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Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder

Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

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you can see results from the first day you use this product, skin feels smoother and looks amazing its a great addition to your beauty regime

- Nordstrom User

i love the fragance and the way my skin feels silky and soft to the touch

- Nordstrom User


redness relief

skin feels smoother, reduces pores, evens out color and feels wonderful

- Nordstrom User

this is an excellent serum for not only reducing the size of your pores but also making the skin feel silky smooth

- Nordstrom User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i've been haunted by big pores my whole life and using this in the morning after my toner, before my moisturizer, along with making sure my skin is clean, has left my skin feeling soft and just more normal and my pores truly do look smaller and are less clogged

- Nordstrom User

i have been using this for several years and i love how it makes my skin feel super soft and also makes my pores look super small

- EstéE Lauder User


good for acne

it also helps clear any blemishes and provides a long term super softness and an increased brightness and clarity

- EstéE Lauder User

my skin is so soft now and it helps clear up any breakouts

- EstéE Lauder User

uneven skintone

evens out skin

i am amazed how it evens out my skin, and so is my esthician

- Nordstrom User

i've used this daily in the am for years because it does wonders for evening out my skin tone in a second and also makes my skin feel smooth and soft

- EstéE Lauder User



it minimizes my deep pores and makes my rough skin instantly soft and smooth

- Macy's User

love the scent, was worried irritation would occur but i applied this morning and skin is soft and happy and looks great

- EstéE Lauder User



this serum smells great it leaves your skin looking & feeling great it’s so silky your make up looks better when you use this first your pores look smaller & smoother your skin looks healthy & hydradrated & it doesn’t matter if you wear s heavy foundation it looks smooth and natural

- Macy's User

what i love about it: super lightweight

- Viewpoints User



doesn't leave your skin dry or flaky or greasy

- Nordstrom User

makeup goes on smooth and never looks too dry or oily

- Macy's User



even without make-up, i know my face looks brighter and healthier

- EstéE Lauder User

love love love this product , it gives my skin an even and brighter look and it feels so soft

- Macy's User



i have been using idealist pore minimizing skin refinisher, for years, and it has reduced the size of my pores and helped keep wrinkles at bay

- Ebay User

love the fruit pebbles smells, leaves the skin silky and reduces the look of fine lines, pores are reduced to

- Nordstrom User


reduces puffiness

one downfall to this product is the price, but i have found that if you wait until estee lauder is having a free gift giveaway then you not only get your product but many other great products that you can sample and typically two nice makeup bags

- Viewpoints User

in a mere two weeks i've gone from using foundation on my entire face, to just a light dusting of mineral powder around my eye area to lighten dark circles

- Nordstrom User
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Estée Lauder userFebruary 13, 2016

Liquid Silk

I've been using this product for at least 4 years and couldn't be without it. At £60 for 50ml it is, for me a considered purchase so if I didn't see or feel results I would not keep buying it. My skin is normal, sometimes dry but I do have large pores and a pretty uneven skin tone. Applied before moisturiser this definetely reduces my pores, evens out skin tone and gives me a kind of soft focus appearance. I use it as a primer really. It's like liquid silk when applied, smells gorgeous and isn't heavy or sticky. My base glides on whether I'm using EL Double Wear or cheaper base and it stays put wth the same effects all day without drying or flaking. I only use the tiniest 4 drops on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. It lasts ages as i dont use it everyday so 50ml lasts me about 6-8 months.It's so good at what it does I recommended it to my sister who was sceptical, but after testing the product on the back of her hand at the counter immediately bought a 50ml bottle. She's now a complete convert. I hope they never discontinue it or change it. It's perfect just as it is. « less

- Estée Lauder
viewpoints.com userFebruary 10, 2012

Idealist is worth the money

Do you love fashion? Do you love beauty? Is your skin Normal/Combination skin? If you answered yes to all of these questions then this product is for you and you should keep on reading. There is a way for your pores to actually become smaller from using a lot of foundation, etc on your face. Even if you don't use any of this on your face and you want your face to feel nice and smooth and you would like to have a wonderful smell as well added naturally by plants to your face, this is the way to do it. Just apply every morning and then your moisturizer. You will see a difference in how your skin looks and feels. I know I have. Make sure to check with a consultant on the type you should buy first. This is always a huge mistake people make. Your foundation will feel smoother when going on and your whole face feels lighter. You just need a little not a lot of this when you pump the bottle. A little goes a long way!It's always good to start the anti aging creams when you're young!EffectivenessLove itEase of ApplicationEasy. Just pump it.Side EffectsNone that I know of.ImmediacyWorks great! « less

- viewpoints.com
Sephora userDecember 7, 2014

Works over time; amazing results!

