totally work, but remembering my days at uni, I simply wouldn’t have had the money.
I agree with it being suitable for all skin types, it is light enough for oily skin, but will work totally fine on dry skin if followed by a good moisturizer.

Have you tried this one?
And don’t you just love it when products come with a pipette? Hygienic and making you feel all scientific!

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