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~Me and my skin~
I'm no great user of cosmetics, I don't particularly have a skincare routine as such, despite being at that 'certain age' where I should be taking care of these things! I have never been a wearer of make up other than nights out, and I have been very lucky in having no skin problems over the years.
About 12 months ago, however, I started to notice one or two dry patches on my skin, particularly between my eyebrows. Having no real experience of buying cosmetics (and at that point, of course, not having discovered dooyoo!) I was pretty bemused by the choice out there, and what it was I needed. I also didn't want to spend over-the-odds buying something which would basically end up being a "best guess" at what I needed.
In Superdrug I spotted this product on the shelf priced at around £3 for 100ml. I guess what drew me to it was the fact it was Nivea (I perceive as an established, respected brand in skincare), it was in a clean white box, it was a smallish pack (important if it turned out not to be my thing), and it was relatively cheap. When I picked the box up the writing on the front told me what I wanted to know... "Hydrates and regulates shine for a fresh feeling" - yep, I wanted my skin to be hydrated, and a fresh feeling - and "For normal and combination skin" - yep must be pretty normal!!
Further reading on the back gave me more encouragement - quickly absorbed and gave fresh and mattified skin. Not that I had come across the word "mattified" before, but yes that sounded like what I wanted. The blurb on the back label did a serious job of trying to get me to invest in the full range of Nivea Visage products to complete my 'routine', but for me, this seemed all I needed and so I decided to buy it.
Inside, is a plastic bottle about 5 inches high including a pale blue lid which comes off with one twist, and satisfyingly clicks back securely into place when you've finished. The bottle is very sturdy but easy enough to give the slight squeeze you need to apply to get the liquid onto your fingers or cotton wool.
When it came to using it, i found the product to be ideal for my needs. It was a very light thin creamy texture, but white in colour, pleasant and fresh to the touch. I only used a small amount and rubbed it into and around the problem areas. It was indeed quickly absorbed, and I was surprised that there was immediate visible improvement as well as all the roughness and feeling of faint tightness all gone. It didn't feel in any way greasy when or after applied, and didn't leave any tingling or stinging. The smell is quite subtle, and to me, strangely enough it smells of Nivea! (I've a memory of using Nivea cream in years gone by, and this was what it reminded me of.) There IS a definite fragrance there, but it's fresh and not intrusive or overpowering at all.
I also used it on odd occasions to remove make up. Again, as I say, this is a rare thing for me, but it was effective and felt gentle.
~What happened next~
As I said, my skin 'problem' was only very minor - I started to use the fluid every morning after washing, and I would say the dry skin was a thing of the past within a week. I kept up the 'routine', such as it was, for a while, because I had seen the instant benefits, but inevitably with the better weather as well as an extended period of absense of any dry-skin I didn't keep it up permanently. This winter just gone, the same areas started to dry out, and it was back to the Nivea. Same successful results. Right now I am back to using it daily and have no problem with my skin.
This is a great product which is really nice to use, and effective. I'm in no position to be making a judgement compared to other products but speaking from my experience it's a great solution to this particular mild condition.
I suffer with really greasy skin on my face leading to a very oily looking t-zone so buying a facial moisturiser can be a bit of a mindfield and my skin really does go spotty and I suffer with congested and blocked pores and blackheads and that is not a good look at all at 38 believe me so the other say in Sainsbury's when I spotted this costing £2.38 on offer I bought a tube of it thinking it may well suit me and my skin as it certainly suited my purse and usually this costs about £3.99 a tube so I knew I was getting a nice little deal.
The tube is white and green in colour and plastic with a green twist on/off lid situated to the bottom of it and information wise and in appearance it matches the oblong box that the tube comes in and on the front of the box we are told that it is Nivea 'Daily Essentials', Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream and that its for Oily & Combination Skin 'Moisturises & helps regulate oil for shine reduced complextion, with Ocean Algae & Hydra IQ' and that it is 50ml in size and then other information on back and sides of the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Nice, simple packaging this is and of course its informative enough.
