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Brand: Estee Lauder / Type: Skin Care / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      27.03.2012 17:37

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      Fab product

      When I first started using this product (many years ago) my skin had enlarged pores especially on and around my nose area. I used it for about 2 weeks and was able to see the difference straight away. I have now been using this for 10 years and wear it night and day under my moisuriser. It has proved to be a very beneficial product and I no longer have enlarged pores at all. It has also kept my skin supple and soft and prevented wrinkles from forming. Although I have oily skin, this works wonders and does not make my skin oilier, it helps my makeup stay in place all day. It is very expensive but a little goes a very long way, you only need a 5p sized blob twice a day so the 30ml bottle lasts ages! And, if you try it I am sure you will agree that it is worth every penny!

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      28.04.2009 13:06
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      Will be worth it for sure if makes me feel this good every day!

      Most people love the spring/ summer but for one reason I dread it! I am 35 yrs old , when I was a teen I suffered from acne which left me with scars on both cheeks and really large pores in the cheek area amongst the scarring.There is also an uneven skin tone with some redness around where the scarring is.

      Normally I have to wear a lot of foundation all the time, which in the winter is ok , but in warm temperatures and good weather - liquid foundation looks oily and unnatural and clogs up and collects in the pores looking terrible. ( I have oily T-zone too!!!) Almost bad enough to not want to be seen out in the natural light! On the one hand the foundation is a cover up for the scars , but it makes the skin look terribly artificial and greasy. I don't mind people seeing my scars as it is now part of my personality after all these years ! but what I hate is huge pores as it makes it seem like I must have poor facial hygiene and don't bother cleansing my oily skin! ( which is soooooooooo not true!)

      I have spent so many years being depressed about the skin on my cheeks, I have a pretty face and an attractive figure , which makes me more sad , we all know how superficial society is these days and it's easy to get depressed about these things. I know I can't do too much about the scarring, but if I could improve the pores/ redness/ and texture it would make a huge difference to my confidence.

      I was browsing the net for makeup primers etc etc ...and I came across a lot of reviews about Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Refining Skin Refinisher. The reviews all seemed so positive that I thought it is definitely worth a try. I gathered that the product was rather pricey to say the least, however no price is too high for me if I can improve my skin and the way it looks. I read a review where a user suggested getting a free sample to try from a shop first. I trotted off to Selfriges in my lunch hour and the lady at the Estee counter was very helpful and gave me 5 sachets to last me the whole week. She also told me that even if I purchased the product and if it didn't suit me I can take it back for a refund - this was news to me and the first time I heard of a brand having this policy - excellent!

      The first time I tried the Idealist it didn't seem to do very much for me at all. I was really disappointed as I thought that after all the positive reviews I had at last found something that would be a ' breakthrough' . However ....I decided to give it another go, so last night I did my usual cleanse and tone routine and applied Idealist before I went to bed. I made sure it was soaked in and dry before though, as I didn't want my pillow to benefit from this expensive potion more than me ! As I lay in bed I could already feel the tingle which I thought was a good sign the cream must be doing something.

      Oh my God !!!! What a surprise...this will sound like I am lying but trust me I'm not... I woke up this morning and reached for the little pocket sized mirror on my side table - wow - I could not believe my eyes..the pores had drastically reduced in size, even from stubborn areas like amongst the scarred tissue. All the redness had disappeared from my cheeks and even some of the scars looked as if they had been tightened. My skin looked so much better, and I was so much in shock that I spent ages looking at my face - I even got late for work!!! Trust me , any improvement in my skin towards normality is worth more to me that losing weight or anything!

      I even looked at my face up close in a magnified mirror standing by the window and it looked great. I was so pleased with it that I didn't even want to wash my face and ruin how it looked. I made sure I didn't let my face under the hot shower and washed my face just with plain cold water this morning to keep the pores tightened up.

      It's the first time in over 20 yrs that I have left the house without foundation and felt confident. All I did was put on some mineral powder which gave me enough cover and does not sit in the pores like liquid foundation can do.
      This morning I've actually come to work with just powder on my face - oh my God ! I have never done this in my life.I am so pleased with this - it'll make my summer so much better! Sometimes I don't even feel confident to go to outdoor events because of my skin - but hopefully this will make a big difference.

