Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serums (Face and Eyes)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair aka EL ANR. This, my friends, is my skincare staple. I’ve introduced it to you before, and today, I want to tell you more about the newly revamped EL ANR2 and the new EL ANR Eye Serum Infusion.



The ANR Synchronized Recovery Complex II, to me, is a new and improved formula. It still does everything the original version does, plus a few more things. There is a slight change to the packaging – while they maintained the brown bottle, the cap is now striped with gold. The little pipette dispenser is the same, and I still use the same amount of serum after my toner. This formula is lighter and less tacky which I think is awesome. I used to have to massage the serum in, but now, all I have to do is smooth the serum all over my face and lightly pat it in. The serum is absorbed much faster.


ANR2 pipette


So what does this do better other than being more comfortable on the skin? Well, it makes my skin look well rested the very next morning. I KID YOU NOT! I was sick a week ago, and I’m not fully recovered yet. I have cough and flu which makes it difficult for me to sleep. I can’t breathe properly and I’m dead tired. In fact, I’ve been feeling nauseous and my husband was wondering if I’m pregnant (no I’m not!). When I feel sick, I should look sick, especially when I’m not wearing makeup. However, I can get away with just light concealing and powder, and I was complimented for my glowy skin! It’s ridiculous. I can’t even look sick enough to take a day off work. (Edited: I just remembered Paris having similar experience, so do check out her review here)

The antibiotics and medicine I was on caused a sudden breakout on my forehead – they weren’t blackheads or pimples, but little dots which break if I picked on them. Some of them even had liquid – I have no idea what the heck they were, and my best guess is they were either allergic reaction to something or my skin was purging toxins (???!!). Anyway, I used this serum every night, went off makeup for 2 days (except for the RMS ‘un’ cover up) and my skin was back to normal.


ingredients ANR2


Now the ANR Eye Serum Infusion. Look. If you’re in your 20’s, happy go lucky, still enjoying no fine line days, you might not need this. If you’re paranoid, there’s no harm starting young. I encourage you to! If you have more mature eyes, maybe your eyes are becoming really dry and you’re noticing fine lines popping up here and there, then this is for you. Your eye cream isn’t doing enough? This is for you. This is not an eye cream but an eye serum. You use this before your eye cream and it’s supposed to do what the ANR does to the face. It helps maximize the effects of your eye cream while keeping your eyes hydrated and providing the eyes all kinds of goodness.


ANR eyes


I’ve been using this for about 3 months and my eyes look less tired and it’s definitely brighter in a way. My eyes were itchy because they were dry but since I’m on this, my eyes have been really comfortable. I can’t put my finger on it… and I can’t tell you that I have less fine lines. It’s not like I have 10 fine lines today and hey, 1 month later, I only have 9 fine lines! (Sorry, sarcasm kicking in) So, sorry peeps, it’s really in your consistency in applying all these lotions and potions. Why does it work on me? I use one pump for both eyes, pat the serum in before applying eye cream. Nightly. Without fail. In the day, I just use a lighter eye cream so that it doesn’t disturb my eye shadows. Daily. Without fail.


ANR eyes pump


This ANR routine is something I stick to and these serums are something I will repurchase. I’ve always gone back to the ANR serum so I know I love this stuff. You might not see the effect while you’re using it, you might not notice the subtle changes, but trust me when I tell you that I noticed a huge difference when I went back on it after a few months’ break. The serums are not cheap. The ANR2 costs RM350/50ml and the ANR Eye Serum Infusion is RM250 (I think – I’m not too sure).

The thing about this review is that I didn’t tell you what they’re supposed to do, since I bought these myself and was not sent the press write ups. I just told you what it did to my skin – and that’s the most important thing, I reckon. In short, amazing stuff that I always repurchase and I can’t recommend it enough!


xoxo Lily



  • Cecilia L. Wong

    I have the anr eye serum and eye cream samples. I want to try them out first because I have sensitive eyes. Strangely, the SA told me not to use them together. So I alternate them. So far , so good. I got the anr2 too, but haven’t opened it yet. Still got serums to finish. But with all these rave reviews, I’m itching to start using it 😉

    • I think it’s confusing there are 2 ANRs for eye – I was told by the SA that one is an eye cream in gel form, and the other (the one featured here on the blog) is an eye serum and you have to use another eye cream on top. You can actually use the ANR2 before your face serums. That’s what I do. You’ll see fantastic results!

      • liyeun

        I think she is not alone where her SA told her not to use the serum and cream together. When I went to 2 counters in mid valley, both SAs told ne the same thing. They mentioned that the serum is best used with the TimeZone eye cream instead and the ANR eye cream in its own. I hv tried pairing the serum with both eye creams on alternate days and the serum worked much better with the serum on me.

        • Ah, I don’t use both the ANReye together. I use this ANR eye infusion with another eye cream. Yes, they recommend using their Time zone eye cream, but I use other brands.

  • Yup. Need the eye one now lol!

    • Yup. Get it!! 😀

  • Hey Lily, I have combination skin and currently having a few acne spots here and there. Do you think it will work for me?

    • It should work because my skin used to be just that – combination with some spots. It’s now much better with little to no acne spots

  • Robert C.