The pores on my cheeks to me were starting to become pretty noticeable. So I started looking for products that could potentially stop/help reduce the size. I stumbled upon this product online, and at first I was kind of skeptical. I bought the smaller size to try it out and now I know I should have bought the larger size! This product is absolutely amazing! It feels like silk on the skin and could probably double as a primer for your foundation. Over the course of a few weeks, I definitely noticed a huge difference in my skin. My pores are smaller and my dry skin even feels smoother. One complete pump is usually good for the whole face. The only negative I could think of is the smell. It's not an unpleasant smell. In fact it smells kind of like a citrus/herbal smell, but the fragrance is just a little stronger than I usually like for a face product. Regardless, this product works amazingly well and I will be repurchasing when I run out. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="3006573015379463732-full" data-show="3006573015379463732-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Sephora
nordstrom userSeptember 12, 2010


i have tried estees advanced night repair serum that i got as a sample and loved it-so i decided to get a day serum from estee as well. i have combination skin that gets super super oily on my t-zone so i figured i would try idealist. bad choice. after the second or third day, i noticed my skin was started to flake around my cheeks and nose but i figured that was my skin getting "refinished" and i would wait longer to decide. then, my skin started looking kinda dull and dehydrated and i noticed little tiny bumps forming all along my tzone. kept at it still. i REALLY wanted to love this product (i think because it was kind of pricey and the smell was amazing and yes, the velvety feeling you do indeed get from it). but after another day or so, i broke out in horrible horrible cystic acne that i have not gotten in many many years. it was bad! little whiteheads popped up alongside them all over my cheeks and chin and forehead. it was a nightmare-truly. needless to say, i returned it. i have found that more expensive does not always equal better. exchanged for kiehl's products and it has worked wonders after just one day. seriously. the pore minimizing skin refinisher, i feel, works well as a makeup primer maybe. i can see why so many ppl do like it. like i said, your skin does indeed feel velvety after applying. but it just masks your face and pores and plugs them up with silicone so your pores arent visible-doesnt do any "refinishing". the pores are still there, just hiding under thick silicone. ive read on a lot of reviews that many girls love the feeling it gives them in the moment, but after washing off or skipping a few days of using, notice that their skin is right back to where they started. i want a product that actually nourishes my skin and prevents future damage and gives me a glowy look. this is not the product.

- nordstrom
Estée Lauder userJanuary 8, 2014

Love love this stuff! Miracle for my skin issues!

I used this stuff in my 20's and ended up not using it for a few years (which I regret) due to finances; however, I'm back to using it regularly. I love this stuff! I'm 35 and people don't believe my age, I get that I look like I'm in my late 20's maybe 30 and I love it of course. I honestly think using this product is what has helped me keep a young look. A former boss of mine even asked if I could try dressing a little older because I looked so young for my position. I have redness in my cheeks, large pores, combination skin (I use to be very oily, but with age it's starting to get dry in some places), acne prone (usually get breakouts on my nose and chin/jawline area). This is my miracle serum, it diminishes the redness, solves my flaky dry skin instantly (it really does), balances my skin tone, makes my skin so incredibly soft and my makeup goes on flawlessly. This stuff is worth the cost, I'm glad that I was turned onto this product early on, because I honestly believe it has prevented some aging. I won't be without this product anymore! If you haven't tried it, you must. GREAT PRODUCT!! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-5801502133518544745-full" data-show="-5801502133518544745-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Estée Lauder


Overall safe Ingredients

Polysorbate 80hazard
Butylene Glycolacne
Tocopheryl Acetatehazard
Polysorbate 20hazard

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I have so many blackheads on my nose and between my eyebrows and around my nose! I need help to get them to not show as much. When I wear my makeup you can always over time see my black heads on my nose and it’s really gross and don’t want that you show! What are your ideas to fix this? Please no nose strips they never work for me 💕 I have oily skin and open pores all over my face is that helps 💕. Thank you!
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I have a mother and three sisters. All of which including me have large pores. We all swear by this product. It is on the pricey side but it lasts a long time as one doesn’t need to use much.