Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix is essentially a thin-textured lotion version of Lauder's popular Advanced Night Repair Eye (a product we don't recommend since it's packaged in a jar, and jars don't keep air-sensitive ingredients stable). Both fragrance-free formulas contain the same key anti-aging ingredients, but Eye Concentrate Matrix is packaged in a translucent glass bottle with an applicator tip you're directed to massage around the eyes—a feature Lauder is heavily promoting.
The applicator tip sounds interesting, but in use, we found it did a poor job of evenly distributing the product (we ended up having to use our fingers). Not only that, the bulb portion of the tip—what you're supposed to massage the eye area with—doesn't pick up as much product as it should. You'll have to double-dip every time: not the most sanitary way to apply skincare.
As for the formula itself, it's wonderfully silky, hydrating, and feels refreshing on skin. It delivers non-greasy, lasting hydration but it doesn't really stand out as a unique Night Repair product. Despite Lauder's claim that this eye treatment contains a "2X concentration infusion of hyaluronic acid", it doesn't seem to contain more of this ingredient than other Night Repair products. In fact, given all of its other interesting ingredients, hyaluronic acid doesn't seem worth the separate shout-out.
There's no denying that Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix is a good formula that's loaded with intriguing antioxidants, repairing ingredients, and hydrators, even with the slightly frustrating application issue. Those are compelling reasons to consider this product, but you'll find easier-to-use eye treatments—several of which also cost less—on our list of Best Eye Creams and Treatments.
- Silky, lightweight formula feels great.
- Improves the look of lines and wrinkles.
- Provides non-greasy, long-lasting hydration.
- Packaged to keep its delicate ingredients stable.
- Fragrance free.
- The wand applicator and bulb tip are more gimmicky than useful.
- Isn't as concentrated in hyaluronic acid as claimed.
- Doesn't distinguish itself from other Night Repair serums and treatments.
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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