The moisturiser itself is a thinnish white liquid and it has a really nice light fragrance which is slightly floral to it but not really strong.....just pleasant and a bit sea fresh really. You don't need very much of this at all as a little of it goes a very long way indeed as it spreads well before drying into the skin and when it does that it leaves skin smooth and soft and supple and for hours as well. It doesn't keep my natural oils at bay but it certainly doesn't make my skin greasy or greasier than usual.
I can apply this to clean skin or under my make up and that way it acts as a nice base for applying on and all in all I think this is a really nice, skin kind moisturiser thats great for using every day and it hasn't once given me any skin issues at all.
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets at about £3.99 a tube (50ml).
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Price: £2.99 for 100ml
For: Hydrating and regulating shine for a fresh skin feeling
The packaging is a clean white bottle with a light blue lid. It looks very nice considering how cheap it is, and it feels good quality too. It's a plastic, slightly squeezable bottle which makes it easier to get the moisturiser out, and the lid screws on and off nice and easily. The bottle is opaque though so you can't easily tell when you're running out.
It's a creamy but light textured smooth lotion which glides onto skin really easily. It has a rather indistinct creamy scent about it which is quite strong, but not noticeable once it's sunk into the skin. It feels cooling and soothing when first applied to the skin, and it leaves it feeling instantly hydrated, but it sinks in almost instantly to give a soft, matte finish. I don't need to use as much of this as other moisturisers, a little goes a long way, so the 100ml bottle lasts well.
I've used many mattifying moisturisers in the past, from the really cheap to the ridiculously expensive, and most either simply don't work or leave the skin with a thick coating of product or a powdery feeling, but this one is different. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin, it doesn't feel coated, my pores don't feel clogged, and it doesn't leave a powdery finish. It just feels fresh, clean and matte, and remains that way for pretty much the whole day.
It doesn't hydrate and moisturise as well as a lot of other moisturisers, but it's good enough for my combination skin, keeping the drier areas hydrated and comfortable whilst absorbing oil from the t-zone. I would still not use this moisturiser on it's own, however, as it doesn't have full sun protection, so I use it on top of an spf15 moisturiser or an spf30 sunscreen to keep my skin fully protected.
All in all I think this is a very good moisturiser for oily skins, and great value too.
Thumbs up from me.
Oil Free? Could have fooled me.
I'm usually a fan of Nivea. It's a trusted source of many a beauty product so I thought I was in safe hands when I bought it when my usual moisturiser wasn't in stock.
I was drawn in by the 'Oil Free' claim, as like many women I tend to suffer what I have come to call 'shiny face' (the more professional term is something along the lines of 'excess oil around the T-Zone area').
The product itself looks safe and reputable on the outside, but unlike other moisturisers you have to tip the product upside down to get the fluid out.
The actual substance feels thin and greasy, almost like it is a watered down moisturiser in my opinion. This should have been a warning sign, but still having faith in this long established brand I thought 'what's the worst that can happen?'
The worst that could happen kind of happened. My foundation would not stay put, resulting in uneven coverage and made me look blotchy as well as extremely shiny on my nose, chin and cheeks.
My face felt disgusting and greasy, almost as if Id been sweating it out in a gym for a few hours. This was only after about an hour and a half after I'd moisturised and put on makeup!
So, all in all I wouldn't trust this specific Nivea moisturiser. Well, unless you want that just-been-to-the-gym-for-hours look... Didn't think so - avoid Ladies!
Nivea Moisturising fluid popped out at me one day in the shops! I had been looking to replace a premium brand oil free moisturiser that was running out and wanted to try something cheaper! On a BOGOF offer I figured why not!
In a simple but slightly curved oval bottle you get 100ml of fluid. The bottle is white with Nivea information and decoration in blue, silver and black. It is kept very simple.
The bottles I had also had a new formula yellow flag on it. What was different to the ones without, I couldn't tell.
399 in Boots for 100ml, Tesco had it for 3.79. It seems to vary slightly everywhere, but being part of the Nivea Visage range, there are often some good offers.
Ingredients were listed, one horrible long list of chemicals I didn't recognise.....
