Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser is a new gentle exfoliating cleaner introduced for Spring 2013. I think the Fresh Effects Collection is Olay’s attempt to garner the attention of a younger generation of beauty users. The packaging and the products just seem to have a “fun” take on skincare compared to Olay’s more mature range of anti-aging products.

I’m all about fun and fresh so I did pick this up to try out.

Let’s take a look!

This is a 6.5 oz squeeze tube exfoliating cleanser for around $5.99-$6.99. The budget price tag and “cutesy” packaging definitely will appeal to teens and those in their twenties. Considering Olay takes anti-aging skincare super serious many of their products have a clinical feel, this isn’t a bad thing, but it definitely appeals to a more mature demographic.

So the Fresh Effects Collection definitely gives a fresher, funnier vibe in comparison.

I’ve been using this cleanser for the past two weeks during my AM shower. It’s a gentle exfoliater so you can easily use it daily without the fear of drying your skin out or over stripping it. The formula is a rich creamy base with tiny grains for exfoliating. I was thankful there weren’t any “beads” such as the ones you find in Clean & Clear products. I really dislike those! This has a more refined, grainer texture that resembles salt. Actually comparing it to other products of its kind it’s a far more gentle scrub. It has a strong, fresh scent and produces a small amount of lather as you massage it on so it cleanses your face as it scrubs.

Overall, it makes for a decent way to cleanse and exfoliate in one step. The stronger scent might be too much for sensitive types but I found it rather pleasant. It isn’t the best cleanser come exfoliater I’ve ever tried to be honest as I’ve run across some at the drugstore that produced far more lather and had a grainer texture that I felt would be better suited for my dry skin. It is however, nice for AM use to gently cleanse my morning skin and give it a slight glow from the scrubbing action it produces.

It’s not something you have to run out to grab but if you’re running out of your normal cleanser/scrub hybrid perhaps pick it up for a try out.

Already tried it?

Do share your thoughts.

It’s available now at drugstores.


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by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 1/21/13 15:48 Lauren:

    Do you think sensitive skin (not to fragrance, just I can’t use harsh cleansers) could use this? I have dry skin and it gets flaky at times, but i’m afraid to irritate my skin even more by using an exfoliator.


    • 1/21/13 16:11 the Muse:

      lauren I’d avoid it if you have sensitive skin hun!


  • 1/21/13 18:38 crango:

    I haven’t tried this product, but it sounds like it’s basically the same as the cleanser I got with their Pro-x brush. I love how gentle it is; it’s been the only exfoliator that hasn’t torn my face to pieces!


  • 1/22/13 9:39 Heather:

    Is there one from the drugstore that is better that you’d recommend?


    • 1/22/13 10:04 the Muse:

      really like Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub and Queen Helene Facial Scrubs


      • 1/22/13 22:36 Melissa:

        I sniffed this one – no way. Nice but too much. I actually coughed lol. I second the queen Helene. For the price, you get some good basic skin care. I use the face and body scrubs and have for years.


        • 1/23/13 11:10 the Muse:

          yea it is strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D


  • 1/27/14 19:09 Stephanie:

    I actually tried this as a “I’m out of exfoliator, help! D:” kind of scenario.
    Personally, it wasn’t strong enough for my face. My skin flakes like its life depends on it, so I have to use an exfoliator every morning. I’ve been testing out Origin’s Modern Friction every day, and compared to that, this doesn’t do anything. Not something I would rebuy because it isn’t strong enough for my skin. The smell is lovely, though!


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