In the words of my favorite Jewish rapper, sometimes I just want to save that money. Maybe you do to. So here are yet another much beloved beauty staples that have completely flopped with me. First I’m talking about Estee Lauder Advanced Wallet Emptying Complex, err, I mean, Advance Night Repair. I held off on buying this one for a long time because it’s quite pricey, but it has a near cult status, so eventually I bit the bullet.
It comes in a rather nice dark plastic bottle with a dropper applicator. The key ingredient is a fermented yeast that’s supposed to work miracles and yield gorgeous smooth and brighter skin. This never happened to me. The product itself is nice to use, I can concede that much. It has a slightly slimy feel to it (not in a bad way) and it leaves skin feeling a bit sticky. You get the feeling that your skin is getting moisturized and showered in wonderful ingredients, but alas, the results were just not there to warrant my buying this a second time. I had no breakouts, thankfully. Maybe I have really resilient skin, or maybe I just need to lower my expectations. Who knows.
The second product that completely disappointed me was Biologique Recherche’s P50 Lotion. Now if you think the hype for Estee lauder’s ANR is crazy, let me tell you it’s that much more intense for this darling of the french beauty industry. I got the regular non phenol formula, because I had read that it was slightly better at exfoliating and smoothing skin. I’ve been using it for nearly 4 months and I can say it has done absolutely nothing. It does not hold a candle to my much beloved salicylic acid from Paula’s Choice. It smells of vinegar, and while that may sound horrible to most, I got used to it and actually looked forward to my face smelling like salad dressing every night. I didn’t really experience much irritation, but I’ve been using acids for quite a while.
So I suppose that while neither of this products did anything BAD to my skin, then didn’t do anything GOOD either, and at a cumulative monetary wallop of around $100 (for the smallest sizes of each) I just can’t recommend either of this products.