11.26.2014
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Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
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1 fl. oz. for $62
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Serums
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Lauder's relatively new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex was replaced by this version, which has the exact same name except for the designation of "II" at the end, lest users of the former serum get confused. What's confusing to us is why they changed this product at all, given how similar the "II" version is to what preceded it. Formulary changes were minor, with only two ingredients (propanediol, which aids penetration, and hydrolyzed algin, which is a thickener) added and a handful removed. From our perspective, Lauder missed an opportunity to make a good serum considerably better!

Among the ingredients not present in the latest version of Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex are retinyl palmitate, lecithin, the intriguing plant extract Arabidopsis thaliana, a gel-like thickener, Green 5 (a dye), and a couple of preservatives, including methylparaben (which, despite media reports is perfectly safe for skin). Otherwise, despite different claims, this re-launch isn't a quantum leap ahead of the previous formula; in fact, if you routinely use the previous product, we doubt you'll notice any difference with the "II" version. And if you're wondering whether you should finally try Advanced Night Repair, wonder no more: This is a good serum though not among the best out there, and certainly not for what Lauder is charging.

Lauder claims that this version of Advanced Night Repair somehow stirs a "natural nighttime purification process" that's "vital" to getting and keeping younger skin. That sounds compelling, but the truth is that skin cannot tell time. With one exception (sunscreen actives) the ingredients that benefit aging skin the most are needed around the clock. Examples would be antioxidants and repairing agents, both ingredient categories Lauder uses in this serum as well as lots of others they (and the brands they own) sell. Despite claims of exclusive technology, this serum doesn't have the nighttime edge for aging skin. And what, exactly, is being "purified"? That makes it sound as though aging skin is somehow aligned with impure (read: dirty) skin, which is inaccurate. Skin is attempting to repair itself every second of each day—there's no research proving nighttime is the right time for anti-aging benefits.

Just as with the previous version of this serum the "II" formula contains tripeptide-32 and a friendly type of bacteria known as lactobacillus. Like many other peptides, tripeptide-32 has theoretical cell-communicating ability. It's theoretical because getting a peptide to reach its target site within the skin is difficult due to the presence of enzymes in skin that work to break down the peptide before it has a chance to work as claimed. However, tripeptide-32 appears to have a protective effect against proteins that damage cells, though there is no research proving it works when applied in small amounts to intact human skin (Sources: Neuroscience Letters, Volume 419, 2007, pages 247-252; and Folia Pharmacologica Japonica, Volume 129, 2007, page 18P). Still, it's a step in the right direction and clearly shows Lauder put some thought into the formula.

Lactobacillus ferment has multiple health benefits when consumed orally, but there is no research proving its merit for topical application on skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). All told, this fragrance-free serum is suitable for all skin types, and leaves a slightly tacky finish on skin, but it's not a must-have anti-aging product or shining example of the best Lauder has to offer for signs of aging.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains a good mix of vitamin- and plant-based antioxidants.
Cons:
  • For the major promotional push this is getting, the formula isn't an impressive revamp.
  • Maintains a somewhat tacky finish rather than the silky-smooth finish today's best serums have.
  • The claims surrounding nighttime purification are odd.
Claims
Address key signs of visible aging with exclusive ChronoluxCB™ Technology for more comprehensive and precise nighttime care. The advanced serum promotes a natural nighttime purification process vital to younger-looking skin. The formula has been tested and proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, smooth, hydrate and strengthen skin and give you a younger, radiant more translucent glow. Proven effective for every ethnicity.
Ingredients
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin,Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.
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 us 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.

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 "best" 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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06.13.2015
Superb, superb!

I have never had so many compliments about my skin looking gorgeous, since using this serum. So happy I was given a sample while visiting in Europe. Bought it and my skin - used to be so problematic - is transformed, glowing, looking so healthy. Tried a few PC products in Canada but unfortunately found them very irritating or, at best, no results.

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MB
06.08.2015
Excellent Serum

I love this serum. It is one of my favorites b/c I have absolutely seen a visible difference in the way my skin looks and feels after using it. I also use the EL eye serum and it is also extremely effective and I have used it for years with wonderful results. I believe that if you combine this serum with a good cleanser, toner, retinol product and good moisturizer you will have great skin -- this is what works for me. I love Paula's Choice Skin Recovery line -- the cleanser is fantastic!!

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06.04.2015
Mariali

This serum is amazing. My skin feels moist and healthy. I even think it has reduced the number of spots in my chin area. My skin is dry and super sensitive, there are very few products I can use without getting eczema or breaking out. Which sometimes means wearing almost nothing except a little toleriane lotion. My skin often feels out of balance and bumpy and has started to age. I found this serum that relaxes it! I love it! Not sure what it does for aging but for healing/balancing is great!

