Estee Lauder ANR Concentrate Review

28 Oct

Little jar of hope...?

I’ve heard so much about this little guy. Always being featured in magazines, beauty ed’s top picks, various bloggers raves, so decided once and for all to try it out. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment (whoa, tongue twister) is the older cousin to the original Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex (another mouth full!) aka ANR.


From the website:

A 21-night treatment to free skin from visible damage.

This intensive boosting serum frees your skin from the visible accumulation of excessive damage.

Helps dramatically boost skin’s natural ability to repair the visible effects of this accumulation, helping to “clean the slate” of past damage.

Concentrated Recovery.
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.

Concentrated Anti-Irritation Response.

  • Immediately begins to relieve and calm the look of redness.
  • Helps skin naturally inhibit the irritation that can lead to more serious visible damage.
  • Amplified with the potent anti-irritant Amentoflavone.

Concentrated Barrier Restoration.

  • Quickly helps rebuild a weakened moisture barrier to keep more environmental irritants out, more moisture in.
  • Includes a highly concentrated blend of proven, skin-strengthening lipids, including Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol and Wheat Bran.


  • Use Advanced Night Repair Concentrate as an intensive “booster treatment” in addition to your regular skincare regimen.

Every 3-4 Months.

  • Apply 2 full droppers all over cleansed face and throat each night for 21 days.
  • Follow with the Estée Lauder moisturizer that’s right for you.

After Excess Exposure or Dehydration.

  • Following too much sun or environmental exposure, apply as needed.

Pre- and Post-Procedure.

  • For cosmetic procedures such as micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels, use for 21 days: 1 week prior to your procedure and 2 weeks after.


Anyway what did I think about it? Personally, I didn’t love it. I used it for 21 days straight, 3 drops every night over my face (felt that was enough, didn’t need 2 whole pumps) and neck just before my moisturiser and I have to say that it did little to improve well, anything on my skin. Sure it’s a little smoother but that’s all I have to say about this gilded bottle. Not very impressive it seems!

However, it does absorb into the skin beautifully leaving it very soft and smooth.

I was hoping that it would smooth out my many lumps and bumps, plump up my fine lines, calm down my redness (borderline rosacea), brighten my skin, and maybe even possibly reduce the appearance of my constellation of pigmentation however, it didn’t really do any of that! I knew it wasn’t going to be some miracle product but I was hoping for something more than what my beloved Rosehip Oil already does.

The concentrate is water based but with quite a lot of silicones in it as I can feel an immediate smoothing of my skin when I massage it in. I wonder if this is a good or bad thing?

Even though it didn’t really do anything for my face, I have to say that it did actually perform on the burn on my finger! A day before I started using this, I burnt my finger badly on the oven. It was all red, blistered, angry and very very sore. As far as burns go, it had to be up there as one of the worst ones I’ve had. Anyway, I was expecting it to peel and go all watery/pussy and gross BUT surprise surprise! After about a week I took another look at it and it had nearly healed! What?? I was so confused until I realised it was my middle finger and I used that to apply the ANR Concentrate with. So it clearly does have healing properties in it since my finger is all back to normal now and doesn’t even have a scar.

This makes me think it would be great for you if you have acne, healing acne or sunburnt skin. However, if you have normal skin it probably wouldn’t do much for you and you’re better off saving the $$ to splurge on something else.

Overall rating? 6/10

Price: $170 for 30mL

From: Estee Lauder counters, direct from Estee Lauder website.

Ps, I received this product as part of a swap with a friend of mine who works for Estee Lauder and raves about it.

Pps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit!


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