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All-NEW Asia Exclusive Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion – First Impression, User Experience and Final Thoughts

I bet you have already know, read or even tried the all-new Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion by now 🙂 . It is not a secret that Estée Lauder will be launching a brand new revolutionary product following a few series of teaser on their official Facebook page since the beginning of 2014. I too leaked a picture on my Instagram too, oppss! 😀 . I’ve been using Estée Lauder Micro Essence for a good full month now, plus the product was officially launched on the 15th January 2014 and stocks are already stock up at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide. It is only fair that you read on and digest it throughout the weekend before dashing out of the house to the nearest counter. Trust me, it’s going to be a good one. *Hint: I have a Before and After comparison picture*

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Before I start, you might want to note that this is Asia exclusive only product. The idea, development, testing and proven result of this Micro Essence are all based on Asian women’s skin care needs. Plus we Asian just love a brighter and fairer skin don’t we 🙂

A lot of people are confuse with Estée Lauder Micro Essence. Honestly I was too at the beginning. Is it a toner? Is it a pre-serum? Softener? Or Essence? Let’s make things simple for you. Micro Essence is a treatment lotion aka essence-in-lotion. In Asia, lotion is also another word for toner. According to Estée Lauder, Micro Essence is the first-of-its-kind “essence-in-lotion” that strengthens skin’s foundation with micro power to reveal a translucent, “angelic glow” from within. Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment is then invented which was inspired by the strength and resilience of extremophiles, nature’s “Ultimate Survivors” that works by activating the skin’s multiple pro-youth functions and help to reset skin’s look. I often talk about the importance of skin’s ability to reset all cell counters to ZERO in order to boost the youthfulness process in epidermis. Micro Essence work in a similar way too. Prolonged use of Estée Lauder Micro Essence will help to strengthen skin barrier making it more resistant toward all signs of aging.

Estée Lauder Micro Essence is said to give skin the translucent and angelic glow from within. Add in the combat towards signs of aging and you get these nine characteristics of a youthful, angelic glow such as:

  • Clear, translucent skin
  • Youthful radiance
  • Even-toned skin
  • Refined texture
  • Smooth, supple and silky to the touch
  • Stronger barrier
  • Skin is calm
  • Reduced fine, dry lines
  • Hydrated skin


The name and description on the bottle confuse me even more on whether this is a toner or essence but no worries. I sorted out the confusion after a short visit to the counter. Now that you know this Estée Lauder Micro Essence is a lotion, this means you need not to use any other toner prior before and preferably follow-up immediately with Advanced Night Repair as both product work so well hand in hand that it complement each other’s benefit onto the skin with even more efficacies.

Using cotton pad
Pour a generous amount of Micro Essence (approx 3cm in diameter) onto a cotton pad. Start from the chin, gently press and pat the cotton pad from the center out, then work upward to the cheeks and forehead.

Using hands
Pour 5-6 drops of Micro Essence into palm of one hand and rub both hands together. Starting from the chin, gently press into skin from the center out and move upward to cheeks and forehead.

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Estée Lauder Micro Essence comes in a heavy, classy, frosty glass bottle. There is no pump or glass dropper. Just a simple pour system bottle. Thankfully the dispense hole is small and controlled in a way so drops of lotion are dispense out rather than a gush of lotion. I’ve tried using the Micro Essence with both method – cotton pad and by hands. I started my Micro Essence trial with pouring 6 drops onto my palm, warm the product with both palm and press onto my face starting from the inner face to outer face, from bottom to top. Just for fun, I then switched to using cotton pad. Maybe because I have super large pores and that I have oily skin, I find using cotton pad work much more better for me. I see and feel better.

You can expect Micro Essence’s scent to carry it’s signature Estée Lauder lotion scent. The scent is quite neutral so I think most people will be able to accept the scent 🙂

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I get to find out why the effect of Estée Lauder Micro Essence is much better by using ANR thereafter. It’s pretty simple and yet interesting. Here’s why. ANR alone will take time to absorb into the skin although it’s super light. Remember I said before the percentage of absorption of active ingredients to the skin via topical application is only 30% due to the skin’s natural barrier? One out of three powerful feature of Micro Essence named as Micro-Targeted help the lotion to penetrates rapidly and deeply within skin’s surface to reach where skin needs it most. The lotion is so light that it “carry along” ANR with it, penetrating deeply into the skin surface. As you can see below, ANR alone doesn’t budge on my hand but if used together with Micro Essence, it just glides off my hand!

