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A few weeks ago my mom started ordering a load of Olay face lotions from one of her catalogue sites and basically because she had ordered so much she got 4 free products to test out and she gave me two of them. One of them was this "Olay Total Effects Mask" which I finally got around to using last night and I thought Id review it for you now as Ive been neglecting my beauty reviews a bit lately! Now Ive never really used Olay products in the past - for no particular reason except that I find their products are aimed towards older women and I am only 19 but when a free product comes my way I never turn my nose up at it!
Price: Around £12 (!!)
Stockists: Amazon, Ebay & Boots
Designed to fight the 7 signs of aging - now I am only 19 so I dont really know whether or not it works for that but on the back of the packaging it promises to start fighting these 7 signs in just one application!
Rather than being a liquid face mask this is actually made out of material - think of it as a large baby wipe only much wetter. There are wholes cut in the mask already for your eyes, nose and mouth and the mask is specially designed to fit any face as it can be stretched from all angles. The mask is a simple white colour and when you take it out of the packaging it seems to be absolutely covered in what I can only describe as runny moisturiser which believe me does get everywhere when your trying to stretch this to fit your face - luckily it wont stain your clothes or bedding.
Me Using The Mask:
This is not a stretchy mask. I applied this carefully to my face and it seemed to fit just about everywhere apart from at the very bottom by my mouth but no matter how much I tried to stretch it it simply was not getting any bigger and my mom seemed to have the same problem. The bit of the mask between your mouth and nose is really annoying as well because it sort of hangs over your lips which means if some of the solution gets on your lips it will not taste good - I cut that little bit off my mask as it was way to irritating.
Now even though I have been sort of complaining about how wet this mask was I think that is actually an advantage as it means once you apply this to your face it stays put. I was walking around the house with mine on and it didnt budge so I guess that the wetness could be a good thing. Upon reading the packet I decided to leave this on for 10 minutes and then rub the excess liquid into my face (as were the instructions) but I think you could leave this on your face for as long as you like as it doesnt dry out at all. The mask has quite a light scent to it as you would expect from a lotion but its so light you can barely smell it so I dont think thats really worth mentioning.
As soon as I took this off I could feel the difference in my skin......but that was by no means a good thing. My skin felt super sticky, dried out and it felt like there were lumps and bumps all over the place. Now I didnt moisturise after because the packet said there was no need to but I fully recommend everyone else does so to see if it makes your skin look or feel any better. My skin did look different after just one use - it looked worse. This made my skin look so red, blotchy and it felt really sticky but I was very tired yesterday so I decided to leave it on and just go to bed.
This morning my skin did feel and look amazing proper smooth and soft so god knows what reaction I had to it last night as my skin felt and looked great this morning. The effects of this are great the morning after but I am only going to give it 2 stars overall because it made my skin look and feel sticky and horrible immediately afterwards. My opinion is that I wouldnt waste my money on this again...I prefer the Montagne Juenesse mask and they are less than £1! Dont do it to your skin!!
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I bought a box of these masks when they was on sale in Boots at the silly price of a £1, it may have even been less, all I know is I got a bargain, at the time i only bought them as they was cheap, and its only now im starting to stifle through my box of goodies and decide its time to use all my 'older' products up.
*** What is the mask?
This is by the brand OLAY which I have really recently started to appreciate them as a brand. It's a total effects 7x mask, which by the looks of the advertising is designed to fight the 7 signs of ageing. As I am only 19 this particular advertising ploy doesnt neccessarily appeal to me. Im more use to masks that you apply in a gooey sticky liquid type form, rather than this product which was a cloth mask, apparently stretchy.
