I tried a sample packet of Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream that came in a magazine. I have a sunscreen allergy and probably should have looked online before using it, but the sample packet didn't say anything about sunscreen, so I tried it.
It provided extremely light coverage and didn't do anything to disguise the slight redness of my face or my tons of freckles. The smell was fresh and pleasant, and it made my skin feel soft. I was thinking I'd probably buy it to use under makeup, but within two hours, the sunscreen allergy kicked in and my face was bright red, itchy and swollen. The next day I had to go to the doctor, and I ended up having to take steroids for two weeks.
I used this cream for a week or so, and it made my forehead begin to break out and dry up.The formula has a strong, but not unpleasant, scent, and no coverage. It made me look a little orange. The feel of the cream was nice and silky, but overall, this was a bust. Would not buy again.
I have been using this for almost 3 months now. I love it. It does call itself a BB cream but on the packaging it does say it is a tinted moisturizer. It is a bit of a misconception, but luckily I over read everything before I buy it and knew what I was getting myself into. I have very acne prone skin and am going through a pretty rough treatment for adult acne at the moment, and I cannot use ANY makeup. It literally will make my flake. This is a GREAT compromise. It has a small bit of salicylic acid that keeps pores open, and a minimal makeup coverage so I don't flake. It's perfect for anyone going through acne treatments that needs something to keep pores free of gunky and heavy makeups.
I've been using this for about two months. As a recovering makeup addict, I wanted something to help me along with cutting back. I purchased a BB cream from Too Faced to help me transition....still felt like foundation. Still rubbed off on clothes, surgical masks, my husband and everything else. Olay's does not. When you first put it on you'll notice a very strong scent, which I like and so does the hubby. May be too much for some people. You'll also notice the coverage is VERY sheer, akin to a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation look. You're skin will look dewy, which I like as well. For a while I would set it around my eyes with a cornstarch/cocoa powder mixture to prevent the raggedy Ann look when my eyelashes touched above my eyes.. Got over that. Now just blotting my face immediately with a tissue does the trick. At the end of the day, I can't tell if its on there or not, and it doesn't matter because my skin has improved so much. I used to constantly have red areas, blemishes here and there that prompted the heavy makeup use. With this, my skin looks bare and natural. No concealer, unheard of for me. If I want to freshen up before heading out, I just apply it again like a sunscreen and I'm out the door. Ive gotten so many compliments on how pretty my skin is, and that's never happened before, probably because nobody could actually see it under the foundation, concealer, blush, contouring powder, and setting powder. If you want to use it as a moisturizer before foundation or powder, it's perfectly good for that if you need a heavier look. Just don't expect it to be a foundation, it's not. But if you want the bare faced look but still need a little security blanket and UV protection, I'd recommend this. Price is good, $12-$15 and its a large tube that lasts. After a week of liking it I went and bought a second tube to keep in another bathroom and to always have a backup. Unnecessary. After 2 months with use 1-3 times a day, haven't touched the original tube.
Strong scent (I find it pleasant)
Leaves skin "dewy" no visible staying power
Very easy to blend/reapply, right over existing layer
Fairly cheap and large quantity.
No breakouts for me, actually cleared mine up (probably because the sheer VOLUME of makeup I wore was cut by 90%
Worth a go if you want A TINTED MOISTURIZER and not a BB cream.
Olay says "models get airbrushed, you get real. Get a fresh and flawless complexion from five skin perfecting benefits plus SPF 15. Say bye bye to blotches and imperfections and hello to 24 hour hydration with a splash of sheer color coverage - instantly". Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream is an "all in one solution" that will supposedly "refresh skin instantly, brighten for a radiant glow, even tone with a splash of sheer color, hydrate for 24 hours, smooth for softer feeling skin, and protect against UV damage with SPF 15." Unfortunately, the Fresh Effects BB Cream's color range is very limited, only two shades are offered; Fair to Light, and Light to Medium. I will be reviewing Fair to Light. Olay's BB Cream contains 2.5 fl oz (75ml) (more than 2x the amount of a normal foundation) and retails for around $12.99, though you may pay a little more or less depending on where you buy it. Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream was sent to me by Influenster for testing and review purposes. Olay does not list where their products are made. Olay is a subsidiary of Proctor&Gamble, a company that continues to test on animals.
