By Wendy Larson
It’s funny how specific brands from your childhood stick out vividly in your mind. One of my earliest memories is of asking my Grandma why she had a bottle of Oil of Olay in her medicine cabinet, when it was clearly not doing anything to make her look younger….ahh from the mouths of babes. For the record she thought it was hilarious.
At the ripe old age of 26 I have started developing noticeable lines forming under my eyes. I also have dark circles, which are a combo of hereditary factors and sinus problems. I was immediately intrigued by the ads for Olay Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizer. Olay touts the product as being a combo of a concealer and eye cream. It is a brush applicator with a button that you press to expel the product similar to YSL Touche Eclat.
There is so much that is wrong with this stuff.
Firstly, it comes in one shade. Olay says this shade will work for “most skin tones” and it looks like it’s light enough to be an ok match for my super light skin. At first it’s fine, but it oxidizes this WEIRD brown color that’s far too dark.
Secondly, there are no brightening properties to the formula. There are no light reflecting particles or coloring that would cause anything less than a shadow.
Thirdly, the price is ridiculous. $20 for a product that already under-delivers on the first two points. If I’m going to spend $20 on something AT THE DRUGSTORE it had better be awesome. Other issues include the fact that the brush applicator can’t be cleaned without introducing water to the product inside.
I tried it for a couple of days and hoped I could try to make it work…. This was all fine and dandy until a very well meaning friend mentioned that I looked very tired and 10 years older….GAAACK! I was very much awake and alert, so back to Rite Aid it went! I have since found a great eye cream, but that’s a review for another day.