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I have to admit I am not very well behaved when it comes to a skincare regime and it is very rare that I actually follow one! However when I accompanied a friend to an Estée Lauder skin counter a few months ago the lady she saw really drummed it into the both of us how important it was to actually look after our skin. I know what I am like when it comes to skincare so I wanted to find a product that was reasonably priced just incase I used it twice then it sat on the bathroom shelf doing nothing.
I picked this up from tesco where it was on some sort of offer either half price or a third off. I bought the cleansing mousse, the toner and the express hydration primer which is what I am reviewing today. I bought the range aimed at dry skin but it also comes in a range for normal skin. The usual retail price for the primer is £4.99.
I opted for a primer rather than just a moisturiser because when I bought it I was wearing make up most days and was finding my skin wasn't looking very good when the make up was on. Primer promises to provide an even base for make up and therefore not only will your make up last longer but it will also look better. This primer also promises to hydrate your skin and absorbe quickly.
The primer comes in a small glass jar and the amount you receive is 50ml. The screw top for my version is a light pink in colour and the jar looks more expensive than the retail price. The primer inside is a thick white cream and it feels smooth to the touch and not at all oily.
When applying the primer you only need a very small amount (less than the size of a 5p piece) and it absorbs unbelievably quickly into the skin. I mainly concentrate on my cheek bones because this is where my skin is particularly dry but I apply it all over my face to provide an even base for my make up. After applying the skin feels really soft and smooth.
After putting the primer on I can start putting my make up on within seconds because it Bsorbs that quickly. Since using the primer I have noticed that my make up is so much easier to apply and it has much better coverage. It looks better and more even and my blemishes even appear less prominent.
Using the primer I find I can do my make up in the morning and it will still look good later on in the evening - something that would never happen before. The primer really cares for my skin and I have not experienced any breakouts of spots.
The only slight negative thing is that in a jar it is not as hygienic as it would be in a tube.
Brilliant, reasonably priced primer.
I have suffered with dry patches of flaky skin for as long as I can remember! I have had several consultations with Clinique and similar who have advised that I change foundation etc, it's all well and good saying this but foundations aren't cheap and what keeps happening is it works great for a couple if months then my skin returns to having flaky patches. Some of the experts have then suggested I use a primer to prepare my skin for the makeup, however they are £10 and over for a TINY pot
That's when I found the Nivea hydration primer! I thought before I spent £10+ I would try a cheaper alternative and asda had this on offer for £3!! (Usually £5) which still isn't unreasonable and the pot is much larger at 50ml as opposed to 10ml from Clinique!!
It was quite hard to find, as the packaging is white and doesn't really stand out luckily I knew what I was looking for and then was able to find it. They have out the words hydration primer in larger letters which also helps.
The actual pot is not as large as the box as there is a piece of cardboard folded over at the
Bottom so this is something to bear in mind when comparing products.
There are two types of primer one for dry combination skin and one for sensitive skin
The actual cream is white and it has a nice soft floral type fragrance
The primer is to be applied under make up or on its own to smooth the skin it feels like silk once rubbed in and it has been absorbed quickly into your skin so you can apply your makeup almost instantly
I have found that this has helped my skin as even after using it for a few months It still doesn't dry my skin out very often (only the odd occasion I have had flakiness and that's when I have decided not to exfoliate but to just use this in its own) once on it feels light and silky you don't even know it's on.
I'd recommend this to anyone in a similar situation :-)
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The product I am reviewing is by Nivea and is a Hydrating Primer which moisturises and provides a smooth base for effective make-up application. There are so many primers available at the moment with each brand bringing out their own make of primer to add to their range. I do currently use a primer by a different brand which is really good, how-ever I don't feel as though it really moisturises my skin. I only really came across this product when buying thing's for my sister. It was her 30th birthday a few weeks ago and I put lots of beauty products and make-up products in a large box for her. She asked me to do this as there wasn't really anything else that she wanted and she knew she would use all the items I put in the box. I chose a lot of the product from the Nivea range as I know my sister uses this particular primer, this is when I decided I might treat myself to some to try it out for myself as my sister had told me that it was quite good. The primer I am reviewing is for dry & sensitive skin, although they also do a primer for Normal & Sensitive skin as well. I sometimes get dry patches on my skin, especially during the winter/colder months which is why I chose this particular primer. This hydrating primer is enriched with natural Almond Oil and Calendula extract. Nivea claim that this product helps to provide an even and smooth base for effective make-up application and helps your make-up stay put/last longer. They also claim that the primer absorbs quickly due to the light texture and the primer uses an effective hydrator for long-lasting moisturisation and soft skin feeling. I have to admit that the primer sounded pretty good to me and I was hoping that it was going to leave my skin feeling moisturised, smooth and looking healthy as stated on the packaging. The primer comes in a box which is white in colour and has the Nivea logo on the front and top of the box. It clearly states on the front of the box what this product is and you can find some information about the product on the sides of the box. It also tells you how to use the product as well. A list of ingredients can be found on the bottom of the box. The primer itself comes in a round pot which is made from clear glass and has a light pink lid. The pink represents this product is for dry & sensitive skin as the other primer in this range has a light blue lid. When unscrewing the lid there should be a foil seal over the top which needs to be removed in order for you to use the primer. The foil seal peels off easily to reveal the primer.
