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I'm quite fortunate in that when it comes to spots, blackheads and blemishes, my skin is pretty good. Recently I've been getting those period spots which pop up for a few days during that time of the month but are quick enough to disappear so I can't grumble too much! Unfortunately, my skin makes up for my relatively clear complexion by cursing me with dark circles under my eyes and an uneven skin tone which means at any given time my face is four different shades of red.
As a result I find myself using tinted moisturisers almost daily. They're perfect for just evening out my skin tone and covering those dark circles without the need of a twenty minute make-up application session. For those mornings where I'm in a rush to get to work tinted moisturisers are a god send!
I found this particular tinted moisturiser on offer recently in my local Tesco costing just £1.75 for a 50ml bottle. For less than £2 I didn't hesitate to give this a try, if I didn't like it for whatever reason I hadn't wasted too much money and, if I did like it, I'd found myself a bargain and could stock up whilst they were still on offer! Even at full price this is still pretty budget friendly at just £3.65 from Boots and Superdrug.
The moisturiser comes in a cardboard box which displays the Nivea logo, product name and plenty of product details. The shade is 'natural' which seems to be the only shade available. Being very pale I was a little worried this would be too dark for me (most one shade only products are) but, as it was so cheap, I didn't worry about it too much. The box informs us this is suitable for all skin types, that it 'moisturises and evens skin tone for a healthy looking complexion' and that it contains light reflecting pigments and vitamin E. Opening this white box reveals a white wide tube with clear plastic lid which basically copies the layout of the box it comes in almost exactly which does make me wonder what exactly the point in the box is.
Upon taking off the lid and squeezing out a little of the product onto my finger my first thought was 'this is far too dark for me'. It's a medium beige colour whereas my skin is probably best described as porcelain (if we ignore the bright redness of it anyway)! Before I'd even applied this to my face I was thinking about which friend I could offer this too.
I was, however, very pleasantly surprised to find that this isn't too dark for me at all. When rubbed into the face it becomes much paler and actually matches my skin tone pretty well! It adds a little more colour to my face without it looking orange or even like I've applied make-up. I was actually very impressed with that first of all!
You really don't need to use much of this either; a pea sized blob is an adequate amount for the entire face, often with enough left over to extend down to the neck too. This means I can see my 50ml bottle lasting a good few months which further makes me feel like this is very reasonable priced - even at full price.
My next worry was that this would irritate my skin as it's so sensitive, as a general rule I don't use anything on my face unless specifically made for sensitive skin but, again, the price of this got me a little too excited to even think of that in the shop! Once again this tinted moisturiser gave me a nice little surprise when I found my skin didn't react to it at all so this is safe for sensitive skin also.
The colour aspect of this tinted moisturiser is lovely. It covers up my dark circles under my eyes well and doesn't even require a little extra help from concealer. It evens out my skin tone perfectly and is very lightweight allowing my skin to easily breathe. The coverage this gives is light and won't hide blemishes or spots but then it's a tinted moisturiser and not a foundation so that doesn't bother me. The coverage is a good as I expect from such a product and really does last all day so I can't complain.
The moisturising aspect, however, isn't quite so good. I do still use my regular day cream in conjunction with this as I don't find this moisturises as much as I would like. I do think it'd be adequate during the summer months - it's not like the day cream aspect is none existent or anything but during these colder months my skin tends to become a little dry and I do need an extra moisture boost. Combined with my usual day cream though this is lovely. It still leaves my skin feeling soft and supple as well as giving it that even and healthy looking complexion.
I'd like to give this four and a half stars although I round it up to five. If it gave more moisture then this would be perfect. For the price I really don't feel you can complain at all. It adapts really nicely to my skin tone, gives even and long lasting coverage and is quick to apply meaning my face can look decent(ish) in a matter of minutes. I really like this and have since been back to Tesco to buy a few more tubes whilst on offer although I'll happily pay full price for another tube when needed!
I often wear tinted moisturisers for work as I don't wear a lot of make up and don't really need the coverage of foundation but in the winter especially when I'm feeling pale I want something to put a bit of colour in my face.