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Anonymous
05.23.2015
this product is a lifesaver

Whenever I have breakouts, dull, irritated or dry skin moments, this is my go-to product. This is the only product that works so far to soothe my skin. Definitely HG status.

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Jolene Tan
05.19.2015
Disappointed

I have used it for 3 days and I start seeing spots in my face. I will take it back in the end of this week. Really disappointed!!!

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Anonymous
04.26.2015
BEST PRODUCT EVER

I am 24 and i have used this since i was 20 and everyone asks me how my skin is so smooth and clean it is because of this product! It repairs prevents and hydrates your skin.

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lindsey b
04.23.2015
Great Serum

I have been using this serum for years. The formula has changed over the years. Nothing is going to take wrinkles away but it is a great product day and night. It will keep your face very moist. Great for sensitive skin and all skin types.

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Anonymous
03.25.2015
Expected more....

Day 2, a bit red, a bit dry, and disappointed :-(

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Donna B
01.18.2015
This new version does not work for me.

I used this product over 3 years before Estee Lauder revamp the formula. The new formulation doesn't work for me. I dont know what to do, the old formula worked better than prescription medications for me. I'm now trying a clinique product. I purchased two bottles of the new night repair and I didn't get the same results. There was no need to try a third bottle. So not happy!

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MELANIE S
12.05.2014
Tripeptide-32 - Where is it !!???

OK, I've just used this product for couple of days, therefore I don't have much of an opinion on how it performs. Just acquired it last week at Melbourne Duty Free. But when I match the ingredients - Tripeptide-32 is missing!!!! All other ingredients are there... just in a bit of a different order, and Tripeptide-32 is no where to be seen! Nathan and Bryan, can you please enlighten me. :)

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JK
12.10.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there! We suspect that for whatever reason, Lauder left this tripeptide out of the formula they sell in the Australian market. Not sure why, as we're not aware of any regulatory restrictions around this ingredient. It could also be a misprint on the packaging.

—Admin
11.19.2014
NOT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

This is NOT for extra dry and/or sensitive skin. I really wanted to like this product but after only a few uses, it caused me to break out! I'm quite surprised as my skin is only semi-sensitive, but it is dry. Face did not look or feel as expected either. This serum dries down to an uncomfortable finish. Applying moisturizer changed that, of course. Still, not impressive. Never have I had such an issue. I expected much better from Estee Lauder. So glad this was a just trial size.

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Debbie R.
11.13.2014
possible breakout culprit

I cannot see or feel any difference in my skin when I use this product, furthermore, I think it may break me out. I'm not positive this is the culprit as I use several products, but based on use I think this product is the one causing the acne.

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Meredith R.
07.22.2014
A 2nd attempt

I covet this product. I decided to give this a 2nd try. I was sick of Olay. I want this just as soon as I can afford it. It also comes in a 1.7 oz for $90 and 2.6 oz for $120. And sometimes they have 3.4 oz. sizes. I saw instant results . Instant gratification. They only downside in the dropper.

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Annette D.
07.19.2014
Excellent Serum

My skin is dry and sensitive. I disagree with Paula, who says this serum has a "slightly tacky" finish. It has a smooth finish and applies easily. I've been using some version of Advanced Night Repair since it first came on the market and I find it to be excellent in keeping my skin looking good and sufficiently moisturized without irritation. I use it day and night under my moisturizer.

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georgia
07.11.2014
Unimpressed

It's a little drying on my combination-oily skin even though I always use a good moisturizer on-top! At-least it's not siliconey as some other serums that Paula gave "best" scores are. It has a very strange chemical-like smell which is slightly off-putting to me but no perfume which is good! packaging is not air-tight like Olay's , which is a shame for this price! Didn't do anything for my skin and way too pricy.

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Anonymous
06.25.2014
Drying

This felt very dry on my skin. Very disappointed!

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Annette D.
05.01.2014
Meh

Halfway through the bottle but no discernable results. It smells funny and now apparently has no retinol. It's not going on my shopping list again. At least it hasn't harmed my skin, though. (Just my wallet.)

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Dana M.
10.30.2013
Amazing

the difference in my skin and its ability to retain moisture is remarkably improved. I used to have more issues with my skin being oily and with the occasional hormonal breakouts. Since using the original Advanced night repair I experienced healthier looking skin where people ask what I have been doing. Once I started the new Advanced night repair, my skin feels even softer. Why would I want them to drastically change the product when it works so well? I can use any moisturizer with this serum.

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Anonymous
07.28.2013
Disappointed!

They upped the price and took out key ingredients. I am disappointed :( ANR has always contained some form of retinol. That being said, it was one of the reasons why I would purchase it for night time use. It would help clear up blemishes and it did not contain all of those silicones that seem to clog pores for me. I liked the dewy finish. Too bad, won't even consider purchasing this. I wish Paula made a retinol serum without all those silicones for us who can't use them.

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