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Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Normal - Review

Est. $5 for 4 oz.
Reviewed
August 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Normal

Best facial moisturizer

Pros
  • Many beneficial ingredients
  • Lightweight; non-greasy
  • Broad-spectrum UV protection
  • Works well under makeup
Cons
  • Contains fragrance

Bottom line

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 15, Normal is a great option for those with normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin. It tops our list of facial moisturizers because it provides broad-spectrum UV protection and is loaded with beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, peptides and niacinamide. Those with oily or combination skin may find it too emollient. Because it contains fragrance, it may not be suitable for those with allergies or sensitivities. If that's you, try CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM (Est. $10 for 3 oz. ), our Best Reviewed facial moisturizer for dry/sensitive skin.

Breaking it down

Performance

Prevents moisture loss. Paula Begoun, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," says Olay Complete "contains an impressive amount of beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide and antioxidant vitamin E." These ingredients are proven to prevent skin damage and prevent the loss of moisture. Begoun adds that the moisturizer wears well under makeup. This facial moisturizer is a perennial favorite at Allure magazine, where it's been a top choice of readers for years. Contributors say it brightens skin and instantly soothes and restores drier areas of the face. It's highly rated at TotalBeauty.com as well, with users from their 20s to 70s weighing in on its effectiveness in keeping their skin hydrated. We saw almost no reports of breakouts or other reactions.

Feel and smell

Lightly scented. Those who have used Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer for years say it's so lightweight that it feels like nothing at all on their skin. It goes on evenly and easily, experts and users say, and has no greasy feel too it. It is one hundred percent oil-free. It's lightly scented, and most reviewers don't mind that. However we found a few who say that even the most innocuous scent is too much and they find it distracting, with several saying it smells like sunscreen. If fragrance is not desirable, Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Est. $22 for 3 oz.) is a well-regarded fragrance-free alternative; it's covered in detail in the ConsumerSearch discussion of facial moisturizers for normal skin. Begoun says the formula in Olay Complete is ideal for those with normal to dry skin, but those with combination or oily skin "will likely find this too emollient."

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Paula Begoun, who relies on published scientific studies to rate products for safety and effectiveness, gives Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer a Good rating. She says it contains an "impressive amount of beneficial ingredients." It's best for normal to dry skin, she says, even those formulations targeted to other skin types.

Review: Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 15, Normal, by Olay, Paula Begoun, Jan. 30, 2014

2. Allure

This is the fifth year that Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer is the top facial moisturizer in the Reader's Choice awards, as chosen by 39,439 contributors. In 2010 and 2011, it was chosen for the "Best of Beauty" Awards. Editors say they like it because it's lightweight, but provides a heavy dose of hydration.

Review: 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, Elizabeth Siegel, Not Dated

3. TotalBeauty.com

In more than 1,200 reviews, Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Normal, earns an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10. Most say it's a great product that is very good for dry skin and that is feels wonderful under makeup. Those with oily skin are less satisfied.

Review: Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Normal, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of August 2014

4. MakeupAlley.com

More than 725 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com comment on Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer giving it an overall rating of 3.9 lipsticks out of 5. Most say that it moisturizes very well, but with a feel that is light and smooth. Many have used it for years; have tried other products, and keep coming back. There are a few scattered complaints of breakouts.

Review: Olay - Complete All Day Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Normal , Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of August 2014

5. Amazon.com

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Normal, earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in nearly 30 customer reviews. Most say it's light, non-greasy, absorbs well, and they like its pleasant scent. A few disagree, saying it smells like sunscreen.

Review: Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Normal 4 Fl Oz, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2014

6. IntotheGloss.com

Oil of Olay Complete is number eight on this list of 10 moisturizers under $40. The list was suggested by readers and each choice includes some brief comments. Olay Complete, they say, is an effective sunscreen that's not greasy and doesn't cause breakouts.

Review: The Best Moisturizers Under $40, Lacey Gattis, Not Dated

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