I have been using the Olay Luminous Niacinamide plus Vitamin C serum for over a month now and I have almost emptied the first bottle. So, I believe that makes me eligible to review the product. When I bought the product I think it was a pretty new product in the market. Olay launched 3 or 4 of these serums. One of them is the Niacinamide which I am about to review. The other ones were hyaluronic and most probably cica. Now, the motivation for me to try this particular Niacinamide serum was because of its tall claims that it clears spots and brightens skin etc. I was going through a horrible breakout since 2022 started due to extreme stress. But, that’s another story. Anyway, I had to do something to make these acne marks a little less visible. I was open trying anything and everything for a quick result. So, I wasted no time getting my hands on this serum and let me tell you I was not disappointed. Okay, so, let’s start the detailed review and I can share my exact experience with this product.
The descriptions on the packaging says –
Olay Luminous Niacinamide + Vitamin C Super Serum is a concentrated formula enriched with Vitamin C and 99% Pure Niacinamide to reveal skin’s even glow from within. It penetrates 10 surface layers deep^ and is easily absorbed to reduce the look of dark spots, for visibly more even tone and texture in 28 days.
-Suitable for uneven skin tone.
-Fast absorption, non-greasy
-Formulated without nasties, which means, no parabens, sulphates, phthalates, petrolatum or mineral oils
Price and Quantity:
It retails for INR 1999 for a 30 ml bottle but I have seen almost all the time this product is getting sold at a 30-40% discount. That should bring down the price at INR 1200-1300. Still, I know it is a bit pricey.
Ingredient List :
The product has a long ingredients list. It claims to have 99% pure niacinamide and vitamin C in a concentrated form.
Water, Hexyldecanol, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xylitol, Tapioca Starch, Panthenol, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Inositol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Aminomethyl Propanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Fragrance, Disodium, EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, CI 77891, CI 19140, CI 16035
My Experience with the Product:
Packaging : It comes in a glass bottle with a metallic cap. The cap has a pump-button like feature which basically acts as a dropper to get the product on your palm and it also makes sure that you don’t end up getting too much product at one go. It is a more sleek version of a dropper that you will find in a minimalist or ordinary serum. To be honest the bottle was a bit confusing initially to use but I could figure it out and I loved the design. It is totally mess-free and feels luxurious.
Texture : Well, when I think of serums I always visualize something with a transparent watery consistency but the Olay luminous Niacinamide plus Vitamin super serum was nothing like that. This serum is a cream-based serum. At least it looks like so. I can compare the consistency with Laneige Water Bank Moisture Essence. It looks and feels like a white lightweight lotion. When I applied it to my skin it simply smoothly disappeared into my skin. It was absolutely non-greasy. As it has a creamy consistency, it is very easy to apply a very small amount of product to your entire face. For many serums that I have used, I always felt like 2-3 drops are not enough for my face because they did not smoothly blend into my skin except hyaluronic serums. But, the Olay luminous Niacinamide plus Vitamin super serum gets soaked into every millimetre of my face like a dream 😀
Fragrance : It has a very subtle soothing fresh fragrance which I quite like when I put it on before going to bed at night. I know fragrances are not good for us but honestly, I will not mind a soothing relaxing one.
Did it improve my skin ? Plain and simple answer, it did. I am honestly impressed with this product. I did not have a lot of expectation as I have seen earlier products which make tall claims most often do not deliver. Sweetly, this is an exception. As I mentioned earlier, I had a bad breakout which left plenty of red blemishes on my face and I was looking for a quick solution to make those spots go away. Obviously it didn’t make the spots go away but the spots have faded quite a bit and my skin has definitely become brighter with a healthy glow. My cheeks were reddish due to the acne marks and it generally looked like I had some rash on my face. I have noticed that is not the case anymore after using this serum. My skin looks dewy and not tired at all. I could visibly see the difference. It didn’t happen overnight. I have used it regularly for a month and I am going to purchase it again for sure because it for sure works!
Also, let me clarify I was also using a skin barrier repair tonic from the brand YBP along with this serum to maximize the impact. I will review the tonic in a separate post as well.
Hopefully you found this review helpful. Have a nice day 🙂