CategoryA03. Durable Consumer Goods including Automotive
Idea Creation MEDIAMONKS Shanghai, CHINA
Production MEDIAMONKS Shanghai, CHINA


Name Company Position
Andy Loo MediaMonks Executive Producer
Alvaro Sanchez MediaMonks Senior Producer
Elie el Daccache MediaMonks Senior Project Manager
Rhys Davelaar MediaMonks Creative Director
Sophie te Pas MediaMonks Senior Creative
Maria Biryukova MediaMonks Creative
Jamie Moodley MediaMonks Senior Creative
Eduardo Marzionna MediaMonks Lead Designer
Berend van Gorkom MediaMonks Senior 3D Artist
Meinte van der Spiegel MediaMonks 3D Artist
Delano Kamp MediaMonks UX Designer
Rene Bokhorst MediaMonks Techinal Director
Narendra Yenugula MediaMonks Technical Artist
Glenn Korver MediaMonks Unity Developer
Seth van het Kaar MediaMonks Unity Developer
Yorick Coster MediaMonks Sound Designer
Jurgen van Harskamp MediaMonks Music Composer
Tom Kamps MediaMonks Animator
Floris van Raak MediaMonks Animator
Daniel Comolli MediaMonks Senior Quality Assurance Tester
Donny Hofman MediaMonks Operations Manager

Why is this work relevant for Brand Experience & Activation?

Olay’s skincare products have proven positive effects for the skin, which starts at the cellular level. However, it can be difficult to show these benefits to people since they cannot be seen with the naked eye. The Olay VR Experience gives customers a way to easily see and understand how the active ingredients in Olay’s skincare improves your skin, as if you were the size of a molecule. The experience extends the possibilities of human perception while also revolutionising the format of the product demonstration, all in the form of an educational and entertaining brand experience.


Olay launched an event in China focused on the theme of “future and innovation.” Attending this event were Olay distributors, members of the media, and skincare influencers who all came to find out more about Olay, how their products work, and celebrate the scientific feats behind their skincare. Among the presentations and product demonstrations, we created a VR experience for this event that was both futuristic and innovative. This experience gamifies what happens to the skin when dark spots and similar skin issues form, and how Olay products work to diminish them. All in VR, this experience elevates the traditional product demonstration for one that is equal parts fun and educational.

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

To show people what is actually happening to their skin when they use Olay’s powerful and precise formulas, we created a VR experience that is fun, interactive and educational. Basing the art direction on actual microscopic data of the skin, the experience is biologically accurate with added stylisation to make it visually appealing. The colourful experience gamifies the benefits of Olay’s products by challenging people to grab and mix various active ingredients like Retinol and Niacinamide with their VR controllers. Upon crafting the right composition, users will see how these formulas successfully treat dark spots and other skin issues at the cellular level for lasting improvement. The VR experience mixes science and gameplay to create a memorable way to learn about Olay’s products that is as engaging as it is fascinating.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

We’ve entered an age of virtualization, meaning consumers are ever-seeking new digital experiences—and B2B audiences are no different. The most important thing B2B relationships are looking for is trust: in the product and company they are investing in. Our Olay VR experience allows buyers and businesses to understand the scientific merit behind Olay’s skincare products. With the help of VR, businesses are able to literally see Olay products working before their eyes, helping instantly clarify the fairly difficult-to-understand benefits behind the products. For the other audience of skincare influencers, the VR experience is able to transport them to the skin and help them understand the root causes of common skin issues. This helps them stay more informed, giving them an extra boost of confidence when it comes to caring for their skin. All in all, the VR experience serves as a way to build brand trust and facilitate informed purchases.

Describe the execution (30% of vote)

The Olay VR Experience consists of three exciting environments: The Lab, where users are first introduced to Olay’s innovations; The Surface of the Skin, where users can see how skin issues are caused; and The Stratum Basale, the cells under the skin where users see Olay’s products work their magic. By having this tripartite narrative structure of a beginning, middle and end, we’re able to give users a familiar storyline to follow when learning about something unfamiliar. Each level leads the user a little deeper into the skin and magnifies the space a little more, helping them grasp the science in a digestible way. Additionally, each level comes with multiple interactive moments where users are asked to pick up molecules and mix their own formula. This keeps users involved and engaged, helping them ‘learn by doing’.

List the results (30% of vote)

The VR experience was a crowd-pleasing success at the event, and garnered a lot of participation. It also transported China’s brand ambassadors and KOLs down to the skin’s cellular level helps people see the science behind Olay’s products and how they work to improve dark spots. It also helped P&G engage with more B2B opportunities.