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Here is a better explanation on the theory of Estée Lauder Micro Essence carrying ANR, penetrating faster and effectively into the skin.

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I’ve gone through a few bottles of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair before this. I used to wake up to a plumper, well-rested skin. Before using ANR my skin texture was at it’s worse. ANR does good things to my skin but after pairing it with Micro Essence, I can finally get the best out of the best on ANR. I do understand that my skin and your skin may be different therefore our skin’s acceptance towards the same skin care may or may not be the same. I wasn’t quite sure if I need to use the combination of Micro Essence + ANR day and night but I went ahead with it. As I have oily skin, I find it to be too rich for me during the day. After two weeks of using the combo product on day and night, I’ve decided to just use it at night. I have to thank my oily skin sometimes because I don’t experience dryness on the face at all so a little bit of hydrating product like this Micro Essence and ANR will do wonders.

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Honestly I would prefer using Micro Essence with ANR. My skin will just drink up ANR everytime I apply it after Micro Essence. So my face is not sticky at all after application. I mentioned earlier that I switched to pressing Micro Essence onto my face to using a cotton pad, mainly because I find that cotton pad is able to lift off dirt and dead skin cell from my face so Micro Essence is well distributed at the same time. Somehow this method improved the product efficacy for me 😀 . At the beginning I have breakout but it stopped immediately after I switch the application method and stop using it in the morning. Remember I have oily skin and I can’t over-moisturize my face? I was able to pin point the root cause of the breakout and my face was clear from impurities in no time.

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When I first started Micro Essence journey, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. So I took a photo of my skin before using. I know with my skin I won’t be able to achieve that angelic glow but I do have hope that it will at least give me a hint of angelic glow? I’ve been staring at my face for the past one month but I couldn’t see anything probably because I look at myself so often that I won’t be able to notice any difference if it’s nothing major, besides feeling a smoother, tighter skin and less visible pores.

Just this morning I took a After photo, paste it beside the Before photo without expecting anything and I amazed myself with the outcome. I wasn’t expecting to see a brighter skin, with pink cheeks and the best part is my face is pinkish! I’ve always wanted a pinkish complexion! No photoshop here. Lighting is obviously darker than the Before photo if you look at the white background 😉

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There are two things that I didn’t expect from Estée Lauder Micro Essence and that is less visible pores and reducing sebum. Probably my skin is more hydrated at night so I experience less oily skin during the day. Frankly speaking I’m a bit slack off with my day skin care for the past few weeks as everything seems to be on the right path at the moment.

Is this Micro Essence worth checking out? For me it’s always a yes. I’m always intrigued with new products in the market. There are some that compare this with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence but I won’t do that. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is an essence that are to apply after toner. Estée Lauder Micro Essence on the other hand is a lotion that you are not required to apply any toner before that and the essence-in-lotion are like a pre-serum or softener that further enhance any skin care applied on thereafter 🙂

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Another reason for you to dash out of the house. Actually a few reasons 😀 . Estée Lauder is currently doing sampling exercise for it’s new Micro Essence. You can apply for sample at this link and Metrojaya have also sent out email for sample redemption. Either way, you will be given a few sachet of Micro Essence sample upon skin consultation. If you are looking to purchase it, head over to Isetan as they have Micro Essence Introductory Kit for RM320 worth RM460 😉

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Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion is available at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide from 15th January 2014 onwards.
Price: RM320 for 150ml

Visit Estée Lauder Malaysia official website at or Facebook page for latest updates


Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.


Comments (18)

  • I just redeemed my sample yesterday night actually but the BA only gave me one sachet. 🙁 I’ve also used ANR and it honestly worked wonders for my skin too. I need to restock and I thought to ask my brother buy it in France but the price online seem more expensive than it is here…? I think have to ask him to go into an actual store to have a look. 😛

    Oops, I haven’t been here to comment for quite some time. So busy at work before CNY! 🙁 And I was spending more time with my guy past week because he’s in China this week. :'(

    • Different counter, different BA will give different amount of sachet. Don’t worry. Go redeem again lol. The BA also gave me a sachet of ANR sample 😀
      Hmmm Estee Lauder expensive in France? Shouldn’t be right since some of it’s product is made in UK :). Micro Essence however is made in USA 😛

      Nah, no worries. I understand most people will be busy before CNY. My holiday just started 😉 . Remodelling the room!

