Would you go Ole about the Olay White Radiance Ultra UV Blocker SPF 50 PA+++? (sorry, I couldn’t resist the bad pun fun)
I was passed a tube of this by a friend that didn’t fancy it. Otherwise, Olay’s not really a label on my radar screen. Why? Imo, it’s overpriced for a drugstore label that’s Made in Thailand (but seriously, what in Singapore isn’t overpriced?). Not to mention that they’re usually pretty heavily fragranced.
It’s available at Guardian Pharmacies and Watsons drugstores in Singapore and promises to
White Radiance Ultra UV Blocker (SPF 50 PA+++) contains the White Radiance Whitening Active Complex, penetrating deep into the epidermal layer of skin for whitening action. On top of this, its lightweight formula also works to help reduce skin darkening and damage caused by UVA/UVB rays and provides moisturisation. Lastly, it forms a protection film to help minimise harmful effects from the harsh environment and make-up.
The ingredients are very promising with a mix of UV blockers and is avobenzone-free, meaning this is compatible with SPF makeup. It also contains niacinamide. The silicones are listed pretty far down the list.
WATER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, HOMOSALATE, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, OCTOCRYLENE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, NIACINAMIDE, POLYACRYLAMIDE, PHENYLBENZIMIDAZOLE SULFONIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, STEARETH-21, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARETH-2, LAURETH-7, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, ETHYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, PEG/PPG-20/20 DIMETHICONE, OLETH-3 PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM.
I would say yes, this does moisturise very well and there is an emollient film left behind after it sinks in. The white cast is pretty obvious during the initial application and it does take a few minutes to be absorbed into the skin. The fragrance is a generic one, calculated to be, well, scented like a synthetically fresh facial product and on the feminine side, that goes on pretty strong on my face. No likey, but can live with it. It doesn’t feel too siliconey, which is a plus.
One big minus to this, which I found out this morning. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT apply this anywhere near your eyes. It STINGS the $(#(@@#!! out of them. Trust me. I was tearing so much I ruined my eye makeup. Lesson learnt.
You can see the slightly shiny finish after the sunscreen sinks in. I’d recommend this for slightly dehydrated to normal skin.
It’s a product I’m highly unlikely to purchase on my own, as it stings my eyes very badly and is too heavily scented for my liking. The white cast also takes too long to sink in fully. Not a good thing for a rushed workday morning. However, it is readily available at drugstores in Singapore and 50ml is a decent amount, plus, it’s SPF makeup compatible, so not a total write-off.
~*Item reviewed was a personal gift*~