I Reviewed Olay Total Effects CC Cream for a No-Makeup, Makeup Look

A cc cream you can wear every single day.

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3.5

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

What We Like
  • Nice texture and consistency

  • Easy to apply

  • Contains vitamins

What We Don't Like
  • Limited shade range, not for everyone

  • Can pill when layered with too much product

This Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream provides enough coverage to wear in place of your current light foundation and leaves a hydrating, dewy finish on the skin that is comfortable all day long.

3.5

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

We put the Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

Whether you need full coverage or just a tinted foundation to get you through the day, it’s no surprise to anyone that there are thousands of skin complexion products available to address a myriad of concerns. If a subtle skin tint is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

Ahead, we tested out Olay Total Effects 7 In One Tone Correcting CC Cream to see if it would even out our complexion while providing nourishing benefits and the impressive results are in.

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Best For: Sheer coverage on face

Potential Allergens: Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Dimethicone, Isoparaffin, Iron Oxides

Price: $25 or under

Byrdie Clean?: No

Cruelty-free?: No

About The Brand: Previously known as “Oil of Olay”, Olay is a drugstore skincare brand that is owned by Proctor and Gamble. Olay was founded in 1952 and is currently one of the most popular skincare brands sold at mass retailers today. Notable best-sellers include the Olay Regenerist and Total Effects Lines.

About My Skin: I Love an Even Complexion

I love to wear foundation and CC creams along with tinted moisturizers. I am down to try anything as a dewy, hydrated, and even-toned complexion is something I strive to achieve every single day and am no stranger to the products that promise to deliver just that. Brands I reach for often for tinted moisturizers and foundations are Cle de Peau, Armani Beauty, and ILIA.

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

How To Apply: Fingers, Brush, or Sponge

You can apply this CC cream a few different ways, as the consistency is thick enough to hold up to fingers, a foundation brush, or a sponge, so it’s your choice. I found that out of all three application methods, a foundation brush was the easiest and allowed the product to blend well and look consistent on my face. 

If you want to wear this CC cream alone, you can. It’s nice on its own, yet another way to apply it is like a primer to even out your skin tone before foundation. You can help correct redness and hyperpigmentation first by using this product and then following up with a separate foundation for fuller coverage. 

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

The Results: Even-Toned and Hydrated Complexion

This isn’t a makeup product that is going to give you full-coverage wear, but it doesn’t promise that, either.

It helped to even out my complexion, provided some hydration and nourishment, and my skin did look nice and dewy.

While it’s a great option for warmer weather, you can wear something like this all year round. Just keep in mind that you will have to touch it up during the day as it’s sheer and won’t last as long as a full-coverage foundation would. I have fair skin, so I needed to blend the product well for the color to match, and did notice it slightly oxidizes through the day so I used bronzer and other products sparingly in conjunction with it. 

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

The Value

For a drugstore CC cream, the price tag of $25 or under comes out costlier than some other budget-friendly items. If you’re looking for a multi-use product that will give nice results, why not give it a try?

Olay Total Effects Tone CC Cream

Byrdie / Ashley Rebecca

Similar Products: You've got options, but not as cheap

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream ($33): This 3-in-one complexion tint helps to hydrate, even out skin tone, and provides SPF 30 protection.

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer ($40): A tinted moisturizer that’s suitable for anyone who wants to add a little extra glow to their skin. Wear it year-round alone or combine it with your favorite foundation.

Lancome UV Expert Mineral CC Cream SPF 50 ($40): A multi-tasking, color correcting CC cream that helps provide an even complexion while nourishing the skin to keep it looking and feeling hydrated. 

Final Verdict

Give Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream a try if you’re wanting a light foundation type product to help even skin tone, visibly smooth your complexion, and reduce the look of pores. 

Specs

  • Product Name Total Effects Tone CC Cream
  • Product Brand Olay
  • Price $25
  • Weight 1.7 oz.
  • Color Light to Medium
  • Shade Range Light to Medium and Medium to Dark
  • Ingredients Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Panthenol**, Tocopheryl Acetate**, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Polyacrylamide, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citric Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides. *Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, ***Vitamin E

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