Tested on animals:Yes
If you've used or are aware of Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Capsules, the packaging of Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules will seem familiar. Although such packaging is more novelty than necessity, it turns out this facial oil blend ranks among the best in this burgeoning category!
Each "dose" of this oil blend is housed in a small, single-use ampoule—you get 60 of them in a large, heavy brown jar. The jar and ampoules are translucent instead of opaque, so it's a good idea to store this in a dark place, as routine exposure to light could reduce the effectiveness of several ingredients.
Before use, you twist the top of the ampoule and squeeze out the contents. It helps to twist the top slowly and not hold the ampoule too tightly, so as to prevent the oil from oozing out all over your hand.
Yes, there's a learning curve in how to use this compared to the more conventional dispensing system most facial oils use, but once you get the hang of it (hint: dispense the contents of the ampoule into your non-dominant hand), it's an easy treatment to apply—and the results can be dramatic on dry, dehydrated skin!
The formula begins with two classic emollients, both of which are excellent for dry skin, and follows with several non-fragrant plant oils and antioxidant-rich plant extracts. Also on hand are lesser, but likely still helpful, amounts of skin-restoring ingredients like cholesterol and linoleic acid.
Together, these ingredients make good on Lauder's claims of calming, barrier strengthening, and helping to repair stressed skin—at least skin stressed by lack of moisture; this cannot repair stress from years of sun damage or make wrinkles go away completely! What it can do in that regard is soften the appearance of signs of aging, especially if used in combination with other anti-aging products as Lauder recommends.
Summing up: Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules rank among the best Advanced Night Repair products Lauder offers, especially for those with dry skin. The formula is too emollient for oily or breakout-prone skin, but could be used occasionally when skin is acting drier than usual and is fine for use around the eyes. The blend of emollients, nourishing plant oils, and potent antioxidants, plus the restoring ingredients, make this facial oil blend a winner.
What if your beauty budget doesn't extend to Lauder's asking price? Not to worry, you can find less expensive options on our list of Best Facial Oils.
- Single-use ampoules packed with a multi-benefit oil blend.
- Contains smoothing emollients and skin-restoring ingredients.
- Leaves dry skin feeling smooth, soft, and protected against dehydration.
- Contains antioxidant-rich plant extracts.
- Moisturizes on its own or can be added to a serum or moisturizer when skin is extra dry.
- Fragrance free.
- The ampoules are messy to use until you get the hang of opening and dispensing the contents.