Estee Lauder is one of the most established luxury beauty brands on the market, and their Advanced Night Repair serum has been around since the ‘80s and is considered something of a classic cult beauty product.
However, it’s not cheap, which is why we’ve decided to put it to the test to decide whether or not it lives up to its high price tag.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review
The product claims to offer “New Fast Repair” and “Youth-Generating Power.” It’s in the form of a serum and is designed to reduce the signs of aging caused by the environmental effects of modern life, such as air pollution and busy schedules.
It promises smoother skin after using, with fewer lines, and a complexion that appears younger, more radiant, and evenly toned.
The history of Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder was one of the first beauty brands to pioneer skincare formulas based on quality research and innovation. It was also the first company to identify the link between DNA damage and skin aging, which gave way to the creation of Night Repair – the world’s first serum.
This is where the steep price tag comes in; all of Estee Lauder’s products – particularly the skincare – is powered by years of research and multiple revisions. Advanced Night Repair was created long before night beauty regimes were seen as a normal part of your skincare routine.
Since its conception, the formula has been revised several times, which is why it’s now called “Synchronized Recovery Complex II” and has been updated with the latest skincare advancements.
According to customer surveys on 543 women:
- After one dropper of the serum, users said their skin was left looking radiant and more hydrated.
- After three weeks lines and wrinkles appear reduced, with 88% of women claiming their skin looked more youthful
- And after one bottle, 89% of women agreed that their skin feels firmer, with a healthy bounce and a new lease of vitality.
Who it’s for
The serum has been proven to work on all skin tones and types. However, it’s ideal for aging or mature skin as well as dehydrated and dull complexions.
Because of the nourishing, skin-plumping benefits, not only mature skin can benefit from this serum; younger skin that suffers from uneven tone or dryness will also find it beneficial, as well as anyone who wants to slow down the effects of aging or the skin-damaging impacts of city life.
Those with oily skin shouldn’t be put off by a serum either, as ANR is oil-free, and has a weightless, yet hydrating, feel to it.
The expensive price tag is definitely reflected in the product’s packaging. The serum comes in a brown-hued glass bottle with a dropper head design which makes application super easy.
The gold writing enhances the luxurious look and feel of the product, and it looks beautiful on a dressing table or bedside table.
There are a few ingredients that make this product extra special. As we mentioned previously, Estee Lauder was one of the pioneers of skincare, and pretty much revolutionized how we care for our skin.
The formula contains Hyaluronic acid which is super hydrating as it has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
It also contains Bifida ferment lysate, which is known to contain probiotics for the skin which helps strengthen skin’s immunity and protects it from the wear and tear of busy, modern lifestyles.
Antioxidants found in the serum also help with this – they neutralize ‘free radicals’ which damage our skin daily.
It also contains tripeptide-32. Peptides send signals to your cells to produce more collagen when collagen breaks down, and this has a youth-enhancing effect and increases elasticity in the skin.
This makes the product entirely unique. As far as we know, no other product on the market can help repair previous skin damage and protect the skin from future damage – which makes this product one of a kind.
How to use it
You’d usually use this product at night time, after toning, but before moisturizing with a night cream. Estee Lauder recommends applying “a drop on each fingertip of one hand” and then touching “both hands together” before gently massaging into the face.
Advanced Night Repair will speed up your skin’s natural repair process while you’re sleeping. The high level of Hyaluronic Acid in the formula keeps skin hydrated for up to 72 hours, which also helps to optimize your skin’s ability to repair itself.
Estee Lauder’s Chronolux Power Signal Technology has been proven to promote the skin’s ability to renew vital cells and boost its natural production of collagen.
However, the product is more versatile than you might think. You can use it under make-up or mixed with foundation to provide a dewy, radiant base, as well as on cheekbones after applying make-up to give a “glass-skin” highlighter effect.
When used during the day, the serum protects the skin from the harsh environmental impacts and helps defend against free radical damage from sources such as pollution, ozone, blue light, infrared and micro dust.
It also provides 8-hour anti-oxidant protection to which acts as an all-day defense barrier.
Some women put this product on and experience immediate effects and instant hydration. However, products work differently for everyone, so we’d urge you to give it a few weeks with this product even if the benefits aren’t immediate.
After using this product every night for several weeks, skin will feel smoother and renewed, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced significantly, and overall skin looks healthier and has a dewy, illuminating glow to it. Skin will also appear more even and refined.
Ok, let’s talk about the price. Not everyone has $100 to spend on skincare. However, this product is of very high quality, and as we said, it’s been revised over and over again so each time the formula has been enhanced with new ingredients and innovative skincare technology.
If you’re somebody who tends to try a lot of different products and finds yourself never really sticking to one thing, we’d urge you to think about how much you’re spending over the course of a year.
It’s also worth considering that the cost of one bottle is the price of (or in some cases, is cheaper than) one facial, and this serum will offer the same results as a facial over and over again.
So while it is a lot to splurge on skincare, the long-term benefits could see you save money. The serum comes in a choice of three bottle sizes, and the biggest bottle (3.9 oz) is almost double the price of the classic size, however, it’ll also last you over twice as long.
Benefits of Advanced Night Repair
- Made by Estee Lauder, a renowned skincare brand famous for skincare innovation.
- It’s a one of a kind product – no other serum offers this combination of ingredients.
- Ideal for all skin types, especially aging, dry or uneven skin.
- Dropper design makes application super easy
- Contains Hyaluronic acid for 72-hour hydration and plump, glowing skin
- Features Chronolux Power Signal Technology to boost the skin’s natural production of collagen.
- 8-hour anti-oxidant to offer protection from harmful environmental impacts
- Contains probiotics to nourish the skin and strengthen skin’s immunity
- Versatile usage: not only an overnight serum but can also be used as a highlighter or mixed with foundation for an illuminating glow.
- Lasts a long time – a little goes a long way.
- Beautiful glass bottle with gold writing for a luxurious feel.
- Free from parabens, phthalates, sulfites, sulfates, and mineral oil.
- Non-acnegenic so it won’t clog pores
- Fragrance-free so won’t irritate sensitive skin,
Drawbacks of Advanced Night Repair
- The only drawback of this product is the steep price, meaning it’s simply not affordable for everyone. However, if you’re somebody who spends a lot on skincare products or treatments such as facials, we suspect this might save you money.
We had high expectations for this cult beauty product that’s been on the market for four decades, and, we have to say that we weren’t disappointed with the results of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum.
Skin is left instantly hydrated, plumped-up, and dewy, and the effects are long-lasting, leaving skin moisturized for 72 hours and protected from free radicals and pollutants all day long.
We also like the lightweight but ultra-nourishing feel of the serum – a little goes a long way – meaning one bottle can last you the best part of a year or longer.
This is also a great product because every skin type can benefit from it. It’s non-acnegenic so it won’t clog pores, is fragrance-free so won’t irritate sensitive skin, and it’s free from parabens, phthalates, sulfites, sulfates, and mineral oil.
For young skin, it protects and delays the effects of aging, and for mature skin it creates a more youthful complexion, eliminating previous damage and preventing future damage.
The price is the only drawback of this product, but we’d also stress that the skin-repairing effects of using this product make it worth the high price.