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Estee Lauder

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam is an OK foaming cleanser for all skin types, but it comes with some formulary issues that should give you pause.

Dispensed via an opaque squeeze tube, we love that this cleanser rinses without a residue, leaving skin soft and fresh-feeling, plus completely free of makeup. It’s not adept at completely removing long-wearing formulas, but if that’s your type of makeup, a cleansing oil, balm, or silicone-based makeup remover is a better bet.

The formula contains some helpful plant-derived soothing ingredients that help protect skin as you cleanse, but Lauder also included fragrant lavender oil, which can irritate skin and eyes during use, but poses less of a risk than applying this ingredient in a leave-on product.

In use, the experience was unusual: When you dispense the cleanser onto wet hands to prepare for applying to skin, you’ll find it doesn’t mix well with water; it tends to break apart, forming individual clumps that take extra effort to turn into a “soft, airy foam.”

We’re considering this one a miss. See our list of best face cleansers for several preferred options in all price ranges.

Pros:
  • Rinses without a residue.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Contains some helpful plant-derived soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Tricky to emulsify in wet hands because formula tends to break apart.
  • Fragrant lavender oil poses a risk of irritating skin and eyes during use.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This conditioning formula transforms into a soft, airy foam that removes makeup and impurities, including pollution, as it purifies deep within skin's surface to improve your overall healthy look. The high performance formula rinses easily and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

WaterAquaEau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Butylene Glycol, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Silybum Marianum (Lady's Thistle) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Ceteth-20, Sodium PCA, Algae Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Lactate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Chloride, Lauric Acid, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, 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 available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though 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.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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