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This is a product that I find myself always coming back to. I love using this product because it can be very versatile. I will wear this alone just with some mascara and it makes me feel very fresh faced, I would say it''s especially nice to wear on holiday or on warm days, where I you may want to have a little something on your face to hide any slight imperfections yet without loading on a full face of make-up that is going to feel like it''s melting off! The cream is very lightweight and can be built up slightly to hide darker areas and to a certain extent it does give the appearance of an even skin tone which is nice because it''s very quick and easy to apply. It smells very pleasant and not to strong, and moisturises a little bit but not like other moisturises may for the same price. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for something to disguise any little imperfections, yet feeling like they have nothing on. A tip would be to keep this BB cream with you throughout the day however as it can wear off quickly and may need touching up a little. Overall a great little product, very ideal for holidays - especially when sunbathing or in and out of the swimming pools and water parks. Very compact packaging, easy to carry around. Also you don''t really need to apply this in front of a mirror because it''s not really dark enough to spot areas where it may not have been applied properly - like with a foundation - And it mixes well with suntan lotion to ensure your face is looking fresh, glowing and still protected!
As a female student with a long history of terrible skin (think acne and the vicious cycle of coverups which always make it worse!), I've always had a hard time selecting products that don't irritate or inflame but are still reasonably priced. My skin is oily so the idea of moisturiser has always seemed absurd, but BB cream has worked wonderfully well so far. The coverage is not as great as a normal liquid foundation, however (unlike liquid foundation on me) it doesn't go greasy and appear to slide off.
For a BB cream at a decent price it does seem to work, haven't noticed any breakouts at all. You only need to use a tiny bit each time too, so it takes a while to finish the product. Makes my pores seem smaller which is definitely a bonus (gives it the edge over liquid foundation). I would definitely recommend if you're on a budget.
Since their introduction into the beauty market, I've tried several BB creams with varying levels of success and, so far, haven't found the perfect one, though some have come close. One I tried quite early on and dismissed was from Nivea Daily Essentials but I've since revisted this BB cream and have somewhat revised my opinion.
What is a BB cream?
BB creams began life in Asia and from the offset there seems to have been some confusion as to whether the BB stood for beauty balm or blemish balm, a question which still doesn't seem to have a definite answer. That being said, the general consensus seems to be that these creams should all offer moisturising properties, an evening out of complexion and sun protection. Though very similar to tinted moisturisers, BB creams go one step further by offering regenerative ingredients such as antioxidants. The cream was initially created by dermatologists for patients who had undergone laser skin surgery but, of course, once the beauty industry got hold of the formula it morphed into a completely different product.
What does Nivea Daily Essentials offer?
Most of the early European BB creams began by offering a 3-in-1 beauty product which moisturised, evened out the complexion and gave skin a healthy radiance. As the market became more competitive, so did the claims from the various beauty manufacturers, some even offering 10-in-1 creams.
Nivea Daily Essentials BB cream provides a 5-in-1 offering which it claims will:
Even skin tone
Illuminate the complexion
Provide light, absorbant moisturising
Provide sun protection
This cream comes in a 50ml plastic tube and as far as Nivea is concerned, the BB stands for blemish balm which is enriched with minerals, vitamin B5 and a hint of colour.
This retails at £4.99 in most high street chemists and supermarkets. The product is viable for 12 months.
What does it deliver?
To my mind the consistency of this BB cream is far more like a foundation than a moisturiser with its thicker consistency. It comes with the trademark Nivea scent; sweet and lightly floral. The thicker consistency gives reasonably good coverage and although my personal experience is that it doesn't completely cover every flaw, it certainly evens out the complexion somewhat. Where it does fail is in covering darker marks such as thread veins and age spots or even faint freckles although it's fair to say it does make them appear less noticeable.
It completely succeeds in moisturising, however, and leaves the complexion looking dewy and more importantly for an old bird like me, more youthful. That isn't to say that it hides the wrinkles but it does seem to offer a light reflecting quality to the complexion which goes some way towards making them look less obvious.
One of the major drawbacks with nearly all BB creams is the limited choice of colours, most simply being restricted to light, medium and dark. In this respect Nivea is no different and this was the main reason for my initial dismissal of it. I'd chosen the light tone and even that was too dark for my complexion. Having now tried several other BB creams, I've discovered that this seems to be the case with many of them and my opinion is that this is a deliberate attempt to make complexions appear more healthy and as though they're slightly tanned. Unfortunately, if the cream isn't smoothed from the chin into the neck, the darker colour leaves a tidemark. When I first tried this cream back in the cold and wet Spring, this tanning effect was the deal breaker for me. It left me looking unnaturally tanned, like a cast member from Coronation Street and as my normal complexion is very pale, verging on sallow, this was not a good look. However, since we've enjoyed a glorious summer, the complexion tone achieved by this cream now looks far more natural on me though for very pale skinned people, this would still only be an effective cream during the summer months.