      Another product I really like is the Clinique Pore Minimizing Serum, though this can look a bit chalky if you apply too much and though its excellent at closing pores it isn't designed for redness and other surface irregularities. The Idealist actually made my scarred skin look much smoother too.

      I'm really glad I read all the reviews and tried this product - thanks everyone and hope it continues working for me and increasing my confidence. Still cant believe I'm at work with no foundation ...yipeeee....

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        25.01.2009 15:04
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        My best beauty buy ever

        This product is amazing. It is pricey (although I can't remember how much I pay for it as I buy a few products at once) but it cannot be rivalled for the silky smooth finish it gives your skin.

        It comes in a greeny-blue box inside which is the greeny-blue bottle. The product is dispensed by the pump-action top. The only problem with the bottle is that as it is not transparent you cannot see when it is getting low and needs replaced, it just seems to run out all of a sudden.

        I have never been blessed with perfect skin but when I discovered this about 3 years ago it made such a difference and I no longer need to wear makeup every day as my skin looks great without it. Also, despite its pretty hefty price tag a bottle lasts absolutely ages as you only have to use a tiny little bit.

        You put it on straight after cleansing, applying to dry skin before moisturising.

        I have tried similar products from other brands and have found none to be as good as this, even when you pay the same price or even a but more. Also Estee Lauder often have promotions where you get some travel size freebies for buying two or more products and the freebies are normally pretty good too.

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        18.01.2009 19:59
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        Can't live without it

        I Can't live without this wonder product.

        If you want silky smooth skin then you have found it with this skin refinisher. It's not like any other product I have used. It works like a moisturiser, but with added skin clarifying and smoothing properties. An essential in the morning, and a pick me up at anytime during the day.

        Estee Lauder products asre always functional and luxurious - and this is no exception. This is a real desert island pick - If you had to be without make up it really makes the most of your natural look - making skin pop, blemishes vanish and features really stand out.

        If you have a combination (dry and greasy) skintone then this is perfect - apply it everywhere and it will adapt to perfection across the skin.

        This is great value - even though the bottle is small - you don't need much per use - and you certainly won't regret using what you do.

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          22.10.2008 18:34
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          The best skincare product I've ever used.

          It pains me to admit that I've been building up to this review for a while. I only feel pained because this reminds me of a couple of things: how hopelessly addicted to dooyoo I'm becoming; and how much Estée Lauder Idealist means to me. I've been scared to write about it because I feel I need to do this amazing product justice, and - gulp - I've just not felt ready until now.

          I first discovered Idealist when one of my good friends let me try a little of her free sample bottle in my second year of university. As I smoothed the lightly fragranced, translucent white cream onto my face, I was amazed by how great it made my skin feel. My face felt velvety smooth but light as a feather and clean. The feeling lasted all day, and I felt positively radiant. It was love at first sight for me.

          Idealist is a cream to use before your moisturiser, and it is actually an exfoliant, despite the fact it looks like no exfoliant I've ever seen before. It contains fruit acids and chestnut extract which work to get rid of the dead skin cells which sit on the surface of the skin, as well as Glucosamine (which you may know as a supplement for joints, but here it acts as a non-acid skin refinisher) and super-antioxidant NDGA (which I've never heard of) to help clear your pores of imperfections and rid you of excess oil.

          When you apply, your pores instantly appear smaller and your skin is gently exfoliated. If you have any flakiness, you can kiss it goodbye as soon as you put this on. If you have any redness or uneven skintone, you will find that it becomes less obvious after your first application. If you use this product daily, it will work on evening your skintone out more. Because of the below-the-surface pore cleansing that goes on when you use this, I've found that it helps me to prevent breakouts. Have you ever used a really good exfoliating or peel-off face mask? That slight tingle you get when your face is gently, but effectively exfoliated; that amazing feeling of skin that has been cleaned really deeply; that unparallelled smoothness - that is how Idealist makes your skin feel every time you use it.

          After that one application, I decided I couldn't live without Idealist any longer (yes, I promise, it is that impressive) and I bolted down to Boots to get myself a full-sized bottle. And I left the shop shortly after, feeling horrified that it would set me back over £30 for a small bottle (it's gone up in price again since - it's now £34 for a 30ml and £47 for a 50ml bottle).

