I have been testing this product for over a month. I wanted to give it a really good test run before I made any comments. I am slightly biased to Lauder's Perfectionist because I was such a fan of the original formula. I did not know how the tweaking would change an already solid performing product. When a perfumer tweaks a fragrance, it usually spells doom. So I have been raised by MUA into thinking that "change" only equals bad.
The tweaks that went into the new Perfectionist have only made the product better than before. It might be one of the best skincare innovations to have hit my vanity shelf in years. Lauder promised results within a day and remarkably there were noticeable changes in my skin. I am weary of going out on a limb on this promise only because I am a "Doubting Thomas" by nature. I can stand firm that you will see results within 1 week.
After just one week of use, I noticed improvements that ranged from less redness to smaller pores. My skin just looked healthy and more vibrant. I lost my "bloom" a while ago so my skin looks lackluster. Not exactly haggard but not exactly brimming with youthful enthusiasm. I have issues with small bumps due to product testing, slight ruddiness, and discoloration. After one week my skin looked two shades lighter. So much so that my La Mer foundation appeared dark on my skin.
There was a lot of science that went into this purple bottle. The innovations range from a "flexible elastomer technology", which fills in a wrinkle from the side so the depth is reduced in appearance. There is "light diffusion technology" which "diffuses and scatters light, blurring not just the appearance of the wrinkle but also neutralizing the micro-shadow".
This is fancy "smoke and mirrors" science.
I will take the trickery.
The actual physical skin improvements are the fading of discoloration and increased vitality and glow. Lauder used a cocktail of Anti-Oxidants(Mulberry, Grape and Scutellaris extracts) and Peptides to increase collagen production and combat spots.
I used it twice daily. I applied in the morning before my moisturizer and makeup routine. After one day, I stopped using a primer product. I felt that Perfectionist was doing all the work of a primer. It sealed off pores and gave my skin a clean canvas to work on.
Perfectionist was always good but this tweaking made it more effective and faster. It has the same texture but with an added bonus of a scent of greens, jasmine, peony and rose petals. It is lovely enough to be a perfume.
It is like the original formula but with speed.
It is available at your local Lauder counter. The 1.0 oz bottle is $55 while the 1.7 oz is $80.
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Disclosure: A press sample of this product was provided by Estee Lauder Cosmetics