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NEW Advanced Night Repair: Sleep in a Bottle – and it takes the Rubbish Out!

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Estée Lauder’s bestselling product, the Advanced Night Repair serum, has just had one serious upgrade. Some would say it’s a risky business tinkering about with a formula that sells one bottle every 8.5 seconds, I’d say it’s simply keeping up with the times. Beauty products have never been so advanced, so active, so capable of producing visible results – brands can’t afford to rest on their laurels these days. It makes perfect sense to update formulas and make sure that hero products showcase the latest in research and technology…

So what’s in the Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex version two? Well, if you’re a fan of the original (and I know that loads of you are) then you can rest easy, because nothing has been taken away whatsoever. It’s still the all-rounder serum you know and love – instantly hydrating and helping to brighten and clarify the skin in the longer term. It’s light, non-greasy and slips easily into any beauty routine – not difficult to see why it has always been such a favourite.

The new Synchronised Recovery Complex II, however, takes the serum onto a whole new level. The previous incarnation was very focused on repair; the new super-serum aims to repair and to purify. The original ANR contained a comprehensive cocktail of antioxidants that helped to fix the damage done to the skin during the day – think pollution, UV rays. (It also contained a whole whackload of hyaluronic acid for an instant moisture hit, so it plumped out the skin and reversed superficial lines caused by dehydration. All very good – and, I might add, very effective.) But the new serum, numero deux, adds something else into the mix: this “purify” business – or, to give it the proper Lauder name, Catabolysis Technology. Now the term Catabolysis does worry me slightly, I have to admit, because I instantly think of the state that the body goes into when it’s trying not to starve to death – not the most glamorous or desirable of associations! But in this case, we’re talking about the skin and the metabolism of cells – how fast the skin can renew itself and chuck out, for want of a better word, the crap.

So, in a nutshell, this new serum not only delivers a welcome shot of hyaluronic (helps the skin to hang onto its water) and a big dose of antioxidants (helps to repair and protect against what I think of as “daily wear and tear”), it also helps to break down what’s not needed, which is where the “purify” element begins to make sense. I hope. If only there was a serum for my poor, shrivelled, dissertation-addled brain! I’m sure I’d be able to thread my words together far more effectively…

And so: let’s skip to my testing. I’ve done a month with the new formula, almost nightly, and I do think that the serum has an extra bit of  “oomph” over the previous version. It’s slightly lighter in texture, silkier perhaps, and there’s no tackiness after application. Results also seem faster in coming – after just two weeks I felt that my skin was more supple and had a brightness that was lacking beforehand. The best way of explaining the results, because I have nothing very quantitive to measure, is to say that (cliché alert!) I look as though I’ve had good, restful sleep. Not fitful, hot, waking-up-every-hour kind of sleep. Can’t say better than that, really.

Advanced Night Repair II launches nationwide on Monday 29th July and replaces the older formula. It costs £48 for 30ml and I’d say, judging by the amount I’ve used in a month, that a bottle would last for three or four months.You can get it here.

46 comments

  1. Parsimonious Penny

    Ooo! My mum is a huge Estee fan so I’m familiar with most of their products and I didn’t even know they were re-hauling their advanced night repair! Your reviews are always so helpful and comprehensive, thanks a bunch for this! =)

  2. I love the original so looking forward to trying this out, Does anyone know if Advanced Night Repair is often at Duty Free as going away soon as I would love to pick up tax free

    • Yes it is, but check that it’s the new version with the “II” at the end of the name! I’d expect it would be out in Duty Free over the next few weeks. x

  3. Thanks for this review! I absolutely love your videos and reviews – they are so helpful! I’m a 39-year-old skin care junkie. :) Just purchased the Elemental Herbology mask based on your recommendation! xx

  4. oww yes can’t wait to try this baby out!!!

  5. The ANR eye recovery cream is probably the best I’ve ever used. I can’t think why I haven’t tried this serum. Wasn’t E.L. the first to do a serum too?

    • Yes, first to produce a serum and I think first to use hyaluronic acid in a beauty product. Or serum. Or something! x

  6. This sounds fantastic, i have always wanted to try it so will have to give it a go when it comes out to shops! xx

  7. Is your hair naturally blonde?

  8. Thanks for the really indepth review!

    Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is so popular, I see it everywhere; but recently even more! This is the 2nd blog post I’ve read with great reviews so I think it’s time I pick a bottle up. :)

    x Renee

  9. I love the original – but I HATE it when brands reformulate. I always assume it’s to replace with cheaper, crappier ingredients (having worked with supermarkets, I have seen them do this with food products). I’m pretty wary of the new ANR formulation and now I’m worried my wonder product won’t work!

  10. No wonder EL has had its Night Repair on sale each time you turned around, including it as part of just about all promotions! Live and learn! Having said that, I can’t wait till I end my bottle(s) and can buy the new one. Thanks for the great review! xx

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