Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment (Discontinued)

by Estee Lauder  Advanced Night Repair
$95 - 1 fl. oz.
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Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment serves as a partner product to Lauder’s enduring Advanced Night Repair serum. This concentrated version (supposedly with five times the amount of patented recovery complex than the original Advanced Night Repair) is meant to be used for three weeks, after which you revert to your usual routine of applying original Advanced Night Repair. Considering that the price for the Concentrate is double that of the original Advanced Night Repair, you may wonder if this allegedly more potent version is worth the upgrade. It turns out that the formulas are similar in some ways, but the differences are notable enough to definitely make Advanced Night Repair Concentrate the superior product, and not only for three weeks. Its silicone content gives the Concentrate a silkier texture than the original, but the big difference is in the larger amount of antioxidants Lauder packed into the Concentrate version. This is enough of a difference to consider the original antiquated. Whether or not the extras are worth the money is up to you (Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is a brilliant alternative to this for a fraction of the price). Clinique’s serums are just as well-formulated, as is Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum.

A major ingredient in the Advanced Night Repair Concentrate and in the original Advanced Night Repair is bifida ferment lysate. The bifida portion refers to bifidobacteria, a strain of bacteria found in the human body and believed to provide immune protection and prevent gastrointestinal problems (in other words, it’s a friendly strain of bacteria). How does it relate to skin care? Claims made for this ingredient are that it can do for the face what it does for the body, enhance the immune system and decrease bad bacteria. There is no published information establishing that to be true. Oral consumption of this bacteria (it is often present in yogurt and can be purchased in supplement form) has a couple of studies that show it can be of benefit in helping with infant eczema, but that’s about it when it comes to skin (Source:

Works to visibly free your skin from the accumulation of excessive damage. It helps dramatically and intensively boost your skin's natural ability to repair the visible effects of this accumulation, helping to "clean the slate" of past damage. Now your skin can focus all of its energies on repairing the visible effects of the assaults and stresses it faces every day. On rebuilding and renewing its appearance every night. Advanced Night Repair Concentrate is formulated with 5 times the concentration of the patented recovery complex found in the Advanced Night Repair serum you use every night.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Cola Nitida (Kola) Nut Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Citri Reticulate Peel Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract, Cholesterol, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Micrococcus Lysate, Caffeine, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Sodium RNA, Pantethine, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Yeast Extract, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Linolenic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauryldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potassium Sulfate, Cyclodextrin, PEG-9 Dimethicone, Simethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, Titanium Dioxide

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

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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  1. Cathie
    Reviewed on Monday, April 07, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Advanced night repair...I liked it
    • I used it on holidays after i got a bad breakout using products that were too thick for my skin type. A couple of drops on the breakouts seemed to help clear up the pimples. After 2 days, the redness was gone, the bumps were decreased and after 3-4 days, the breakouts were gone. I had a sample sized, and was given another sample size at the estee lauder counter. Now the skin is really smooth and clear again.

  2. nhlanhla k
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 16, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    good results
    • Since iv started using the night repair my skin is glowing lyk neva b4 although it leaves my face dry bt after I moisterize it feels an looks great

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 21, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • This is one of the best products ever, but it was discontinued a couple of months ago. It has been replaced with Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Friday, November 22, 2013

    Hi, and thanks for the information! We've now marked it as "discontinued."

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. C
    Reviewed on Friday, October 18, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    great serum
    • I love how this works and makes your skin feel - unbelievably glowing in the morning. Soft & even-toned. Upon application it is slightly tacky, but dries to a weightless feel, and I don't notice I'm wearing it. It's not moisturising - so if you have dry patches or dry skin you'll need a cream after, but the point of any serum is not to hydrate - it's to deliver a boost of antioxidants and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. Even though I love how this works, it is ridiculously overpriced.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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