A foundation covers the skin, giving it colour, while a tinted moisturiser rather than covering the skin absorbs into the skin to hydrate and moisturise while adding less cover. It also offers less coverage than foundation and in general gives a more natural look and lets your skin breathe more.
I bought this Nivea tinted moisturising day cream in Boots costing £3.66 for a 50ml tube. When bought the tub is in a box, the tube is white with a screw off lid.
It is easy to apply rubbing it into the face with the fingers in a circular motion.
The shade is called natural (it only comes in one shade) and when the product came out of the tube it looked just like a foundation and quite a bit darker in colour than the shade I would choose in a foundation, Because it has a lot of moisturiser it goes really far and once rubbed in it isn't as dark as you would think. I do think it would be too dark for some though.
I thought it gave me very minimal change in the colour of my skin but a slight change all the same. I thought the moisturiser felt very greasy on my skin when I first applied it. It took longer than expected to fully absorb into the skin but it did absorb and the greasy feeling was gone. I did think my skin looked improved when wearing that product, the very subtle change in colour and the shine it added to my complexion did help.
The moisturiser says it contains ingredients which protect the skin from premature ageing but I honestly don't use it often enough or have not used it for long enough to know whether this is helping in that regard.
Since I started using this I haven't ever felt like I've had dry or dull skin so the moisturiser is ovbiously working in keeping my skin hydrated. It does last a while so is good value for money and much cheaper than using a foundation each day.
This cream is good for those with dull or dry skin, but I don't think it would be much use to people with very fair or dark skin tones or for anyone who needs coverage this wouldn't provide it.
I personally will continue to use the tube I have but there is nothing so great that stands out about it that I would want to run out and buy more of it. There's also nothing bad about it that would make me avoid it in the future.
I do think that for such a popular brand as Nivea, having just one shade of this is a strange move.
Being someone who suffers from rosy cheeks I need a foundations with good coverage, so when I look for a foundation I always go for the top end brands such as Clinique Redness Solution Foundation.
Recently I helped my cousin move out of her room at Middlesbrough University, she was sorting through her make-up and asked me if I wanted anything, being hard to resist I jumped at the chance and among the items I took was, Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream in Natural.
I had no intention of using this on its own but thought it would be a nice base for my make-up and any moisture to my skin is a bonus.
The next day I got up and jumped in the shower, now everyone knows when you get out your face feels tight and horrible. As I was reaching for my daily moisturiser the Nivea Tinted Moisturiser caught my eye so I thought what the heck I'll try it.
I squeezed a pea size amount on to the back of my hand then grabbed my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and applied it to my face.
I was very surprised how well it glided on my face and it smelt gorgeous. I was also impressed with the way it seemed just like any normal foundation and covered my rosy cheeks. I didn't expect it to stay like this, I thought as all moisturisers it would sink in and the colour would fade.
I dried my hair and then came back to do my make-up and it was exactly the same as when I had first applied it.
Since then I have worn it every day and have absolutely fell in love!
I've stopped using my heavy foundations and just stuck to this. I don't even have to use my powder as it sets on my skin and make my face look healthy with a natural glow.
It comes in a cute little squeezy bottle, very easy to slip in your bag and freshen up at work or if going on a long haul flight etc.
I would never have given this a second glance in a shop let alone buy it but I'm so happy I gave it ago. Since using this my face has felt so soft and smooth and I haven't had any spots.
I recommend this to anyone. It's a light moisturiser with an effect of a good foundation.
I made a trip to Boots last week to stock up on a few bits and bobs as I seem to have run out of everything at the same time (luckily just after payday!). Given that the weather is about to turn and I live on the coast where it can get very windy, I decided to go back to one of my favourite tinted moisturisers to give my skin a little extra hydration through the winter. I use this moisturiser in addition to my normal moisturiser, as I don't feel it would be sufficient by itself but it gives my dry skin a boost and avoids the need to wear heavy foundation which I don't really need as I'm blessed with reasonably good skin.
