I was only on my first bottle of the original, multiple-decade-old serum when I heard news that a 'new and improved'--obviously making use of the a fortiori argument--formula was being chocked up. In honesty, I couldn't help but breath a sigh. How could my much beloved, skin changing serum be replaced?
And then, I saw Caroline Hiron's post--a common recurring initiation which spurs a new product love, or, more commonly, a skincare shopping revival. I knew that she wasn't a fan of the old Advanced Night Repair, so how ironic it was that she was writing about the new one.
In short, it was only good things. She raved about how she actually noticed a visible difference in her skin after using it--something that the old formula lacked. And then, I got excited....
As for the nitty gritty, the second complex uses new ChronoluxCB Technology. Whoa. As the Lauder site explains, cellular purification and synchronization is combined 'to help support skin's natural improvement from the look of damage from every major assault--UV light, smoke and pollution.'
Similarly, Estée Lauder conducted further research concerning the parallels between sleep and skin rejuvenation--proving that a 'lack of sleep can accelerate visible skin aging.'
So, the new Advanced Night Repair sounds too good to be true, non? Well, this is where I come in--guiding the line between marketing scams and reality.
One of the most obvious changes to the new complex is the packaging (a more contemporary aesthetic, for lack of a better description). As for the formula, here comes the good/bad. If you loved the old version, it's nearly a given that you'll adore this one just as much. I, for one, have noticed no changes in my skin between the old slap and the new. In fact, one definite pro is the aroma and texture. The new smell punches slightly more citrus and herbal notes, compared to the counterpart's more medicinal sniff. Also, the new one is much lighter in consistency and dries to a less tacky finish than the other.
Second, if you tried the old Advanced Night Repair and were left a little disappointed, it's worth trying it again, because you may be pleasantly surprised.
And now, a new serum is popping up in 'must have' lists around the globe. Now, when is 'III' coming out?