          Then came the months of waiting. I was a student. I couldn't afford to spend such ridiculous amounts on something that wasn't essential. But then after a while, I realised it actually was essential and I finally made the big purchase. Since then, our relationship has been patchy as I've fluctuated between being miles too poor to afford Idealist and feeling flush enough to buy myself a bottle. When I'm feeling poor, I'll use a little bit now and again only when I need a pick me up, but when I'm feeling flush I'll use it every day. You don't need to use much. The bottle is pump-action, and I find that one or two pumps is plenty to cover my face. A bottle does last a while.

          I've got to say that this, as with most treatments, is best used regularly. When I use Idealist every day, my skin looks healthy and even in tone, my pores are refined, my face feels incredibly smooth, I stay mattified all day and my make-up goes on more smoothly. I don't get nearly as many breakouts and people compliment me on my great skin on a regular basis. It's a little miracle in a bottle.

          I am 25 and I've been using it for about five years now. It works very well on young skin. I was so impressed with it that I got my Mum some for Christmas about four years ago. She can't live without it now. She's used it daily ever since. Obviously my Mum is a little bit older than me (Mum, if you're reading this - you don't look it, and I won't tell by how much!), and it has done real wonders for her skin. It is her one "can't live without" beauty product. It is also mine. This is suitable for all ages and skin types. It won't make greasies greasier; it won't make dry skin dryer. All it will do is enhance what you have so much that you almost won't believe it's really your skin.

          It should be noted that I'm using the old Idealist, and that is what I've based this review on. Idealist has since been reformulated, and apparently is even better now. Both Estée Lauder and my Mum would vouch for this. I'm desperately trying to use my bottle up!

          My relationship with Idealist has so far been long and beautiful. I have no doubt that we will be together for life, and though I may occasionally flirt with other products when money is tight, we both know I will always return to my one true facial skincare love.

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            10.02.2008 19:06

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            get a sample and see for yourself

            I can't believe his incredible this product is!!! I had so many samples and thew them into my drawer until one day i thought to use them. I have so many scars from acne, uneven skin tone and sometimes red spots.

            The first time i used this prouct was at night and first thing in the morning i was shocked at the difference it made in my skin with one application. a week later my scars are 80% reduced! I have used so many other products to exfoliate and even my skin tone but i thought i was out of luck!

            The product feels so smooth on the skin, and the places where i had acne, started to lightly feel, so it definitely had an exfoliating effect. my skin feels the best that it has ever felt since i first started getting breakouts

            I know the price of this is expensive but if if you invest in only this one product it's definitely worth it. I also recommend the DayWear moisturizer to go with it, since it does a great job of protecting form sunburn and windburn.

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            13.11.2007 13:32
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            If you've got the money, definitely go for it!

            *Introduction*

            I decided to buy this product after a recommendation from a friend who swears by it. I am 21 and I have combination skin which is prone to redness around the nose, dry patches on my forehead, blackheads on my nose and occasional spots and dry patches on the rest of my face. I bought Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Refinisher on ebay for £30, in a gift box which also contained Micro D, Deep Thermal Refinisher and Refinishing Eye Serum. If you use all these three together it is supposed to enhance their effectiveness.

            The product promises to renew your skin leaving it soft and smooth to touch by 'freeing the skin of flakiness and roughness, softening fine lines and making pores seem smaller', by getting rid of all the dead skin cells that build up on your face.

            You are meant to apply the product every morning and evening, after you cleanse but before you moisturise.

            *Price and Packaging*

            I find this product to be very expensive if bought directly from Estee Lauder. According to the website, the pricing is as follows: £29 - 30ml, £45 - 50ml.

            The bottle is really pretty and looks very classy. The colour is a silvery light blue with the Estee Lauder gold logo and writing along the bottom. The bottle is a distinct shape, at the bottom it is triangular and at the top it is circular and wider. The product comes out of a small pump at the top.

            *Product & Application*

            The product is white and feels very silky smooth and very light in consistency meaning it won't make your skin greasy. It absorbs very quickly and smells heavenly, not too strong or distinct. Because of the price I found myself using less than I should do so that I don't have to go and buy another bottle, but you don't need too much of the product on each application and I use slightly less product than I would use of moisturiser.