My skin is definitely combination (of disasters!?!). I have some dry patches and some oily parts which turn bright and shiny through the day, so I need not only a moisturiser that will soothe and hydrate but also one that will have some matifying effect.
Was I asking too much from a budget product?
The fluid itself is bright white and very thin and runny, the first few uses this shocked me and dripped through my fingers, making a nice mess!!!!
I did eventually find it easier to apply with a cotton pad.
Once I managed to get it in the region of my face I found it didn't absorb very fast (despite Nivea's bottleside claim!). It still had time to run down my face and required blocking at chin level. Once I got it rubbed it (and my hands well covered in the process, I was still unimpressed. It contained not oil, but my skin still felt slick and slippery, and the enriching mattispheres promised, seemed to only dull a tiny bit of the shiny! This got worse through the day. The lack of control on the shiny skin was poor and I didn't like feeling like there was a covering on my face.
The only thing it seemed to do was soothe the dry skin (witch hazel content maybe), and I still felt I needed to reapply a couple of hours later.
Because i have combination skin i really struggle to find a mouisturiser to suit my skin. Annoyingly quite a lot of mouisturisers claim to be for combination and/or oily skin but still manage to make my skin greasy and shiny. I found this in my local Semi Chem for £3.50 for 100ml and since Nivea is such a well known brand i bought it.
Unfortunately, its still not the miracle i was hoping for. It does make my skin look less greasy than other mouisturisers have done but its still not great. I find it hard to blend in so i end up using more than i wanted to just so i manage to get my whole face and neck covered. In the winter it gets worse though because if i have even a small bit of dry skin, putting this on it makes absolutely no difference. I know because it claims to be oil free than it shouldnt be good for dry skin, but it makes my skin look greasy so i thought it must have some mouisturising effect. It says that its for people with combination and normal skin, but i dont see it doing much for anyone with normal skin either as it doesnt even mouisturise.
I first bought this product as I found my previous moisturiser (by Simple) was making my face break out with blemishes and didn't moisturise particularly well. Prior to using Simple products, I had used a really effective cleanser and moisturiser by Nivea. However as this was almost £13 for the day cream alone and I wanted something cheaper, the shelves of Nivea products were still my first stop in Boots. I was a bit bamboozled by all the choice, however I eventually settled on this Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Fluid as it seemed to offer exactly what I wanted.
The 100ml bottle comes packaged in a cardboard box as in the image above, which I find entirely unnecessary in this environmentally-conscious age. The bottle itself is made of white plastic, and has an oval shape to it. I find this shape makes the product very easy to hold when being used, and it also fits into a makeup bag easily. The bottle isn't see-through, so it's hard to tell when you're about to run out of product!
The screw top is a pale blue colour with a silver band - this matches the silver and dark blue fonts and graphics on the front and back of the bottle. I'm a big fan of the design used in packaging this product, it looks clean and sophisticated.
This product claims that it "hydrates and regulates shine for a fresh skin feeling". As my skin can sometimes look oily, this seemed to be the perfect solution, especially since the cold winter nights were fast approaching.
On the back of the product it is stated that this is "Non comedogenic", which means that it shouldn't block pores - always a plus in my eyes!
The directions state that you should "apply fluid by gently massaging into the skin using small upward, circular motions" after cleansing your face.
I find it strange, however, that this product only suggests you should use it in the morning, when it is not specified anywhere that this is a "day cream" - Nivea do have other moisturisers which are specific in such a manner. I ignore this advice and use it both day and night to ensure my skin is fully hydrated.
After taking off the lid, there is a faint smell of that lovely scent typical of the Nivea brand. Tipping the bottle so the opening faces downwards, I squeeze the sides gently to put some of the product onto my fingertips. I should probably note that the first time I did this, lots of the product came gushing out, which I had to use on my neck and hands so as not to waste it. I was not prepared for how runny this liquid is compared to other moisturisers I have used in the past, so if you do use this product, make sure not to squeeze too hard!
