July 18, 2017

Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water Review

Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water is now available and perhaps a little late to the ballgame considering the cleansing water trend isn’t quite at its height in popularity. None the less Olay has introduced their own micellar water that will be available as part of their permanent skincare collection.

I think if you use Olay skincare this might be a welcome addition to their line up although, I have to admit I found some major faults with it. I will say it’s a nicer toner and I can see myself using it for this reason alone but as a cleansing water? Well, no! I’ll explain why that is in a minute.

I tend to use micellar water when I’m busy being lazy and I just want to get to bed. I like my skincare cleansing routine and it is rare that I don’t embrace it at the end of a long day but there are times I get home late and I just want to head to bed and cleansing waters can be damn convenient. However, I won’t be adding Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water to that quick remove and go to bed list.

Here’s why.

Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water is available in a 8 oz bottle for around $6.99 to $9.99 depending where you purchase it. The price isn’t bad and the top pump is quite handy if not a little messy. If you recall the new Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water and Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water have a similiar style packaging but I was disappointed that whenever I placed a cotton square on top and pumped down a lot of the water would squirt everywhere and make a mess. The same holds true for Olay’s packaging but I found if you push down with a lighter hand you can avoid the mess that the Yes To packaging makes.

This is a good formula if you want to remove your facial makeup quickly without drying skin out. It contains some ok ingredients such as rice bran, aloe extract, and glycerin. Apparently it’s supposed to leave skin looking brighter as well as tones it (courtesy the niacinamide in the mix). I can’t say my skin looked brighter but it does tone skin and it will remove any excess makeup that my cleanser left behind should I wish to use it as a double-cleanser of sorts. Note I said facial makeup….!

Now the problem…..

This is a pretty standard formula that doesn’t leave behind a film and doesn’t dry my skin out after using it. I really believe that’s one of the areas that micellar water excels. It never strips, it never leaves skin tight or dry, that’s a total plus. This has a cool feel on skin and I thought for a moment it might contain menthol but that isn’t listed on the ingredients so, I’m assuming the witch hazel might be what causes that fresh, cool feel.

The bottle reads that you can use this to remove eye makeup but the back of the bottle says to avoid direct contact with eyes. I went ahead and tested it on my eyes but I wouldn’t recommend using it in this area. I know certain eye drops contain witch hazel but I’ve always avoided using it on my eyes. There’s also niacinamide in this which isn’t something I’d use in my eyes. I guess they consider it eye safe so long as you don’t get it directly in your eyes. But let’s be real here, you’re bound to get some directly in your eyes as you wipe. Last but not least, it does cause a sting and a burn so, I won’t be attempting to do so again and it didn’t do that great a job removing waterproof eye makeup anyway.

I have to admit it annoys me that micellar water has become so complicated. The fact that formula was simple and gentle was one of the reasons makeup users loved it so much. It’s sad it’s become so complicated with each new formula that gets introduced and you have to resort to using it on your face but have to avoid your eyes. What’s the point if you can’t remove all your makeup using it?

Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water wasn’t particularly exciting. I have to admit it’s a good toner and it works well in a double-cleanse but the fact you can’t use it near your eyes is an issue that will irritate a good deal of users that want something quick and easy to remove all their makeup.

Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water ulta.com, amazon.com, and target.com.

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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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  • Jenniferffrank

    Ironically, I used this for the first time today. I had to go to PT and I went with just a BB cream. I used this when I got home. After fighting with the pump, I got it to work, and yup, squirted all over my shirt. It was an ok cleanser, but I am a fan of the double cleanse as well. However, with that being said, I do believe, Micellar water and make up remover wipes are great when you just don’t have the energy for anything else. Besides that, I do a double cleanse. If you want to try a decent Micellar water, this one is a go. JMO!

    • Isabella Muse

      Yeah for some reason the pump was hard to open for me too! And yup, squirted everywhere! Try a slower pump and a lighter hand, it works better that way! The Yes To pumps are WAY worst! 😀 They are def great for quickie cleaning or double cleansing but I don’t really love them all their own. This disappointed me for eye makeup though, it stung :-/

  • Joan

    I also struggled with getting the top open. It took so long, I felt like flinging it out the window. I had the same issue with the Yes micellar water container. My favorite micellar water is Bioderma, which I discovered through this blog. Thank you, Isabella Muse.

    • Isabella Muse

      I know what I was doing wrong either! I had to open the entire thing and I fiddled with the pump several minutes, replaced it in the bottle and finally it opened. I felt like you, I was ready to toss it at a wall! LOL! Very frustrating 😀 Bioderma is on my top list I’m so glad you like that one Joan ;-D and I helped you to find it yayyyyy! That makes me feel so great!