The moisturiser claims to instantly brighten up your complexion and even out your skin tone by complementing your skin's natural colour. It is designed for all skin types and combats tired and dull looking skin. It is enriched with vitamin E and Hydramine and provides the skin with essential caring nutrients and moisture for 24 hours. It is the special combination of light reflecting and colour pigments which blend with your natural skintone to even out skin imperfections. It also has UVA/UVB protection to protect the skin from the environmental influences which can lead to premature ageing.
You apply this product by gently massaging in upward circular strokes, avoiding the eye area. The thing I love about this moisturiser-foundation is that it gives coverage which is as good as a foundation, but you don't have to pay too much attention to how you're applying it as you just literally rub it into your face the same way you would do with a moisturiser. You just need to make sure you rub it in for long enough so that it sinks in. It has a nice consistency which isn't too runny but isn't thick like a foundation, so it sinks in easily leaving a nice hint of colour on your face.
The moisturiser comes in a white plastic tube with a screw on lid at the bottom which simply squeezes the product out. I like this design as it avoids wastage, because you're not struggling to get the last bits out as sometimes happens with pump dispensers. I like to call these products ones which work with gravity rather than against it! (i.e. you're not going to be tipping or storing the tube upside down to get the last bits of the product out).
The moisturiser comes in three shades - light, natural and dark, but I opted for the natural one as my skin is fairly pale but I was concerned if I went for the lightest I might look a little ghost-like. I find this shade gives me very natural looking coverage because as I'm pale if I wear foundation that's too heavy or dark it looks a bit Jordan-esque. Not the look I go for!
I don't bother applying pressed powder after using this product because it doesn't leave my face shiny and when my skin gets dry sometimes the powder can cling to the dry patches. I feel my skin is well moisturised after using this, and it hides any imperfections too. I use it alongside my normal moisturiser, and I don't get those horrible dry flaky patches I usually get as soon as my face is exposed to the windy weather.
This product costs in the region of £4 - £5 for a 50ml tube depending on where you buy it, and I think this is excellent value compared to a lot of other similar products. If you are blessed with good skin, you could get away with using this product as a moisturiser and foundation, which is pretty good value compared to buying the two products separately (although obviously you'll need a separate moisturiser for nighttime, unless you fancy staining your pillows!). A 50ml tube will last a good few months too, and you don't need too much each time you use it.
Overall, I'm not sure why I ever strayed from this product in the first place!
Having previously been a fan of the nivea skin care range I decided to try this product as soon as it came out. I have very dry skin so find many foundations unsuitable and due to this tend to wear very light make up. For me, this is just the amount of coverage I need for everyday use, as I said I don't wear heavy make up and I'm not one for spending ages applying make up. I apply as you would a normal moisturizer (perhaps a bit more carefully) and smoothes and evens skin tone. The shade matches perfectly and does not make me look orange!
As it is a tinted moisturizes I find it doesn't dry out over the day and doesn't fade too much. Since using this product I have stuck with it. It may appear that you don't get a lot but they last me a few months. I will continue to use this product - it is good quality, effective and good value for money.
I first bought this tinted moisturiser on a whim, never having used any tinted moisturiser before.
The packaging: the tube isn't tube-shaped, it is about 4.5cm wide and 12.5cm tall. It is very thin, however, at only 1cm deep. This means it tends to fall over quite a lot, which is not terrible but is a bit annoying. It's a cream colour, and the lid is a translucent white with a silver band at the top. It looks fairly sophisticated.
Cost: £3.99 at Boots at the moment.
Properties: it states that the moisturiser is suitable for all skin types, and moisturises 24h and evens skin tone for a healthy-looking complexion. Itc comes in light, natural and dark varieties, and I have the natural one.
Ingredients: contains light reflecting pigments, hydramine and vitamin E.
The verdict: The cream itself is a nice consistency and neither too thick nor too runny. It rubs into the skin well, which is necessary, as if it is not rubbed in enough, it tends to streak.
It doesn't cover any real sports or blemishes but does even out skin tone. It keeps skin hydrated just enough, so that it doesn't make skin oily or encourage spots, but does leave my face feeling soft.
My two problems with it is that it leaves skin quite shiny, and that it wears off after a few hours.
Overall: not bad, but I probably wouldn't buy it again because I dislike having to use a powder over the top, and would prefer something that stays put a bit longer.
