Two Weeks Later: Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

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.

*PR sample

12 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Lianne said...

And I wonder if your skin naturally improved over that time just through the healing process. I have to agree, I dont expect miracles but I expect a product to do something noticeable. I've only found a few that do. Beauty is full of disappointment.

socialitedreams said...

awww, that's disappointing! i was hoping for great things. i still need an awesome dark spot corrector


♥ Ms. Kendall ♥ said...

I would keep using it. Rome wasn't built in a day! Maybe it needs more time.

m4dswine said...

Can I suggest Rosehip Seed Oil for your forehead? I have suffered from acne for a number of years and throw into the mix the fact that genetically I scar easily, my skin can be a mess!

My wonder product for helping scars heal is Neals Yard's Wild Rose Beauty Balm, it is a miracle product!

Liparazzi said...

I would say it needs more time, most skincare serums only show proper results when used for over 4 weeks so keep at it and let us know. I'm trying this product too so will be posting on it. I can definitely see a difference in the texture of your skin on your forehead :) xxx

VexintheCity said...

@Lianne - Yeah, probably. I've taken care not to overlaod my skin with products at the moment.

@Socialitedreams - I always thought two weeks was too soon to see a amrked difference.

@Ms Kendall - Yeah I'll stick at it for a further fortnight.

@m4dswine - I bought Trilogy Rosehip Oil which I used to get rid of the last of the dryness, at night. I'll go back to it in two weeks time.

Thanks for the rec. Much appreciated.

@Liparazzi - Yeah I'll stick at it for another two weeks and see how I get on. I was scrutinising the pics yest and I can see a difference in the texture of my forehead too.

Jamilla Camel said...

Sounds like a very mild exfoliant. You might be better off with AHAs or retinol...

Sher said...

great review,i nearly bought this poduct after a csa convincd me to buy but am glad u have tested it for us and shown results..thank you

lcf said...

I can definitely see a difference, albeit a slight one. I'd continue using it!

lunamac said...

Your skin looks very much improved since your breakout. I wonder though if it is this as I heard it doesn't have any real worthwhile ingredients. Not working ingredients like Retinol or AHAs.
The woman at the EL counter told me it was £50 for 50ml as I was thinking £1 for 1ml.
Seems she got it wrong then.
It's worse than £1 for 1ml !

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SilhouetteScreams said...

How disappointing :( but thank you for the incredibly honest review.


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