I love the packaging for Olay's entire Fresh Effects line, BB Cream included. This product comes in a white cardboard box with a colorful designs splashed about it. The front of the box features the Olay and Fresh Effects logos, product and shade name, and a quick description. Additional product information and an explanation of what a BB Cream is can be found on the sides and back of the box. The back of the box also offers a full ingredient list, drug facts, and directions. Kudos to Olay for designing attractive and informative packaging. The BB Cream it's self comes in a white squeeze tube that features the same design and information as the box. This squeeze tube is pretty functional, its easy to control the amount of product dispensed. I'm unsure if this packaging is recyclable or not.
Olay is pretty much my favorite skincare brand, so I was quite excited to try their Fresh Effects BB Cream. I don't have a lot of experience with BB creams or tinted moisturizers, they only other two I've tried are the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream and Tarte Amazonian Clay Illuminating BB Cream, neither of which I've found to be particularly impressive. Before I move on, let's hear Olay's explanation on what a BB Cream is an what their BB cream will do. "BB Creams, also known as beauty balms, are on of Asia's hottest beauty sensations. It's multitasking formula works to moisturize, brighten, and help protect skin from harmful UV rays. This silky tinted lotion blends effortlessly with your natural skin tone, helping hide imperfections and minimizing the need for concealer or foundation. With just one use, skin will be left glowing and naturally even." Those sound like pretty fair claims to me, let's see if Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream lives up to them..
Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream is a creamy, mid weight tinted moisturizer. This product is best applied with your fingers. Application is a breeze, despite being a little bit thick, the Fresh Effects BB Cream works right into the skin. This BB Cream feels light, cooling, and fairly moisturizing on the skin, though not enough to be used in place of a separate moisturizer. This tinted moisturizer offers sheer ot light coverage. For me, Olay's BB Cream evens out my skin's tone and subdues redness, but not much else. Currently my skin is in really good shape, so this is my ideal amount of coverage, though I still use a concealer for my under eye circles. Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream never full sets, so the finish on the skin is "luminous" side (read: greasy) and feels oily to the touch. This BB Cream is prone to problematic wear and struggles to stay put for a full day. The Fresh Effects BB Cream has a tendency to transfer and melts when worn in warm temperatures. The best wear I've ever gotten was about six hours. Luckily, its easy to slap this stuff right back on. Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream hasn't been beneficial or detrimental to my skin in any way. This product is highly fragranced, it has an indistinct fruit scent that lingers on the skin. While it smells really good, this much fragrance in any skincare product is unnecessary.
I was so glad that Influenster sent me the Fair to Light shade. When they informed us that we'd be receiving a BB cream in our Sunkissed Vox Box, I was worried that it wouldn't match me at all. Not the case! Fair to Lightis actually a decent match for me. It comes out of the tube as a light shade with a peachy tone. Because Olay's BB cream sheers out so much, the shade matches my skin tone to a point, but there's a slight orangey tone to it. I'm sure Fair to Light would suit a lot of people just due to it's translucent nature. To combat the orange tone of Fair to Light, I set this BB cream with ELF's Cool Tone Correcting Powder. This BB cream has the propensity to oxidize under certain conditions, but I can't warn you what those conditions are. I've only had this product oxidize on me twice, it developed a bit of a grey cast and got a fair bit darker.
Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream in Fair to Light was only ok to me. I like it for days that I have one or two errands to do and want a little bit of makeup and SPF. This BB Cream provides minimal coverage, but that's currently all I need. The finish is a little too shiny for my taste, and it doesn't fully set, so I usually apply a powder directly after this tinted moisturizer. The Fair to Light shade is a decent match for me, but the undertone is off. Wear time is poor, lasting only a few hours before it starts to break down on my normal to combo skin. I really like this product's eye catching packaging. The price is extremely fair, considering the amount of BB Cream you get, I feel like this tube will last me quite a long time. I'm grateful to have received Olay's Fresh Effects BB Cream, and will likely finish off my tube, but I wouldn't repurchase it.
