After years of searching for a moisturizer that a) didn't break me out, b) didn't irritate my sensitive skin, c) provided some spf, and d) actually moisturized without being greasy on my oily skin - I found this one (finally) and was thrilled! I've been using it daily for 8+ years... until this past year, when they CHANGED THE FORMULA!
I picked up a replacement bottle, just as I have dozens of times before, without any concern that my one HG product I've found would turn on me. Well, for starters it burned my skin when I applied it (really burned, not just a tingle of discomfort), it went on slick and heavy instead of lightweight and quick-absorbing, and finally, to add insult to injury, I woke up the next day with a full-on break out (the first of that magnitude since my freshman year of college). I though for sure I'd gotten a bad bottle/batch; it never even crossed my mind that they would change the formula of their nearly-perfect moisturizer...I mean, that would be monumentally stupid, right? So, I went out and picked up another bottle... same results. Sigh.
The original formula of this moisturizer deserves all the rave reviews on here; however, those reviews do not apply to this new abomination...I mean, formulation. I gave it a couple lippies because I'm not sure it would burn/breakout skin that's not as extremely sensitive and acne-prone as mine.
Well the OLD formula was awesome and it didn't break me out! I'm still on the lookout for a day moisturizer w/ sunscreen to replace this.
Beware of the new formula and packaging as it has different ingrediant(s). It smells horrible and is of a thicker consistency than the old formula.
Bottom line- don't buy it!! This made my skin break out in painful bumps- i even bought the one for sensitive skin! If you can find the old version, buy that as it is the best.
This product was garbage. It made me look shiny all day, which might be good if you were going for that look. I wasnt.
After using this product for only TWO days, my smooth skin, turned to tons of tiny little bumps ALL over my face.
this is going back 2mor0 morning.
What a waste.
I am SO upset. I bought this for 10$ at Wal-Mart and all the rave reviews on MUA had me convinced I wouldn't regret it! OH MY DEAR GOODNESS! I hated this stuff with a fiery passion and can't find the receipt! It feels like gritty sand bits rubbed on my face and stinks like sunscreen...
stay away from this new formula it's horrible it stings and makes your eyes itchy. worse it smells like sunscreen.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 5.0% OCTISALATE, 3.0% AVOBENZONE, 3.0% HOMOSALATE, 2.6% OCTOCRYLENE.ALSO CONTAINS: WATER, GLYCERIN, POLYETHYLENE, DIMETHICONE, NIACINAMIDE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PANTHENOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ISOHEXADECANE, POLYSORBATE 60, DIMETHICONOL, PEG-4 LAURATE, PEG-4 DILAURATE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, PEG-4, STEARIC ACID, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, ASCORBIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-100 STEARATE.
I must be suffering from some bad cosmetic karma this year. First Max Factor, and now Olay Complete. Nay, Complete isn't discontinued, but perversely, they've changed their formula from something that, imo, was positively brilliant to something else entirely. Why do companies take a popular product and say to themselves, 'yeah, people like this. Let's play with them and muck it up?' Even sadder is that I just discovered the old formula earlier this year so I haven't been able to happily bask in moisturizer bliss too long. In winter, I'm pretty loyal to the LRP Anthelios 15, but come summer it's too much for these hotter humid days. I've got fair, very sensitive skin, so I've spent decades gambling with the skin care crapshoot; trying all sorts of eclectic and/or pricey brands looking for products that will work with my skin. Just this Spring, after all this time searching, I listened to the MUA reviews and decided to finally give Olay Complete a roll of the dice. And, voila....it was a winner. Moisturizing, but not greasy. A nice matte finish, no breakouts, no irritation, no bumps, no red skin. And low, but stable, workable spf & ppd to boot! Plus...very easy on the pocketbook and easily available. I rejoiced. Then those corporate nincompoops at Olay announce they're changing the formula. I went on the hunt for backups at Wally World, but they'd already removed the old package from their shelves. So I bought the Equate version. Not bad, but there was something about the smell (or at least I can distinctly smell it) and the formula that wasn't the same and my skin let me know. I've since snagged a backup from Rite-Aid so I'm good to go for a while, but I"m still incredibly annoyed at Olay for reformulating what should not have been tampered with. I'll happily eat my words if the new formula works as well as the old if/when I get around to trying it, but I have some serious doubts about the avobenzone.
By the way, the five star rating and promise to buy again is for the old formula. I'm definitely reserving judgment on the new.
Edited 1/8/10....SWEET!!!!!!!!! According to Olay's website, under the reviews for Olay Complete Sensitive, the old formula is being re-released April 2010 as 'Classic Gentle Formula'!
The new AUSTRALIAN formulation for this product (made in Thailand version) has the actives:
phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid 1%
Ciba gives PPD of 3.9, PA+ and calculated SPF of 8.
I haven't managed to find full ingredients yet so if anyone else does, please let me know!
I bought the one in the pot, and it made my forehead itchy the first day I used it so I have not used it again.
A long time ago (five years?) in a far, far away land (Australia) I used the Olay Complete All Day moisture lotion. However, back then I had troublesome skin and absolutely detested the penetrating fragrance of the product.
Fast forward... now I live in 'sunny' Britain, but nonetheless wanted something that offers some protection against the sun's harmful rays because I'm using acid peels. Although having not the best kind of Olay moisturizers, I opted for the fragrance-free version of the product I used years ago. And I'm not regretting it!
I'm wondering why Olay couldn't come up with nicer packaging, perhaps with a pump whilst looking at the all-familiar bottle. But for that price (£4-5?) I shouldn't really complain. The consistency of this moisturizer itself is milky, and a little, macadamia-nut sized blob is enough for my whole face. One thing you have to be careful about is the amount you use. Use too much, and your face turns into a grease-fest. Having said that, I don't think I would recommend this for anyone with an oily skin type. Even I, having rather dry skin have to use powder in order to make my face appear matte.
Another issue is that this isn't ideal beneath foundation. Yes, you can use it, but you have to use a really, tiny, microscopic amount. Just enough to moisturize your face slightly. I've learned this the hard way once whilst applying Armani's Face Fabric Second Skin.
To sum it up, although I'm not a fan of anything else Olay, the Complete All Day Moisturizing lotion is very good, and I'll stick to it unless I stumble upon something better.
ALERT to the Canadian ladies out there: the formula for this is changing to a fully chemical sunscreen. They are replacing the Zinc Oxide with Avobenzone. Not sure if it's the same in other countries.
I've used this in the past and found it good, but couldn't continue wearing it because of the white cast it left on my skin...and it didn't go away all day. I've heard that it's great under makeup, but haven't tried it myself.
This is a basic moisturizer from Olay. It has a nice, milky consistency and a light, almost cucumber scent. It is not drying or itching. And it feels fresh on the skin. The SPF protection is an added bonus. The packaging is a little troublesome as the product can easily drip out if tumbled over. The skin feels fresh and clean when I wear this. The reason why I would not buy this again is because it is just too simple. On the contrary if I don't find a better moisturizer I'll probably find myself coming to this in the future. I have normal skin and the only reason why I bought this was because it was Summer and I needed a light moisturizer. I would have given it a five had it more SPF.
Edit: 07/20/2010- Still using it. Still great.