If you read any sorts of beauty magazines or watch television, chances are you have heard about the new Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer. I saw advertisements for this everywhere the month it released, but surprisingly I haven’t heard much about it from the blogging community. I guess most of the reviews out there are for “high end” skincare and brands like Olay and Dove get forgotten about sometimes. I received this moisturizer for testing purposes during the Elle Canada Grand Prix Juror Testing period and immediately recognized the packaging even though the labels were taped over at the time.
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Olay Total Effects Whip
This nourishing moisturizer delivers 7 benefits in one: actively replenishes nourishing moisture, evens skin tone appearance, enhances brightness, visibly smooths fine lines, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness and visibly reduces dark spots — Olay
Olay Total Effects Whip comes in a 1.7oz glass jar and retails for $29.99USD. That’s on the higher range for a brand considered to be of the drugstore variety. Total Effects Whip contains vitamins C & E and claims to be weightless with a “light as air” matte finish. The formula is supposed to transform from cream to liquid on contact with the skin.
Total Effects Whip comes in a glass pot, which I already know will be an issue for many people. I personally don’t mind as I go through moisturizers pretty quick and always wash my hands before dipping into it (still not completely sanitary, I know, I’m gross. Whatever). If this style of packaging bothers you make sure to use a little spatula to scoop out the product or just don’t use it.
Aside from the type of packaging I think the jar itself is quite stylistic. It’s got this ribbed glass detailing to it that it really pretty, and the metal silver lid is a nice touch.
Formula + Scent
This cream feels so strange to me. It doesn’t feel completely smooth to the touch, like it’s got tiny air bubbles in it. Which makes sense, it is a whipped texture after all. When I apply it to my face I really don’t notice if transforming from a cream to liquid. When I initially apply it to my face it definitely feels like a cream. I usually use gel moisturizers so I definitely notice when using a cream vs. a gel.
In terms of scent I do think that Olay Total Effects Whip smells okay, but it has that generic “nice” skincare smell that I’d typically find in my grandmother’s bathroom.
Absorption + Moisturizing Effect
Olay Total Effects Whip absorbs very quickly and while I do agree that it gives a light as air finish I don’t believe that it delivers lasting moisture. My skin feels tight about 20 minutes after applying, as if I didn’t apply moisturizer at all. I don’t notice that my pores are particularly minimized either. I have very dry skin so I can’t attest to the claim that it mattifies the skin, I already have fairly matte skin to begin with.
Unfortunately if you are a dry skinned gal like me I can’t recommend this moisturizer. I still whole heartedly recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin! If you have oily skin you might want to check out a few more reviews as I can’t effectively review for your skin type when I don’t have it 🙁
Do you love Olay Total Effects Whip? Hate it? Let me know!
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