REVIEW: Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

What is this Product?(What it claims)  
The first fast-acting Serum from Estée Lauder Research proven to dramatically reduce the look of uneven skintone such as redness acne marks, dark spots and sun spots discolouration.

Instantly: redness is reduced, skin looks fresh and radiant.
In just 2 weeks: 62% of women showed a significant improvement in skintone in a clinical test.
Over time: skin looks noticeably clearer and brighter, vibrant and more even-toned.

This intensive, yet gentle oil-free serum features powerful technologies to address the look of every key sign of uneven skintone:
Triple-Optic Technology - provides skin with a brighter, more luminous look from the very first application.
CorrectTone Technology - visibly reduces uneven skintone in 2 weeks, while anti-oxidants help prevent its re-appearance.
Imagine skin so incredibly clear, even-toned and radiant, you have nothing to hide. Oil-free, Dermatologist-tested, Ophthalmologist-tested, Non-acnegenic

Directions of Use 
  • Apply on clean skin. Follow with your SPF moisturizer. 
  • For maximum even skintone results, use AM and PM for the first 12 weeks, then continue with your regular Estée Lauder regimen, using Even Skintone Illuminator every AM. 
  • If you use Advanced Night Repair at night, continue to apply it first, then follow with Even Skintone Illuminator.

Main Ingredients 
Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Squalane, Yeast Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Isohexadecane, PEG-6, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Polysorbate 20, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Tromethamine, Tin Oxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine

30ml (1.0 oz) $72.50 CAD plus tax which came to about $81.92 CAD
50ml (1.7 oz) $105.00 CAD plus tax which came to about $118.65 CAD

I purchased mine from Sephora Canada. It can also be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Online and Estee Lauder counters. I've also seen it at the Estee Lauder/M.A.C. Warehouse Sale at 30ml for $50 CAD.

I have really high hopes for this product because some of my friends use it and I've been told this was amazing! Honestly, when I was buying this at Sephora, a part of my heart is shattered because it's no doubt at a high price point! I was like..this product better work! hahaha

First thoughts was that I didn't like the pearlescent shade it comes in because I thought it would transfer to my pillows and everything I touch. However, it didn't and stayed on my skin making me glow!

The product comes in a pump bottle and the serum itself is like a thin watery lotion. Maybe because it feels thin, and it absorbs very quickly into my skin, I over apply to my face.

During the first week, I noticed that my complexion has improved, my face is brightened and even my foundation just looks flawless on my skin! I think this serum acts very well as a primer too! (To see this change within a week, I'm pretty impressed!)

By the second and third week, I slowly noticed that my dark marks from pimple scars began to very slowly fade. My sun spots have not faded though. So far, I'm happy with my fave being more illuminated and my pimple scars fading.

For age spots and dark spots, I've made my mom and dad use it but they don't seem to see much improvements so far.

It's been 2 months since I started using it and honestly, I'm really really happy with it. Some of my recent FOTD, I didn't even need to do a ton of photoshop work on my face for the youthful skin look.  I was SOOOO happy with that!!

That being said, I noticed the serum does well for some pigmentation and the colour aspect for my skin but not at all for hydration or improvements of wrinkles.  So I never ever skip the moisturizer or other moisturizing and wrinkle prevention products after the serum.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥
Product: 4/5 ♥ I hoped that it did more to my sun spots and age spots. 
Packaging: 5/5 ♥ 
Price: 4/5 ♥