The term "drugstore skincare" brings to mind words such as "simple" and "cheap". Well, the line between drugstore and departmental store got a tad blurry when drugstore brands come up with products that are in the three-figure price range. They're no longer simple nor cheap.
Olay's been in the market for a very long time and their new premium product line is not your mom's (or grandmom's) good ol' Oil of Olay cream.
Introducing Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum and Olay White Radiance CelLucent White Cream.
Olay's very much up there when it comes skincare research and development, frequently incorporating new technologies into their products. It would take me a bit of studying to explain it all and I'm not keen on simply copying and pasting the facts here.
After all, what we really care about is if the products work. Many have claimed that they do. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for myself. In fact, to give the products a fair trial, I passed them on to several other people when they didn't work for me. The outcome was still the same.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum
This anti-aging facelift-in-a-bottle targets the signs of aging which includes wrinkles, sagging, age spots and loss of elasticity. I was happily on board since I had some forehead lines that I was keen on getting rid off.
The golden-colored serum contains wee bits of shimmer and has a bearable silicone-y texture. When applied, my skin immediately looked smoother and more luminous. I had pretty high hopes for this serum. Three days on, I started to develop bumps on my face which I haven't been getting for quite some time since I've discovered a regime that works. I persevered up until day five, got 2 more stubborn bumps and then I gave up. This serum is not rich at all so I'm putting the blame on the high silicone content.
I passed it on to The Boy's mom for a test run and while she didn't get any bumps, she saw little to no results.
Olay White Radiance CelLucent White Cream
Aside from lightening spots, this gel-cream promises to hydrate intensively as a day moisturizer. I quite liked the lightweight texture which feels quite comfortable in our humid conditions. An intriguing feature of this cream is the shape memory gel that's meant to "form a layer of moisture, efficiently moisturizing the skin surface and filling out the skin surface evenly, allowing light rays to better reflect off skin for a smoother and radiant glow". See, I can't even summarize! Anyway, what happens is if you alter the surface of the cream (I poked a hole), it'll go back to it's original state in about an hour. Cool huh?
My mom's right around the corner from the big five-O and she got cystic acne from this cream. Her skin got lighter but her pigmentation didn't. Instead, they appeared darker on her lightened skin.
Mom then passed the cream on to my 70-year-old grandmom and she got bumps.
I'm rather disappointed with Olay's new premium product line. Besides several hearsays, I've not come to know a true testament on the performance of the products.
So, if you've given these a try before, I'd really like to know your thoughts!
Both Olay Regenerist Serum and Olay White Radiance Cream retail for RM129.90.
*Products featured in this post were provided by P&G Malaysia for the purpose of review on Skin Deco
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