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I received a couple of sample sachets of this new moisturiser from Nivea and quite liked it, so when I saw it on offer at 2 pots for £12 in Boots (instead of £9.99 each) I decided to get some.
== Benefits ===
This moisturiser contains Q10, which is an active ingredient found naturally in the skin and which helps to keep skin looking young and wrinkle free. I don't need an intensive anti-aging routine as I am only in my 20s but I think it can't hurt to take some preventative measures when it comes to wrinkles, so I was happy to use a product with Q10.
The new benefit of this moisturiser which makes it different from the other Nivea Q10 creams is that it is supposed to refine pores, minimising their visibility.
It also has an SPF of 15.
=== Use ===
This is a day cream, designed for use every morning. Nivea describe it as non-greasy and fast absorbing. It should be applied by rubbing into the skin in upward motions.
The cream comes in a 50 ml ceramic pot with a pale minty green lid and typical Nivea branding. Inside the pot is sealed over with a thick foil covering to keep it fresh. When you pull back the foil you are greeted with the classic Nivea scent, which to me just smells fresh, clean and comforting. It is not overly fragranced or artificial. The cream is quite light in texture and not particularly rich. However, it is heavier than some of the other moisturisers I use which have a gel cream texture and sink in instantly, so it does require a little more rubbing in than I am used to. It feels lovely and hydrating, so I really like the feel of this moisturiser on my skin. It leaves skin looking and feeling smooth. I can see some pore reduction but not a massive difference.
However, the one big problem I have encountered with this moisturiser is that it does not seem to be suitable for wearing under makeup. I normally wait about 10 mins between every step of applying moisturiser, primer and foundation, but with this moisturiser even when I waited longer, such as 20-30 mins, before doing my makeup, it still lead to the cream making balls or flakes on the skin under the makeup and peeling away during the day. Obviously this looks awful, ruins the makeup and feels a bit unpleasant. Luckily I discovered this when I was staying at home for the day so I did not have to experience this is public! I tried the cream under make up on a few occasions and always had the same result.
For this reason, I am now using up this "day cream" at night time and using it as a night cream. It's a bit of a shame that it doesn't work during the day, as I don't benefit from the SPF at night, but as I do really enjoy the smell, texture and feel of this cream as well as how nice and soft it makes my skin, I am happy to continue with it at night time.
I would probably try an actual intended "night cream" version of this cream next, but I would also be happy to buy this particular day cream again to continuing using it as a night cream. I don't like overly heavy moisturisers anyway, so I do feel this is moisturising enough for me at night.
It is suitable for normal to combination skintypes and I feel it is suitable for my normal skin, which sometimes has tendency to get oily (although recently it hasn't been very oily at all, probably because I use good oily skin products). If you have very oily skin, it might feel a bit too greasy for you.
=== Over all ===
I do really like this but it is not very good as a day cream, which is its intended purpose. For that reason I don't feel I can give it more than 3 stars, but I would give it more as a night cream!