Saturday, May 4, 2013

REVIEW -- Olay Fresh Effects Shine Minimizer Cleanser and Satin Finish Lotion

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Olay's new Fresh Effects products to share with you! I'll be focusing on the Shine Minimizing Cleanser and the Satin Finish Lotion!

Honestly, I'd never really paid much attention to Olay until they picked up Carrie Underwood as their spokeswoman a couple years back. I guess I'd just always assumed the brand was geared more towards my mom's generation..? But Carrie Underwood is about my age, and I adore her! Yes, I have no shame in falling for a great marketing campaign, haha. :)

As you know, I struggle with oily skin so these products are right up my alley and I was very excited to give them a try. Plus, I love the concept of getting everything (my skin included) "fresh" for Spring! Brightly colored clothes, bright flowers, and radiant skin! What could be better?!

Read on to find out how these products fared for me!

The Olay Fresh Effects skin care line is built to fit seamlessly into your everyday routine, because.. let's face it: We're all busy these days! Why waste your precious time worrying about your skin?! The products work together to deep clean, hydrate, and refresh your skin so that you can always look your absolute best, even if you're just out running errands or spending an afternoon in the gym.


The {SHINE, SHINE GO AWAY!} Shine Minimizing Cleanser is one product that does serious double duty! It deep cleans your pores like a mask, but lathers and rinses clean just like a daily cleanser. The result? No waiting around for a mask to dry, and your skin gets an amazing deep clean! This cleanser is kaolin clay based to really get deep into your pores and remove 2X the dirt, oil, and make-up that a regular cleanser does! Plus, another benefit of the kaolin clay is that it also helps control oil.

This cleanser retails around $7 and is available at most drugstores and supermarkets, as well as online.


The {LONG LIVE MOISTURE!} Satin Finish Lotion is pretty much the best of both worlds as well. It's got all the benefits of a lotion, but with the lightweight feel of a gel! This gives you a quick and refreshing way to get the 24-hour moisture that your skin needs without slathering it with thick and heavy lotions or creams. It's also oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it won't block your freshly deep-cleaned pores!

This moisturizer retails for around $13 and is also available at most drugstores and supermarkets, as well as online.
Let's be real: I'm an extremely busy girl in my mid (late?!) 20's. I'm not quite in that "acne-prone" skin phase anymore, even though I do have occasional breakouts.. and while I do use some anti-aging products, that's not really my main concern either.

All I want is a good skin care regimen that's quick and easy to use and will give me great results. I think the Olay Fresh Effects line does a great job of fulfilling that need. 

The cleanser really gets in and deep cleans my skin. You can even see it removing makeup in the lather that it creates! I mean, how awesome is that?! I love that it contains kaolin clay because lately I've just been too lazy to keep up with doing a full facial routine (masks, etc) like I should. I love knowing that this cleanser is essentially combining both of those steps into one.

And, as an "oily" girl, it took me years to finally come to the realization that I still need to apply a moisturizer to my skin. Even though I know this now, I get hesitant (or lazy) when it comes time to actually do this step every day. Plus, so many moisturizers manage to turn my face into an oil slick by mid-day anyways.. and that's not cute. Especially when you sell makeup and skincare for a living. If we're busy, I might not have time to stop and blot my face at work.. and then I'm sitting there swearing by a product that's supposed to control oil while my face is so shiny it reflects light like a disco ball. Blech.

The satin finish lotion does a great job of keeping my skin hydrated (important for anti-aging!) and shine free, but without being so drastically matte like a mattifying moisturizer does. Like my skin but better, I guess? It's completely light-weight, non-greasy, and absorbs so quickly. One pump is enough for my entire face and neck, and once I rub it in.. it's done. I don't have to worry about being shiny later, I don't have to feel guilty for not moisturizing.. it's awesome!
Overall, I've REALLY enjoyed using both of the Olay Fresh Effects products so far, and I feel like my skin has improved as well! Since the cleanser has been deep-cleaning my pores, I've noticed less overall breakouts, and the moisturizer has made my skin feel much softer and appear more hydrated than when I was "forgetting" (or neglecting) to use one. 

The products smell great, and I think they are a fantastic overhaul of my skincare routine. They're quick and practically effortless to use and keep up with. Both of them will definitely be making it into my hospital bag for baby Carey's delivery in a few weeks! I'm sure that I probably won't feel like doing much in the way of my beauty routine after giving birth, but I know I can manage keeping up with these two super easy steps! 

These are definitely two products that I can see myself purchasing in the future, and I love that they are both affordable and widely available. I'm thrilled to give them both a perfect rating of 5 stars!

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS

If you would like to learn more about these products, or any other products in the Olay Fresh Effects line, please visit their website!
**DISCLOSURE: Compensation was provided by Olay via AOL Media.
The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Olay.**