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Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer Review
Complexion, Skin Care, Sun Care - April 9th, 2012

I recently got the opportunity to try out a new product from Olay®. It’s the Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer. It’s supposed to fight seven signs of aging, all in one product! Olay has a long history in the skincare market. It started in the 1950′s with Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid. Today, Olay offers quite an array of skincare products, especially products aimed at anti-aging. For the Total Effects line Olay’s website says:

“Total Effects combines 7 anti-aging skin care therapies into 1 formula for visibly younger-looking skin. With an exclusive VitaNiacin formula,Total Effects out-moisturizes several leading department store products and is also proven effective in fighting 7 signs of aging — the look of fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven skin tone, surface dullness, appearance of prominent pores noticeability of age spots and dryness.”

Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer is supposed to moisturize, treat the signs of aging and provide a sheer tint to the skin as well. To me, it’s basically a tinted moisturizer, slightly more sheer than some I’ve used — so more on the skincare, less on the make-up side of the spectrum. The bottle is 1.7 oz and retails for around $22 ($21.99 at, $23.89 at Target, under $20 at Ulta — shop around for the best price).

Let’s talk about ingredients. Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer contains niacinamide. What is niacinamide? Also known as Vitamin B3, niacinamide is a great anti-aging ingredient that will improve the skin’s moisture barrier when applied topically. It also increases the rate of skin surface renewal, which helps to reverse the appearance of discoloration and large pores. Niacinamide is the third ingredient in the ingredient list. You always want to see the active ingredients high up on an ingredient list, as this means there’s more than just a sprinkling of it in the product for show. The moisturizer also contains both UVA and UVB sunscreens, providing broad spectrum protection.

I like the bottle. It’s an airless pump, which means that no product is wasted and that it  isn’t exposed to the air, which can break down active ingredients.

There are several things I like about the product. First, with regular use, you will probably notice improvements in your skin because of the active ingredients. I haven’t been using it long enough to really speak to long-term improvements, but I did notice right away the exfoliating effect (I had a lot of blackheads come to the surface and go away) and my skin feels smoother. I really like the all-in-one nature of the product. I tend to be a product junkie and have no issue with using multiple skincare products on my face (serums AND a moisturizer) but if that’s too much for you, getting a lot of bang for your buck (and time) out of your moisturizer is the way to go. I like that it contains sunscreen and I don’t have to use a separate sunscreen. It’s only SPF 15 so if you’re going to be out in the sunshine for a long time, you’ll still want something stronger. But for my regular day-to-day activities that are mostly indoor, SPF 15 is fine for me.

The tint is on the sheer side. If you wear foundation, it’s probably not going to replace that. If you wear tinted moisturizer, it might. To me, it’s similar in coverage to Stila’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and slightly less coverage than Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer. It’s perfect for no-makeup days when you just want to put something on your face and go. Most days, I brush a little bit of mineral powder foundation on top and the resulting coverage is perfect. I use less foundation with this product, which is nice.

There are just two drawbacks to the product, for me. The first is the lightest shade is almost-but-not-quite too dark for me. It’s probably going to be too dark for the fairest of the fair complexions, which is too bad. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to oxidize darker, so the fair-to-light shade works fine for me all day long. The other is the texture. It leaves an almost tacky feel to the skin after you apply — that takes a few minutes to go away. I’m not crazy about it. It’s problematic because I can’t apply my powder foundation on top unless I let it really dry first or it won’t apply evenly. It’s mostly not a problem, because I do my eye makeup before I do foundation and it dries sufficiently in the time I use for eye makeup. This texture thing also means some of my serums don’t like to play nicely with it — it sort of balls up a bit on top of certain serums. Through trial and error, I’ve moved the problem products to nighttime and avoid the issue.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer. It’s a quality product at a great price for anti-aging skincare. It’s aimed at women who want a single product to do a lot of things, and I feel like it fits that need very well. I give it two thumbs up.

How do you save time on your skin-care routine? Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.


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88 Responses to “Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer Review”

  1. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  2. Maria Cantu says:

    I take really quick showers.

  3. Tabathia B says:

    I put cleanser on my face and brush teeth and then rinse face off
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  4. Kerry says:

    I like to use my clarisonic cleaner – it saves me time and does a great job!

  5. Debra F says:

    I use good products on my skin, and always take the time to wash and tone my face before bed to remove makeup and the day’s dirt

  6. Gina M Maddox says:


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  7. Gina M Maddox says:

    I carve out time by taking a few minutes before bed to cleanse my skin properly and remove makeup and dirt.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  8. Denise L says:

    I save time by skipping makeup in the morning and just using moisturizer with a SPF.

  9. Erika says:

    I wash my make-up off every day, without fail. I can’t stand sleeping in it, and I think that’s really helped my skin!

  10. I look for products that are fast and easy to apply. If I need some sort of tool, no way!

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  11. Debbie C says:

    Keep makeup removal wipes, toner and moisturizer near your computer. You can do skincare while you read email and surf.


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  13. angie lilly says:

    I love using sugar and salt scrubs on my body to really make my skin soft and shiny! Plus it takes care of three things at once! cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize!

  14. ewhatley says:

    I use a rice hull scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes.

  15. Christina Tong says:

    I save time on my skin routine by applying moisturizer with sunscreen and foundation follow by blush and lip gloss.


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  17. Jammie says:

    I tend to do a lot in the shower keeping my face washed makes me have to to less with my skin. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  18. Lynn says:

    I save time by using a multitasking product like tinted moisturizer.

  19. Sarah L says:

    I care for my skin by getting 8 hours of sleep and drinking lots of water.
    Thanks for the contest.
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  20. Julie says:

    I drink loads of water…
    I also a once a week facial thanks
    I use a minimal amount of makeup

  21. Betty C says:

    I think my beauty care routine needs some tweaking. I still get the occasional zit and my skin isn’t as fresh and light looking as I would like. I usually forget to use sunscreen as I’m allergic to so many products I just tend to leave them all alone.

  22. Norma says:

    I use moisturizer at night while watching TV

  23. LAMusing says:

    I save time by using my cleanser when I take my bath or shower.

  24. Michelle says:

    I’m a devoted Olay customer. Can’t wait to see how this product works for me.

  25. allgeegirl says:

    i love this one… it works indeed…kudos olay!