As far as sun protection goes, this offers SPF10 which is fairly low protection but is perfectly adequate for those such as myself who aren't into sunbathing and choose to sit in the shade.
Summing it all up:
This cream has several pluses and minuses. On the plus side, it has excellent moisturising properties for smooth, soft skin and is light reflecting enough to make wrinkles appear less obvious and it has a lovely scent.
Unfortunately, for me, the minuses still outweigh the pluses. The coverage is thick enough that it might as well be a foundation and yet it fails to cover complexion flaws such as thread veins or darker pigmentation. I already own a foundation which is lighter in consistency than this and still provides better coverage. The colour of even the lightest shade is too dark for anyone with a fair or sallow skintone and I would caution anyone with a medium or darker toned complexion to go for a shade lighter than they usually use.
I'm a big fan of Nivea products and have used their creams and body lotions all my life and I can't fault them but sadly, this BB cream just misses the mark for me.
I don't wear make-up all that often, not because I feel I can particularly get away with not wearing it and certainly not because I don't have an interest in it (despite make-up application being a rare thing for me to do I still insist on buying a new make-up item pretty much every time I walk into a shop selling them) but rather because I simply cannot be bothered most of the time. I'd rather have an extra half an hour in bed and just wash my face and stick my hair up in a ponytail before work than spend ages in front of the mirror making sure I look the best I possibly can look.
Still, my skin is by no means perfect. I don't suffer particularly badly with spots but I have plenty of blemishes, uneven skin tone and, more often than not, dark circles and tired looking eyes. These things do sometimes cause me a little self-consciousness (albeit not enough to apply a full face of make-up) so I like to apply a tinted moisturiser most days.
Nivea produce my absolute favourite tinted moisturiser which, unfortunately, I recently ran out of. Whilst doing my shopping in Tesco I went to pick up another tube only to discover they were all out. Panic stricken by the thought of no tinted moisturiser until I could find time to go elsewhere to repurchase I scanned the shelves for something else to make do with. I came across Nivea's BB Cream.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with BB creams although I have tried three or four of the countless amounts currently on the shelves. Personally I find the effects of these products to be pretty much identical to a typical tinted moisturiser, making them pretty disappointing when looking at all the extra claims they make. So I came to the conclusion that Nivea's BB Cream wouldn't be all that different to my beloved Nivea Tinted Moisturiser and decided to purchase that instead.
This BB cream comes in two shades. 'Light' and 'Medium/Dark'. Personally I don't find two shades is adequate enough with all the different skin tones people have and usually I'd suspect the 'light' wouldn't be pale enough for me but, again, I knew Nivea's 'light' tinted moisturiser matched my skin tone so I decided to risk it. I paid £5.99 for my 50ml tube, quite a lot more than the usual £1.35 I pay for the tinted moisturiser!
Like most brands, Nivea make all sorts of all-singing-all-dancing claims about their BB Cream. Nivea claim this is a 'five in one beautifying moisturiser' and that this 'one simple step provides a flawless complexion and instantly healthy looking beautiful skin'. Sounds pretty good on paper!
Apparently this cream will even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores; it'll leave a matte effect and cover imperfections like blemishes, dark circles under eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and uneven skin tone. It aims to 'boosts skin's natural glow' and 'illuminate complexion'. It gives 'light, fast absorbing moisture' and, probably most usefully, contains SPF 10 protecting the skin from sun and environmental damage.
All of these claims can be found on the white cardboard box this product comes in along with that large, blue Nivea logo. Inside the box is a little white tube of BB cream containing a fleshy coloured screw on lid and pretty much identical information to the box. The lid is nice, it's easy to screw on and off as it doesn't need to screwed ridiculously tight to keep it on. Likewise this also stops the cream from leaking out of the tube which is always a good thing.
The cream is the usual consistency of a moisturiser I find. If you place a blob on the back of your hand and turn the hand upside down it doesn't move any. It's still thin enough to easily dispense out of the tube with a gentle squeeze though and it's very easy to control how much you dispense too meaning none is wasted. It's a pale beige colour. I was a little worried on first application that it would be too dark for my skin as I am really very pale and this didn't look that pale at all. I tested out regardless though, knowing that, in my experience anyway, often these products look much darker before application than they do after application.
