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Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum Review

By: Kelly Burgess on March 30, 2017

Bottom Line

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum is loaded with beneficial ingredients that can help your skin look immediately smoother and brighter. It's very lightweight and doesn't contain a sunscreen, so you'll likely need to apply a separate moisturizer during the day.


  • Silky texture
  • Lightweight
  • Smooths, brightens skin
  • Loaded with cell-communicating ingredients


  • Lacks sunscreen
  • Dry skin may need additional moisturizer
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down


Lots of powerful ingredients. Antioxidants are an essential ingredient in preventative wrinkle creams, and experts say Olay Micro-Sculpting Serum fits the bill. It contains effective, free-radical-fighting ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3), an antioxidant that helps skin stay hydrated to minimize the appearance of fine wrinkles, as well as minerals to make your skin look brighter. Users say Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum is a great primer, creating a smooth surface for makeup to adhere to. One drawback is that the serum may not provide enough moisture to satisfy those with dry skin, but it's lightweight enough that it can easily be layered with a more emollient cream. Like many wrinkle creams, this serum doesn't contain sunscreen, so if you use it during the day, you'll need to apply a separate sunscreen or use a separate facial moisturizer with sunscreen. We cover both in their own reports.

Feel and smell

Non-irritating formula: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum is a fragrance free serum with a lightweight texture that users love -- especially those with sensitive skin. It gets no complaints of a "greasy" feel and it's great for layering product. At Good Housekeeping, where this earns a GH Seal of Approval, assistant beauty editor Cody Marick says this serum, "Wears well under makeup without pilling or melting off during the day." Of course, there are a few, albeit very few, outliers who say this did pill, or irritated their skin, but they are a small minority and, quite frankly, not every product will agree with every person.

Our Sources

Editors of Good Housekeeping, Jan. 13, 2017

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute recruited volunteers and analyzed results in their lab to come up with these top 40 anti-aging products. A number of popular wrinkle creams and serums are included in the roundup, including Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum.

Paula Begoun, Aug. 25, 2015

Paula Begoun gives Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum a 5-star rating because of its range of cell-communicating ingredients to smooth and brighten skin. She also notes that it's fragrance-free and good for sensitive skin.

Catherine Gambrell, Not Dated

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum "has an anti-aging formula that's both powerful and non-irritating - a rare combination," says Catherine Gambrell. It also won a Reader's Choice award in 2013.

Marissa Desantis, Not Dated

Marissa Desantis rounds up 16 of the best anti-aging serums, including Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum. This is number 15 on the list, with a member rating of 8.4. Desantis notes that TotalBeauty.com contributors say this serum gives you fast results and results In soft, smooth skin.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2017

In more than 2,880 customer reviews, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users say that the formula improves the overall appearance of skin and does a good job of moisturizing. Quite a few note that it's a good choice for sensitive skin, and many use it daily under a moisturizer with SPF.

Contributors to Ulta.com, As of March 2017

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 160 customer reviews. Users say it improves skin texture and doesn't feel greasy. It also gets raves for soothing sensitive skin and reversing some sun damage.

Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of March 2017

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum doesn't fare quite as well here as elsewhere, earning an overall rating of 3.5 lipsticks out of 5, in just under 80 reviews. Reviewers praise the Olay serum for its silky texture and for improving the smoothness of their skin. Some say they saw no difference in their skin or feel that it's too light to properly moisturize.

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