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Promoted as leaving your skin radiant, even and shimmering this moisturiser boasts an impressive list of luxurious ingredients including cashmere proteins and mango milk. The pale pink pearly packaging is chic and the product itself smells and looks divine- I was already expecting great things.
From my first time using this moisturiser I was impressed, my skin looked dewy, fresh and it provided a great base for my foundation. Whenever I buy a product promising to be "light reflecting" I read "sparkly", however, I am happy to say that this was not an issue and I was not left with an Edward Cullen-esque sparkling face but a very healthy glow and it gave a similar effect to using highlighter on my cheekbones and bridge of my nose. The moisturiser is a pale pink, pearly colour and is thin in texture.
For my normal/combination skin this moisturiser is perfect since it is as it does not leave my skin feeling greasy at all unlike a lot of other moisturisers I have used. Ladies with oily skin might want to avoid the added shine a shimmery moisturiser gives and those with dryer skin might find this a little too light but I would say for normal/combination skins this would be great especially in the summer heat when a lighter moisturiser feels so much more refreshing.
This moisturiser is currently selling in Boots for £6.99 for a 50ml pot, this is more than I would usually spend but I have found it has lasted me ages as its thin consistency means a little goes a long way.
~The look of the product~
The product is quite heavy (and I know, I dropped the damned thing on my foot!) It has a pearlised pink screw top lid, the container is circular and is a softer pink, it has the blue Nivea Visage logo on, the look of the front is simple with, "Natural beauty. Radiance boosting moisturiser" The back of the container is similarly simple with the website address (www.NIVEA.com) and that it was made in Poland and will last for 12months once opened and that it is a 50ml container. This is relatively simple however the ingredients and directions of application I think were on the box that it came in, however I do not have the box any more and it is a little silly for the container to not have the ingredients list on.
~The price~ and ~Value for money~ and ~Personal experience~
A 50ml container of Radiance Boosting Moisturiser is £6.63 from Boots, looking around it seems that most highstreet shops are selling for a similar price. So here is where is gets interesting, I normally write the value for money and personal experience separately but I felt it was essential to include them together. To give you a breakdown of cost I need to tell you of my experience, using this moisturiser I felt for a proper moisturise that 5ml would be used on the face (this is for a proper feeling of full coverage and moisturising) this breaks down to £0.66 per usage which is relatively expensive I feel compared to other moisturiser that work properly, however I feel as though applying this amount did provide a somewhat good moisturisation it did heavily apply too much of a pearlised look on the face, although the shimmery look did fade upon applying foundation, if you do not apply foundation I would not use this. If you are just looking for a radiance boost without the moisturising quality I would apply around 2ml to the face, this gives an even coverage to the face, but again to highlight it will not give moisturisation at all. This will give a cost of £0.27 which for radiant look is good, but for a product which claims to moisturise and boost radiance, I would say this product is not good value for money.
~The smell~and~the look/feel of product~
The smell of this product is a flowery scent with a hidden undertone of pears, it is a pleasant smell which when on the skin is a very light smell. The look it a soft peach colour and is pearlised. The feel is very soft and quickly sinks into the skin, as looked at earlier, a fairly large amount is needed to moisturise properly even so I feel as though the skin does not feel as smooth and plump as other moisturisers do so.
I would rate this product as 1/5 as it looks good, smells good but for me without looking a little silly it does not provide a full moisturisation.Please feel free to comment on anything you wish to know about the product but which I have not put in this review, I have tried to write about everything I would wish to know but a few things may have escaped my mind. Also on Ciao clairealgar1989
This moisturiser has a lovely silky feel to it and leaves your skin feeling the same. It feels nice and smooth in texture when applied and smells gorgeous, I've already had a few complements regarding my scent thanks to this moisturiser. The pricing is not bad, I got it for around £7 at boots and you get a reasonable amount in the tub which seems to last quite a while.
I must admit the packaging drew me in at first because of the cute pink container and the brand Nivea, which in previous buys have not given me the best results but this is different. It came in a pink shiny cardboard box with instructions on how to apply and health and safety issues eg. Don't get in your eyes. I know it's not hard to put on a moisturizer but in my opinion, it could have had a bit more information on the box it came in.
The radiance boosting aspect of it, I think isn't very effective. However the moisturiser definitely leaves your skin with a nice glow after applied, just doesn't last that long. Unlike the feeling on your face which to me felt very smooth and soft for a large portion of the day.
What more can you ask for in a daily moisturiser?
This range was introduced by Nivea about this time last year. It also includes an eye cream, and a daily facial scrub. The range was pretty heavily promoted in store, we were given plenty of samples to give away. I was lucky enough to be given a free one, and I expected the moisturiser to fly off the shelves.
The slightly tinted formula is designed to give you a radiant and even complexion in an instant. The reflective particles in the cream act like a mirror, and help to disguise and imperfections.
It also contains a UVA/UVB filter which will help to protect you from sun damage. As experts suggest using a factor of at least 15 all year round, even in the dreary UK, it's worth using a cream with added protection.
This cream uses a unique formula, which contains mango milk, cashmere proteins and light reflecting pigments.
My overall opinion of the product, is that I was impressed with it. I have quite oily skin, and as such I don't think that it was right for me. My skin looked too oily, and it didn't suit me at all. On reflection (pun intended, laugh.) I think that this cream is better suited to those with normal or dry skin. The formula felt very luxurious though, and I did enjoy using it.
At the time of writing, this is on offer in Superdrug for £4, as part of their Superprices promotion. If you fancy it, now is the time!