  • Man, I’ve been seeing this stuff pop up on a few blogs now and y’all have me wanting it 🙂 Need to go claim my sample soon. Hehehe…

    • Hehehehe yes Lyn. A few of the bloggers get to try Micro Essence first hand. I didn’t realize the result of using it until when I was editing the picture. How crazy is that! I was literally shocked. I don’t see glow or skin clarity with SK-II FTE. Gone through a few bottles of that. Yes please do claim the sample first 😉

      • Ya, looks like it works really well on you because your skin does appear brighter 🙂 I’ve never used SK-II because a few friends told me that your skin becomes “dependent” on it.

        • I know right? I didn’t notice how my skin changes but thank goodness I took a Before picture for comparison 🙂 . I’ve heard the same on SK-II too! But I bite the bullet and went ahead with it, hoping my pores will be smaller thus lesser oil secretion and I want the crystal clear skin lol.

  • Oooh, awesome! I have been working like mad that I don’t even have time to drop by the counter during lunch. Le sigh. Anyways, this sounds promising 🙂 Thanks for the review. Your skin looked plumped and glowing 🙂 Hehe, another keeper?

    • Awww nevermind. I think the sample will be well stock up 😀 . Just go claim from your BA when you’re free hehe. Oh yes. My skin do look glowing and plumped right? I was surprised myself too. Definitely a keeper.

      • 🙂 Awesome. Another good one from Estee Lauder! I love the pictures above by the way. Love the array of products and the glass plate is so chic and contemporary which compliments the Micro Essence. Indeed, Estee Lauder did us good by packaging this product in glass bottle. These days, even super awesome products come in plastic bottles. The Diptyque is also awesome as part of the backdrop 🙂 You go girl! Love the way you present the products and feature the Micro Essence <3

        • Awww thanks! I’m running out of idea already so I started displaying all Estee Lauder related stuff, with the exception on Diptyque. I took it out because I wanted to burn it. But ends up staring at it for days.
          The glass bottle although not travel friendly but the heavy, frosty glass definitely matches with the price paid. It’s not cheap but a bottle will lasts for months!

  • thanks for the detailed review! i really love reading real experience of people who tried the products for at least one month. ANR sounds great, I’m sold!

    • I’m glad you like it Mieza 😀 . This time round I have the time to really try it before the product was launched. Usually brand give one week or two weeks. And because of that usually I’ll reject this type of review 🙂
      I don’t believe magic will happen in short term using when it comes to skin care. It really takes time.

  • You really do have pinkish complexion Fiona^^. I was happy that you are one of the bloggers to do this review. I have been reading a few review but none put a before & after picture. Only you did it. It helps you know. At least now I know this pricey product works. Now I am curious on the smell. Do it smell like fermented product?

    • Oh really? I didn’t know who else is doing the review though. I only read two – Paris B and Chloeash 😀
      It doesn’t smell like fermented product lol Evelyn 😛 . It’s scentless. Just essence smell.

  • Your skin does indeed look brighter 🙂 Thanks for the before and after photos. I also read about this treatment lotion on Lily and Paris B’s blogs but I like how you added you added your own touch by showing your readers the theory on the treatment lotion carrying ANR II. Also nice to know that your use of cotton pads instead of just pressing the lotion into your face works better. Although I am suppose to redeem a sample of this before the end of January, this treatment lotion is out of my budget as I am currently saving to purchase the ANR II this year 🙂

    • Oh yes! Darker lighting somemore. Glad you find the Before and After photo comparison useful. The theory on Micro Essence carrying ANR is actually from Estee Lauder BA. I went as a customer and they explained to me why Micro Essence is useful in such manner. I find it fascinating and it makes sense because I see ANR dissolved beyond my eyes. So I thought of sharing it with you girls.
      Using cotton pad may be a bit waste but that’s how it work best for me 🙂 . The most important in skin care is to find a way which suits our skin and preference. I need to repurchase my ANR too. Hope there’s still value buy set available 😀 . Anyway just redeem the sample to try first. Who knows maybe you will fall in love too? 😉

  • wow…your skin looks gorgeous. mind telling me your age?

    • Hi Has. I’m 35 this year 🙂


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