Estée Lauder - Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
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Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher is a fast-acting serum that delivers resurfacing benefits. It repairs the look of uneven skin texture, flakiness and roughness while reducing the look of pores. It leaves skin looking clear and even toned with more clarity and luminosity. Dermatologist and opthalmologist tested and non-acnegenic.
Apply in the morning on clean skin. Follow with a moisturiser.
- $100 / $148
- Pack size:
- 30mL / 50mL
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Rating: Aug 2, 2013 1:15pm
Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher is my favourite serum, especially in summer.
After a thin application of this product, quick absorption and it gives a instant silky smoothness on my skin. As a primer, it provides a smoother surface which makes the application of makeup easier.
What's amazing is that the small pores on my cheeks have significantly reduced in size. I don't think any product can completely make pores disappear, but if you want less obvious, shrunken pores, the new Idealist definitely delivers.
Rating: Oct 22, 2012 1:43pm
This might just be my favourite of the Estee Lauder serums (and I've tried them all). It just feels so lovely on the skin. It has a velvety feel and smoothes on a bit like a primer. It sinks in fast to leave my skin super silky with a subtle powdery yet hydrating finish. This is defintely the most moisturising of all the serums with a nice citrus scent. I'm not sure that it makes a difference to my pores per se but it does create a nice surface for makeup and makes it look more flawelss. Overall, this is a product that really does wonders for my dry skin and I would certainly purchase this in the future.
Rating: Jan 23, 2012 3:35pm
didn't help at all. make skin break out.
i dont have much to say about this product apart from the fact that i didnt like it one bit. i used it for 3 weeks and didnt notice any change. it felt too oily and didnt help with pores at all.
Rating: Dec 18, 2011 2:31pm
Fantastic as a primer for velvety smooth skin
the light texture of the serum, which absorbs very easily into my skin. The serum was not too overpowering and left my skin with a very light, citrus fragrance. The pump distributed perfect amounts of serum at a time, and you don't need to use too much
Rating: Dec 8, 2011 11:54pm
Silky and soft finish!
I don't actually have very large pores over most of my face, so I can't attest to the pore minimising properties of this product, but I tried a sample of it and the next day my skin was glowing and dewy and I immediately picked up a full size bottle!
I usually use it before bed, some time before my moisturiser, because I feel like that's the best time for my skin to absorb the product, essentially like a serum.
I do love how moisturising it is, without being oily. I use two squirts to easily cover my whole face and it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and silky to the touch and very comfortable.
I also like that it's suitable for the eye area (according to the girl at the Estee Lauder counter) and it is a very light and smooth product so I feel comfortable applying it around my eye area as well.
However, other than having my skin feel smoother after application, I haven't really felt it do anything significant to my skin (good or bad, that is). Judging from how much of the bottle I've used now, I think the 50ml bottle could easily last at least 6 months, but at the high price tag it comes with, I'll have to rethink before purchasing a second bottle.
Rating: Dec 4, 2011 4:56am
the texture is really nice and smooths out the surface of the skin but did not notice any pore minimising ! doesn't do what it's meant to but great as a primer and/or moisturiser
Rating: Oct 15, 2011 7:07pm
I haevnt noticed anything in the pore minimising department but i actually use this as a primer and its wonderful for oil control and smoothing over fine lines and unevenness.
lovely product for that i suppose.
Rating: Oct 6, 2011 3:51pm
I have a small 7ml bottle of this and have been using it for about a week. It does leave the skin more matte, smooth and leaves a silky velvety finish. My pores aren't that big so after application, my face does look quite smooth and makes foundation application afterwards look flawless. However there are other similar products out there which achieve the same results so I probably wouldn't buy this given it is quite expensive. I think this would be suitable for most skin types including oily/combination.
Rating: Sep 13, 2011 9:46pm
Not useful for large pores - noticed no minimizing effect after nearly 10 months. Applies nicely but is very expensive.
Rating: Aug 17, 2011 11:34am
Not as good as i hoped
I have large pores and oily skin and i am pretty much looking for a miracle product. Estee Lauder advertised this as a miracle product and i was a little disappointed with the results.
I went to the Estee Lauder counter and was taken in by the pretty blue packaging and the rave reviews so i splurged and purchased the limited edition 75ml bottle for $175. Once home i was eager to try so i washed my face with my Dermalogica cream cleanser and as per the instructions from the beauty counter i smoothed on just under a full pump of the product all over my face. It smelt heavenly, like citrus and flowers and felt quite nice too. Very smooth and not too greasy like some serums. I followed with my Dermalogica moisture boost and went without makeup for the rest of the day.
I repeated the same steps every day morning and night, and for during the day when i went out i only used a little under eye concealer and my Bare minerals powder. My skin looked smooth but my pores were still quite noticeable in natural light. By mid way through the day i had large oil patches on my cheeks (which never normally get oily) and my nose looked wet. I persisted for three weeks due to the fact i had spent so much money on the product, but alas my skin got oilier and i started to see large blackheads appear on my nose and chin with a few minor breakouts on my cheeks.
Overall i think maybe this product is best for older/dryer skin. I am 27 with oily skin and this really did nothing more than what a good primer could do for a quarter of the price. On the upside i expressed my concerns to Estee Lauder and they allowed me to return the product and exchange for another product of equal value.
I exchanged for Idealist Dual Action Refinishing Treatment and the Perfectionist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler. Look out for my other reviews on these products in the next few weeks!