*** My opinion
Personally i wouldn't buy this product again, and deffinatly not at the full price that it is marketed at which ranges at a whopping £16.63, however even in the sale at Boots it appears to currently be £10.63. When I opened the little packet it had a very pleasent smell which smelt fresh and clean. The mask was all folded up neatly and the instructions said to unfold it gently and streth it acroos to fit the contours of your face. I however felt uncomfortable doning this as the product was extreamly moist, i managed to get it on my face however the eye and mouth holes wasnt appropiate for my face. It felt cool on the face but in all honestly I was uncomfortable with this on. I attempted to stretch it whilst it was on my face but it was all just too arkward. The mask was large also (proberbly so that it fits all face shapes), however when i was trying to pat the mask down so it was touching the skin, it was like overlapping on its-self. There ws areas were the maks was folded on top of itsself and it was just an arkward procedure I felt. The packaging says to leave this product on for 15 mins, I decided to carefully lie my self down on the bed and read a book, as there was nothing else I could phyiscally do with the mask on i felt, as If i would have moved my head the mask would have come off.
*** Would I buy it again
No, even if it was on sale I wouldn't and i love a bargain. I think I would prefer the liquid mask, even though there initiall more stick, I think the results are better. I found no results afterwards, only apart from my face aws sticky; it says dont rinse the product on, just massage the residue into your face. I couldn't have used this on a morning, so am glad it was an evening treat. Boots reviews have 5 * and it appears to be well on here so this is just my opinion of the product.
Hope this helps
I'm nearly thirty so you may argue I am not the best person to review this product. I recieved this product as a sample in a magazine so I thought I would give it a whirl.
Ok so I don't have lots of wrinkles or loose skin but everyone has room for improvement right? So I opened the packet and placed on this white fabric mask which is absolutely drinpping in anti-aging moisturiser and waited about 10-15 mins to get the full effect. I must admit you do look a little like michael myers getting ready for some halloween masacre fun but I think it was worth it.
When you remove the mask your face will probably still be soaked with excess moisturiser so you may need to wait another 10 mins before applying any foundation, etc. I'm a little impatient so I waited for the moisturiser to dry and realised it gave your skin a slightly tacky feeling so I decided to apply my foundation. I don't know about instant anti aging but my make-up has never looked so flawless. I will put it down to the slight sticky finish it has. (if you wait a little longer the sticky feeling will go away).
Ok so its not cheap but you won't be using them every day. They range from £8-12 for seven masks depending where you purchase them from. They were widely available in most supermarkets but as they have been out for some time thay may have been replaced by newer products.
A little tip if you are not too much of a snob there is that much moisturiser left on when you have finished that I fold it all up and put it back in the packet as there is usually some moisturiser still in it and then re seal. I have used some of them three times. This will save you a bit of money and the results are just as good.
I love using face masks as I feel they are a treat to my skin. Some are really dry, especially the mud masks. I went for this product because it was different and my skin in winter can be quite dry and flaky, so not a good idea to use a mud mask.
The masks come in individual packets, getting th mask cloth can be quite tricky as I found them to be quite sticky. Applying the mask on was quite easy though and it was a lot simplier than most mask as you have to apply the product on with a brush so there is less mess. The mask works a lot quicker, within 10 minutes you can remove it and then rub in the moisturiser that is left on your skin.
My skin had never felt so soft and I felt so relaxed I nearly fell asleep lol! My skin looked a lot fresher the next day as well. If you have oily skin I wouldn't recommend this product for but if you have mature or just dry skin this product will work as treat! I found if I resealed the packet I could use it up to three times so it offers value for money.
What's the first thing you do other than panic when you have a blind date coming up? Well me personally when the panicking is over is I stare in the mirror and see all my imperfections. When I've done that I stand and look some more picking at blackheads and pulling the skin flat wondering whether botox is the answer or a full on face lift is in order. After realising not only is time not of the essence I'm aware that I've got a near on empty bank balance and a few quid in my purse!
Ok I admit aging is a major concern of mine. I do everything in my power to insure I look the best I can. I spend much of my money (hence the empty bank account) on anti aging products. The staff in Boot's know me by name. I'm no fool though. I know the stuff I buy doesn't as a rule help me and I'm mainly wasting my money but I still believe that using nothing won't help me either. To be fair I must be doing something right cos I'm 33 I'm told I look about 23 so I wont be quitting my addiction any time soon!
