Product Review-Hydrating Gel under $35

Every year Allure magazine conducts intense beauty reviews to find the absolute best products. They cover hair, skin, clean products, sensitive products, breakthrough {new} products, and so much more. I love getting recommendations from friends about any type of product so to know that this company devotes so much time to discovering what they deem the absolute best products each year, well that makes me giddy. I’ve been known to get sucked into adding some things to my cart simply because I see that “Allure Beauty Award” next to a product online. This idea for a little series came to me as I was reading through your suggestions and I think it’s gonna be fun!

The Best Facial Moisturizer was given to Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide 24 Hydrating Gel Moisturizer Fragrance Free and I knew immediately I wanted to review this. You guys know how expensive great moisturizers can be so to see that a drugstore brand had WON this division had me adding to cart immediately.

This is what Olay has to say about their Hyalurunic Acid + Peptide 24 Hydrating Gel:

  • Delivers supercharged 24-hour hydration with Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Peptides
  • Absorbs quickly with no sticky or tacky feeling
  • Delivers visibly healthier-looking skin in 2 weeks
  • Delivers more supple and radiant skin in one month

The key ingredients are hyalurunic acid, vitamin B3, and amino peptide, which all sounds like things I want to be adding to my skin. 🙂

I didn’t notice until later this moisturizer won in the “light” category while another product won in the “rich” department.

From Amazon, Target, and Walmart, this gel has 4.5 to 5 stars with each site having thousands of reviews so it’s safe to say there’s a reason it snagged the award.

Before I get into my thoughts, I must tell you I have SUPER dry skin especially in the winter. I’ve been using this gel for just a week so not the full two weeks which is when Olay says you’ll see healthier looking skin. But I’ve been using both morning and night after I cleanse my face.

Pros: This gel feels really light weight, it’s not sticky. The price point is GREAT! It rings in at $29-$35 depending on where you purchase.

Cons: It’s a thin moisturizer. Since my skin is so dry, this isn’t enough for me as the sole moisturizer. My face needs more hydration. But I think if your skin is oily, then this might be a great find for you.

My verdict is I’m going to stow this away for summer when my skin isn’t near as dry. I think paired with a good moisturizer for just a little extra hydration it might work great. But if your skin leans more on the oily side, this might be a great product for you. At this price point, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Have you tried this hydrating gel? If so, what’d you think? I’ve already been using the next product I’m gonna review so it’s coming soon. 🙂

Have a great day, friends!


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  1. 1.12.23
    Lisa said:

    I’d you’re looking for a great face moisturizer – Bright Idea vitamin C cream is excellent! I have super dry skin and this has transformed mine for the better!!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks, Lisa!! I’ll have to check it out!

  2. 1.12.23
    Elspeth said:

    I’ve heard of this gel but haven’t tried it myself! Thanks for the review!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      If your skin leans oily, I’d give it a try!

  3. 1.12.23
    Kelly Sites said:

    I love this blog post. I love anything skin care and beauty.

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Oh yay! Thank you, Kelly! Have you tried this gel before?

  4. 1.12.23

    I love, love, love a beauty product review!!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:


  5. 1.12.23
    MB said:

    Super excited about this series- hope to see you try out makeup, hair product, etc… Keep up the great work!!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That’s the plan! Thank you!

  6. 1.12.23
    Christina Spinella said:

    I am by no means a skincare expert (I decided during the pandemic that I should probably start using a moisturizer lol), but I have been using the Revision hydrating serum for the last couple months and I love it. I honestly don’t know if I’m using it right, but I put it on between my retinol and my moisturizer at night. I keep it in a little fridge on my vanity so it’s cold, but I really like it! It wasn’t necessarily drug store cheap, but it wasn’t crazy expensive and has lasted because I only use a couple pumps at night.

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Christina, I went to my aesthetician just yesterday and she told me I needed to try that so I JUST bought it!

  7. 1.12.23
    Nancy said:

    I have super dry skin too and I’ve found that the gels don’t work for me in the winter either and save them for hot weather or travel. Great post, look forward to more!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That’s my plan, Nancy! Thank you!!

  8. 1.12.23
    Kelly W said:

    I love this post! I am 47 and recently my usually very compliant skin went wonky on me. Elemis saved my skin! I now use several of their products and love them all!

    • 1.12.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I’ve never tried Elemis but have heard such good things! Glad it’s working for you!

  9. 1.12.23
    Alex said:

    I love this new series!! I’m always looking for a lighter moisturizer to wear under makeup – this seems like a great one to try! Thank you!

  10. 1.12.23
    AngieN said:

    Super excited about this series! Thanks Erika!

  11. 1.12.23
    Mandy said:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this gel! I love anything Oil of Olay, but always so confused on what to use during the winter/summer months. I’m terrible with skin products!

  12. 1.12.23
    Kathrin Hulin said:

    I have really dry skin and recently bought Peach & Lily glass seruim (Ulta or Sephoria) and it really works well. It also scores excellent on the Yuka app. Yuka app is a great tool for scanning barcodes to see if there are endocrine blockers or other harmful toxins. I only use app for everyday products. I can not obsess over every item I consume. You would be very surprised by how many products that claim to be great and are not (Lume deoterant). On the flip side, there are products that do not market “clean” but do not use the hazard minerals. My daughter just got a bottle of Ariana Grande Cloud for Christmas, it has toxins that can cause infertility, endocrine disruptors. I told her she can spray on clothes but avoid skin. I bought Viktor&Rolfs Good Fortune, it is rated fine. But Viktor&Rolfs Flowerbomb has hazardous toxins. Just awareness if I am deciding between products. The app also recommends alternative products for those that rate poorly.

  13. 1.13.23
    Sheaffer said:

    Ohhh! Super fun series! Love this!