When I first used this product, I dabbed the moisturiser all over my face before massaging it in. However, I have found that the product absorbs incredibly fast, in fact almost too fast. Instead, I squeeze a tiny amount of product onto my fingertips, and massage this into a small area of my face before using another tiny amount for another part of my face. While this is slightly more time-consuming, it does ensure that my whole face is thoroughly moisturised.
Once I have massaged the product into my skin, it does seem as if it has left a glossy film all over my face, however this does dissipate fairly quickly as the product absorbs.
After the product has absorbed into my skin, my skin feels very smooth and looks clean and fresh. However, I do have a small dry patch on each cheek, which I've found one layer of moisturiser doesn't cover, so I sometimes have to reapply the product, concentrating on these areas. This only takes a short while, and I don't find it to be too much of a chore as it does leave my skin looking good.
This product does seem to work well as a base for my liquid foundation - once applied, rather than giving my face a greasy shine, it leaves my skin with a dewy glow. While this isn't particularly matte, as is promised, I do like the effect.
Having used this product for a couple of months now I can also report that I have had no breakouts or skin irritation, which were the major problems I had with my previous moisturiser.
I found the price to be very reasonable, in fact I think it was the cheapest Nivea moisturiser on the shelf when I purchased this product. It is currently £3.99 in Boots (I am sure I paid slightly less than that) and £3.00 from Superdrug (usually £3.72).
Overall I am impressed with this product. I've been using it regularly for a couple of months now and it doesn't seem to be close to running out, so it does last quite a long time. It is fairly cheap compared to what else is out there and does seem to work well on normal (albeit sensitive) skin. However, I don't think this would be particularly suitable for dry skin.
Nevertheless, I'm still not entirely sure whether I will buy more of this when I have finished my bottle, or whether I will splash out and buy the more expensive day and night moisturiser I have previously used with slightly better results.
I always spend ages choosing moisturisers, reading the back of boxes to find the ideal product for me. I have skin that requires moisturising, but I'm also prone to blocked pores. In addition to that, I like to have a matte complexion and daily protection from the sun. I'm also on a tight budget and stick to reasonably priced brands. As a result, trying to a moisturiser with all of the desired qualities can be time-consuming!
I found Nivea Visage Oil-Free Moisturising Fluid in my local branch of Boots. It cost a reasonable £3.72 for 100ml. I felt this was good value for money as even a 100ml bottle or pot of moisturiser usually lasts me at least 6 months if not longer.
I don't let packaging influence my decision when buying toiletries or cosmetics, but the lotion is presented nicely in a white bottle with a slightly translucent blue lid, which in turn comes inside a box. A bottle has an advantage over a pot if you're worried about contaminating your moisturiser by putting your fingers directly into a pot of skin cream. Perhaps the box is slightly excessive packaging from an environmental point of view. It would look perfectly nice on anybody's dressing table, but nothing special.
The information on the box was very promising. It claimed that the moisturising fluid would moisturise whilst controlling shine with the help of 'Mattispheres', which apparently absorb excess oil. In addition, the moisturiser has UVA/UVB protection (although it does not specify which SPF number) and it is also non-comedogenic. Essentially, the moisturiser was offering everything I could want in a skin-care product.
I tried the product the next morning after cleansing. Slightly too much moisturiser came out when I squeezed the bottle, but this wasn't too much of a problem, as I used the excess to moisturise my neck. The lotion has a clean, refreshing scent, in common with most of the Nivea skin care products. It has a 'thin' texture which hints at a nice non-greasy moisturiser.
As instructed, I massaged the lotion into my face using an upward circular motion. The product wasn't especially quickly absorbed, which disappointed me a little, and I didn't think my complexion looked especially matte afterwards. However, my skin did feel moisturised. I applied foundation and powder as usual. As I was doing so, I noticed that the moisturiser came off my face in a sort of solid, leading to eraser-like 'rubbings' all over my face, spoiling the finish of my make up.
Over the months I've been using the product, I've tried to use a minimal amount to reduce the 'rubbing' effect of it. Using a small amount did decrease the effect to an extent, but I still don't feel the moisturiser is a good base for make up. I've abandoned it now and bought a more traditional moisturiser with no claims of 'Mattispheres' or oil absorbtion as I feel that is the likely source of the problem. I don't like to waste products so I'm using the Nivea moisturiser at night.
