April 8, 2014

Strongly Scented: Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme

I went for the free gift with purchase deal from Estee Lauder recently. I couldn't resist because the eye and lip colors in the gift kit were perfect for spring and I wanted to try Estee Lauder's skincare line.

One of the gift items was a .5oz jar of Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme. Don't get me started on the product name. I find long product names irritating. But the truth is, the name isn't what is important. What matters is whether the product works for me and if there are aspects I don't like, I'll share them. The reason I mention the long name is that this makes it less sharable. I can't easily tell my mom to go buy it when we're chatting on the phone. I'll need to email a link to be sure she knows exactly what to look for.

Resilience Lift (this particular formula) promises a more lifted and sculpted look. There are "light-responsive enzymes" which I'm assuming is related to the "photo-activated lift complex." I sometimes laugh at the marketing phrases used to sell a product. I'm sure the phrases work, but I honestly prefer to know what the moisturizer is going to do for me in a way I can understand. Seems like the more you have to pay ($78 for a 1.7oz jar in this case), the harder it is to translate the product claims.

I've been using this every night. It's technically a day creme and offers SPF 15 sun protection, but it's a bit greasy and very fragranced, so it's more practical for me to use it as a night creme. The formula I'm using is normal/combination skin. Estee Lauder offers a dry skin formula as well, but given that I have seriously dry skin and find this formula greasy, I'm not sure I'd want to use the dry skin version.

What I really like is my skin does feel more nourished and tighter. It's not as firming as another product I've tried recently, a vitamin C serum which I'll share later this week. I can't stand the fragrance, which my husband called "old."

There is a fragrance free version of the Resilience Lift Creme that is also oil free. The jars all look the same so it would be easy to mix up what you order. If you plan to try Resilience Lift, be sure to read the product description to ensure you get what you want - oil free, regular for dry skin, regular for combo/normal skin.

Personally, I wouldn't choose to buy this moisturizing creme. I'm pretty happy with Elta MD and find Paula's Choice also to be an excellent moisturizer. Both are fragrance free and non-greasy, and also cost a lot less. Both also come in a pump, which means less likely to make a mess or introduce germs and such into the product.

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