REVEALED! The NEW Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion Review

I was one of the lucky ones who were sent this NEW Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion to try before its launch today. I have used this product for exactly one month, and here, I’ll share with you what this new exciting product is, and what it did to my normal combination skin.

 

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This breakthrough essence-in-lotion is a first of its kind and exclusively created for Asian women. Since it is made for Asian women, I have a feeling this might be Asia exclusive, so please let me know if you guys in the West have it :-) Lotions and softeners are very popular in Japan, as they help prep the skin for the absorption of serums and moisturizers. Many lotions do not have skin exfoliation properties like toners do, and they are supposed to be patted into the skin.

The Estee Lauder Micro Essence however, goes beyond traditional treatment lotions and claims to transform the look of your skin from the inside out, revealing a youthful, angelic glow. Man, that word “angelic” got me all sorts of hopeful! Angels don’t have pores, nor do they have dehydrated skin – or do they? Basically, the secret ingredient behind this breakthrough formula is the exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio Ferment. It is a unique calibration of micronutrients and peptides with a precise blend of ferments that strengthens the skin barrier, calms irritation and deepens the moisturization level to allow our skin to perform at its best. That way, skin is more resistant to ageing due to external factors because in my opinion, skin ages no matter what. It IS a very natural process.

 

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The essence is a thick(er) clear lotion housed in a heavy glass bottle. I like to pour 5-6 drops of Micro Essence into palm of one hand and rub both hands together before gently pressing it onto my face, from centre out. The mouth of the bottle is very small, so only a few droplets come out at one time. There is no wastage and it is easy to control. You can also use facial cotton, but I find it easier to use my hands. After patting this on, I apply my staple serum Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair then moisturizer. I was advised to use both together because when the formula is combined, all the good stuff are supposed to penetrate skin faster and deeper, leading to increased moisture and faster moisture barrier recovery than when either product is used alone.

I have been using this combo daily and nightly for the past 4 weeks and I can tell you that my skin has never been more hydrated. There isn’t a flake in sight! I also notice that the ANR absorbs much faster into the skin compared to when it is used alone. Because my skin is so well hydrated, it looks more dewy and even toned. I want to believe that my pores are less visible, but they’re so ginormous to start with, goshdarnit, they’re still there. LOL! I doubt anything will make them go away.

Now for that angelic glow. Here is my bare face, dark circles, freckles, puffiness and all. Not a trace of makeup. Not even brows. Eeps! I didn’t use any filters and the only thing I edited, besides cropping the photo, is the brightness. That aside, I hope you can see the texture of my skin. If you could refrain yourself, please don’t stare too much at my open pores near my nose >_< I get embarrassed just thinking about it. Anyway, my skin looks more refined and softer and while I can’t say I look angelic in any sense, really, Angels will laugh their arse off, but you know… I am happy with my skin – for my age – and I’m turning 36 this year. I didn’t just say that, but yes I did. Compared to young twenty somethings with soft firm skin, I’m ancient, since I’ll be hitting 40 in 4 years, but for a 36 year old, I’m content with what I have.

 

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In a month of using this lotion, I can only see a small dent in the bottle. I suppose I could use this for about 8 months or so. A little goes a long way. What I’m trying to say is that while it is expensive, RM320 for 150ml, it does last you a long time. It has replaced my toner and trust me when I say my skin has never been so hydrated. My nose flakes all the time, and in the past month, no flakes were in sight!! Foundations go on the skin like a dream too.

 

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If you already have the Advanced Night Repair serum, I encourage you to get this Micro Essence as a complementary product. Both of them work very well together, and then you can thank me later. Once this bottle of sample is used up, I WILL repurchase this to use together with my ANR. Now, in my books, these are a killer duo for awesome skin. Wallet won’t be happy, but my skin will. Priorities! Are you going to try it?

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • liyeun

    A brand new RM 320 commitment for the new year! LOL.

    I have samples sachet of this, and I am afraid to use it now. I am worried of the NEW commitment later.

    • Lily

      What are you waiting for, Liyuen? LOL! Use it already :-)

      • liyeun

        I shall not; I shall not; and I shall not! hahahaha!

        • Lily

          LOL Liyuen. You crack me up!! :-D

  • Lunna

    I’ve been following your blog. Love your blog so much.

    I will definitely buy it. it will be released on january 31st here in Japan. I’ve been using the ANR for 2 years. Since you recommended it, i believe it’ll be worth the price

    • Lily

      Aaw, thanks so much for your comment Lunna :-) And yes, you have to get it and pair it together with the ANR. The result is even better than using ANR on its own.

  • Victoria

    You are so funny Lily. I laughed when you said angels do not have pores nor dehydrated skin. Hahaha. But your skin definitely looks great, so well rested and dewy :-) I am supposed to redeem a sample of this soon but at RM320, it is too huge of a commitment for me especially since I am planning to get the ANR II this year which already cost RM350 for 50 ml. LOL.

    • Lily

      LOL… I thought you thought Angels kicking my arse is funny :-P Well, I suggest you redeem the sample and get the ANRII so when you use them together, you get the maximum results in shorter time :-)

  • Paritashah26

    Heard this was launching soon but a bit too expensive for my wallet right now since I recently picked up ANR2 :)

    • Lily

      OH! You picked up the ANR II! That’s GREAT news :-) You might want to consider getting the sample of this Micro Essence too!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    You gots SHMEXXXXY gorgeous skin Lily!! I wants it! I wonder why they think we wouldn’t use this out here because i sure as heck would! And you ain’t ancient. I AM ANCIENT. I’ll be 47 on Saturday HOLY CRAP.

