Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer Plus Touch of Foundation SPF 15

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 22.99
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Is this a brilliant way to combine sunscreen, a touch of color, and lots of bells and whistles for skin in one apply-and-get-out-the-door product? The answer is a confusing yes and no. The in-part avobenzone sunscreen is a plus, as is the silky texture laced with an efficacious amount of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. It also applies smoothly, blends well, and sets to a soft matte finish. The problem is that the single shade available won’t work for all skin tones (it’s best for those with light to medium skin tones that are not overtly pink), and although it’s sheer, if the color isn’t right for you, the difference will be obvious. Olay would have been better off launching this in three or four shades for various skin tones (and they clearly know how to do that given the impressive improvements seen in Cover Girl’s foundations; remember, both Cover Girl and Olay are owned by Procter & Gamble).

As it turns out, this is a brilliant option only if the single shade matches your skin well enough to look convincing. If that’s the case, the formula, which is good but could’ve ramped up the antioxidants a bit, is best for normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Tone Enhancer SPF 20 is a comparable product with a better formula and several shades.

Note: Although SPF 15 is good, the latest research suggests that products with higher SPF ratings are more desirable due to the further protection they can provide. Therefore, this tinted moisturizer’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Consider layering this with another SPF product for enhanced protection. .

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Contains seven anti-aging benefits in one bottle and the sheer coverage women are looking for during the day. Helps to renew, restore and protect aging skin with the added benefit of immediate tone improvement. The touch of sheer foundation balances uneven tone leaving visibly younger-looking skin.

Active: Octisalate (4%), Avobenzone (2%), Octocrylene (1%), Ensulizole (1%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zinc Oxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Iron Oxides

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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