IMBB Sponsored Product Review
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This is my first skin care review, so please bear with me.
Now, I have 3 major issues with my oily skin:
1. Sensitive and acne-prone skin – Acne means occasional eruptions as well as marks and blemishes of prior ones.
2. Open pores.
3. Dark under eye circles.
With these big problems to address, I am least bothered about issues like ageing or wrinkles because the above-mentioned issues are nagging enough for me to bother adding to the woes!I have always wanted to re-look my skin regimen. I do occasionally try new things, but feel too scared because of my sensitive acne-prone skin reacts to changes – and not nicely!
Imagine spending a fortune on a high-end brand to realize it backfired. After all, brands here are not as forthcoming with testers. So God said, “Don’t worry Gurrl! I will work some magic for you!” And Magic did happen – in the form of sponsored reviews from IMBB!
So, I picked Estee Lauder’s Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher.
- Pores look 1/3 smaller.
- Refinishes skin texture.
- Fast-acting serum delivers dramatic skin resurfacing benefits. Skin looks virtually poreless, clear and even-toned. Feels soft and smooth.
- For all skin types.
Now, Estee Lauder Research takes skin refinishing to a whole new level of perfection with this state-of-the-art. Fast acting treatment. Turns skin to silk – instantly. Penetrates deep within surface layers to deliver our most dramatic skin resurfacing benefits ever. Speeds fresher, healthy-looking skin cells to the surface with 3X more of the non-acidic skin refinisher of our previous formula. Makes enlarged pores look virtually invisible with our revolutionary pore diminishing technology. All, to help give back the skin you were born with. Unbelievably soft and smooth. Incredibly clear and even-toned.
INR 7204 for 75 ml.
The product comes in an aquamarine coloured plastic bottle (looks like glassy) – which makes it easy to carry. The bottle comes packaged in light aquamarine cardboard box. Both are extremely pleasing to the eye. The bottle has a gold detailing, gold cap (with EL insignia) and a gold pump. The pump ensures hygiene to the product being dispensed. Also, breakdown of sensitive ingredients is lowered since they do jot come into contact with air. The pump can be taken off, if required – I see myself doing that once the bottle reaches it lag end – to get to the last drop of the product!! Being plastic, product is travel friendly and the detailing ensures a luxe feel to the product. The box has a leaflet with details of the product in different languages.
My Experience with Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher:
My main idea for choosing this product was for it to work on the gaping pores on my cheeks. The Estee Lauder SA did clearly update me that the product will not make the pore disappear, but reduce them to 1/3rd of their original size and the effect will be visible in 14-15 days. I have been religiously using it since September 03 – its been 3 weeks – 21 days.
Considering its so expensive, I contemplated using it only on the problem area – on the pores rather than the whole face, but thought it would not be a wholesome review if I do that. I am glad about the decision – read on to find out why 🙂
So, I religiously apply the product on my face and neck – one pump of the product is sufficient for this. The consistency is gel-like and gets readily absorbed by the skin. Refer pictures for the same – there is no residue or white cask left behind.
The product is a serum – hence, needs to go under the moisturizer – directly on the skin. The product instantly gives a smooth and shine-free look which might be because of the silica/mica content. The net result is that one can try using it as a primer itself (skipping moisturizer) – however, the product is not designed for that purpose and is a skin care product rather than a cosmetic one.
After 3 weeks of using this, my skin DID feel better and more even toned, even a little luminous. However, the real test is the problem areas and the before and after pics.
I share with you some horror snaps – up close photos of my skin and the open pores. Please do not get scared and do read the full review!! 😉
I share with you closeup of the open pores on my cheeks on Sept 03 and Sept 23. The pics on the left is “before” and the right is “after.” Do you see a difference? Okay, its not a trick question, yes, I did expect a drastic difference, but I do not see it. My pores look a little reduced, but not significantly so.
I was a little (okay, a lot) disappointed, till yesterday evening when I was trying a new lipstick (yes, yet another one) and something clicked in my head. I instantly put on my laptop to download the photo and compare it with this photo from September 10 in Shopper’s Stop while trying a lipstick (yes, yet another lipstick!!!!). On top is the picture from September 10 and below from September 23. By the way, in the picture from September 10, I have a thin layer of MAC Matchmaster on – which doesn’t seem to be helping me much. The picture from September 23 is bare faced. NOW, DO YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE??? I was amazed. My spots have drastically reduced, skin is less ruddy and more even toned. I was ecstatic!!! See, when we see gradual changes, we do not note them ourselves. However, like they say – a picture is worth a thousand words! Acne marks are my big problem area. In my quest to pursue the “Pore Minimizing,” I forgot the “Skin Refinisher” benefit totally! I am so glad I used it on my whole face rather than just the gaping pores.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher:
- The product did not break me out – a big yay!!!!
- Post 3 weeks, the skin was more even toned, smooth and almost luminous.
- In 2 weeks, my pigmentation and ruddiness was drastically reduced – almost 65-70%
- In 3 weeks, the pores were slightly reduced in size – however, the difference was not drastic.
- The product also helps control shine.
- The product cosmetically also creates a smoother skin surface.
Cons of Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher:
- The serum has a citric fragrance which kind of reminds me of a Garnier product I used decades ago – which had broken me out. So me no likey!
- At that price point and with that positioning (Pore Minimizer), I expected better results on my pores in the given time period.
Though the pore minimizing wasn’t that visible, I feel the product did a remarkable job in the “Skin refinishing” aspect. Had the product been positioned as a Spot corrector or Just skin finisher – I would definitely have rated it higher; however, it worked really well on two claims but not as effectively on one claim – hence deduction of 1 point.
Will I Repurchase Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher?
Yes, despite the price, considering the pigmentation on my face, I would like to continue using this and maybe a longer usage – read 2-3 months may prove beneficial towards pore minimizing as well!! So, what is your skin care grouse? And have you found your Holy Grail product yet?
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