On a recent trip to Sainsbury's, as usual I scanned the toiletry aisles and always keep my eyes open for bargains. They had a massive sale on Olay Products and knowing I love them I bought one of everything! One of the things I purchased was a box of these face masks to use occasionally as a treat.
They only come in boxes containing 5 'masks'. The cardboard box is black telling me it is indeed an Olay product and that they are Total Effects 7 x mask. On the back of the box I'm told what they are and how they work. Each mask is individually wrapped. The foil sachet again tells me what they are and who they are by and on the front on the bottom left hand corner tells me its a stretch to fit mask and shows a little diagram. On the back I'm told 'New Olay total effects 7 x mask will help you fight signs of ageing with a quick application'. I'm promised visible results - as of first application, how to use and contact details for Procter and Gamble (manufacturers of Olay products) and ingredients. All in all nice, sophisticating packaging from Olay.
Directions For Use....
Start by fastening hair away from your face and cleansing thoroughly using your usual cleanser.
Tear open the sachet and remove the folded wet mask.
Unfold the face shaped mask.
The mask is made of special stretchy material. Carefully apply it by gradually stretching it sideways to cover all of your face. Adjust to fit around the nose and eye areas and use your fingertips to press the material to your skin.
Relax for 15 minutes and allow the moisture and anti aging ingredients to be absorbed into your skin.
Remove the mask from your face and discard. Gently massage any remaining lotion into your skin. There is no need to wash off.
You tear open the sachet to get out the mask. It's as promised a white stretchy material which is smooth and to be honest actually scared me when I unfolded it to reveal a face! It looks like a white bandage horror mask thing! Now it says it' stretches but I found it almost big enough for my face without stretching it very much (I don't have a big face though) and would say this is a standard size. I did need to pull it ever so slightly to reach my ears and it is stretchy and could be stretched further than I needed without a problem. The nose and eyes are cut out and are a great size. Not so big the mask doesn't cover enough area but not so small your struggling to breath or see. It's really a simple process to apply from unfolding the wet mask to applying it and it is strong and doesn't tear.
Now the mask is wet and feels a bit gloopy, though when you press it onto face it doesn't squidge out any product from the sides or anything it just feels really slimy and cold when sliding mask around to get a comfortable 'fit'. When on the face it stays on the face and in place. It doesn't move or slide about or dry out at all. There is no tingling and no smell from the mask and at first when applied it feels very cold and wet (which it is) it does warm up a bit from your own body heat and becomes more comfortable though don't do as I do and forget its on and walk across bedroom and look in mirror cos you really do look like an extra from Freddy or something! Now I've used this for 15 minutes and I've left one on for longer. It does no harm to leave it on longer if you desire but the results are the same and the mask still doesn't dry out but skin takes no more from leaving it on longer so really your wasting your time.
Taking the mask off isn't a problem as its still damp though not as wet and sticky as when you first apply it. It just comes off easy, no pain no nothing. Face is still wet so as you do as directed and I simply rub it gently into my face and neck and squeeze out some of the liquid that's left in the sachet and skin drinks it all in.
When you have removed the mask skin does feel very sticky and tacky indeed. I wouldn't advise anyone to use it first thing in the morning or before applying make up and going out. Me, I prefer using this at night as I can stand the sticky feeling when I sleep but not all day long! I wouldn't want to use this and wash it off as then the anti aging ingredients don't get to work! I use this and then put on a good anti aging night cream. Following day when I wake up I have to wash my face as the sticky feeling doesn't evaporate!
Remarkable! Really amazing. Skin just looks brilliant. Radiant, fresh and clean. Dry bits of skin gone and it calms down blemishes. More than that skin looks and feels tighter but not in a uncomfortable way. Deep wrinkles which I suffer with on my forehead and am paranoid of are very much softened. I won't lie and say they have disappeared but they are 80 per cent better. Small lines around my mouth (I'm a smoker) have completely gone. The lines under my eyes are almost gone and overall skin does appear more youthful. I think the biggest achievement is a much tighter face! The texture of skin is smoother too and I find that blackheads are less prominent and open pores have gone.
