I tested a £12 dupe of the Estee Lauder £65 ‘botox in a bottle’ and there was one huge difference

I had my eye on the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for a long time before I bought it, thanks to the world of TikTok.

I’d seen so many shoppers comparing the serum to ‘botox’, but it took me a while to take the plunge purely because of the price. According to the product description, the serum promises to offer up to 72-hours of hydration to visibly soften, smooth and plump the skin.

On the LOOKFANTASTIC website, the full product description reads: “The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum works to enhance your beauty sleep by delivering a surge of radiance-enhancing moisture as you sleep. Offering up to 72-hour hydration, the award-winning serum helps to visibly soften, smooth and plump the skin.

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“Its infused with hyaluronic acid to attract and lock in moisture, while exclusive Chronolux™ Power Signal Technology helps to support the natural synchronisation of the skin’s renewal processes. Suitable for all skin types, the serum offers night-time nourishment to promote a replenished appearance to your complexion.”

A lot of this sounded all a bit confusing to me, but after investing in the serum, I did notice very visible results. I’ve been using this serum for a good couple of months now, and I’ve seen a slight reduction in fine lines.

The difference in the ‘glowiness’ of my skin has been definitely noticeable, and my skin looks a lot plumper and less dull. However, would I continuously invest £65 every time in a serum like this? Probably not.

I wouldn’t want to keep purchasing the original Estee Lauder serum purely because of the price, and because of how much product I use. This serum is supposed to last a good while, and although a little does go a long way, I often end up using too much on my face and it going to waste.

The Revolution £12 Estee Lauder dupe

That’s why I was over the moon when I saw that Revolution were offering a much more affordable dupe, that looked virtually identical in terms of packaging. The new product is £53 cheaper than the luxury original and features Revolution’s exclusive Renew and Repair Complex CLT and Repair Complex CLR.

It aims to boost hydration, even out skin tones and texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and help you glow whilst you sleep. It’s also formulated with peptides and squalene oil to help moisturise and smoothen the skin as well as ceramides to protect the skin’s barrier.

There was one big difference between the two
There was one big difference between the two

Many shoppers have said ‘goodbye’ to the Estee Lauder serum and switched to the more affordable Revolution version. So I put it to the test to see if it was really worth the hype.

The verdict

There was one major difference between the two serums, and that was the scent. The £12 Revolution version smelt much nicer than the expensive Estee Lauder serum, and that made the application experience so much better.

The scent was really fresh and light, and it almost felt like I’d had some kind of spa treatment after putting it on my face. In terms of consistency, the serum was just as thick as the Estee Lauder version and felt just as ‘expensive’.

It melted onto the face like butter and again, a little really did go a long way. In the morning, I was left with a lovely glow, but it wasn’t quite as glowy as the results of the Estee Lauder serum.

However, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t make the switch, because I definitely am! For the price, it’s an absolute no brainer, and it smells so much nicer than the original version.

My skin looks glowy, plumped and feels soft, and although the reduction in lines isn’t quite as noticable yet, that could be because I’ve only used it for a few weeks. It’s much better in terms of value for money considering I like to use a lot of product, so I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

You can purchase the Revolution Pro Miracle Night Rescue Serum Advanced Complex for £12 here.

Elsewhere, The Ordinary is selling this Argireline Solution for £9.20 that is said to target crow’s feet.

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