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My favourite moisturizer is Olay Total Effects, and while it's not the priciest on the market, I also don't consider it cheap when I'm on a budget. It's an indulgence I allow myself in the UK as I'm normally earning good money, but when I'm away from home and on either a volunteer allowance or vastly reduced salary, things are a little different. I spotted this one in BodyCare when I needed a moisturiser to bring with me and since it was selling for about a £5 compared to £15 for a (not on offer) Total Effects, I thought it was worth a shot since it also carries the good Olay name.
Unlike Total Effects which comes in a pump action dispenser, Olay Nature Fusion comes in a downward facing tube, like a shrunken version of a toothpaste tube (NB there are two versions on the market: the one shown in the photo above, and the one I have, though they have exactly the same name so I class them as the same product). It has a screw on cap with a flat base, meaning you can stand it up easily by the mirror or on the windowsill. There are two downsides to this design as I see it. The first is that it's not air tight, so once you've opened it bacteria can quite easily get in (even more the case with the packaging shown above), meaning it's the type you want to use up quite quickly, not have sitting out for a year of sporadic use. The pack says to use within a year of opening, but I'm not sure I'd want to leave it that long.
The second issue is to do with the cap, which quickly ends up quite messy, filled with crusty gunk which is as appetising as it sounds. The tube itself usually clog up much, and a finger nail or pin is enough to get the hole to reappear, but it's still a problem you get much less often with pump dispensers.
I wash my face with all sorts of things - soap, face wash, scrubs, cleaning wipes - and tend to whack on a bit of moisturiser afterwards. This serves two purposes - it helps it stop feeling tight and uncomfortable, especially after soaps which can be drying, and I think it boosts my complexion. This is especially true with Total Effects which seems to refine my pores and add a healthy glow, even with the smallest dollop. Nature Fusion is great for eliminating that tight feeling, but I don't think it makes my skin look as nice. In fact, having looked at myself in the mirror before, during and after applying it, I really can't see a difference in my appearance. My skin doesn't look less uneven or more toned, and it doesn't have that sheen that comes with some more expensive moisturisers. I continue to use it because it does moisturise, which is after all what it sets out to do, but I'm disappointed that it doesn't give me skin the same 'finish' as its more expensive sister.
Like all Olay products, this one has an anti ageing remit too. It doesn't harp on about the 7 signs of ageing like Total Effects, it just says it's Anti Wrinkle. Again, I haven't noticed any improvement in this area since using the cream, but then I'm probably not their target demographic and even with my devotion to the sun, am a bit young to see much in the way of wrinkles in the mirror.
This cream has a nice, flowery smell, like walking round a Botanical Garden, though this doesn't linger long on your skin. It is easily absorbed with a bit of rubbing but doesn't vanish with quite the same speed as Total Effects. It also sits on your skin a little longer, almost like a film. While this feels ok, especially on dry skin, I always have to double check I don't look too shiny before I leave the house.
When the rain stops long enough for the sun to emerge, Bogota is pretty hot and with the added altitude the sun's rays can be quite strong. Even though this cream claims to have SPF 15, I'm not so sure I believe it. I put this on my face every day, but leave my arms and chest unprotected. Invariably, though, when I look in the mirror at night I've got as much colour on my face as anywhere else, so it would seem it doesn't offer very much protection in this area, which again is in stark contrast to Total Effects which I have found offers some sun protection.
I hadn't heard of the Nature Fusion range before buying this. The website says it is 'inspired by living plants and nature' which is all very nice but really doesn't mean much. Drilling a little further, I find that this is "enhanced with natural anti-oxidants" and contains "botanical extracts of Grape Seed and Ginseng". These, it claims, help skin hold onto its youthful radiance, but though I get on ok with this product, "radiant" is not the word I would use to describe how it leaves me skin.
I bought this as a cheap moisturizer and for its price it works ok. But I also bought it because it carries the Olay name, and on that score I am less satisfied. It bears little resemblance to the other products I've used, and in a blind test there's no way I would have picked this as an Olay concoction. It's no better than a generic cheapo moisturizer and for that I probably wouldn't bother with it again, either splashing out of my extravagant treat or saving my pennies for a shop's own brand which, from my experience, will deliver similar results.
This is one of the ranges that Olay do, and actually according to their website I am in their target age range for this, see:
to work out which one they think you should buy at your advanced years
This review is actually for the Night Cream. It's exactly the same as the Day Cream - but a little thicker.
I bought this product because it was on cheap in Sainsbury's - and it's amazing. At full price it tops £11, which for me is just too expensive (not least because I like to use a generous helping of it). If you can get it on offer, it's usually about £5 (try Superdrug).
It comes in a 50ml pot (which itself is packaged in a box) with a screw lid. This does mean that you have to wash your hands before applying to avoid getting oil/dirt from your fingers in the pot. The pot is pretty basic, and does the job. It has a bright green lid, so if your room is a bit cluttered like mine sometimes is, you'll appreciate the way it stands out!
Apparently the cream hydrates and firms skin with active ingredients - Glycerin, Niacinamide, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. Certainly, after 2 month's use, my skin does appear to be hydrated. In fact, I mix a little in with my day time moisturiser to thicken it up a little, and this has put an end to dry winter skin. My skin is noteably softer as well. I am only 23, and so cannot comment on whether it has made it firmer, nor whether the Grape Seed and Ginseng, as claimed, has helped to reduce the visible signs of ageing. Check back in a few years time though!
Nevertheless, this cream is marketed at us 20s-30s as an introduction to anti-ageing products, and I do welcome this. It seemingly has many of the benefits of anti-ageing products, without the concerns which such a product would generally have for us younger consumers. The cream is not too thick and greasy, and as such has not given me spots (which I can be prone to) nor does it sit on my skin. Instead the consistency of the cream is thick, but so finely whipped that it smooths on and is absorbed thoroughly. It also smells nice (though not too perfumed).
In the morning my face looks and feels smoother, has a more even complexion and is noticeably brighter. I really do recommend this cream.
Anti Wrinkle / Helps to protect against the signs of aging / Also contains SPF 15 /