Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer Review

If you read any sorts of beauty magazines or watch television, chances are you’ve 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. Most of the reviews out there are for “high end” skincare so I feel like drugstore available 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 Moisturizer Review

Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer

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.

Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer Review


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.

Olay Total Effects Whip Formula

Formula + Scent

The texture of Olay Total Effects Whip 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.

Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer Review

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 which is a gel cream moisturizer. If you don’t like gel moisturizers then my recommendation for you is the Nuxe 48 HR Moisturizing Cream. 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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  1. July 14, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I only own one product from Olay and I haven’t even opened it yet hahaha 😀 Oh wait… I did trying a sleeping mask from which I quite enjoyed. I have oily skin and this sounds like something I would like

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 14, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      I can’t recommend it for dry skin but since it’s supposed to be mattifying it might be nice for you! I can’t remember the last Olay product I owned before this one lol

  2. July 13, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Ooh, thanks for sharing this, Cleia!! It’s so helpful! I’ve been seeing this at the store a lot. My cousin bought it and when I asked her if she liked it, she said it was so-so. It doesn’t sound like the best. I have kinda oily skin, so this wouldn’t be a good fit for me. Right now though, I’m using L’Oreal’s Revitalift moisturizer with sunscreen and I really like it! I will have to recommend the Hydro Boost Gel Cream to my cousin, cause she has dry skin!

    • July 13, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Whoops, I meant this might be an okay-ish fit for me 😂my bad lol

      • AlwaysCleia
        July 14, 2018 / 1:31 pm

        lol that’s okay!

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 14, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      The hydro boost one is cheaper than this moisturizer and works sooo much better! I’l have to check out that SPF moisturizer next time I’m shopping 🙂
      Thanks for reading Nunzia!

  3. July 13, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Bummer – I was expecting a glowing review on this but it sounds terrible, especially for the price! Thanks for saving me some $$$.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 14, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      It’s very pricey for something that isn’t very hydrating! It might be nice for oily skin but it’s not my favourite for my dry skin 🙁

  4. July 12, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    I like the idea of a matte finish for a moisturizer, but in practice it doesn’t seem like something that could be very moisturizing! When I am not wearing makeup I don’t like that my skin care makes my face shiny if I am in public, so the matte aspect sounds appealing. But I’d prefer hydration over a matte effect any day!

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 12, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Me too, especially with such dry skin in the winter I need extra hydration! I don’t think I’ll replace this once it’s empty.

  5. July 12, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Great review! I really love the packaging, I’ll definitely read more reviews on it to see if its good for oily skin but I actually love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for oily skin and the one for dry skin [I use it in winter]

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 12, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      The Hydro Boost line is so good! I wish I could tell you if the Olay one is good for oily skin or not. The packaging is really nice!

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