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Products for an Even Skintone – Estée Lauder

There’s a lot of bandying around of the phrase “even skintone” and a lot of products claiming to be able to reduce facial hyperpigmentation and various dark-spot blemishes. I don’t suffer from hyperpigmentation, but I used to find that after every spot, I’d get a deep red mark that would sit under my skin for months and months. I say used to find because I no longer have that problem so much – the regular use of a chemical exfoliant (I use Liquid Gold, see review here) seems to keep most of the spots at bay anyway, but if there are marks after the spot has disappeared then they fade quite quickly.

I know lots of people with dark patches on their faces; some caused by pregnancy hormones and that never really faded properly, some caused by sun damage, others by acne. It’s such a massive, massive skin complaint, and the beauty world has jumped on it with all of its weight, bringing out a new product every few weeks or so, it seems. Personally, I think that one of the most important things to bear in mind when dealing with dark spots is that you need to prevent them from getting any worse. (Or prevent them full stop if you’re lucky enough not to have any!) So a good SPF and a good moisturiser with antioxidant ingredients is key.

This set from Estée Lauder caught my interest – it’s a Travel Retail deal that goes out this month, the Even Skintone Solutions, and the price in Duty Free is £78.80. (It’s a saving of about twenty-five pounds or so, I think; you get a 50ml Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator (£64) and a 50ml Daywear Moisturiser (£39). Obviously you can buy these products separately too, you can find them in Boots, House of Fraser, John Lewis and so on.) The set caught my eye because I thought that it offered quite a comprehensive little solution to daytime skincare, if you’re looking to prevent an uneven skintone or if you’re trying to fade minor dark spots. It ticks quite a few boxes in that the moisturiser has an SPF15 (adequate for a usual British day!) and also added antioxidant ingredients, and the serum contains an exfoliant (Salicylic acid) that could help to fade acne scars. It’s not going to hit them full on like a dedicated treatment would, but as a small, regular step I think that it’s pretty useful.

Sometimes, there’s just too much stuff out there to get your head around and you end up going to your good old trusty department store counter. There’s nothing wrong with that, and if you end up at Estée Lauder and you want a morning regime that will provide some protection for your skin and help to prevent pigmentation marks, then this little duo will set you off in the right direction. Just wait until there’s a Gift with Purchase on!

The Idealist product, by the way, is not the same as the Idealist in the darker green bottle. That one is for refining pores. Both do leave the skin really, really smooth and primed though – I use the darker green Idealist as a primer below tinted moisturiser or BB Cream that contains an SPF. That gives the perfect amount of moisture for me, and doesn’t add too many layers to my regime!

You can order online from John Lewis, House of Fraser etc.or keep a lookout when you’re passing through the airport shopping areas.


  1. Yes the same reasons why I bought them – so many options! I was also eyeing the Genifique set from Lancome but I knew the Daywear and i like it (great makeup base too) so I went back to this set. Also wanted to check the new serum – must say i like Idealist Pore Minimizer much better, also does do what it says and also keep blemishes at bay, but I can’t say I dislike Even Skintone, it’s just not impressive enough for me.

    I was wondering, compared to the EL serums, have you tried Genifique or Visionnaire from Lancome and how do the products compare? (especially for minimizing pores and controlling oil).

  2. Oh sorry for the mistake Ruth… I wanted to say : ingredients that actually do not have any benefits for the skin”.

  3. Hello Ruth,

    great review, but review cant go without product composition for me. So I thought I will share it with you and readers.

    As lovely as it can appear, this serum is made of so many (useless) ingredients that actually do have any benefits for the skin ….and if you look closely, silicons are some of the top ones…of course, it may make your skin super smooth, but this is just an artefact :-)))).

    Have a nice day.:-)))

    Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopetasiloxane, Polysilicone 11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside , PEG-10 Dimethicone, Gentiana Lutea (gentian) Root Extract, Orzya Sativa (rice) Bran Extract, Hydroloyzed Rice Bran Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Peel Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicallensis Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Barley Extract, Salicylic Acid, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Squalane, Yeast extract, Sunflower Seedcake, Isohexadecane, PEG6 Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metasulfite, Acryl ameide, Ammonium Acrylolyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Caprylyl glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Di-c12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Tromethamine, Tin oxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDT, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Linalol, Limonene, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine

  4. I’m currently using the DayWear line and absolutely love it. I got it as a GWP first, and it worked so well I got the full sized one. I have very pale skin, with an occasional breakout which always leaves a mark behind. I have many products that claim to help with hyperpigmentation, but nothing worked as well as this.

  5. Hi Ruth,
    I was researching the EL Advanced Night Repair serum and saw a review on makeupalley that said chemical-based products tend to push the skin’s natural oils to the surface in order to moisturise, eventually destroying the skin’s ability to produce oil on its own/ sucking out all of the moisture. You seem to have a lot of access to skincare knowledge. What are your thoughts on Advanced Night Repair itself and the point raised by the makeupalley reviewer?

    • Was this person a scientist? I have never heard anything like that before; the term “chemical-based products” in itself is a ridiculous one, really, as that covers nearly every ingredient. You may call glycolic acid a chemical, but it’s naturally derived from sugar cane, so I’m not sure that this is at all correct.. x

  6. HI Ruth. Do you have any recommendations for body lotions that deal with brown spots? I’m always careful to wear an spf on my face but my arms, shoulders and chest not so much so. Just this year I have loads more freckles than usual on these parts. I actually quite like them but do worry abit that they might turn into something less attractive in future!

    • Try the Thalgo tan activator that I review later this week. It should help to even out melanin production. And you MUST wear an spf or they will get worse. 100%. xx

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