Facial Wipe Wednesday: Olay’s Fresh Effects

So….it’s already Thursday but…..here’s a facial wipe review anyway.

The Olay brand has never appealed to me. Maybe it’s because it jumped into popularity when I was in my 20’s and anti-aging products didn’t speak to me at that time. Maybe part of it is that I don’t associate myself with the ‘Oil of Olay’ crowd. I don’t think I’m the only one because Olay has rebranded themselves by dropping the ‘Oil of’ monogram.  I just can’t, completely, put my finger on why I don’t gravitate to this brand so, I was truly thinking outside my comfort zone to try Olay’s facial wipes.

First, I will say that I do find the packaging appealing…

DSCF0135And, when I picked this up at Walmart, I was intrigued by the ‘essence of honeysuckle and white tea’…

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And, they have priced their package of 25 wipes for about $5, which is in line with other facial wipes I would get at a mass merchandiser…

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Here’s what is in them…

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And, the copy on the package is cute…

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What I think about them is this: they are just not for me. But, what I did like is that they did smell good. They have the fresh and clean smell that I like and it wasn’t over-powering at all. The only negative I have is that I don’t feel that there was enough cleansing power behind it. And, that is a huge road block for me: they didn’t live up to the ‘Everything Off!’ tag line.

I test out the wipes for at least 7 days in a row. I wear a variety of types of makeup so I can get a fairly well-rounded feel for how well the wipes do remove everything. I like to wait about 5 to 10 minutes after using the facial wipe to see if my skin feels clean and, if I feel my skin is too dry, just right or if I feel any type of residue left behind. Then, I use Kiehl’s facial toner. That’s been my measuring stick to see just how clean my skin is after using the facial wipe.

Here’s where I feel that Olay Fresh Effects let me down. My cotton pads with the toner were dirty after using them. Night after night, it was the same thing. Naturally, after a couple of nights of this, I think that I’m not doing a good enough job of wiping my face so I will try harder. But, it didn’t matter because I was still getting a lot of makeup coming off after using the toner. It wasn’t even, mostly, my foundation, which would be close to my flesh color. The cotton pads were black so, I think it was mascara and it was getting smeared all over my face.

After approximately 5 days, I started using the wipe just on my face, avoiding my eye makeup entirely. I used my Kiehl’s toner and was still getting the same result but, it was much lighter. Then, I would finish up with removing my eye makeup.

Before I continue, here’s an idea of the size of the facial wipe; it’s standard size…

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And, the wipe isn’t smooth. It has a texture to it which, is still very gentle to the skin…

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I’m going to conclude that the facial wipe doesn’t HOLD all the dirt but, spreads it around my skin. I can’t tell you, honestly, if it is just because I wasn’t getting all the makeup off with the wipe alone but, my skin didn’t feel freshly cleaned. I didn’t feel my skin becoming dry and tight immediately after using the wipe but, it did take using the toner before I felt comfortable that my skin was completely clean.

This is one of those times when I will flat out admit that preconceived notions could influence my thoughts on Olay’s Fresh Effects facial wipes. Their subline is ‘Everything Off!’ but, I didn’t feel that to be true.

Have you tried Olay’s facial wipes? How about any of the products from the Fresh Effects line? I’d love to find out if anyone else has a different turn out.