Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New: Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator & Cooling Eye Illuminator

Estee Lauder has recently launced a new campaign called 'Every Woman Can be Beautiful', which features 3 new faces to their brand including China's own Liu Wen.

Two new products have been released: Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator and Cooling Eye Illuminator. These products caught my eye (mainly because of how beautiful Liu wen looks in the campaign shots), because I love skincare items which have make-up properties.

Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

This product comes in 2 sizes 30ml (£46) and 50ml (£62). As they are very expensive, I bought the smaller 30ml bottle.

According to Estee Lauder:

"The first fast-acting Serum from Estée Lauder Research proven to significantly reduce the look of uneven skintone: blotchiness, blemish marks, dark spots, discolourations. Instantly skin looks fresh and radiant. 79% of women saw an immediate improvement in the look of uneven skintone. Skin looks noticeably clearer, brighter and more even-toned. Dark spots appear reduced."

I love the pretty pearly blue packaging. The product is easily dispensed via a pump. Only a small amount is necessary per use. I would recommend using about half the amount shown in the picture below.

The serum is a lightweight pearly lotion.

The serum has a touch of gold pearl which, once blended, creates a gorgeous illuminating effect. Initially I was worried about glittery/shimmery particles on my skin, but all that was noticeable was a beautiful glow.

The illuminating effect is more obvious on my face. Here is a pic of me in a recent FOTD using the illuminator (I have added a touch of BB cream to nose and chin areas).

The serum makes an immediate difference to my skin. I feel radiant and confident with it on, and do not feel the need to cover up my skin. It brightens up my skintone and gives the skin a great glow. In addition, it does not irritate my skin in the slightest, and it feels lightweight and non-greasy.

As for non-immediate effects, I've been using this serum for over 2 weeks now and have noticed an overall brightening in my complexion which has nothing to do with the pearlescent illuminating qualities of the serum. I had uneven skintone from sun damage on my recent trip to Peru. After using the serum for 2 weeks, the slight discolouration on my skin has disappeared.

* I have to note that the discolouration on my skin was modest to begin with, so I don't know how this serum will fare with dark spots. *

I feel that this serum has evened out my skintone nicely, whilst brightening my complexion.

Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator ~ £40

I was very lucky to receive this Eye Illuminator as a gift. At £40, it's a very expensive product.

Here are pics of the long list of ingredients:

According to Estee Lauder:

"This highly concentrated complex targets the underlying causes of darkness and puffiness for dramatic brightening and de-puffing, instantly and over time.... Every stroke of the innovative ceremic tip cools, massages, helps de-puff and re-energize eyes."

The cooling ceremic tip. I can vouch that this tip does indeed feel cooling on the eye area.

It comes in 2 shades, and I bought the lighter shade of 'Light-Medium'.

The tint is a supremely sheer pale creamy-beige with a hint of pearlised gold. The texture is very creamy, but light and not thick enough to cover dark circles (though it does minimise their appearance). Once spread, the cream gives a brightening, illuminating effect.

I use this illuminator sparingly in the mornings and it instantly brightens up my eyes. I love the refreshing, cooling sensation the applicator gives, and my eyes instantly becomes less puffy. My eyes look refreshed, and I feel more wide awake. I haven't used this cream long enough to notice any long term lightening of my dark circles.


  1. This is a fantastic review/post per usual. I love the swatch; I'm amazed at how a product can make such a subtle yet dramatic at the same time change. You're glowing and look beautiful!


  2. your skin always amazes me! I like the idea of the eye cream
    thanks for the review :)

  3. I've almost used up my Idealist - old formula, which honestly didn't do too much for me, but I'd love to try this one for the glowu effect. And the eye product looks great!

  4. Wow this looks like exactly what I need! Thanks for the review!!

  5. aaah Estee lauder eye illuminator looks like revlon white perfect eye brightener.:3

  6. great review, i always disliked my baggy/puffy eyes but i never put makeup there, maybe i should start.

  7. Will the serum work with combo-oily skin? I'm afraid that it'd make me look oily instead of glowy =[

  8. you look amazing as always! haven't tried anything from the estee lauder skincare line. but i will check these products out at their counter since everything looks so good on you! :D

  9. Thank you for sharing this Penelope, they look amazing :)

    Kisses, Melanie

  10. Such a gorgeous FOTD. :] I'm liking all that you've written here for these two products. They definitely sound promising!! (especially the eye cream). Thank you, Penelope! :D

  11. I think you would still look beautiful with or without it!! it's not the product I think you just have great skin lol. I want to try the eye cooler but it's a tad pricey.. think I'll look into it at Duty Free :D

  12. Amazing, detailed review. Thank you.

    You have a wonderful blog, I will definitly check back to read more of your posts. I wish you all of the luck in the world (although I am sure you don't need it).

    All the best,

  13. Loving this review! I am planning on going out tomorrow, and I am definitely stopping by the estee lauder counter to check the skintone illuminator out!

  14. love ur review!!!!!! thank for sharing!

    xoxo jenna

  15. nice detailed review, I think this works very well with your skin!

  16. wow! this is interesting! but i don't think you need one hahah! :)) you're flawless!!!

  17. wow amzing review soo pretty^^
    I love the products...i really want to try the eye illuminator...looks like a nice product.

  18. Thanks so much for the comments!

    @Blair: the serum is one of the lightest formulas of serums I have tried. BUT, bearing in mind humid climates and if applying a moisturiser and SPF cream on top, it may end up looking a little oily.