Over the last year or so I have really got into make up and beauty. Whilst before , the only make up I would wear would be foundation and a bit of mascara , that I would have 'done' in two minutes. Although lately , I have found myself to be more interested in new make up products , and spend longer on my make up , even adding a few more items (eye liner , blusher , bronzer etc) to my routine , and one of my latest items is moisurising concealer.
I was rushing around doing some last-minute shopping before going on my two week cruise holiday , and was panicking because I couldn't find a moisturiser anywhere. I was searching the 'lotions and potions' aisle in Boots , and the only ones which I would consider were by Nivea , although I didn't want what they had available as I felt they weren't what I was looking for. That was until I spotted the Nivea Visage Tinted Moisturising Day Cream which was selling for around £4. Reading the product description , I immediately put in in my basket.
The cream itself moisurises for twenty four hours , and acording to the writing on the bottle it 'evens skin tone for a healthy looking complexion'. It also has light reflecting pigments , hydramine and some vitamin E thrown in. The cream comes in a 'squeezy upside down' type bottle , which makes it easy to get it out of the bottle , and also the 'squeezy' part is quite firm , which means you can control how much you can get out.
I have the 'natural' tone , which is like a light caramel colour. The cream isn't too thick , and is quite 'runny' but not too runny that it goes everywhere. Applying the cream is simple ; just by using fingertips and using circular movements. I found that the cream gave me a real natural look and great coverage. I like how it really 'freshens up your skin' and makes it look bright. I also like the fact that it isn't too heavy , and so makes it a perfect make up item for summer as it is so light to wear. It also has great staying power , and I can still see it on my skin when I go to take my make up off at night!
I use it under my foundation , although I think that you could even wear it on it's own without foundation , as it looks just as good as foundation , if not better. I used to have quite bad acne along my jawline when I was a teenagers , and so now have a few scars ; the cream hid these scars very well.
I have dry skin which is very sensitive and which is prone to spots and a lot of products give me loads of spots , but this product isn't oily and so it's one of the very few products that I can use which don't end up leaving my skin all red and spotty so that's something I love about it. I also find it moisturises my skin really well and when I take it off at night , there's no sign of dry skin which is great , although you do have to use it every day!
If you're looking for a great moisturiser which you can wear under your make up - make sure you try this! It really does work wonders!
Thanks for reading!
August 16th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx and on review centre)
I've been using this tinted moisturiser for several years. I use it everyday and I find it ideal for work, when I want a little 'help', but I don't want to look too obviously made up. I usually love Nivea products, I think they are a great brand, simple and basic but effective. The cost is pretty reasonable for most of their products as well. It currently costs £3.99 in Boots for a 50ml tube.
Packaging - It used to come in a little cardboard box, but in the last year Nivea have done away with the outer packaging and it's just a white plastic tube. This may be because they are environmentally aware and are trying to reduce packaging, or just to reduce costs (cynical - nooooo!).
Product - It is available in 3 shades, light, natural and dark. I have quite fair skin and use the light shade for most of the year, but I also have a tube of the natural shade to use in the summer when I have a tan. It is a lovely light moisturising cream, I have combination skin and I find this cream doesn't aggravate my oilier areas or encourage spots, but it provides just enough moisture to keep my drier cheeks soft and hydrated. It contains vitamin E, so you know it's doing some good as well as helping your skin look better. An added bonus is that it also provides UVA/UVB protection, although I tend to use a sunscreen underneath in really sunny weather it's great to know it's protecting me when I'm caught by an unexpected sunny spell. It provides very sheer natural coverage, it's not heavy enough to cover any serious spots or blemishes but it is really effective at even-ing out your skintone. The colour pigments seem to adjust to match your skin colour and it really is hard to tell you are wearing anything on your face. It contains light-reflecting pigments which give you a healthy glow, but it doesn't shimmer or look at all obvious. I find that if I apply it in the morning it has usually worn off by lunchtime, so I keep a tube in my bag to reapply in the middle of the day, but I don't find this too much of an inconvenience. Apart from not lasting all day I can't fault this tinted moisturiser.
Pros- Does what it says on the tin
Cons - Doesn't last all day.