Product Review: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Happy Sunday, everyone! The Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator has been everywhere lately - from billboards to magazines - and I am finally getting around to posting a review after trying it out for myself!

What Estée Lauder say:

This intensive, yet gentle oil-free serum features powerful technologies to address the look of every key sign of uneven skintone:
  • Triple-Optic Technology provides skin with a brighter, more luminous look from the very first application.
  • CorrectTone Technology visibly reduces uneven skintone in 2 weeks, while anti-oxidants help prevent its re-appearance. Imagine skin so incredibly clear, even-toned and radiant, you have nothing to hide.
Proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities.
The bottle has a dispensing pump, which I find extremely helpful because it keeps the bacteria out and I can control just how much I want to dispense from the bottle.

True to the product description, the serum inside is very fluid and light, and applies very nicely, without leaving a greasy film behind. As for the immediate effect it gives my skin? A very subtle, dewy look. It helps so much with making my foundation and powder look more natural and gives my skin a healthy glow.

I've been using this for a good 1 1/2 months now and I have to say, I am loving this product! My skin tone is definitely a lot more even, and I can say this with conviction because I had no idea that this was part of the function of this product and I was wondering why my skin tone looked better, until I checked the Estée Lauder website and realised that it was this serum! I'm not sure about the 'radiance', because my skin has been looking pretty good lately thanks to the Rationale Skin Care that I've been trialling recently (more details to come!)

Here are a couple of pictures for comparison - the picture on the left being without the product, and the one on the right, with. I'm not sure there's much of a difference, actually, but in real life, the product makes your skin look a lot more dewy and supple.


Overall, I love that it:

  • Makes my skin look dewy and supple
  • Evened out  my patches of uneven skin, especially around my eye and mouth area
  • Is so light, and doesn't leave a greasy film upon application

This product costs AUD 150 for a 50ml bottle, and AUD 105 for a 30ml bottle. This is definitely a product to check out if you've got slight discolouration, or if your skin needs a little pick-me-up in the mornings!

This product was provided for review and consideration in accordance with this site's Disclosure Policy

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