Simply adding a serum to your skincare routine can make the world of difference. Packed full of higher concentrated active ingredients than your other skin products, serums help to penetrate deep within the layers of your skin to inject a quick-fix burst of goodness. They can slot seamlessly between your toner and moisturiser, so much so that there really is not reason to use one! Having secured a million hours of overtime lately, my lack of sleep is impacting on my skin; dullness and tiredness has completely taken over my complexion. For the past few weeks, I've been turning to this Estee Lauder illuminating serum to help bring me back a bit of much-needed glow to my skin, but is it's £40 pricetag really justified?
This little pot takes on a rather multifunctional serum role; it claims to even out your skintone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, dullness and blemishes and give your skin a surge of radiance. On top of this, its creamier texture adds a bit of extra nourishment and hydration to your skin, so it is fab if you suffer from any dryness. It's aim of achieving a glowing, more youthful complexion is met through a light yellowy-gold shimmer which runs within the formula; these subtle tones is what really helps to brighten your skintone.
The texture itself is actually a lot thicker than I was expecting. I'd seen a few reviews complaining about the watery consistency of the product; while a little definitely doesn't go a long way (meaning you may not necessarily get your money's worth), it is far creamier than I was expecting. Regardless, the formula absorbs into the skin really quickly, and its oil-free nature means that it doesn't leave your skin with that greasy after-feel which some more gel-like serums can give.
I do really like this product as a little skin pick-me-up or overnight treat during the week when my skin is looking tired and dull. I find it certainly perks my complexion up a little, and am left looking radiant both straight away and the next morning. It's a great way to boost tired skin, although at nearly £40 for 30ml this is incredibly pricey. If you want to indulge and treat yourself, or suffer from dark spots of dullness and have the money to spend, then great- it is a decent product. I'm just not sure if it is worth every penny....it may just be worth getting a highlighter!
Have you tried any Estee Lauder skincare products? Do you think these pricetags are justified?