Jan 1, 2018

Estee Lauder Profectionist Pro Serum

New to the Estee Lauder product line is Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. A serum that is said to help boost collagen production and reinforce the skin's framework to give the appearance of more refined facial contours.

This serum seems to have replaced the now discontinued Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum. The entire New Dimension line appears to have been discontinued.

The new Perfectionist Pro serum is a lightweight, creamy serum. Unlike Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R, it is easily applied and easily absorbed. It has a light fragrance which isn't quite as strong as either Perfectionist CP+R or New Dimension which are quite strongly fragranced. Fragrance is not skin care and added fragrance can cause skin irritation and sensitivity.

Perfectionist Pro is supposed to help with Firming/Lifting, Lines/Wrinkles, Radiance, Uneven Texture/Skin Tone and Pores. It contains Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, which, although found in a variety of other Estee Lauder products, is being advertised specifically as an important component of this new serum. It might be that it contains a higher level of this peptide, also knows as Argireline, than other Estee Lauder products. In addition, this serum contains light reflecting particles, such as Mica, to give the skin a faux glow.

More importantly, Perfectionist Pro contains AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which means ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEEN and LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE while using this product and for at least a week after as it can cause skin sensitivity. Always read and follow labeling instructions on any products that contain acids like AHA or BHA.

I prefer the texture, absorption, and fragrance of Perfectionist Pro to Perfectionist CP+R which "balls up" on my skin. However, because Perfectionist Pro contains AHA, it makes it a little less practical to use because of the sun sensitivity issues.

Available at most Estee Lauder counters and the Estee Lauder website, Perfectionist Pro is available in a 1 ounce bottle for $75 and a 1.7 ounce bottle for $108.

Sep 1, 2016

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme

Estee Lauder's new Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème replaces the previous version of this product with the addition of some new ingredients.

This dense gel-cream has a slightly pink color and comes in an attractive jar with a screw on gold lid.

As with the previous version of this product the scent is extremely strong and lasting. The scent is way too strong for a facial product and it seems ridiculous that companies still insist on scenting their products.

Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème doesn't really absorb or dry. It feels heavy on my skin and sticky, even hours after application. Between that and the fragrance I was quick to wash it off.

Estee Lauder has been studying Moringa Extract and the various potential benefits it has for the skin and has included it in this revamped version.

While the texture of this cream isn't bad, it just doesn't spread well or feel like it is doing anything more than sit on top of the skin. It has numerous ingredients thought to improve skin but the scent prevents me from being able to use it and I am not keen on products that feel mask like.  If companies want to continue over scenting their skin care products they should at least offer an unscented version for those of us who are sensitive to strong fragrances so we too can enjoy these wonderful products.

A 1 ounce jar retails for $52 and a 1.7 ounce jar for $78 at Estee Lauder counters and website.

Ingredients: Not available

Aug 1, 2016

Company Profile: Olay

Olay, originally Oil of Olay, was founded in South Africa by chemist Graham Wulff, in 1952. Known for their original pink beauty fluid there was little advertising and the product had slight variations in name depending on which country it was being sold in.

After various acquisitions, Proctor and Gamble purchased Olay in 1985 and in 1999 changed the name from Oil of Olay to Olay. Proctor and Gamble expanded the Olay line to include cleansers, toners, and other moisturizers. It is one of the top brands in their portfolio.