Olay Facial Sunscreen Antioxidants SPF 35 Makeup Primer


Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Antioxidants + Makeup Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Lotion

1.30 fl. oz. for $ 26.99
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Olay Sun Facial Sunscreen + Antioxidants + Makeup Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Lotion has a name that just keeps going but it’s a very good daytime option for those with normal to oily or combination skin--and is also suitable for breakout-prone skin. And, true to claims, this feels so light you’re likely to look forward to applying this daily!

The whipped lotion-like texture is dispense from the needle-nose tip of an opaque bottle topped with a removable cap. The plastic bottle isn’t super-easy to squeeze, so be careful you don’t put too much pressure on it as there’s no putting the excess back if you dispense too much.

In use, this glides over skin, feeling exceptionally light and not the least bit slick or greasy. It sets to a soft matte (in feel) finish but does leave a sheen (in appearance) on skin. If you have oily skin this ramps up the shine factor, but won’t make skin feel oilier. And a quick dusting of powder tones down the shine finish.

Speaking of powder, if you’re going to use this as a makeup primer you’ll find it performs well, helping makeup go on smoother and last longer, especially over oily areas.

Along with broad-spectrum sun protection Olay also supplies skin-defending niacinamide, vitamin E, and green tea. All of these are great, if commonplace for Olay, yet they absolutely play a role in skin’s health and appearance. It would be even better if the formula also contained some great skin-restoring and more replenishing ingredients, but you’re still getting some nice benefits.

The only drawback is the fragrance this contains. It’s not pervasive so poses a reduced risk of irritating skin, but fragrance free would’ve been even better.


  • Delivers great broad-spectrum protection.
  • Contains anti-aging ingredients to support the UV protectants.
  • Lightweight, silky formula does double duty as foundation primer.
  • Feels so light you might begin looking forward to applying sunscreen!
  • Fragranced formula can trigger irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

What if protecting skin with SPF didn’t mean settling for a greasy, oily feel? What if looking younger didn’t mean relying on makeup or a really thorough scrub? What if the SPF number on the bottle was the exact protection you were promised? Better yet, what if wearing SPF wasn’t like wearing SPF at all? Introducing Olay Sun Face Sunscreen Serum + Makeup Primer with SPF 35 protection—an innovative solution that delivers all of the above and more. Inspired by Asian Blocker technology, this simple-ingredient serum absorbs quickly to mattify skin so it’s primed and ready for your makeup routine. Even better, it’s an SPF light enough to pair with your go-to daily moisturizer so you never have to negotiate skin care’s No. 1 nonnegotiable step.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 9.0%, Octisalate 4.5%, Octocrylene 8.5%.Inactive Ingredients: Water, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.

Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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