Estée Lauder Estee Lauder Re Nutriv Intensive Softening Lotion 8.4oz
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Luxurious, Soothing, Gold-Flecked Toner
Jan 8, 2008
Review by hollywoodgirl
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Soothing, beautifully scented, but gentle toner.
The Bottom Line: Interesting, unique textured toner that really cleans and softens.
This toner was my first introduction to the Re-Nutriv line of EL. This collection was designed for drier skin types and even though mine is normal/oily I just couldn't resist this beautiful looking toner. I know, I know, call me superficial, I am a stickler for packaging as some of us are and I admit, I fell for this product based on the way it looks. The toner comes in a huge 8.4 oz clear bottle. The toner is a light beige color which shows the gold flecks when it hits the light. This doesn't seem like a toner at all, as it is kind of silky in texture and slightly gel-like. Most toners have the consistency of water or liquid, but this one is unique in that it doesn't feel like a toner.
Recommend this product?
I was somewhat daunted after spending the $40 for this voluptuous bottle, knowing it was not my for skin type. However, after my first use, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my skin was not an oil slick and that it looked and felt terrific after applying. I also have become enamored of the very pleasant, slightly perfumey scent which is pretty light. My skin has been more irritable lately and even though this contains some perfume, I experienced no irritation whatsoever. The overall feel of this silky stuff is that it is soothing on the skin. Even in hot weather, I have applied this and it feels clamy, cool to the touch. I would recommend using very small amounts of this on a cotton ball, as too much can actually slide off the cotton ball, due to its ultra thick slinky texture.
I am amazed that such a product that feels so good on and that contains no alcohol can actually be so good at removing makeup traces. I'm not sure why they chose to call this a lotion, but it is a very interesting product in that it could probably also be used as a very light moisturizer, as well as its original, intended purpose as a toner. This product mostly contains fillers, water-binding agents, and disinfectants, but mercifully, there is no alcohol, a plus for me.
As I said before, even though this toner is aimed at drier skins, I think that anyone with the exception of those with super oily skin, could use this with success. There is a moisturizing element that is supposed to address the problems of dry and excessively dry skins, in that the product leaves a film that is supposed to add needed moisture. Even though my skin is not really dry, I haven't experienced any greasy afterfeel or oiliness increase after using this, especially if I wash my face with a cleanser first. That brings me to another point. The SA at the EL counter told me that this toner should always be used with the cleanser and Ultimate Lifting Creme in the Re-Nutriv line. I know that these products are formulated to work together, but I am also mindful that any SA is trying to earn her commission by getting you to buy the whole line. In my opinion, this is not necessary, as I use this product with other cleansers and moisturizers and they work beautifully together.
I admit it was hard to resist the beauty of this product in the sample bottle at the EL counter, but I'm sure glad I gave in to whim. I had been on the look out for a gentle, moisturizing toner and this one fits the bill perfectly. Yes, the $40 price is a bit steep for some, but the bottle is huge and mine has lasted over six months with twice daily use. Remember, you only need but a tad on a cotton ball for your whole face. I really love using this and will continue to shell out the buckos which enriches the Lauder cosmetics empire, but it is also making my facial skin look radiant and glowing. My skin is very hapy these days and much of it is due to this toner. I highly recommend this if you want a soothing and gentle treat after cleansing. You can buy it on Ebay in small sizes if you want to try before you buy. This is one of the most enjoyable toning experiences I have ever had!
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