I am super pale and this BB cream seems to have no color at all...mostly like applying a moisturizer & sunscreen. I ended up applying my regular foundation over it to help even out my skin tone. No staying power at all in humid weather...which in the South is pretty much all the time! I have dry skin so I was excited for something with more hydration in it, but this just isn't doing the trick for me sadly.
This BB cream is just ok. I've been looking for one that I will like and i tend to love Olay products. I don't wear face makeup as a general rule, but was going for something that would moisturize and just give me skin an overall boost. I got the Fresh Effects fair to light from WalMart for around $15 and the value is...alright. You only need a small amount at once if you want a natural effect like I did. I like the immediate finish I get with this product, but it does leave my skin feeling a little oily, which I don't like. My skin is not naturally out, but I can imagine with oily skin this cream would be a nightmare - just a warning. I end up having to use a powder over it. I hate how the cream smells. I know fragrance doesn't bother a lot of people, but for me it makes a huge difference. If the scent was extremely light as barely noticeable I think I wouldn't hate it so much, but it's *very* strong. Ick. I would much prefer a scent-free product. Overall, the best things a out this product are that you don't need to use much at once and it gives a nice finish. The overall worst things are that the fragrance is terrible and strong, it makes my face oily so I have to use a powder, and I feel it is a bit expensive for what it is. I don't think I will repurchase this product right now because I would prefer to try something else. If I don't find anything better, I may go back to this.
I've been using this product for about a week now and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I have combination skin and usually use the rich moisturizer from the brand simple which doesn't make me greasy at all so I was quite surprised with how oily I felt after using this. I used a powder afterwards though and it seemed to be fine. As far as the shade goes, it was a bit dark for me as I feared. I'm extremely pale skinned and fine it hard to find anything that matches. The pigmentation was light though so it wasn't super hard to make it work for me, especially with the powder afterwards. The smell was nice and I did like that it had an SPF factor. All in all, I'm pretty confused about whether or not I like this. Maybe my skin is just not what it was made for.
This product has got some baaaaad reviews. A lot of people said it was greasy and had no coverage. It sounded awful. So I bought it.
I have DRY DRY skin and this worked amazing for me. I use a lot too. My t-zone is usually oily, but lately a year later after having my second baby and nursing for over a year my skin is DRY everywhere. This just feels like a miracle and doesn't emphasize flakiness, but gets rid of it. It's thick and creamy, absorbent and provides a nice LIGHT wash of color. People need to understand when they complain about coverage that this is a tinted MOISTURIZER! I have also applied my foundation right over top and had great results.
The smell seems to be its top selling point. It smells nice, I agree. A lot softer and nicer than Garnier, which I also love. BUT....does anyone notice after awhile it smells off.....like you go from feeling and smelling great, so having this faint, and can't be described so well...type smell. Maybe sweat? Or as if you have been working in a kitchen frying food....
Anyway. It's weird. It almost made me give this 1 Lippie but it needs more credit. I paid 10CAD and I don't have an issue buying it again.
Because I am so fair I usually have difficulty finding a good tinted moisturizer or BB cream (I don't really like heavy foundation so I tend to opt for lighter coverage). I really like the idea of BB creams and balms because they are supposed to be multi-purpose, but I was really disappointed with this product.
When I first purchased Olay's Fresh Effects BB cream I was happy with the results. It was light, smelled good, and the shade wasn't too dark for my skin (as a redhead, most things labelled "light" or "fair" are usually too dark for me, sadly).
I purchased the BB cream for everyday use, and the more I came to use it, the more disappointed I got with the results. Over the course of the day, the formula would get greasier and greasier on my skin. I had to set it with a ton of powder to be sure the other make-up on my face wouldn't slide off. And after about a month of use, I realized that the pigment in the cream had become orange! Suffice to say, I can't use it again.
All in all, although the concept of a BB Cream is great, I would reccomend maybe putting more money into a higher-end one, especially for everyday use.