I've been a great fan of Olay since I was a teenager. I've tried almost all of Olay products but nothing works as this one. Olay White Radiance caused white cast on my face and has poor absorption on skin. Olay Regenerist is too thick and too oily for my combination skin. Probably this line suit people with more mature or dry skin.
Previously I used Olay Total Effect for Normal skin but when this come out in the market, I quickly tried it and this has become my HG moisturizer.This daily facial moisturizer combines the benefits of 7 anti-aging therapies PLUS a touch of sheer foundation to delicately even out skin's tone since I preferred light coverage tinted moisturizer most of the time. I have combination skin and this moisturizer doesn't cause my face looking oily. I hate looking like an oil slick. Who does right?. However, I don't think this has enough moisture for mature/dry skin cause this dries out my mother's skin but just enough moisture for my combination skin. I think this moisturizer is probably suitable to people aged 25-30 that want a good anti-aging moisturizer without looking too oily and cause breakout. Most products that prevent aging tend to be heavy, oily and cause breakouts. This does sting a little upon application because it has vitamin C but it dissipates very quickly.
As you can see, Procter and Gambler has been so obsessed with number 7. They also has Pantene Shampoo with 7 benefits. So, seven is definitely their lucky number.hehe. So, what are the seven benefits of Olay Total Effect?
- Line Minimization: Reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles
- Nourishing Moisturization: For a radiant, healthy glow
- Subtle Lifting: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance
- Brightening: Improves skin surface dullness
- Gentle Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture
- Pore Refinement: Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Free Radical Defense: Helps prevent damage to skin's surface
Too good to be true right? Looking at the ingredients of this moisturizer, I can pretty much agreed with this. Why? Because this water-based moisturizer contains anti-oxidants and vitamins such as Vitamin C (ascorbyl phosphate), Vitamin B5 (panthenol), Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). This moisturizer also contains Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Japanese Green Tea) which is a potent anti-oxidant that helps to protect skin from the effects of free radical and soothing on the inflamed skin.It has zinc oxide that known to have soothing properties on the skin. Sometimes I strayed away from this product to try out new product for no reason or just boredom and suffered from minor breakouts. I always come back to this moisturizer and it calm my skin down and helps my breakouts. Definitely a keeper.
This moisturizer also has titanium dioxide that protects skin from both UVA and UVB radiation.This moisturizer has only SPF 15 which I don't think enough for people with fairer skin living in humid climate like in Malaysia. I usually breakout from most sunscreen with higher SPF. So, this is definitely my choice because this doesn't cause any breakout. I'm not really sure about the gentle exfoliation or pore refinement effect because there are no ingredients such as AHA, BHA or salicylic acid.
This tinted moisturizer has sheer touch of foundation that gave light coverage. It covers some acne marks and even out the skin tone. The foundation adapts to all skin color. Its quite thick but spread easily on skin. So, anyone can use this moisturizer. If you're looking for heavy coverage foundation, this is definitely not for you. I usually use this after toner followed with my Mac Studio Fix Compact and Mac Prep+ Prime translucent loose powder.
All in all, I loved this moisturizer so much. I can definitely see results with this moisturizer. It makes my skin smoother and rejuvenate. It relatively inexpensive and for 50ml, and this lasts a long time. Probably about 2-3 months even with everyday use. Highly recommended!!