    Ahh I’m in love with the ANR serum . Both the old one and the new one . This makes my face not-zombie like whenever I’m having a late night . On the other hand , I’m not a believer in eye serums/creams though .. I just use my current serum and smooth it sound my eyes as well .


    • Robert C.

      Sound = around . Sorry typo ~ autocorrect strikes me at the worse times . Ever .

      • LOL! It happens to everyone, especially if I’m on my mobile!

    • Thanks for dropping by Robert. I think the ANR is a life saver too. Glad you love it too!

  • Hey Lily, I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying both! Same here. The thing is the product claims are pretty elusive even in the press release, and I think people will experience different improvements. All I know is my skin is more hydrated and “bouncy,” which can’t be wrong 😉

    • Hahahahaha you’re right Sunny. Either way, I think I got my point across – that this is awesome stuff!

  • I have a deluxe sample of the old version of the ANR that I’m toying with at the moment – I quite like it but I think there are other serums I might like a smidge more. But, like you’re saying – it makes your skin look really even, radiant and rested in the morning. Good staple!

    • It is, Monika. I also love that it makes other serums work better 🙂

  • I need to up my eye defenses, lol. I have bad vision and dry eyes, so I have all kinds of badness going on there, lol. I want to try this!

    • Oh, I hope you can get a sample, Larie. I love to use this under my eye cream 🙂

  • I’ve repeatedly tried the ANR serum because I wanted so badly to like it but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be and didn’t do much for my skin. I am, however, still VERY curious about the eye version! I really like a light texture in my eye moisturizing products and an eye serum is definitely the ultimate in refreshing, light eye products. Definitely going to give this one a try! (once I finish 1 or 2…or 5 of these other products that I have lying around, of course :P)

    • I didn’t see much results when I was younger, but I do appreciate that from my consistency, my skin is younger than my age… well, according to that skin analysis machine anyway. So, I’m happy 🙂 I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, but don’t write it off just yet!

  • Cindy liew

    Good review !

    • Thanks Cindy 🙂

  • Liz

    Eye creams never made a difference on me before but I think I’ve finally hit that age when it matters quite a bit. Been trialling a Philosophy one that’s quite nice. Will have to check these out after. 🙂

    LOL at not looking sick enough! Been there!

    • Not looking sick enough is a happy problem, I think. We must have done something right. LOL!
      I never saw the point of eye creams when I was younger but my mom nagged me like crazy. Now, I’m glad she did 😛

  • Jennifer

    Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. Good thing ANR helped to maintain your beautiful looks and not sickly. Hey that’s a good thing to help expedite your recovery. When you don’t look sick, I think psychologically you’d heal sooner. ANR and ANY eye cream are my HG items 🙂 Works well for me though it doesn’t help to hide my lack of sleeping hours. I wake up with supple skin so that’s already a huge improvement for me back in the days when I will suffer from red and inflammed skin. I am into my fourth bottle and look forward to trying this new version soon.

    • Glad to hear you love this too! Definitely one of the staples I can’t live without. You’ll definitely love the new version too 🙂

  • Hi Lily,
    Thanks for the review!
    I’ve had lots of great review of this product and I wanna try it so bad. I think I should get a sample of this and see if this really works for me 🙂

    • You’re welcome, my dear 🙂 I hope it works for you too!

  • The “not being sick enough” been there too and so frustrating! ANR has been a staple for me for ages, I have to renew because I’ve been out of it since spring but I won’t bother with the eye version since I use the regular one on the eyes with good results and no problems. 🙂

    • Glad to hear it works for you too! I’m getting a little obsessed with eye care because my eyes are getting drier 🙁 Not liking it!

  • Ayu

    Hi! I love your blog, and glad that i found it. I am looking for an eye cream since the clinique eyecare product that I’ve been using almost run out. am confused between Advanced time zone eye cream and ANReye(synchronized complex). I’ve been using the ANR serum for 2 years but read a mixed review about the ANReye. but I think I should give a try for the ANReye since its cheaper than the ATZeye.

    • Hi Ayu, thanks for dropping by 🙂 I hope you’ll find an eye cream that’s right for you. I love the ANReye and I think with all skincare, you’ll see a difference with continued and diligent use. As long as the cream doesn’t irritate you, I think it’s good enough!

  • Victoria

    Hi Lily. Have not been able to access your blog for awhile in my office as it was categorised under entertainment and thus blocked. LOL. Sorry to say that both the ANR eye cream and serum did nothing for my dark circles and only kept my eyes hydrated. I also did paired it up with the time zone cream but did nothing at all. I think I am not alone in saying this judging from the comments I read on the internet about both the serum and cream. I love the ANR II serum as it gave me glowing skin the very next day. Planning to purchase it next year and I agree with you that this product is definitely a keeper and worth repurchasing. Just to share that you can apparently purchase the 100 ml version for RM532 (after 5% discount) at LCCT and it is really value for money. A friend of mine purchased it recently 🙂

    • Hey Victoria! Sorry to hear my blog is blocked!!! Darn company firewalls 😛 And sorry to hear the ANREye doesn’t work for you either! Skincare is so personal… glad to know however, ANR2 is working so well on you. I say, I’m going to use it until I’m old. LOL!