The Total Effects CC Cream has the skin perfecting powders of a BB cream but with of the anti-aging VitaNiacin complex than the Total Effects BB Cream, according to Olay. So, you should get the benefits of skin perfecting with good anti-aging all rolled into one product. I really thought that I would love this, but I’m not a fan it turns out. There was just nothing that I really liked about the product. I didn’t like it the first time I tried it but did keep giving it a go, hoping that it might grow on me. I was wrong, it did not.
The first problem is that the colour ranges are not quite fine enough with just two options. I got the lightest version, Fair to Medium, and it’s just too dark for me. To be fair, I am a girl with a Casper-esque skin tone though and wear the lightest foundation colour in every brand I’ve ever tried. However, Olay should know that there needs to be a finer gradation of colours than just Fair to Medium and Medium to Dark. We all think that is ridiculous right? There are so many different variations of skin colour that you can’t just divide it into two and think that will work for everyone. I might be able to get away with this at the height of summer after I’ve been on holiday somewhere sunny and have somewhat of a tan, but for a person with fair skin this just doesn’t work. The one good thing is that this does have an SPF 15 to protect your skin a bit from the sun, though that is lower than my normal day-time moisturizer, so it could be better too.
The texture is not at all what I was expecting, and is the least appealing part of this product, feeling heavy and greasy. I don’t have oily skin at all but I would guess that if you did, even slightly, this would be a really bad situation for your skin. For myself, I found it too heavy feeling on my face, far heavier feeling than my usual moisturizer and foundation for sure. Also, the greasy feeling of the texture doesn’t do anything for the look of your skin, especially in combination with the over-dark colour. I feel like I’m wearing a mask with it seeming to sit on my skin rather than blend in with it and create a flawless complexion. Which it also doesn’t really do. The complexion correction nature of the product just seems to be some name that they have put on this as it really doesn’t do much of anything in that respect. You would think that with the thick texture and the dark colour that it would be good at least at covering any imperfections, but somehow it doesn’t. It’s quite the conundrum. The other problem is that it makes your skin look really dull. I can’t imagine how it manages to feel so greasy but make your skin look so dull. Also, a puzzle. With the trend now for really fresh looking skin, this is definitely not the product you want to put on; definitely not on trend. And don’t mistake what I am saying to mean that it has a smooth, matte finish, it does not. You look dull, not matte, and there is certainly a difference. Plus, it leaves your skin feeling weird and somewhat sticky to the touch.
I had purchased this because I thought it might be a great way to cut down on the amount of stuff I need to take with me when we travel, and also because I had thought it would be great for summer when I like to wear less stuff on my face. But it doesn’t feel like I have less stuff on my face, quite the opposite, so that doesn’t help me in the slightest. It’s kind of anti-summer skincare I think because of the heavy, greasy feeling. The one time I wore it when it was somewhat hot out, I felt really hot and sweaty on my face and the CC cream felt definitely not good, almost melty or something. To be technical, it felt gross. When we got home I just looked sweaty with dull patches.
So, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of this but it probably won’t be use it. If you like this though, the price at Costco does seem to be really good, even without the coupon I had used; thankfully I didn’t pay full price for this. At Costco you get two containers of the cream for £18.59 with VAT, which is less than they would be at Amazon UK or Superdrug where a single container is £10.00. So, if there is any doubt, I’m not a fan, won’t be buying it again, and do not feel like I could recommend this to anyone either.