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Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator: the verdict

After a hot and cold month with Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, it’s now time for the final verdict.  The serum possesses a few above average qualities.  First, as skeptical as I was, I do perceive a subtle improvement in hyper-pigmentation.  Spots don’t vanish, but they do fade and lighten.  Not a fan of makeup?  Listen up; you might enjoy this as a daily product to brighten the face without cosmetics.  Idealist does provide a subtle glow.

As mentioned previously, this product doesn’t play well with others.  It tends to seize up when layered.  Also, the serum doesn’t deliver major results and doesn’t perform in a truly active fashion.  For the purists who insist upon a letter grade, I’m feeling generous, so I’ll give it a B-.  It won’t be a repeat purchase.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator: third week (weak)

You must be thinking “what else could this bitch possibly say about this GD serum?”  Would you be surprised if I told you I indeed had more insights to share?  Not unless this is your first day joining us, in which case, welcome.   Estee Lauder Even Skintone Illuminator doesn’t play particularly well with other products.  If this lightweight gliding lotion provides enough moisture for you under your make-up, then you may like it just fine.  Add a deeper emollient over top and the pilling commences.  This mica-infused light reflector gums up into little balls.  File pilling products under major beauty pet peeve. By week three, I should be seeing maximum results, but instead I haven’t noticed any additional lightening in hyper-pigmentation.  The Demeter Clarc beauty-meter is tipping towards disappointment, but we’ll give Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator its fourth week to win us over.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator: week one

As you well know, I’m a sucker for a serum.  I’m also always on the quest for a product that makes a visible change to hyper-pigmentation.  Last year Estee Lauder rolled out a serum called Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator.   

The Claim:

This fast-acting serum is proven to dramatically reduce every key sign of uneven skintone: redness, acne marks, dark spots, sun spots and discolorations. Instantly, redness is reduced and skin looks radiant. In a clinical test, 62% of women showed a significant improvement in skintone in just two weeks. Over time, skin looks noticeably clearer and brighter, vibrant and more even-toned. Oil-free formula is proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities. Follow with your SPF moisturizer.”Most of us have a certain idea of what to expect from Estee Lauder; research packaged in luxury with a trace of granny.  Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator follows the same well-worn path of success for the cosmetics giant.  Obtaining real results on the issue of hyper pigmentation is tricky business.  Even with Lauder’s deep research pockets, I’m skeptical that this serum will actually do work on discoloration.  The texture, scent, and illuminating qualities are all very attractive, but if Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator can’t actually even skintone, then it is just another overpriced serum.  Let’s not jump to conclusions just yet.  I’m reasonably patient, and gradual results are still results.

MET GALA 2011: LONG LIVE MCQUEEN

Michelle Williams put a bird on it. Daphne Guinness and SJP in McQueen.

A disastrous Blake and shimmery Anna in Chanel (psst, saw it here first Feb 3rd).  Newd hued for the youngsters.This is not the couples portion of the pageant B. Madonna and that other GuyMarc Jacobs and Robert Duffy send a nod of the knee to McQueen’s heritage.  Tux on top, tartan down low.The ChristinasRicci>HendricksKristen Stewart sliced through the party in Proenza Schouler.Paltrow repped Stella McCartney.More beige-y neutrality from Zellweger and Hayek (also in McQueen), but Salma’s just-fucked hair was the best of the night. JLO served severity and overkill.  Bleeding Armadillo. An unexceptional showing from the supermodels: Gisele, Naomi, Carolyn, and Miranda. Hey Kayne.