I think it's possible this moisturiser may work for other people without creating the 'rubbing' effect. It is good value for money and I still have plenty left after a few months. It doesn't sting the face when it is applied, as some thinner textured moisturisers do. However, I won't be buying it again, as it makes me feel as though I've applied PVA glue to my face which is peeling and rubbing off as I try to massage it into my skin!
Please note that I've previously published this review on Ciao.
I've always had trouble finding any sort of cleanser, moisturiser or even a simple wash for my face as I have very sensitive skin. I had slightly bad skin when I was a teenager and it wasn't until I stopped using facial products that I realised it was mainly due to what I was putting on my skin. When I went travelling last year I took no make up or cleansing products with me and my skin was completely spot and blemish free. However, when I came back and began using facial products again, my skin flared up. Since then I've tried quite a few different brands and products but with no luck - they all seem to have the same effect of making my skin worse so I eventually stopped bothering and would just wash my face with water.
But, unfortunately, I also have combination skin and lately it's been drier than usual so I thought I'd try out a different moisturiser for a few days to see if it had any effect.
The one I chose was Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Fluid. I've already used and liked a lot of Nivea's products and they are good value too which always helps! I was attracted to this one from the statement 'oil free' as my nan has always advised me to look for this to help combat my shiny skin. This seemed like the best and most affordable product for me on the shelf so I picked it up hoping that it would do wonders.
It comes in a small and cute little white plastic 100ml pot with a pale blue twisty lid which comes in a paper box. The pot is the perfect size as it can easily fit in any make up case or bag if you want to carry it around or to take on holiday.
The cream is suitable for normal and combination skin and is said to hydrate and regulate shine for a fresh skin feeling. It has a light and oil free texture which is fast absorbing - when first put on the face it does look very greasy but after only a couple of minutes there is no shine or grease left at all and make up can be put straight on top. It is a smooth and liquidy white fluid containing Witch Hazel and Allantoin which provides moisture and hydration for the dry areas of skin and Mattispheres which regulate production of the oily zones so that the skin is fresh and shine free. Reading the back of the pot I did think to myself is this actually going to work because usually I find it to be a load of garbage, but this actually works the way it says it does. I have noticed that my skin is a lot less shiny - usually by midday my face often feels very greasy and I need to top up my powder a few times throughout the day, but since using this I haven't had that greasy feel or look to my skin and I don't find myself needing to top up the powder hardly at all. I'll only top it up if I'm going out later on in the evening but otherwise I only now put any powder on in the morning. Unfortunately, I can't say that it's as good at controlling the dryness as it is at controlling the shine. It does smooth the surface of any dry patches of skin to make it feel a lot softer and fresh, but this doesn't last for very long and I do find myself feeling slightly dry areas on my face later on in the day.
The best thing about this cream though is that it hasn't had any negative effects on my skin. I haven't come out in any spots or blemishes and my skin is just as soft and clean as it was beforehand but now much better with much less shine.
It costs £3.72 and is currently in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots on selected Nivea facial skincare products so I'm definitely going to head down to Boots to pick up a few more of these and see what else the brand has on offer. This is by far the best moisturising cream that I have come across (and I've used a few). It does exactly what it says on the pot and is perfect for those with combination or shiny skin.
Like the previous reviewer I also have acne prone skin and have suffered and still do to an extent with bad skin despite using a vitamin A cream from the doctors. So yes I need to use a moisuriser that doesnt make my skin any worse my making it greasier and then giving me more spots.
The preference initially was to have a medicated moisuriser but of course these make my skin very irritated, and there is a moisturiser from synergie that made my spots worse. Actually the vitamin a cream makes my skin very sensitive to anything else now that is made for spot prone skin so I pretty much need to give that whole range a wide birth.
So im left with using basic oil free moisurisers. I have used this one from nivea visage for many years. It costs 4.09 in superdrug. Im not completely satisfied with it but I feel the fact that it doesnt irritate my skin or make my spots any worse outweights anything else.