These are obviously greasy. They do all the above well however.... they are not sensitive. I had a massive break out of spots. Big ones, little ones, some puss filled and a couple hurt me and it wasn't just me who noticed them! My Mum said wow what happened your covered in spots! Now I can't lay the blame completely at Olay but I can't think of any other product I may have used to upset my skin and the spots came the morning after. So I would say if your prone to spots to be careful and lets face it I guess these are aimed at older women than me, and these women are not concerned with spots but wrinkles! Me I have combination skin! So I do say be careful. I'll use them again but only when I have time to deal with my spots!
The results are apparent after one 'treatment'. Me, I keep a box for 'special occasions' and use as and when needed but you could use one once a week for prolonged results and maintenance.
For me this product shows up other products for what they are. I buy moisturisers with a hefty price tag on them and nothing compares to this. If you buy yourself one thing you can depend on or use for emergencies this should be it. Yes the price is a expensive but break it down and each mask is about £3.33 and that's money well spent in my book for a once a week treatment that really does give results. If like me your really bothered about getting older or you want to get a more youthful appearance I'd try these!
£16.99 for a box of 5 individually wrapped masks. Can be found in Boot's and I bought mine in Sainsbury's for about £5.00. Very highly recommended.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
i used this and my face has gone extremely dry and lumpy like an old womens skin. i am onli 18 and this is disgraceful! i would not recommend im just glad it was a free sample. does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get my skin to is normal complexity?
I gather this product has been heavily advertised, although I have not seen it. I first heard about it at my hairdressers where all the girls raved about the product. As part of a promotion I was given a free sample with my colour and noted with interest that it gives my skin an anti-ageing boost.
I am always a bit hit and miss with masks and half the time I forget to use them. This sounded a bit different- basically it is a wet cloth that you apply to your face and leave on. Im not big on having my face covered however and get slightly panicked during facials if I think the beauty therapist is going to cover either my nose or my mouth. Thus I was not entirely convinced I would like this, but thought it was worth giving the free sample a go.
The instructions recommend fastening you hair away from your face and applying the mask to cleansed skin. I then opened the foil sachet and removed the wet cloth mask. It is stretchy so you can get a good fit, and has holes cut for your eyes, nostrils and mouth, much to my relief! I am sure there is a technique to applying it and I am sure I dont know what it is, but I started at my forehead and worked down, around my eyes, stretching over my nostrils (I must have a smaller than average nose as I had to pull the mask up a bit here) and round my mouth and lastly under my chin and smoothing out across my cheeks to my hairline. With a bit of fiddling I got it to fit and found I resembled an alarming combination of a burns victim and Jason, the hockey-masked horror film character. I really should have taken a photo but I dont think I would have been brave enough to post it! The product didnt really have a distinctive smell, just of a fresh, clean creamy lotion smell. I was surprised how wet it was though.
I then dispatched myself into the bath with a book for the recommended 15 minutes. I did feel a slight tightening sensation that you get with these types of products, but not as strongly as with salon facials. The mask came away easily, although I found it hadnt stuck under my chin very well. My face looked wet, and (as suggested in the instructions) I smoothed over this remaining lotion across my face. It was not thick or creamy lotion just a watery one. A good half an hour later, (as I type this review) I can still feel the lotion on my skin and my face feels slightly sticky to the touch.
I have to admit that I have not seen a drastic improvement (I didnt really expect to), I dont think I look any younger. My skin looks good, but it wasnt that bad before I started. Initially to the touch it felt sticky (the packet claimed you did not need to wash the residue off) and this remained the case for several hours. When I needed to apply make up later, it went on easily with no need to add further moisturiser and my skin felt smooth and moisturised for the rest of the day.
My sample was a freebie and also contains a £3 off your next Boots purchase. At a retail price of £25 for a pack of five, I personally will be keeping an eye out for any special offers before I purchase again, as I feel that £5 a go is a bit too much.
