Estee Lauder Idealist is a product I've been using for around 6 months now, and I first discovered it after a MUA applied it primarily to my skin before using the foundation at the EL counter. I was really interested to see if it would make a different at all, so took a sample home with me.
On the website, EL describe the product as; "This fast-acting serum delivers our most dramatic skin resurfacing benefits - more efficiently than ever before", and claim that it "makes pores appear 1/3 smaller - instantly. Repairs the look of uneven skin texture, flakiness and roughness". The final claim (phew) is that the customer will "see more clarity and luminosity" and that it "gives skin an overall more even tone".
photo - EL website
To talk about the claims made, I reckon I agree with really only two of the claims, but that's only because I find that I use it in a different way to how it is described. It does even-out my skin tone, and I feel like it creates a really nice, smooth base for the rest of my make up to sit on.
Personally, I use it as a sort-of primer. As a primer addict, I'm always on the lookout for a new one, and although that's not what I was looking for with this product, I think its what I found. Usually, I tend to use it before my primer and moisturiser, but on the days when I have run out of primer (disaster!!) and have nothing else to use, I find it works just as well. I actually don't mind skipping the primer step if I have this product to hand, as I really do think that it does even out the skin tone, and leaves a lovely finish on my face.
I've also found that it can make some matte foundations appear dewy, something that I didn't know was possible?
Price-wise, I've been using this product for around 6 months now, and although it is pricey at around £52 for 50ml, I'm only around 3/4 of the way through my bottle. I was lucky enough to get 75ml for the price of £52 as it was on offer at Debenhams at the time I purchased it.
I can see you reading FIFTY TWO POUNDS FOR THAT ARE YOU JOKING!!!!, but honestly, I use at least 3 pumps of it everyday and I've had it for around 6 months now and I really see the difference! My friends at work really comment on my skin on the days that I wear it, and I really think that it makes a difference to how my foundation (aka my mask) and the rest of my make up sits on my face.
Would 100% recommend this product, I honestly can't say enough about it!
And to top it off, one of my friends who is a total cheap-makeup freak, who refuses to pay above £10 for anything make-up wise, actually splurged on the 30ml of this one, because she loved it so much! So there you go!
In a nutshell, its silky, easy to apply, and really makes a difference to how it all sits on my face!
Trying to work out if I've missed anything about this, please message / tweet/ comment me if you have anymore questions :)