January 21, 2014

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

For all the gel moisturizer fan girls and guys out there meet the new Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer launching at drugstores now.


Me too. I have a total thing going on for gel moisturizers especially Asian ones and of course, do love Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream!

Let’s take a look at Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer and see what the good word is!

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is one of several new Olay Fresh Effects Skincare products launching for Spring 2014.

Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer will be available in a small size for $3.49 (great if you don’t wanna commit to a full size) or you can grab the regular 1.7 oz for $12.99.

This formula is oil-free and according to my original launch info it was supposed to have an SPF 15 but I don’t see anything about that on the box. It’s infused with honeysuckle and antioxidant-rich white tea and smells positively delightful! It has a very fresh, floral scent that’s in no way subtle so if you’re sensitive to fragrance in your skincare do beware.

This has a cool refreshing feel when applied on skin. The gel is a transulcent shade of light green and absorbs instantly into skin. Funny thing about this product is the fact that it kinda goes matte once it sets. I wouldn’t call the effects as moisturizing as Garnier’s version which leads me to believe that oily skin will feel right at home with this one. It isn’t greasy nor does it leave skin oily or shiny. The matte dry down is comfortable on my drier skin and as a daily moisturizer it does ok with my drier skin but I do need more moisture than this provides because my skin is like the Sahara desert!

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer swatches

Overall, Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is a nifty, lightweight moisturizer for thirsty yet oily skin! For those of us with drier skin you might feel like you need more moisture than this is willing to provide. In that case, it’ll do well for Summer wear when your drier skin might be producing a bit more oily. For those seeking a lightweight, quick to absorb moisturizer this is a nice pick up just don’t expect super intense hydration for drier skin types.

This launches at drugstores shortly (I saw the entire new Spring 2014 Collection at CVS recently!).

Tried it?

Do share!

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This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jennifer

    I saw this the other day but was waiting to read some reviews before purchasing. I love gel moisturizers because I have super oily skin. I might have to buy the trial size!

    • Isabella Muse

      it’ll be good for you Jennifer! It actually seems to mattify skin once it dries down 😀 let me know whatcha think!

  • Sarah

    Guess I’ve been spoiled (as a consumer) because there are lots of great gel moisturizers available now that are paraben free; too bad bc the texture looks great.

  • Ashley

    Haven’t tired this, although I don’t care for moisturizers with a scent. If you like gel moisturizers I highly suggest LA MER moisturizing gel cream and also clinque’s Moisture surge intense or the regular Clinque Moisture surge, probably one of my favorites of all time!

  • Sarah

    I really like this! I have moderately oily skin and this stuff isn’t overly greasy. It makes my skin feel nice and smooth and dries pretty quickly. I am a sucker for anything honeysuckle so the scent doesn’t bother me. I grabbed this and the new Everything Off makeup remover towelettes. The package on the towlettes says that they are good for waterproof mascara. Word of warning to people with sensitive eyes, these are no bueno. I used one to take off my eye makeup and the next morning my eyes burned and were bloodshot 🙁 I love your blog, Muse and check it everyday! Keep on keepin’ on, pretty lady 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      hi sarah thanks for sharing your mini review very helpful 😀 aw thank YOU!!!!!!!! <3!

  • Cristina

    Isabella thank you for reviewing this! When I first found out that Olay was releasing a gel moisturizer I was hoping it would be similar to Clinique’s Moisture Surge or Garnier’s gel moisturizer which I love and use everyday. I personally have normal to dry skin and I find gel moisturizers to be more effective than those containing oil. THANK YOU!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure cristina 🙂 let me know if you try it I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Jane

    sounds great. I have oily skin and hope this one would be perfect for me. Wish it is stated SPF on the label though. Don’t want to put on another sunscreen. Laziness knows my name. ^^

  • Caroline

    I’m excited to try this out! My favorite gel cream moisturizer remains the Origin GinZing one that you reviewed a few months ago. I also like the Clean & Clear one that comes in a tube, although it’s a bit heavily fragranced for my liking. Looks like this will be a good alternative, so I’m going to keep an eye out for it (and maybe a sale/coupon, too!). Thanks for the review! 🙂

  • Iris

    I wish to try this. 🙂 It sounds like it’d be great for my skin, which is combination to oily.

  • Meghan

    I have oily skin and was wondering which you think would be the best: Olay Fresh Effects LONG LIVE MOISTURE! SATIN FINISH LOTION, the Clean& Clear MORNING BURST HYDRATING GEL MOISTURIZER or this? Thanks!

  • Farah

    Thanks for the quick review, and also for the pic on the ingredient list. If you notice the titanium dioxide on the package that is a sunscreen. I don’t know how strong it is, but it does mean that the product has some kind of sunscreen in it. I can’t wait to try it out here in Canada!