My girlfriend bought this a couple of months ago to replace her nivea oil free moisturising fluid. She freely admitted to being taken in by the advertising campaign that came with the release of this product. So she forked out £10 in the local chemist and we set off for home. On the way she decided to give it a test run since her face was naked (i.e sans make up). My first impression was that she'd gotten hold of some fine crafting glitter and sprinkled it on her face. I giggled, sending her into bouts of paranoia until she had access to a mirror.
I think my reaction was enough of an opinion for her and she decided to throw it out. I rescued it and have been using it for a while (braving the glitter face in public) so that I could give it a fair chance for a review.
It comes in a cute, peachy pink, pearlised, screw-lid tub. Very attractive and girly, though not my thing. The cream is the same pearlised peachy pink colour, and smells a bit like cheap perfume, you know-the kind that makes you sneeze! Fortunately this scent goes after rubbing it onto your skin. Or maybe your nose becomes immune... The cream has a pleasant thick and smooth consistency which is nice to apply and it rubs in quickly.
I thought a good way to tackle this is to respond to the main selling points.
*...hydrates your skin throughout the day*
Well..ok you can look at this two ways. If you apply it in the morning, by the time lunch comes around you skin has lost its "hydration". So as far as that goes it is a poor to average moisturiser. It has a similar performance under foundation.
You could argue that if you reapply regularly throughout the day then it will live up to this claim.
*whilst visibly refining complexion*
I'm not even sure what this is supposed to mean, I'm going to assume it's advertising filler. Assuming it means "improve complexion" then no it doesn't. It covers up complexion, rather like make up, improving nothing. Similarly, the glittery appearance is not an improvement.
*immediately gives the skin a natural-looking and even radiance*
Natural radiance? I guess this is open to interpretation. To me radiant skin is smooth flawless and with a hint of flush. I'm not sure where glittery particles feature in that. And even...well I suppose the glitter is evenly distributed over the face when applied.
*protect your skin from sunlight induced premature ageing*
This one is impossible to test, so I can't really comment. It claims to have SPF so I guess it's as good as any other moisturiser in that regard.
In short, this is a poor moisturiser by a good brand. Nivea are one of the cornerstone brands in skin care and recently they have given in to gimmicky design and sexist marketing.
£8-10 for a sparkly face...not a good buy in my opinion. I'll stick with my E45 or Body shop moisturiser.
© L Wade 2009
I received a free sample of Nivea Visage Natural Beauty Radiance Boosting Moisturiser. I was so excited to try this because I thought it looked like a quality product and was the kind of thing that appeals to me. First of all, I generally like Nivea products, and secondly, this moisturiser seems formulated for people who don't wear foundation but still want a bit of help with evening out their skin tone.
I don't wear foundation during the day at work most days, and this product claims to give you a "radiant and even" skin tone without foundation. This sounded perfect so I gave it a go.
My free sample came in a metallic pouch but I believe the full-size product comes in a pot that you dip your fingers in to get some cream out. I don't find this terribly hygenic as even if you wash your hands well before hand it can still introduce germs into your skin cream. Even the fact that your cream is open to the air while you are getting some out means it is exposed to bacteria that are naturally present in air. I prefer pump or tube dispensers for this reason.
This cream is fairly fluid and not terribly thick. It has an appealing pink colour with a lot of shimmer to it. The scent is light and flowery and quite pleasant without being overwhelming. I dotted it onto my face and rubbed it in. However, I felt the shimmer disappeared pretty much immediately. I didn't notice a change in my skin tone at all and didn't feel it looked more radiant. I then asked my boyfriend his opinion and he didn't notice any effect, either.
What I did notice is that about 60 seconds after applying this moisturiser is that my skin started feeling as dry and tight as it does after I wash my face. I had to apply my daily moisturiser over the top of this because it was ineffective on my skin. What is more, my skin got slightly itchy a few minutes later.
I think this product is completely wrong for my skin type and I certainly won't be purchasing any. But if you want to buy it, it costs £8.80 for 50 ml from Boots, but you can find it cheaper elsewhere online if you google it.
I saw this on offer in Waitrose several months ago and as I was running out of my usual I thought I would give it a go. I bought it for about £5.50 and now you can find it in Boots for £8.80, which I do think is quite expensive. But is has lasted me for about 5 months now and is still going so it does seem to provide good value for money.
It comes in a rather large box for the size of the jar. It has a large piece of cardboard elevating it inside the box, which seems a bit pointless and means there is more waste created.
The instructions for use are on the box and there is no information on the jar. So when the box has been thrown away there is no other information available. Also on the box it has a recommended age range. For this product it is 25 - 35 years. I have not used any other Nivea products so I am not sure if they do this on all of them but it seems a good idea.
This face cream is supposed to give you more radiant skin and an even skin tone with out having to use a foundation. It is enriched with mango milk, which is part of the reason I bought it as I really like mango products. It also claims to make your skin softer and more nourished.
When I got it home I was eager to try it out and as I opened the lid the smell really hit me and it was gorgeous. It wasn't quite the normal mango smell but it definitely had hints of mango and smelt really fruity.
I put it on my face and was really impressed. It has bits of glitter in it which I suppose is the 'light reflecting formula' as it really made my skin sparkle. I have a very freckly face which I think makes my skin tone look quite uneven and I like using foundation because it dulls down the freckles. This cream had the same effect as the foundation did yet it didn't feel heavy like a foundation would.
I also get quite a lot of spots on my face if I use really heavy creams which take a while to be absorbed. This cream was perfect. It was very quickly absorbed into my skin and only a little bit is needed for full coverage.
Overall this cream is highly recommended but it does depend on the skin type that you have. I keep looking out for it on special offer so I can stock up, but because I am so impressed I might cough up the full price for a new jar!
Facial moisturiser with light reflecting particles / 50mL /