So I've been using the new Idealist Even Skintone Iluminator from Estee Lauder for the past fortnight. It promises to lighten dark spots and even skin tone and relies heavily on research which has 84% of testers claiming to see an improvement in even skin tone after just two weeks.
As promised, I've used this morning and night religiously for two weeks, paying particular attention to my forehead which displays dark spots left after an allergic reaction. I've been using it in the morning under my moisturiser and again in the evening after moisturising. It absorbs easily and leaves the slightest hint of a glow, but this is difficult to see by the time it has fully absorbed unless your skin is flawless (and if it were, you wouldn't be using this product anyway) and you're wearing no make up! Overall my skin texture is smooth and feels soft, but I could put that down to other skincare products I'm using or the fact that I had a facial a week ago.
I made sure to take photos before and after of the area I was hoping to see an improvement which can be viewed below:
My forehead - before and after.
The difference to the dark spots on my forehead are so slight, that they're barely noticeable. The most significant change has been the texture of my skin - my forehead feels like silk at the moment, with not one abrasion causing obstruction, however the same can't be said for my lower right cheek and jaw, which feels a little rough at the moment having flared up over the past couple of days. Overall my skin feels great though.
I'm not getting my hopes up though to be honest, but I will continue to use it for a further two weeks. If after a month I haven't seen a marked difference, then I'll be passing this onto my Mum who was eyeballing it the second it arrived in the post, and moving onto another product in the hope of combating my problem.
Given the price and promising research statistics, I was expecting greater results than this.
Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator can be found at Estee Lauder counters and is available is two sizes: 30ml (£46) and 50ml (£62) and is suitable for all skin types and tones.