Im afraid ive binned the cardboard box that the moisuriser comes in, it is the same as the one in the picture about. Ive had a look at the nivea website to see if theres some extra information needed. Well the product is marketed for normal and combination skin because it apparantly regulates oil aswell as providing light moisure where needed. The moisure comes from witch hazel and allantoin and mattispheres absorb the oil. Importantly it is also non pore blocking
Now on the box I remember it did say it contained UVA/UVB sunscreens and vitamin E but it does not say this on the bottle. It doesnt say what factor the sunscreens are so basically what I do is just presume it doesnt contain any and use a different moisuriser (the olay one i reviewed a while ago) when I go out in the sun. Sun protection is just as imporant to be as spot prevention.
The bottle itsself 100ml, white with a blue screw top lid. 12cm high and 6cm wide. On the front there is a sticker with the niveavisage logo and where it says "oil free moisturising fluid there is a lot of bubbless. As i said there isnt and information about ingredients on the back of the bottle it just says how it absorbs instantly and when to use it. Strangly it says only to use it in the morning. Is there an oil free night cream too? I dont know.
The fluid is just that, a very light white fluid, very watery. I cant detect much of a fragrance with it. You simply squeeze the bottle and the fluid comes out easily. It does absorb instantly too and leaves skin very smooth and soft. As long as its not dry or irritated. For example when i use a facial scrub or sometimes when im out of the shower my skin feels "tight" this doesnt provide enough moisture for me. I have to use something creamier then.
I dont think that this moisuriser is actually making my skin any less oily, I think its doing that by itsself as I get older.
My conclusion is that I do like this moisuriser up to a point, I just wish it could provide some more moisture! I think my skin is just getting too dry to keep using it by itsself.
Fantastic moisturiser. Have been using this one for about 6 months now, don't plan on changing. Costs around £3 or £4 for a 100ml bottle.
First off, I have acne prone skin and so a moisturiser that is oil free is essential for me. I first started using the moisturiser when the products I had been using to clear my acne were giving me dry skin. I always believed Nivea to be a quality producer of skin care products so thats why I went out and bought this. At first I was woried about whether a moisturiser would make me break out or not. I can safely say that this moisturiser has not caused me any more spots and if anything has helped my skin get clearer by keeping it healthy.
The moisturiser goes on very light and it doesn't take a lot to cover your whole face. It absorbs really well into my skin after washing and leaves it feeling clean and refreshed.
I find that is also reduces shine, if you have a shiny or oily face then this moisturiser will actually mattify the shine and give you a more even complexion.
The only one downside that it has would be that it isn't very intensly moisturising. If your face is really dry then you make need something else. Sometimes I find when my face is dry I have to apply this a few times throughout the day to keep it from drying up. I supose you can't ask for everything, but remember this is a light moisturiser.
I would highly reccomend this moisturiser to anyone. One bottle lasts me around 2 months. With dry skin or not this moisturiser helps refresh your skin and mattify any oilyness.
As someone with sensitive skin, I'm always on the lookout for good skin products. I've used the 'ordinary' nivea moisturiser on and off since childhood so this one - oil free moisturising fluid with witch hazel & allantoin (couldn't tell you what that is!) seemed to fit the bill.
The moisturiser itself is a white, lightly perfumed, slightly thick liquid (try saying that quickly 10 times!) that absorbs easily into the skin. Saying that, it didn't actually seem to have any effect - my skin felt the same before and after using it and it didn't have any effect on the dry areas. I did however, like the fragrance and found it useful as a base to help my foundation go on smoother, so that's how I used it up.
The moisturiser comes in a white plastic bottle with a lid that screws off - nothing too complicated or fancy. It's easy to control how much to squeeze out so you won't be getting hand cramps or end up wasting it :) You get 100ml. Personally, I don't like the size or the packaging as it doesn't fit easily into a handbag and you can't easily see how much is left (you have to hold it up to light to do that!)
