Estee Lauder
Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Mask
2.5 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Mask takes an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to skin care, and includes almost every major emollient, antioxidant, water-binding agent, skin-identical substance, and cell-communicating ingredient we’ve ever heard of. It’s certainly a powerhouse formula for dry to very dry skin and is best left on as a moisturizer rather than used occasionally as a mask to be rinsed off. This mask is supposed to revitalize skin with advanced lifting and firming technology, but it can’t do that. It doesn’t even contain ingredients to create a temporary tightening effect, and that are often used in products to convince you that your skin really is being firmed and lifted. However, as long as you’re not banking on this product being a face-lift in a tube, it is without question a formidable moisturizer that treats dry skin to a bevy of ingredients that will improve its feel and appearance.


The extra lifting and energized hydration mid-life skin craves-in an intensive mask treatment. Revitalizes skin’s appearance with advanced lifting and firming technology. Powered by Lauder’s ExtremeLift3 Complex, it creates a flexible 3-D matrix that helps firm up and brighten up the look of tired, slackened skin. Plumps skin with vital moisture so it looks like it’s in its prime: more lifted and radiant, healthy and refreshed.


Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hexyldecyl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isocetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Adenosine Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Creatine, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Cetearyl Glucoside, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Lecithin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Myristyl Myristate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linoleic Acid, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Sorbitol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Trehalose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Polysorbate-80, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Maltodextrin, Acrylamides Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lauryldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tromethamine, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 33, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment We can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks me where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

There are more reasons than ever to consider Estee Lauder. Their products (surprisingly) don't address every skin-care need or concern, but few lines in this book received so many Paula's Pick ratings, and congratulations are due for developing products that, claims aside, keep Lauder on the cutting edge of a very competitive industry. And, by the way, all of this praise is coming from the standpoint that Lauder was resolutely unhelpful in sending us any information for this book.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company Clinique really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated Paula's Picks below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Good mask, strong scent

I really like this mask. It has so many beneficial ingredients and makes my skin feel soft. The only negative is the smell. It's highly fragranced like most Estée Lauder products are. I wish this company would lose the fragrance because there skincare is one of the best I've used. Despite the smell, I will still likely repurchase.

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sasha s.
Friday, September 05, 2014
The one time this site steered me wrong

I really wanted to try this since it has a best rating and I trust this site so much. I am in Europe and wanted a rich hydrator for my eyes and am planning to order Paula's hydrating mask but figured I would try this as I could find it in the store and it had such a great review. How with all the talk of fragrance here does this product have a best with the AMOUNT of fragrance it has it in it? It is SO overwhelming? It also slightly burned. Please re consider this product as a BEST, it is NOT.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
So smelly!

Seriously smells so much. I got a sample, I couldn't even use it. The smell would not go away, reminds me of wilting roses. If you are sensitive at all to strong smells, I would recommend you get a sample to try out. I'm sure it's a nice moisturizer, but I couldn't stand to have it on my face at all.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Great mask, but...

This mask is one of the best I have ever used and it really helped my very dry skin. However, it contains so much fragrance that I would be wary of buying it again. I would suggest trying to get a sample first.

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