    • liyeun

      Hahaha you are hilarious, Tracy!

      • TracyBeautyReflections

        Thanks liyeun. I’m here all week. :D Don’t forget to tip your waiter, and try the veal! :P

        • liyeun

          Where is the LIKE button for this? hahaha! life’s good with Lily’s and your comment! ^0^

    • Lily

      And rrrrrright back at you, you shmexxxxy mama! And well, compared to those in their early 20s, we are for better or worse, much older than they are. I remember watching a YT video where that girl said “… you know… if I was really old, like maybe thirty something years old…” Made me go WTF and blacklist her. HAHAHAHAHA!!

      • liyeun

        That Youtube-r sure ain’t thinking when she was saying that! hahaha

      • TracyBeautyReflections

        HAHAHA holy heck. See, that’s why I don’t watch a lot of YT any more. These young girls on there-PLEASE. I can’t take advice about makeup from someone that just got out of high school or is STILL in high school LOL.

  • Wynnce

    Oh….your write up make me want to buy it already!! It’s something very similar with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence with thicker texture and most importantly—–MOISTURIZE. I think I’m going to get this soon~

    • Lily

      So, BUY IT ALREADY! LOL!! I tried the SK-II one before, but it gave me lots of bumps on my skin. Since then, I stayed away from the brand. The PR contacted me to ask me if I wanted to try, and I had to politely decline. I’m not huge on second chances when it comes to my skin. Oops!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Yeah, I don’t think this is coming to North America, but your enthusiasm has me convinced it’s the greatest, lol! I love your bare face, Lily. :D

    • Lily

      Really? I came off as enthusiastic? Wow… I guess I’m just really happy when there’s a skincare that works. LOL! Great skin is always better than makeup and thank you darling! I can’t believe people like my bare face *sobs*

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    Your bare face is great!
    I would still opt out for “essence lotion” from other brand, but now I am definitely getting into the “pre-moisturizing and nourishing” concept. Before I was more concerned about finishing the cleansing step.

    • Lily

      *tears of gratitude* You guys are just such kind people, with those kind words. All those love!! And yes, I think we’ll be seeing more essences and lotions this year onwards. I mean, if a brand is successful doing it, we’re sure to see others pop up like mushrooms :-P

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Oh Lily, you’ve got fab skin that many younger people don’t even have! It’s amazing! Thanks for the review! I’m not sure if we’ll get this here, but I for sure hope so! Does it have a scent?

    • Lily

      Hey Sunny, thank you for your compliment! *blush* I went to sniff really hard, and no, it doesn’t have a significant scent at all :-P

      • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Oh that’s great! I’m not big on heavily-scented products.

        • Lily

          If you don’t get it in Belgium, Sunny, you might want to try it when you go home to Taiwan in the future :-)

  • Bella

    *Gets on soapbox* So how come Asian ladies have this monopoly on perfectly hydrated, age-retarded skin?! *Gets off soapbox*. You have great skin, Lily. Pores are my big thing too (haha…pun unintended), but I have noticed a great improvement since the introduction of ANR+ the Clarisonic to my La Mer regime a couple of months ago. And I actually have some Malaysian in my none too distant heritage ;).

    • Lily

      LOL that’s because most of us avoid direct sun like a plague and still slather on sunscreen. Hahahaha! AND, for my case, it’s one of the few advantages of having normal combination oily skin :-) Oh, and lots of investments in suitable skincare too.

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    Lily you look great, even though these products help but I’m sure your genetics is a big factor too. Hey, looks like we were both born in the same year :) I keep on thinking that in 4 years I’ll be 40 too.. Are you also snake? xx

    • Lily

      I’m a Horse, Sofia :-) If you’re a Snake, then your birthday must be either January or early February? I’m not sure about genetics, because looking back at my older FOTDs (pre-2012), I had a lot of marks on my skin. I owe it big to skincare that works well on my skin, and better diet. Maybe genetics too? I’m not sure :-)

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        Mine is in June… hmm I need to check this out, maybe I’m wrong.
        Whatever the case you look way younger :) xx

        • Lily

          Aawww… xoxo <3 <3
          If you're June and Snake, then you should be 1977? 1978 is Horse.

  • http://www.beautycabby.com/ lyn

    If it’s any consolotion, Lily… I am older than you. Sigh… I know what you mean about the young YouTubers and I cringe at how they think being 30 is old. By the way, what is the texture like? Does it feel sticky? I may be in the market for a new lotion/toner thing and this sounds like a good fit.

    • Lily

      Hi Lyn, the texture is not sticky at all. It’s like a toner, but the liquid is just a little thicker. I apply ANR before this dries, and both get absorbed into the skin relatively fast. If you’re getting it, I’d love to read what you think!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I’m gonna guess we don’t have this. I’ll have to look!

    • Lily

      I hope it’ll be released worldwide… I mean, even if it’s formulated for Asians, there are Asians everywhere in this world. LOL!

  • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

    Ahh your skin looks so good! I’m so excited to try my tiny sample. I’m scared I’ll love it as I was blown away by the texture even after just trying on the back of my hand. :) Thanks for the review!

    • Lily

      Hey Arianne, it works wonderfully on me and if your skin is dehydrated, you will see a difference. I hope you’ll use it with the ANR. Makes a huge difference!