This is the review for the EL ANR Protective Recovery Complex (the one in the left).
From The Box:
For all skintypes.
Helps repair the appearance of past damage while protecting your skin from the aging effects of our environment.
By night: works with the body’s natural renewal mechanism to help your skin recover from the day’s environmental aggressions.
By day: helps neutralize up to 90% of environmentally-generated free radicals before they can damage your skin’s appearance.
My Skin Type:
Actually very oily, but surpressed with BHA exfoliator. Results in generally ranging from very dry to normal/combo skin. Generally dehydrated, very sensitive, and acne prone.
Brown bottle made of glass with plastic droppers. While the brown bottle helps shields this antioxidant-enriched serum, the dropper is a bad idea. Every time you open the bottle to use it, the precious product will be exposed to light and air, rendering the antioxidant useless. Yes ladies, to maintain its efficacy, antioxidants shouldn’t be exposed to light and air!
Watery. Hence the dropper.
My General Review:
This is the review for the old version of EL ANR. Estee Lauder (EL) has launched a new version called Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, but I’ll still write the review for the old version anyway for an archive; maybe it’ll help if someone find this floating around eBay or something :P
Anyway, this serum is pretty popular. It’s been around for a long time. 20years or something?
As for me, I started using this product since I saw a tremendous complexion improvement of a colleague of mine since she switched to EL. And she gives this serum a *very* high regard! So I jumped into the bandwagon and despite the high price tag, I didn’t regret it ever since! Especially when my skin is on the dry side. Because it’s moisturizing! Love the way it feels under my moisturizer. It absorbs quickly and gives me proper hydration, not oil production. I’m dry most of the time though, so oil is less of a concern.
I love the hydration so much because it makes my skin appear more plump. Like, healthier, smoother plump. Furthermore, it makes the gigantic pores on the sides of my nose appear smaller, smoother too! Few products can do this, so I really appreciate it :)
The downside, other than the not-so-optimal packaging, is the amount of antioxidants in this serum. This is supposed to be a moisturizing and antioxidant serum, but how come only a bit of antioxidants is placed here? It’s just my personal preference though. Maybe because I’m used to compare everything else to Paula’s Choice products. In this case, I compare this to Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate series, and EL really pale in comparison.
Solution? Well, for me on the morning I’ll only use PC AOC. For my night time regime, I use PC AOC first, then layer on several drops of EL ANR. So I get both benefits: antioxidant protection and smoothing action.
The good news is, EL ANR also put some calming action into this serum; like bisabolol and chamomile. I believe soothing your skin will make it stronger and healthier, so again, I really appreciate the addition :)
What Else You Need To Know:
Unlike other EL products, this serum is fragrance free! A big YAY from a sensitive-skinned girls for that!
EL offers a ‘Concentrated’ version of this serum, but that one is fragranced and is even MORE expensive! :D And from the ingredient list, I think they didn’t double the important ingredients. Le sigh for marketing hype! FutureDerm offers an analysis/comparison for these 2 products.
Widely available. Just visit your nearest Estee Lauder counters in department stores like SOGO or Metro.
I forgot the exact price, but if I remember correctly, Indonesia carry the 50ml bottle one, and it’s sold at above IDR1m. Freakin’ expensive.
water, bifida ferment lysate, methyl gluceth-20, peg-75, butylene glycol, bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, glycereth-26, cola acuminata (kola) extract, squalane, sodium RNA, sodium hyaluronate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, pantethine, hydrogenated lecithin, oleth-3 phosphate, oleth-3, oleth-5, anthemis nobilis (chamomile), caffeine, choleth-24, ceteth-24, xanthan gum, tea, carbomer, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, bht, trisodium edt, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, yellow 5, green 5, red 4
4 out of 5. Antioxidants level may not be as high as I want it to be, but it’s still a great supplement that really works to hydrate and smooth out my skin. But at this price, the packaging should be better-thought.
*This review will be cross posted in http://www.makeupalley.com under username Crescent_Shadow.