I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone as I don't think it's an effective moisturiser and it is quite expensive (almost £5)
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This review is also on ciao
One of my favourite moisturisers as a student on a budget was a formula sold by the company, Simple. And like the namesake of the company, it was a simple and quick formula that promised much and delivered. It lasted on the shelves of Pharmacies for five years before Simple took their excellent "shine free" moisturiser off the market. Peeved as I was, I went on the search for an alternative...
As marketing goes I'm no stranger to the products offered by Nivea Visage for Men, but I've been disappointed largely by the claim on some of their range and the feeling that what I buy sometimes seems to be a feminised version just re-labelled accompanied by high prices. This product however is the moisturiser that I've been using for the last couple of years on and off, partly because my skin condition has now firmly changed from just oily to combination skin and if you suffer from this condition of skin quality then you know how difficult it is to find something just right.
The Oil Free Moisturising Fluid from Nivea Visage however is not purely marketed for women although it lacks the all important (perhaps self-important) inclusion of putting " For Men " on the label and as such despite its non conformist ways the product is designed simply to appear unisex with its white bottle and blue labelling, looking almost purposeful and clinical.
The scent is true Nivea just like their hand cream but lightly scented against the more heavily flowery top bases and also carries an understated smell of alcohol on its bottom base. I will warn you however that whilst there are flowers "going on" all the time in the cream's scent, it's a mix of decisions that as light as the scent is from the bottle, on application it can take over mild aftershaves when applied for a full facial coverage.
Thus on application, for combination and oily skin, the "fluid" isn't a fluid at all, because that word for me, conjures up milky liquid which should flow easily from the bottle. After pulling off the frosted plastic gold lined oval top and squeezing the bottle a small amount of cream can be dispersed before applying and its here that within the cream's content (white) that small granules of powder can be felt in its consistency. The suggestions are quite formulaic in their suggestions, relying on the word "complexion" rather than actual direction to be put on your face, although later directions suggest applying the whole product on your face and neck "working from the neck up," which suggests that whilst this cream is good for face moisturizing, it will also help out on the neck line.
However for men who have beards, or constantly shave I found that dispersing the cream on the stubbly bits was a trial and patience exercise. Whilst the cream easily disappears after a few seconds of applying to my forehead, cheeks and chin area, the stubbly bits that I shave don't allow the cream to sink in so easily or as quickly. Perhaps the powder in the cream could well be the problem.
My main concern when using this cream however isn't to see if my neck shines like a Belisha beacon whenever I throw my head back in laughter or perhaps when I'm looking up a tall building! The main concern is the shine free factor on my forehead, which is one of the reasons to why I bought the cream. And this is where Nivea's Visage oil free cream (for short) makes most sense if only for the fact that it does shift the shine of oily patches. However what it doesn't do is clear up dry patches. This is more evident on my eyebrow line, which I hoped this cream would cover. However it doesn't. It leaves some dry patches feeling un-moisturized whilst the longevity of the cream will last for an hour at most before more has to be applied. General feeling on skin after application will leave my skin feeling soft and smooth but only for a limited time before dryness returns whilst the forehead starts to look shiny again!
One of the key ingredients that I do appreciate is the use of Witch Hazel that is ideal for combating spots. Allantoin is also included which is used in Acne treatments. However it's not as strong as Witch Hazel facial products in general, and although it exists it gives minimal additive to a cream that is worthwhile for short periods of appearing shine free and blemish free. When I've had a spot which this cream has covered over it will dry it out but it is not as effective as it could be due possibly to the little content of both additives. The product bottle doesn't claim to be useful for combating UAV/UV rays but it certainly does show this on Nivea's website as another perhaps far-fetched claim. And it's far-fetched because no SPF number has been given to what factor it actually contains to give peace of mind.
However at the price of £4-97 that is what I paid for at my local Boots, I feel that this cream is a bit overpriced for what it is giving the general consumer. Call me picky and perhaps tight fisted but for the price of a 100ml bottle which claims to be hypoallergenic and PH friendly to skin, I was expecting more from this product. Certainly I never felt I got any dryness from the Simple product. And if that wasn't enough Nivea Visage also produce two other types of this cream for oily skin only, and for dry skin although some bottles have now been replaced with just one product bottle called "Normal & Mixed Skin."