            The end result was impressive. The effects are instant, it smoothed my skin over making it a great base for make-up. A few hours after first application my skin was glowing and looked really healthy. I was still left with dry skin on my forehead though, so for stubborn problem areas I recommend using more of the product. After using this product for a week, it did even out my skin tone and all the red marks on my face were more or less gone. My pores were definitely smaller overall and I had less blackheads. Over time, I also noticed that I was getting spots less often! After using this product for a couple of weeks, my skin is now really soft all the time!

            *Overall Impression*

            The price is what puts most people off this product, but it is worth investing in if you have problem skin and find that other products don't really help you. It gives your skin a gorgeous glow, gets rid of flakiness and red blotches and, if you have young skin like me, will keep spots at bay!

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              23.08.2006 20:43

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              Works on small pores.

              As a wearer of 44 year old skin my pores are now beginning to show to the extent that foundation now clogs them. I bought this product based on articles I had read in various magazines and how it reduces the pore size. I've been using it for about 6 weeks now, a little does go a long way so I have no qualms there, it feels light and you won’t know you're wearing it as it seeps in quickly. The results.......... It has reduced the size of my pores but only the small ones (the larger ones are still the same) maybe I should have started using it when I was in my thirties but it wasn't around then. It didn't leave my skin red or cause any blemishes that weren't already there and I shall continue to use it in the hope that it will keep the manageable pores at bay.

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              16.07.2005 12:57
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              Very good skin primer to use under moisturiser and foundation.

              (Please note, this review is also in Ciao, under my other name BrightonBelle)

              If there is one beauty product I cannot do without (apart from Estee Lauder's Day Wear) -it is this. I must admit I am an Estee Lauder junkie, but not without good reason.

              Since my teens, I have always had 'difficult' skin. Greasy but with dry patches at the same time (yes, that is possible!), open pores, redness, irritation even through just washing and touching it. However Idealist lives up to it's claims of 'giving you the skin you've always wanted.'

              It is a white thick liquid with a fresh fruity but clean smell. A little goes a long way, and as it is applied, the flaky dry patches and the rednesss just seem to just disappear. It also takes away that 'tight' feeling which can occur after washing. My open pores also seem to be a lot smaller, and the skin definitely feels smoother and softer. Even my over sensitive skin can tolerate it, and stays grease free for longer. it's the perfect skin primer for moisturiser.

              It comes in Estee Lauder's signature pale green and gold bottle with pump applicator, and retails for around £30 for 30ml - which sounds very expensive, and compared to the usual high street products it is. But you do seem to get a lot of mileage out of it. I mainly use it in the morning after washing my face, and before using my moisturiser. A 30ml bottle usually lasts me on average about six months - I try to time it right so that when I run out, the Estee Lauder counter has their bonus time, where you buy two products and get trial sized free gifts. It makes me feel as if I'm getting more for my money and not too guilty about spending so much! Well, it works for me.

              So what's in it? Good question. It claims to have a lot of natural ingredients such as green tea, mulberry, grape and saxifraga (whatever that is) whey proteins to produce skin's natural collagen levels and anti-oxidants to combat against free radicals. Quite frankly even if it contained cow dung (which it doesn't), I wouldn't care as it definitely lives up to it's claims. According to their website, Estee Lauder claim they have an anti animal testing policy, so you can enjoy it guilt free. I now cannot function without it.

              If you're still a little unsure about it's benefits, try asking for a sample bottle at an Estee Lauder counter, or if they've run out, which is common, bid for a small bottle on a famous internet auction site we all know and love. You'll be hooked.

              If you like this product, you'll love Estee Lauder's Idealist Micro- D Deep Thermal Refinisher and Day Wear Plus moisturiser - but's that needs a different review in itself...

