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
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
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.
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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