In short although this cream does appear to give shine free complexion on oily & combination skin, the results are not outstanding to fully recommend. Longevity is one of its key weaknesses and how it can be applied as a base coat before makeup is put on, I'll never know. Shine free facial treatments generally block skin pores to stop the skin's natural oil defence leakage to add protection to the skin and this product is no different. It gives moisturisation but only for a limited period and after that period of time, you'll find you may well have to reach for another cream to get a stronger lasting period of softer skin. Coupled with a difficult to find SPF factor unbelievably for a skin care company, the lack of direction and information crucially shows up Nivea's lack of care here. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
I bought this product when it was on special offer in Boots for about £1.80, and I was looking for a good moisturiser at the time, so it wasn't too much. I'd been using an Olay multi-radiance fluid for a while, and I wanted to try something new as I'd run out of it. I didn't want something too rich or oily, but I wanted an effective moisturiser, so I thought I'd give this one a go.
The fluid is in a plain white bottle with a white lid that has a silver rim (this seems to be the general design of Nivea products). To get the fluid out, you have to tip it upside down and squeeze the bottle. I don't really like this because it takes a bit longer than a pump dispenser, and I find that pump dispensers allow you to decide just how much you want a bit more precisely.
The fluid has a light fragrance to it, which smells nice. However, it needs quite a lot to properly moisturise your skin, and it doesn't absorb very well. When applying it, I need to spend some time massaging it in, which often takes a while. For a product that claims to be "Quickly absorbed", I was not impressed.
A few minutes after I've applied it, my skin feels nice and soft, and well moisturised. It claims to "provide essential moisture for your skin whilst keeping your complexion shine free". However, after a couple of hours my skin no longer feels moisturised or soft. You could say that it removed shine, but it only goes from one extremity to the other - my skin became a lot dryer, so this was disappointing.
I didn't find this to be an effective moisturiser as it would need to be re-applied a lot throughout the day. I would recommend it if you only need a simple and cheap moisturiser for a couple of hours.
(I've also put this review on Ciao)
Firstly, I must start by saying that I know this is a strange review for a guy. But I do like to keep myself looking good, if only to boost my own confidence and I think one of the most important parts of a guys "makeup" routine should be a daily face moisturiser.
I suffer from oily and dry skin on my face which for years was really bugging me. For the last 2 years or so I have been using a daily moisturiser on my face to try and alleviate the problem. Unfortunately I did not seem to be able to find one that I liked until I tried NIVEA Oil Free Moisturising Fluid.
I use this morning and evening and it has really made a difference to the complex of my skin. So much so that a number of people recently have told me how healthy I look - something which has never happened before.
NIVEA Oil Free Moisturising Fluid is, as the name implies, a moisturising fluid for use on the face and neck. It is designed to provide moisture for the dry bits and help eradicate the oily bits.
The fluid is available in 100ml bottles from most chemists, beauty shops and supermarkets.
Very reasonable. Mine costs me around £4.50 at Tesco.
Delicious! I am a big fan of nice smells, and Nivea Oil Free Moisturising Fluid smells really nice, very similar to baby shampoo.
This is a difficult one! The bottle comes in a box (which I have thrown away) and I am not sure whether the ingredients are printed on the box. All that is printed on the bottle is that it contains Witch Hazel and Allantoin.
If you are allergic to any particular ingredients that may be in this I advise you check the box before buying.
Nivea Oil Free Moisturising Fluid made my skin feel softer, more supple and clearer within about a week of use. I now feel much more confident that my skin looks healthier and more radiant than ever before.
The fluid is soft and pretty viscous and is easily absorbed into the skin (although try not to make my mistake and try and put about half a gallon on, for one scary moment I looked like a snowman)
I hope this covers everything, being a guy im not sure really what I'm supposed to say when writing about beauty products but there, I've done my best.
I hope this review will encourage a few of you to go and buy this product because I 100% reccommend it!
Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Fluid has been carefully formulated to not only provide all the essential daily moisture and protection your skin needs, but to also give a fresh finish thanks to its mild, oil-free matifying formulation / Benefits inclu