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                I really must be approaching middle age. Gone are the days when I thought the name Estee Lauder conjured up my Mum and my Gran. Since testing, using and buying Estee Lauder products recently, I have to say I?m a confirmed convert and Estee Lauder enthusiast extraordinaire. When I bought an Estee Lauder moisturiser recently (see previous review), I was given a sample of Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Refinisher. My first comment would have to be about the naming convention for these products. I mean, what exactly does that mean? Does it give you any indication of what the product is about, what you do with it or what it might be used for? Well, in my mind, no it doesn?t actually. A small gripe perhaps, but a gripe nonetheless. So, what is ?Idealist Skin Refinisher?? As far as I can tell, it really is some kind of exfoliator, but it looks and feels like no other exfoliator I?ve ever used. The objectives behind an exfoliating treatment being to remove dead skin, dry patches etc. All of my previous experience of such products tells me that these usually have ?bits? in to help aid the skin removal. This product is very smooth, silky smooth even and I couldn?t understand how it would possibly work. However, Estee Lauder claims ?The exclusive sugar-derived refinishers in Idealist smooth by enhancing skin's natural renewal process. The result? Obsolete cells don't cling and clutter skin's surface, but come off the way they should - naturally.? And it really does seem to work. I?ve had spectacularly good results with this product, so let me tell you a little bit about it. ###Packaging### Comes in a pump action bottle in standard Estee Lauder corporate colour of soft turquoise. Available in tw
                o sizes ? 30 ml and 50 ml. It?s nothing startling, but it?s not too awful to be on display on your dressing table either. ###The Promise### ?Frees your skin of flakiness and roughness, softens fine lines and makes pores seem smaller, less obvious for a smooth seamless feeling - right away. Beneath this instant skin perfection, skin is continuously smoothed for hours after application. With regular use helps eliminate redness that results from wind and temperature change. Helps fade the appearance of dark spots and discolourations over time.?1 Does it live up to its promise. Yes, yes and more yes! I?ve been using this for a couple of months now but from day one I experienced a visible difference in the quality and tone of my skin. I cannot emphasise enough that I really do have exceptionally dry skin on my face that becomes significantly worse during the cooler seasons. My skin is so dry that despite moisturising 2 or 3 times a day, the skin around my cheeks and jawline would begin to ?flake? where it had dried out during the day. Not a pretty sight I assure you ? it?s not unlike dandruff, but the flakes of dry skin fall from your face instead of your scalp. Eeewww! It can also be itchy, uncomfortable and sometimes sore. So the promise of reducing flakiness was particularly appealing. ###Application### ?Less is More.? The pump applicator bottle really comes into its own here. Very little of this lotion is required to do the job. The consistency is thin and runny like a lotion and the colour is somewhat translucent. This stuff is VERY expensive, so an applicator that helps avoid waste is very welcome. A few finger dabs along forehead, cheeks and jawline are enough to massage into your skin in a circular motion and gives good coverage. Idealist Skin Refinisher should be use
                d after cleansing and before moisturising. Depending on your skin type you may feel that after using this you do not need the added help of moisturiser, but for me personally moisturising is a must. The lotion is easily absorbed, does not feel heavy at all and left my face feeling ?like new?. The silky smooth skin that I had acquired in an instant overwhelmed me. The first couple of times I used it I couldn?t stop touching my face and just couldn?t believe how smooth it was. It really was silky soft and satin like. It felt ?healthy? and that really is quite a unique feeling for me! Combined with a good moisturiser I really do feel and see the difference in my skin over the past couple of months. ###Ingredients### Includes a range of natural skin brighteners including mulberry, grape and saxifraga extracts. The product also includes green tea to soothe, marine extracts to control excess oil and slowly releases certain anti-oxidant vitamins into the skin. These are vitamins Pro B, C and E. Whey protein has also been added to help boost the skin?s collagen production.2 ###The Price!### Here comes the crunch! The 30ml bottle retails at around £30 and the 50ml bottle at around £43, although I have seen it slightly cheaper on some buy direct websites. I am not ashamed to admit that for the time being I have been scrounging as many free samples as possible from friends and family who don?t know what to do with it, as well as visiting a range of department stores over time! However, I will be buying a new soon when I feel that I can justify spending such money on something so indulgent and luxurious. It?s another one of those beauty products to add to Christmas and birthday present lists well in advance in the hope that my husband may take the hint! (A girl can dream, can?t she
                ?) A 30ml bottle of this easily lasts six months, so if you spread the cost over that time, then it?s not really expensive at all. ###Conclusion### I found an immediate vast, visible improvement in the condition of my skin. It has gone from being ?as dry as a bone? to being smooth and silky. The flaking has disappeared, and is no longer painful or itchy. And this could be psychological but I?m sure that my wrinkles are softer and less severe. It feels luxurious to use, it?s a real treat; and I?m very relieved that my skin is now in much better condition. In fact, it?s in great condition. So good in fact that it reminds me of when I was a young woman; not that I?m an old one now, but 40 years of life takes its? toll, as does City living! Despite the price, I would have to recommend it to anyone who has similar problems to me. It?s brilliant, it?s fantastic, and it?s wonderful. It will make your skin feel great and boost your confidence no end. Oh ? and did I say I love this stuff? 1 & 2 Information obtained from www.esteelauder.co.uk Thanks for reading. Cheers Christina ;-)

