Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

The little ampoules that reminded me of my childhood. My mom would pop one open and use it on her face too. That was many years ago. I’ve been eyeing this when I first saw it on Instagram and as luck would have it, I received this in the mail 2 weeks ago. I put it to the test immediately! Yes, I was excited indeed. I started using it that night itself for 14 nights. It is recommended to use at night after my ANR serum before my moisturizer for 2 weeks straight, and I should see some results. I’ve been picking on my skin texture lately. There seems to be lumps and bumps, and the areas around my nose and chin feel prickly. I exfoliated and masked a little more regularly to try to get rid of them but for experiment sake, my routine for the last 2 weeks has minimised. Cleanser, toner, ANR serum, ANR ampoules, moisturizer, eye cream. That’s it.



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There are 60 ampoules in one bottle and I use one ampoule each time, as we all should. To break it open, just twist on the little nub and release the oil onto your palms. I rub my palms together gently, and then massage onto my face. It somehow smells of butter cake batter. I thought maybe I was hungry but it smelled like that every time I use it. So either I’m right, or I’m deprived of cakes. Hahaha! My face does feel a little oily at first, and it’s great opportunity to massage the skin. After about a minute’s worth of pampering, most of the oil is absorbed. I then add moisturizer to my face.



Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Ampoules



The morning after my first ampoule, my skin DOES feel softer. I kid you not. The annoying prickly bits on my chin smoothed out. Not completely gone (miracles don’t happen so easily unfortunately) but still, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT? I continued to use it every night and my skin did not stop improving. Was my skin that bad to start with? I didn’t think so but somehow, my skin looked finer than before. When I’m not wearing makeup, I see rosiness on my cheeks peeking through some faint freckles. Most of the annoying bumps on my chin disappeared. My skin is well hydrated and looks glowy.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t prevent hormonal breakouts. I don’t think any skincare can manipulate our hormones (many doctors here usually prescribe us with hormone pills, aka birth control pills), but what I can tell you is that this time round, the huge painful zit is smaller, more bearable. I usually get a huge one on my nose (it must be huge and cushy because the zit always rests there every effing month!) and a couple on my chin but this time, there was only a smaller one on my chin. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, so I’ll try it again next cycle. ALSO, I’d better not jinx myself. Fingers crossed, knock on wood!



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The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules is a treat for the skin, that’s for sure. I will not be using it every night after this, but I will use it continuously for 2 weeks every 2 months. That should keep my skin happy. If your skin is not behaving after a trip or after being in the sun for too long, I can imagine this will help calm down the skin fantastically. I have 2 trips planned, one in December and another come March and I know I’ll be saving some ampoules for that! As with my staple that is the ANR serum, I have to make sure I never run out of these ampoules. I will be purchasing this again even though it costs RM480. It will be money well spent!



xoxo Lily



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  • Hmmm interesting!! I am travelling right now, and my skin ALWAYS freaks out. I may have to pick these up whilst away!

    • Lily

      If you like the ANR serum, you’ll like this. Plus, it’s a face oil and your skin feels absolutely nourished!

  • Hi Lily, my skin has been on absolute freakout mode lately. And I’ve been using this for the past few days on my trip…. it definitely keeps my skin feeling soft and moist through the night. Still can’t see if it’s helping my skin intrinsically though, because those horrible zits keep breaking out! I’m so close to going to a doc and getting some pills for them already… but let’s see if these capsules help!

    • Lily

      Oh I hope your skin will get better soon, Linda. Travelling ALWAYS makes me break out. I have to be careful not to overdo it during travelling. I find that keeping things minimal works best 🙂

  • Amalia

    Please, do you know how many ml contains each ampoule? Thank you for your time!

  • Sandra Punch

    Lily, have been using the ANR Ampoules over the serum at nite only as my skin has been really acting up. After 3 nites, my breakouts have subsided substantially & usually my pale skin gets very red from washing but not with this regimen at nite. During the day I am using Perfectionist with moisturizer/sunscreen on top. I am so happy. Keeping my fingers crossed this continues to work for me. Estee Lauder has been the only line I have had true success with since I my late teens when I suffered from cystic acne. So bad I had to go on Accutane. Loving all the ANR products. Will keep you updated. I am combination skin. Typical t-zone & dry cheeks. Most reviews say don’t use if you have partially oily skin but if this continues for my skin, I will be proving that point wrong.

    • Lily

      Oh that’s great news, Sandra! Do keep me posted. I use the ampoules for 2 weeks straight, and then switch to another routine and go back to it after a few months. It’s like a reset for my skin, and it’s been awesome. The price though… it hurts 🙁