Shopping the stash: Estee Lauder Idealist Serum

A few weeks ago I was over the moon that through 'shopping the stash' I was once again reunited with my beloved Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation, review here, something I thought I'd lost or sold. Upon this find I was also reunited with the Estee Lauder Idealist Serum.

In light of my previous post on my Clarins products I think this is well suited to my 'stick with oldies but goodies' as in, these 'old school', mum type brands really do know their stuff when it comes to skincare. Do not be shunned away by thinking, that's only for the over 40s, they really aren't, these brands definitely have something for everyone.

I remember first getting this and not being impressed. Advertised as being able to be worn under foundation I found this not to be the case, as soon as I applied my foundation over the top it would flake off and I'd be back to square one. I saw no benefits whatsoever. So I stashed it away and forgot all about it.

Fast forward a few years and here we are, with a totally renewed view I thought you'd all like to hear about.

Estee Lauder Idealist £38

Like I say, when I first got this serum I wasn't impressed at all but upon being reunited I thought, a second go is really in order, just to make sure and I'm so glad I gave it another chance as I really do like it. 

I have huge pores so at the moment I am trying a multitude of products to see if I really can minimise their appearance and so far so good. I apply this serum every morning just before moisturiser and what I really love about it is how light it is. My skin doesn't feel overloaded and greasy which is really important to me as I'm very oily and hate to feel my skin is slathered in product.

Like I say I'm using a few products as the moment specifically tailored towards refining my pores. These are the Elemis Balancing Toner and the Ren Invisible Pores Mask, both reviews to come. So, I don't know if this product is solely to thank for helping with my pore situation but, on a purely cosmetic level, I do think it helps to even out my skin tone (I get slight redness in the morning) as well as refine my skin texture helping my make up to apply smoothly as well as stay in place. The reason I say 'purely cosmetic' is because I really don't feel like it has any sort of skin repairing benefits, to me it is a priming product and not a repairing product as in I don't think it's doing anything for my skin long term, it's an instant fix when I need to be less red as I rush to get ready for work in the morning!
For some reason it doesn't flake off at all like I thought it did when I very first purchased it, that could be because I'm using better quality products, but I rather suspect it's down to using a brush for foundation and not a sponge or fingers, I feel like the brush gently buffs on my foundation without disturbing my serum and moisturiser..

I am also trialing the cult classic Advanced Night Repair and am happy to report, it is as good as they say! (and if you want repair, go for this!) A full review on this will come when I finally get the monies to purchase.

What do you think of serums?

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Until the next post!

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