The cream does blend in easily and effortlessly. A little goes a long way too with a pea sized blob being enough for even coverage on my face and my neck so I suspect I'll get quite a bit of use out of my 50ml bottle. When you start to rub it in you start to smell it too. It has that typical Nivea scent to it, reminds me rather a lot of their face wipes really. It's just a very fresh, clean and subtle scent which is nice from such a product.
The cream is a little darker than my natural skin tone although it doesn't look unnatural once I've applied it, like I've obviously applied something to it so I still feel comfortable applying it. The effects of this BB Cream have their ups and downs though.
On the plus side it does give some obvious moisture which I can really feel, it is fast absorbing and it's definitely very light, I cannot feel this cream on my face when I have applied it which is what I want. I suffer with really sensitive skin on my face too but have experienced no problems with this so I would say its sensitive skin safe. It also does give a healthy glow. I look much more awake and alert after applying this, my face looks bright and healthy but not shiny, it does deliver on its claims of providing a matte effect.
On the downside the coverage is virtually none existent. I know such products only give a light coverage anyway so I wasn't expecting miracles but after application pores are still visible, blemishes are still quite red looking, dark circles are clearly still there and uneven skin tone is left uneven. I was left underwhelmed and disappointed here; their tinted moisturiser definitely does a better job when it comes to coverage.
How well the SPF works at protecting my face from sun and environmental damage I cannot say, I suspect I'll have to wait a decade or two before I see any benefits there but I do feel more confident knowing I do have that protection.
The effects of the cream which are actually there do last a long time. I can clearly still see the brighter look of my face and feel its moisture at the end of the day which is pleasing. It's easy enough to remove with just a face wipe too.
All in all I'd give this three stars. It's nice having that SPF and it does give my skin a moisture boost and lovely healthy glow. Its lack of coverage however, and subsequent claims it doesn't deliver on, does leave me quite disappointed though. I'd expect such a product to at least even out my skin if nothing else. I think this can best be summed up by saying I'll happily continue to use this whilst I have my tube but definitely won't bother replacing it when I've used it all.
I had been using Garnier BB cream which I had very much liked, however when it was running low recently, I went to get more and noticed that TEsco were selling this Nivea BB cream for a fiver for the same quantity as the Garnier I usually buy but for a lot cheaper, and I thought, with Nivea being a reputable company, it was worth a try at a fiver for a 50ml tube.
On the front of the box, this Nivea BB cream makes 5 claims (a 5 in 1 product!) - to even, cover, illuminate, moisturise and protect your skin from premature ageing(SPF 10). It also claims to include minerals and provitamin B5 and be quickly absorbed on the skin.
There are two different tones of this BB cream, but since my skin is reasonable fair, I decided light would be better (the same as the Garnier BB cream). THis however is probably the biggest flaw with the product, and something that needs to be corrected in order to compete with other big branded BB creams. that do get the skin tone right. I wouldn't say my skin is very very fair but neither is it sallow in tone, however, when I apply this product, there is an orange tinge to it which I hate, and part of the reason I hate wearing foundation, is that orangey look that can reside on the skin. Even when I try to apply it very carefully and lightly, most of the time I can see that faint orange tint, particularly around my jaw line and forehead. This for me is the biggest issue with this product.
In terms of its ability to illuminate the skin, this is where I think it is onto a winner. When I apply this to my skin, it instantly makes my face look brighter, and even later in the day, it still looks illuminated and fresh and healthy. I didn't get that with the Garnier BB cream.
In regards to evening the skin, I think it does a fairly good job. I had a touch of acne as a teenager and there are parts of my skin particularly around the lower cheek that still bare the damage from me poking at my spots, before I learnt not to! I do think when I applied this product, it did my skin look smoother and more even and I certainly felt more confident that it hid the blemishes left behind from the acne.
The other claim relates to moisturising the skin and my skin certainly doesn't feel dry after I take this off before I go to bed, in fact, my skin does feel healthy and moisturised. However, it would be interesting to try this out in the middle of the winter when my skin is more likely to suffer from dryness to see if it still offers the same moisturising.
I do find this easy to apply and there is no doubt my skin looks far better with this product than without it, and I would purchase it again if only it would sort out its tone - the light simply is too dark for my skin and anyone with very fair skin would really look bright orange! I will keep using it until the tube runs out simply because of the other factors I like, but I won't purchase it again as I don't want that orange look!