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                  19.03.2004 09:27

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                  Soft, silky, smells good too! - Advantages: smooth skin, great smell, not greasy - Disadvantages: price

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                  20.04.2003 19:14
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                  I’ve always had this image in my head of Estee Lauder producing the type of products your Mum would buy. However, after years of rebellion, I’ve now seen the light and realised that maybe Mum does know best after all! After stealing a free sample of the Idealist Skin Refinisher from my friend’s glamour magazine (it’s not like she’ll ever know!), I have become hooked on this wonder stuff! ---What does it do?--- Estee Lauder claim that this product will rid your skin of flakiness, redness, blotchiness and shine and also improve the skin’s natural moisture level creating a smoother, more even look. ---The science behind it--- Concentrate now! The lotion apparently contains sugar derived refinishers which speed up the natural shedding cycle of the skin, ensuring that dead cells don’t sit on the surface making the skin dull and lifeless., thus creating a more even tone to the skin and ridding you of your problem skin. It also contains green tea extracts to soothe the skin, anti-oxidants to protect the skin from nasty city pollution, and a whole range of vitamins to condition and strengthen the skin. ---About the product--- The lotion is packaged in a cute little light green bottle (available in either 30ml size or 50ml) which looks much classier than my usual potions. It has a dispenser style top which is sensitive enough so that you don’t waste gallons of the cream. It is designed to be used after cleansing and before moisturising. I find that this is light enough to still use a moisturiser after but in all honesty, I don’t think that it’s strictly necessary- you could easily get away with using this alone. The lotion itself is a rather suspect looking white/creamy, slightly transparent liquid. The texture is incredibly light and it is not at all gunky or greasy. It has a lovely floral scent to it with a slight fruit undertone and is absorbed into
                  the skin incredibly quickly. ---The Results--- As soon as you apply the lotion you can feel the difference! Honestly, I just couldn’t stop touching my face it was so silky smooth and I was so impressed by it that I went straight out that very day and bought it! While I don’t suffer from flakiness, blotches or redness, I did find that there was a noticeable reduction in the shine and my skin looked far more matte. My pores were also much tighter and my whole face just had this lovely glow to it. I can imagine that this would be a fantastic anti-ageing product and is definitely one that I will be using when I get a little older. ---The Price--- There had to be a catch didn’t there? I really can’t believe how much this costs (although bargain conscious me bought it on holiday where it was much cheaper!). It retails at around £30 for 30ml and £42 for 50ml (and trust me, the 30ml bottle is tiny!). Luckily you only need to use the tiniest of amounts to see the results (and frankly you’d be mad to use more at this price!) and, despite the price, I would happily recommend this to everyone as it is the best skin product I’ve ever tried! Just look out for free samples in magazines or find somewhere that sells Estee Lauder products (Boots, House of Fraser, Sephora) and get them to give you a free sample- I always find they're more than happy to help! I guarantee you'll be impressed! The only problem is, my bottle's just run out and there's no way I can afford a new one!

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                    I can't remember how I first came across this product, but I'm thrilled I did. If you were blessed with problem-free skin, you can only look better by using this product. I however have oily skin, by noon my face could fry chicken with the accumilation of grease. Idealist istantly gives a softness to the skin, much like a soft-focus photo lens. Your pores are diminished, lines smoothed, and oil controled when applied before moisturizer. Skin appears to be in the best condition, even after a wakeful nights sleep, without the oil slicks I usually expiriance. This product isnt cheap, but if beauty is genuinly important to you, its worth every penny. *HINT* When you think the bottle is finished, remove pump top and insert q-tip. There is a weeks worth of use still in the bottle at the very bottom.

