Product Type: Nivea body care
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Nivea Visage Refreshing 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner
Member Name: redhead78
Nivea Visage Refreshing 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner
Advantages: Good value, creamy consistency
Disadvantages: Doesn't remove all makeup, not as nice smelling as other Nivea products, need to use separate toner
If you've read my reviews in the past you'll know that I'm a big fan of Nivea products and when I run out of toiletries and am looking for a replacement it is usually Nivea that I turn to first. My mum always used Nivea products when I was younger and I have loved the smell of their ranges since I was little. The fact that they're my first choice is generally down to their fragrance and the comfort that gives me, transporting me straight back to childhood!
Nivea products are very widely available and can be found in most supermarkets and drug stores. I purchased my bottle of the refreshing 2 in 1 cleanser and toner at my local Bodycare shop where I found it on the special offer of buy any 2 for £4.00. As the same product costs £3.59 in Boots I thought this was a bargain so got the cleanser and toner and a bottle of the refreshing toner to match.
The cleanser comes in an opaque, very pale blue plastic bottle, containing 200ml of cream, with a white plastic flip top lid. It claims to cleanse and tone the skin leaving it feeling fresh. On the reverse of the bottle are the usual instructions for use, ingredients list and company contact information. There are also further claims that this cleanser removes daily impurities and make-up in one simple step. One negative for me, however, is that there is no information on the plastic bottle about whether the packaging can be recycled or not when you have finished with it. I expect more nowadays, especially from large copanies like Nivea (who are owned by Beiersdorf).
I have to admit I'm a bit slapdash when it comes to my skincare routine. I like the idea of having a strict regime with a cleanse, tone and moisturise procedure, but when it comes to the time of day when that would happen I'm usually too tired and just want to fall into bed. If I'm being good I'll take my face off earlier and do my "routine" then, if not I'll generally resort to using a face wipe to clean my face. Having said that, I do go through phases (usually when I've read a good review of a product) where I stick to a skincare regime more rigorously and toddle off to the shops to purchase a whole new set of products.
I started using the Nivea cleanser and toner about 3 months ago now and, despite it being my beloved Nivea I haven't been overly impressed so far. Whilst it is easy to use (simply flip open the lid, squeeze a small amount onto some cotton wool and massage into your skin) it is no easier than other cleansers I've used in the past. I like that it is a creamy cleanser as it feels like it's treating my skin better, but personally even though this is a 2 in 1 cleanser and toner I still feel the need to follow this with a quick wipe over my skin of the refreshing toner as well as the 2 in 1 product doesn't leave my skin feeling refreshed like it claims it will. Don't get me wrong, it leaves my skin feeling clean and gets rid of the vast majority of my make-up and any grime ( I am frequently disgusted at the colour of the cotton wool after wiping my face!) but, as it's creamy in texture, my skin doesn't feel refreshed and invigorated after use.
After using this cleanser I am always reassured that my skin is much cleaner than before, but invariably the sweeping off toner over my eyelids especially always reveals further remains of mascara etc that it missed. I know that in an ideal world you should use a separate eye make up remover as well as a cleanser but I don't have the patience for that and always expect my cleansers to do both.
The bottle states that it is suitable for normal and combination skin. I've never really understood the difference between these two and would consider my skin to be fairly normal. I don't tend to get many spots and it is usually fairly clear and healthy looking. This cleanser hasn't had any adverse affects on my skin, it hasn't made it drier or greasier so I would say that it is definitely suitable for those skin types.
The fragrance of this cleanser was also a slight disappointment to me. You can vaguely smell the traditional Nivea aroma in it but it nowhere near as pronounced as with their moisturiser or suncreams and it seems to be slightly more chemically smelling. As the fragrance was the main reason I bought this it is probably enough to put me off buying it in future but not enough to put me off using the rest of the bottle up.
As I said, I bought this around three months ago and have now used approximately two thirds of the bottle, using it at least 5 times a week so it is long-lasting and a little really does go a long way, making it good value for money, especially if you can find it on offer.
All in all this is a disappointingly "okay" cleanser and toner 2 in 1 product. I personally don't like my skin to feel creamy after my skin care routine so always use a separate toner as well and I don't feel that this cleanser leaves me with a "fresh skin feeling" like it claims it will do on the bottle. The fragrance is also a bit of a let down for me, with way too much of a chemical aroma lingering in the background and not enough of the Nivea smell. It does clean my skin well, but doesn't remove all traces of make-up, but then again it does say to avoid using it on the eye area so i probably shouldn't use it to remove eye makeup in the first place!
Despite my love of all things Nivea I'm afraid this one is pretty average and so gets an average 3 stars from me.
Summary: An average offering from Nivea that I wouldn't rush to buy again