This hydrating duo is the secret to putting pep back in your skin’s step

Our members gave the range a near-perfect score

Editor / June 20 2023

The product

Anyone else’s face feeling (and looking) especially dull, dry, and drab lately? Yep, we’re all going through tough times in the skin department.

But because we can’t turn the brightness up on our complexions as quickly as we can on our phones (if only!), we need to find the right skin care formulas able to actually make a difference that we can see and feel.

That’s where the Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum and Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser come in. If it’s a dryness-quenching, dew-boosting difference you’re after, they’re the products for the job!

Tested by dermatologists and formulated with a beautifully lightweight texture, they’re all about delivering non-sticky, fast-absorbing nourishment that takes skin from lacklustre to luminous.

Heroing a clever hyaluron complex comprising of hyaluronic acid, as well as a high purity niacinamide, they’re your best bet at replenishing the ‘life’ your face has been lacking lately. So how did they fare when our trusty Review Crew® testers got a hold of them? Let’s find out…

The panel

Beauty Crew sent the  Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum and Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser to a panel of women aged 18 to 34 with dry, dehydrated skin in need of a boost. The panel identified with a variety of skin concerns including the need to repair their skin barrier, as well as dullness and dryness.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum and Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser.

They left skin hydrated and calm: A big positive for a lot of reviewers was how instantly they felt the relief of the hydrating benefits, describing an ‘instant’ uplift in comfort. They also appreciated the cooling nature of the formulas, noting that skin was left feeling moisturised and calm post-application.

The lightweight formulas absorbed quickly and easily: Describing the feel of both formulas as lightweight and non-greasy, our Review Crew® found that the gel serum and gel moisturiser both absorbed easily into skin, leaving no residue on the skin, while still significantly boosting hydration.

They addressed both tone and texture: On top of their impressive hydrating abilities, reviewers were happy to discover that the gel serum and gel moisturiser also improved tone and texture, leaving skin brighter, more even, smoother, and plumper than before.

The verdict

“I received the Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum to trial, and I absolutely loved the smooth consistency, its lightweight texture and super fast absorption. It was highly addictive to use, I found myself reaching for it first thing in the morning with a grin on my face. Yes, it’s that good. I am a huge fan of hyaluronic acid and know its value and effects on the skin well, and I was not disappointed, it made my skin smoother, plumper and soft to touch. The niacinamide part of this serum equation blew me away. It helped to calm down any spots I had. It is a great product, utilising both effective ingredients to create a power pot serum. Overall I would recommend this product and head out to the shops to repurchase when I run out.”
Lea C
“This Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum is one of the most hydrating serums I’ve ever had the pleasure of using, and I have tried a lot of different ones out there! The product itself felt light and soothing on application, and provided instant hydration! After using it in my facial skin care routine for a few weeks, my skin feels a lot softer, younger, and has a healthy glow to it. This is definitely a product I’d recommend to others who are looking for a regimen to help moisturise and firm up their skin, especially if they’re after a product that isn’t heavily fragranced.”
Gloria K
“Okay, they were not kidding when they said 4x longer hydration! I have dry skin so it was great to use a product that delivers. I used the Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser morning and night as part of my daily routine. It’s a lightweight and smooth consistency and feels so beautiful on the skin. After two weeks of using the product consistently, I noticed a difference in my skin - it was brighter, plumper and fine lines were diminished. It definitely lasted the 24 hours as promised. A great product to use in conjunction with Olay Serum and eye gel.”
Kylie B
“I’ve been using the Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser every morning for over a month now. I love the texture of this moisturiser! It glides onto your skin so smoothly and easily. It absorbs really quickly which is great in the morning when you do not have hours for your skin care routine, but it still provides such a lasting feeling of hydration. This is probably one of my favourite products I’ve had to review so far. I have sensitive skin that is prone to redness and this does not irritate it. In combination with the serum, I’ve noticed my skin feels smoother and shows less redness as well. 10/10 would buy again.”
Ashton H

Like the sound of this hydrating, brightening range? Read more Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum ($35.99 at Chemist Warehouse) and Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser ($35.99 at Chemist Warehouse) reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Olay to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Serum and Olay Luminous Hyaluron + Niacinamide Gel Moisturiser is based on a combined total of 40 reviews submitted and is correct as of 20/06/2023.

Main image credit: Are Media

Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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