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I purchased this from boots for £4.99; how-ever it's currently on offer for £3.99. A lot of the products in the Nivea range are currently on offer. You can also purchase this from the Boots website. Superdrug currently has the primer on offer for £4.00 which is 99p off the full price. You can also purchase this from various other websites including Amazon.
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Using the Product
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As a Moisturiser: Apply the cream on cleansed face before applying make-up by gently massaging in small circles, avoiding the eye area. This product can be used under make-up or simply by itself. I purchased this product in the morning before work and I thought I would see what the product was like alone, as a moisturiser. After cleansing my face I applied this before going to bed so I could assess the results in the morning. When peeling back the foil seal which covered the cream I noticed straight away that the product had a fresh scent to it. The scent of the product was quite strong but it was pleasant and I loved that it smelt so fresh. The cream was white in colour and looked really glossy. I dipped a fingertip very lightly into the cream so a small amount was on the tip of my finger. I then applied to my face, massaging it in circular motions as directed on the packaging. The cream felt really smooth and silky to touch and it was easy to apply. The cream felt smooth and slightly cooling on my skin. I found that with this product a little goes a long way. After I had applied the cream I went to bed and would see what the results were like the following morning. I was intrigued to find out whether this was going to make my skin feel or look any different. I woke up the following morning and checked the results from the primer I had applied the previous night. My skin felt very smooth and soft, much softer and smoother than it would feel if I hadn't applied moisturiser. I normally apply a Vitamin E moisturiser which I purchase from The Body Shop before going to bed and this leaves my skin feeling just as soft and smooth as the Nivea one. So in terms of moisturising there isn't really much difference between the two. I only really suffer from dry skin during the winter so I wouldn't yet be able to tell if this product works well on dry skin or not.
As a Primer: I was now going to use the product under make-up and see if it helped to prolong my make-up or make any real difference to it. I did my morning ritual of cleansing my face and I then applied the primer as I had done before by gently massaging in small circles, avoiding the eye area. Once again when opening the tub of primer I was greeted with that nice fresh scent again that the cream had. After applying the primer I left it for at least 5mins before applying my foundation. The foundation was easy to apply and it glided over my skin nicely. After finishing applying the foundation, my face had a nice finish to it. At the moment the results were the same if I had used my Smashbox concealer, so it would be interesting to see how well the Nivea primer kept my make-up looking during the day. It was going to be a hot and humid day so I could really put this primer to the test. The thing I like about the primer is that it doesn't feel heavy, even under make-up. It feels nice and light and also feels as though it does a good job of moisturising. I had been wearing my make-up and the primer for at least 5hrs and so far so good. My make-up was still in place and it didn't even look as though it had started to wear off as of yet. It was a hot and very humid day so I was impressed by this. Hopefully it would last a bit longer, until I finished work at least. After working and travelling to and from work I finally got home where I assessed the results further. The bus I had to get home was very hot, in fact so hot it made me feel a little sick so I wondered if my make-up still looked ok or whether it had started to wear off or not. I looked in the mirror when I got home and was pleased to see that my make-up was still on. It hadn't become patchy and it still looked pretty good, although my chin and nose looked a little shiny from where I was so hot but I can't blame this on the primer. I was actually impressed when I saw that my make-up still looked great and would have just needed touching up with a little powder.
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Although my sister had told me that this product was good, I didn't really know what to expect from it after using a good quality primer by a brand called Smashbox who I am a huge fan of. I found the primer really easy to apply and you do only need to use a very small amount. As the primer is very silky and smooth a little of it goes a long way so it's best not to put too much on your fingers when applying it. In terms of moisturising I actually found the product very moisturising when used overnight. My skin definitely felt smoother and softer. I have sensitive skin and it's often dry so it was nice that the product didn't cause any reaction or irritation to my skin, it was really gentle. In terms of using the product as a primer under make-up I was actually very impressed at how good it was and I have to admit that I didn't expect it to be this good. other primer's I have used in the past have been clear, so it was different using this and this one is more like a cream rather than a gel like the other primers I have used before. The primer does live up to its claims and it definitely helps make-up last longer and it also moisturises as well. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable as it's much cheaper than other primers. Although this might not be quite as good as more expensive brands this does work well and does everything that it claims to.