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                      03.01.2003 12:25
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                      I got little free bottles of Idealist, and used it under my moisturizer for a while. It smells wonderful, like light citrus, and is a thick white liquid. It makes my face feel much smoother, like soft baby skin. One review said that this was due to Idealist's amazing exfoliating properties. This isn't true. Any exfoliating properties of Idealist wouldn't be fast/strong enough to get that instant, baby-skin effect. Look at the ingredients: Water (Aqua purificata) purified, dimethicone, polysilicone-11, cyclomethicone, sodium lactobionate, isopentyldiol, green tea (camellia sinensis) extract, laminaria saccharina extract, wheat (triticum vulgare) germ extract, barley (hordeum vulgare) extract, sodium glycyrrhetinate, modified polysaccharides, sclareolide, whey protein (lactis proteinum), saxifrage sarmentosa extract, grape (vitis vinifera) extract, scutellaria baicalensis extract, tocopheryl acetate, mulberry (morus nigra) root extract, cholesterol, caffeine, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, acetyl glycosamine, sodium hyaluronate, pantethine, acryl-dimetheyltauramide copolymer, phenyl trimethicone, lavender (lavandula angustifolia), glycerine, sodium carbomer, hydroxyethylcellulose, grapefruit California (citrus grandis), polyethylene, polysorbate 20, sodium acrylodimethyltaurate, squalane, butylene glycol, floralozone, polysorbate 80, methyldihydrojasmonate, isohexadecane, coriander (coriandrum sativum), phenoxy-ethanol, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, mica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891) iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)). What makes the skin so smooth is the polysilicone-11. It coats the skin, making it smooth, perfect for applying make-up, but as mentioned in some of the other reviews, it doesn't really do anything for your skin in the long run. For the really, really expensive price of Idealist, I'd only recommend buying it if a) you need it for r
                      eally smooth make-up application, b) your significant other loves the feel of your silky smooth face, or c) you're addicted to having your skin this smooth. So it does make your face soft and smooth, and make-up goes on top of the silicone layer, instead of settling unevenly into your pores, so make-up is more even, but the effect is not from wondrous exfoliation, but rather from a chemical polymer. As for me, I'm not crazy about the idea of wearing a silicone polymer coating on my face for an artificial smoothness, even if it does make my face really soft and smooth, so I won't be buying it again. - from a research biochemist

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                        15.11.2002 03:05
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                        With the Christmas party season coming up, no one wants skin rougher than a badger's bum. Cue Idealist from Estee Lauder, it really does what it says on the tin. (or bottle, rather) Lauder sub-brand Idealist as a "facial skin refinisher" - it's job is to soften fine lines, erase flakiness/red patches, minimise pore size and smooth away rough skin. Most products meant to do this sort of thing are full of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which can be irritable to those of us with sensitive skin. The clever thing about Idealist is it is acid-free! Safe for all skin types, from oily through to dry too. In fact, it even contains a Green Tea extract to actually soothe your skintone. This can be especially useful in the blustery British wintery season, when we can all tend to resemble Rudolph. Idealist starts in a 30ml size, which for the £29 price tag may seem a bit excessive (£43 for the bigger 50ml size), but you really only need to use a tiny blob and it therefore will last quite a while. It smells fresh and subtle. The bottle, like most of Lauder's product packaging, is very elegant and worthy of any dressing table and would make a lovely Christmas present. One of the best ways to maximise your spending power with the big cosmetics houses is to wait until they have a "gift" offer on, usually every month or two in department stores, where you buy two regular products and get a whole number of bonus items free, usually including full-size lipsticks, handy travel-size mascaras and mini skincare products. For those with oily skin who don't like to use a moisturiser, you can use Idealist on its own but Lauder do recommend using Idealist underneath your facial moisturiser, as it is a "refinisher" and not a skin creme in that sense. Same applies for night time usage; use Idealist underneath your night moisturiser if you like to use one. Massage a little of the smooth, opaque lotion int
                        o dry, clean skin and within seconds, you will be amazed at the texture of your skin. It literally smoooooooothes your skin immediately, with no oily feel or residue. Amazing. Idealist will continue to gently fight excessive oil production during the day thanks to ingredients from the sea (doesn't smell like it though!) whilst hydrating and protecting your skin with its cocktail of vitamins. All this and continued use will lessen redness, flakiness, fine lines and big old pores too. No wonder Liz Hurley looks so darn good advertising this lot. :)

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