I did NOT have to do the mirror-peering/wrinkle analysing/prodding for elasticity when I started using Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (£41*). My skin literally drank it up, and felt amazing right away. I have never had such an instant reaction to a product before. My skin felt smooth, soft, supple and just... amazing. Wow.
I've been using Idealist for about a week and a half now and I can totally tell a difference in my skin. My skintone is definitely clearer and brighter - I went without make-up a couple of times last week and felt much more confident about not wearing foundation. I've been applying it in the morning and evening before applying moisturiser and I can honestly tell an instant difference. I also think it makes foundation applied afterwards look smoother and more even due to the 'pore minimising' action; it works great as a primer. As well as feeling silky smooth when you apply it, it also has a really lovely, dreamy scent (which I always think counts for a lot!) Also - a little goes a long way, so even though it has a slightly higher price tag than I'd normally spend on a serum, it is totally worth it, and I think it'll last for ages. I'll definitely be re-buying when it does run out.
Have you tried Estee Lauder Idealist? What did you think? For those of you interested, Estee Lauder skincare pore minimizing skin refinisher is available at Harrods.com priced at £41.