Friday, 25 August 2017

Are You An Idealist? | Estèe Lauder Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher Review

Hello lovely, I'm back with another beauty product review this evening.

This product was a very spontaneous buy for me when I visited the Cheshire Oaks Outlet Centre, where to be honest I just didn't want to leave empty handed. Believe me, the discounts in that beauty store were so good I couldn't let the opportunity pass! Although most of the makeup consisted of the colours that typically never make it mainstream, the skincare section was full of products and brands I've seen talked about positively over the past few years. As well as this Estee Lauder Serum, I picked up the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist which I talked about in my 3 Must Have Beauty Essentials  For Summer '17 post last month!

Anyway, on to today's topic... the Estee Lauder Idealist Serum that has the much fancier title of 'pore minimizing skin refinisher'. Because of this, I was a little confused about the real purpose of this (is it a serum, a primer, a moisturiser?) but hey, it sounded good so I thought why not. I most definitely would not have paid full price for this, as I don't really splash the cash on pore perfecting products because my pores aren't really an issue for me. Nevertheless, I figured this would be a nice treat for my skin! The intention of this serum is to reduce large pores, flaky skin, redness and fine lines on the face. Basically, it is meant to solve all those pesky irregularities on your skin to create a smooth texture and appearance. It has some pretty impressive claims about turning your skin back into the skin you were born with, virtually poreless but after using it for months now I'm sad to say I don't have the baby skin I would like. That doesn't mean that this is a bad product, it has done a lot of nice things for my skin and I feel like it's a great primer, it just didn't live up to those pretty big claims. 

The definition of Idealist: 
'a person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations'

Coincidentally the name of this product rings true, wouldn't it just be ideal to have perfect poreless skin... ignoring the fact that it's impossible as our skin is actually made up of pores. Really we should be idealising clean pores, not no pores... because those photoshopped faces on skincare adverts are just downright unattainable. This had me thinking about if I'm an idealist when it comes to all beauty products... do I really buy the products that seem the most ideal but perhaps are just a poor product in disguise? Rather than actually doing any research about it beforehand like I did with this one?

Nevertheless, I'm rambling again. If you're looking for a product to get smoother and brighter skin then this will do the job but I can't help but think about how you can get the same results from a drugstore product. Because of this fact I've only rated it 4 stars, however, if you do like splurging on more luxury products this is will do you no wrong. Obviously, because I don't have the largest pores I'm not the best to test this out but I still have my fair share of visible pores on my t-zone and I don't feel like this made a difference. One big selling point of this product is that makeup applies amazingly on top of it! I truly mean amazingly, it's like putting silk on your skin.

Overall Rating: ★

Which skin type is it good for? 
✔ Normal
✔ Oily 
✔ Combination 
✔ Dry

So there we have it, my mini review of Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher. Please do let me know if you've tried this and what you thought of it. Are you an idealist?


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