I received a free sample of this product some time ago and it was a toss-up whether I put it on ebay or tried it myself. I confess I wasnt that keen because many, many, many years ago when I was a mere 17-years-old I remember buying a bottle of Oil of Ulay (as Olay used to be known) and because I had a perfect skin though a tendency to tightness if I used soap and water I was unprepared for the awful patches of scaly dried skin which I developed after 2 days of using Oil of Ulay. I gave the lotion to my sister and carried on, ever after, using moisturisers which were creamy rather than fluid in consistency.
***Olay Total Effects 7X Mask did it cut the mustard?***
The face mask is a face-shaped lotion-soaked stretchy material with holes for eyes, nose and mouth. Sort of Phantom of the Opera does QVC. The lotion contains Vitamins E, B3 and B5 to infuse skin to help enhance the natural moisture barrier. Other identifiable ingredients included Green Tea Extract, which is an anti-oxidant
Place the mask (which is quite pleasantly cooling) over your face, smoothing down the edges. Leave on for 15 minutes.
*** Under the Mask ***
Whilst it was cooking I considered the 7 signs of ageing which, strangely, nowhere on the product packaging could I find any further mention. For me, the 7 signs of ageing are:
Poor memory; sore bones; insomnia; failing sight; wrinkles; not caring
Which of those would the Olay Total Effects mask cure? Well, my fifteen minutes were almost up, I hadnt come to any positive conclusion about the 7 signs of ageing and what Olay meant by them, and my skin is beginning to feel worryingly tingly. At my age, Im not used to tingly anything, so I decide to remove the mask.
Following the instructions on the packaging, I discard the slimy mask and massage in the remaining lotion still adhering to my skin. The instructions also say there is no need to wash off the residue.
I beg to differ.
My skin felt unpleasantly sticky there was mention of sucrose somewhere on the ingredients and theres no way I am going to put my foundation straight onto that.
I didnt wash it off, but I did massage in a good layer of my usual moisturising cream, which did get rid of the sticky feeling. The smell was okay nothing startling, nothing unpleasant, but if I was going to pay full price for these suckers Id expect a gorgeous smelling product.
*** Am I now positively gorgeous? ***
Prior to starting on this quest for youth this afternoon, I applied a mud mask to firm the skin and tighten the pores. After applying the Olay mask, the only results I could discern were a softness of the skin but no softer than usual, because I am always particularly gorgeous. There was no tightening effect (but dont call me Slack Alice) I can only assume that the sticky feeling was, in fact, a sort of tightening agent at work and, if I hadnt needed to use a foundation (purleese perish the thought of going naked) it might have worked. However, since my skin has settled, and bearing in mind I have applied my make-up, I do think my skin looks brighter. But then again, the sun shone briefly into the room for the first time in weeks, so anything would look brighter.
Would I buy the product for myself?
*** Cost ***
Difficult one this. I could find no price for this product on the Olay website. I have seen the price elsewhere marked as anywhere between £16 and £25. Even at £16 for 5 masks, that would mean each lotion impregnated mask would cost £3.20. So no, at that price, I wouldnt take the trouble to seek it out.
*** Conclusion ***
Maybe I was expecting too much of it, but I am nearer 60 than 30. I believe women in their 20s are fretting over wrinkles these days so the results for them might be quite different. Olay/Ulay are both the same. A product that for some reason doesnt really hydrate my skin properly. Would I buy it?
Sorry, Olay, you failed again.
© Louise Saunders 2007
I remember my mum using Oil Of Ulay, as it was called then, for as long as I can remember back to. I remember being allowed to copy her by moisturising way back when I was a toddler and that was many years ago although I know it doesnt look it it must have worked.
The reason I am able to write about this product by Oil of Olay, as it is now called, is because it was another freebie that came through my door the other week. To be honest Id forgotten that Id clicked the button to get it so it did come as a nice surprise. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use but this brand has always been ok with me, even though I do have to say Im a bit addicted to Lush these days.
When I saw the word facemask, I immediately thought of a creamy type fluid that I would have to apply but this one is a little bit different from the other facemasks available. It is actually a mask, made from a soft fabric that has holes in it for your eyes, nose and mouth. It stretches over your face and is to be left for 10 minutes before removing.
