Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tried-It Tuesday-- Olay Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizer

Hey there!

Hope everyone had a nice Monday~ I definitely spent most of my day in bed watching an America's Next Top Model marathon, hehe.

So--lately I've been getting lots of free stuff in the mail (a la contests and first 100-entries things) and I won Olay's new Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizer, which retails around $20 at drugstores.

What it claims: Well, I'll let the box tell you! 

Instantly? Whoa! Let's take a look:

The box

You click the bottom to dispense product.

The brush

I got click-happy and the product got on the counter~ look how dark it is!!!!

Product on left, bare on right-- with flash

Product on left, bare on right-- without flash

I laid in on thick on the left side, thinking it would help... but um, no.

Okay. Right off the bat, I hate this tint. I had this same qualm with Garnier's Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller, (swatch here), in that the "universal color" is entirely too dark! I'm sorry-- I have on self tanner, and it is still too dark! And kind of orangey... hmm.. Not flattering on most people. And even if it was, it's so thin that it really doesn't make a difference, except for with a flash because it keeps that "wet" and reflective look. Which means in real life? You still have darkness.

Other than the color, which didn't work, I really couldn't tell any difference in the "dark-circle reducing" powers. **However, to be fair, I don't quite have any bags or lines at 23, so I can't review it accurately on the 7-in-1 effects.** I have read some great reviews about the Total Effects line, so it's worth a shot if you're looking for anti-aging products--- just NOT this particular one. The color alone is such a horrible turn-off. Also, I wore it under my normal concealer, and it made my concealer fade quicker than normal. =\ 

In a flash~
I'd pass on this one. If you need help in the eye area, get a cream, not a tinted product. 

What do you think? Do you use an eye cream? If so, what is it? If not, when do you think you should start using one? 

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven


  1. Hey ..
    i have a question ..
    Did olay eye circle minimizer helped decrease your under eye dark circle?

  2. Hey Ghizlane! I have yet to find a product that decreases my dark circles. =( I have tried products that help with puffiness, but did not decrease the actual color. I think Vitamin K helps to thicken the undereye skin to help mask the darkness, but I have yet to try it! Any suggestions??