It is already soaked in a moisturising fluid so you just have to pop it over your face, smooth it down at the edges and let it do the work while your friends, family or anyone who happens to come to the door while youre wearing it, laughs at you or in my sons case, screams that it is scary.
The moisturising properties include an anti-aging boost for your skin see I bet you never guessed by my photo that I was really 72. No nasty comments below, thank you very much. These properties help to moisturise, smooth and hydrate your skin for 24 hours so if you are like me and suffer from dry sensitive skin then this is just the boost it really needs.
The mask also includes Vitamin B3, Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to infuse skin to help enhance the natural moisture barrier or so it says on the website. It also contains Green Tea Extract to help with anti-oxidants and lots of moisturisers too.
***How Did It Feel?***
When I took it out of the lovely little black and gold sachet and opened it up, it felt very cold and slimy. I had already cleansed my face with Lush Babyface, as it does recommend cleansing first, so I was ready to put it straight on.
I started with the eye area, making sure the holes were in the right places so I could see what I was doing. Then I settled the nose and mouth areas in place before smoothing it over my forehead, cheeks and chin. There was quite a bit of stretch to it so Im sure there will be no problems with the one-size fits all rule in this case. In fact, I found that I had a little bit to spare under my chin so this area got a good moisturising too.
The mask did feel a bit cold and strange to start with and after a couple of minutes I felt it tightening slightly too. It wasnt long before it had warmed to my skin temperature though and it felt quite relaxing and pleasant, despite the fact that my family were all laughing at me after they got over the initial shock of seeing me as though I was all bandaged up at the front and looking as white as a ghost. Cant wait for next Halloween.
The moisturiser that had come off on my hands when I initially applied it got rubbed into my skin on my neck and then the excess washed off easily.
Once the ten minutes were up I toddled off to the bathroom to take it off. I removed the mask easily and the excess moisturiser came off easily with some damp cotton wool. I noticed that despite cleansing earlier, there was some darker patches on the cotton wool so Im assuming that it cleansed quite deeply into my pores and managed to get it out leaving my skin very soft and smooth to the touch.
My skin had been very dry across the forehead and nose areas and there was an instant change to this after I towel dried my face. It did seem quite remarkable that a mask that only took 10 minutes to work could do this much good for my skin but I have to say that surprisingly the claims on the packet were correct and worked well for me. I noticed that it was quite a few days before my skin started to feel a little bit dry again.
Im used to using the Lush facial masks and although they do a great job on my skin, they are messy to use, both when applying and cleaning up the pieces in the sink after taking it off. This was really easy by comparison. The way the excess fluid could be rubbed into other areas of my neck made sure it wasnt wasted meant that extra areas were getting softened too and the easy take off method was so much simpler too. I used two cotton pads instead of about half a dozen for the Lush ones.
My bloke was intrigued by this process and was desperate to know how it felt so the other sample was used on him, although I did do this grudgingly as I really liked this freebie. He gets a lot of razor rash and his stubble is always really harsh but this softened it up and he felt really soft and silky smooth afterwards. It was also a great opportunity for me to get a photo of him so I can have a laugh at his expense too. Unfortunately I can't publish it on here but it is on the Ciao website if anyone wants to have a look.
The bad thing about this product is that as with a lot of other well-known brands they can be very expensive. There are five masks in a pack and it will set you back a whopping £25 at some retailers. I have also seen them in Tesco though and they are available for £16 for the five masks. Still expensive but a darn sight cheaper than before.
The good thing is that if you go to the Olay website you can request a free sample to try it out and then you get a coupon for £3 off too so if youre interested you can save a little bit of money.
Olay total effects 7x mask provides skin with an instant anti-aging boost in just 10 minutes / An innovative 'stretch 'n fit' moisturising cloth mask gently envelops facial contours to deliver anti-ageing care deep into the surface layers of the skin / Used weekly as part of a pampering routine skin is radiant and younger looking /