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I like to use a primer before I apply my make up to give my skin a good base so that my make up sits nicely on my skin and remains on my skin for far longer than when I don't use a primer. I spotted this primer on special offer so thought I would give it a go because I do love Nivea products and they are one of my favourite items.
This primer comes inside a large cardboard box and has the name clearly on the front so it can be easily spotted on a shelf. Inside the box comes a glass jar which has a pretty pink lid which is very easy to screw on and off the jar. The jar is quite small and I was pleasantly surprised how small the jar actually was because the box is quite large. I expected it to be far larger but the jar is quite chunky and the lid is quite deep based. Nivea products do sometimes tend to be chunky jars and this one is no different in appearance but it is a pretty jar.
Once the lid is removed it has a foil sheet covering the product to keep it nice and fresh. I found the foil quite difficult to remove from the jar but eventually I removed it to reveal a nice white cream inside the jar. The cream is similar to a moisturising cream and it is a really soft texture and quite light. It is extremely smooth and has a beautiful perfume fragrance to it, one I absolutely love. Smells gorgeous as all Nivea products smell.
It is very easy to apply the cream to the face and you don't need a lot of it to cover the skin on the face. I just dip my fingertips into the jar and gently apply it to my face using circular movements and avoiding my eye area. I do apply it under my eyes but not near to my eyelashes.
The cream feels quite cold and very cooling on the skin, I was pleasantly surprised how refreshing it feels on the skin and it simply glides across the skin without tugging it or damaging it. A little goes a very long way that's for sure. So it is best to just apply a little at a time to get a good coverage on the skin. I find the cooling effect does last for quite some time on the skin and for around a good couple of minutes or so.
It absorbs really well into the skin and in no time at all. It absorbs almost instantly into the skin, so if you are in a rush to apply make up, it can be applied almost instantly and can save a lot of time waiting for the cream to be absorbed. I was really pleased with the instant time scale because sometimes when I am in a rush and need to apply my make up fairly quickly it means I can and not having to wait a few minutes. This one is fabulous to use on days when I am in a rush. Is ideal if you are working and don't have a lot of time in the mornings and need a few spare extra minutes.
After it has absorbed my skin feels extremely soft and really smooth, just like after applying a moisturiser. It gives a really nice smooth feeling on my skin and my skin feels like velvet. A very good base in preparation to then apply foundation and make up etc.
When it comes to applying my foundation I find my foundation sits nicely on my skin and it is very easy to blend into my skin. At the moment I am using a mineral foundation powder and I find I can blend and buff the powder onto my skin really well over the top of this primer. I have also used a cream and liquid foundation over the top and again also found it sits well onto my skin and is also very easy to blend well over the top of the cream. So it is one which works extremely well with all foundations in my experience of using this primer.
I have also tested it just with using blusher and no foundation and I have found that it does work well for applying powder and cream blusher and the rest of my skin area does feel really hydrated and extremely soft just like after applying a good brand of moisturiser. So I would say it does work well for hydrating the skin and for days when you don't want to wear any foundation and to allow the skin to breathe a little and have a break from wearing foundation.
It is designed to hydrate the skin and it does a really good job of hydrating my very dry skin. I am in my 50's and this primer works really well for giving moisture to my skin as a base for make up and I am really happy with the results.
It is enriched with natural Almond Oil and Calendula Extract which are really good ingredients to give a nice healthy glow to the skin.
It can also be used by itself as a very light moisturiser if you don't want to use it as a primer but I use it as a primer because I bought it for this purpose. I have used it as a moisturiser and it has left my skin with a natural glow but I have only used it this way a couple of times just to test the product to see how it worked for my skin. But I would say it does work much better as a primer in my opinion.
I only paid £4.99 for a 50ml jar and I bought it on special offer at my local chemist. I cannot recall how much the original price was for this primer but I do think it is very good value for the price I paid for it. The quality of the cream is extremely good in my opinion.
Because the jar is quite small, it would be one you could take on holiday with you but it will weigh a little more than some other brands so this is worth bearing in mind if you are wanting to buy this primer for the intention of taking on holiday in your bag. It is a little chunky to place in a make up bag in my opinion.
I am really happy with the results this primer gives for a good base for my make up. I will most certainly buy it again in the future because it absorbs instantly and feels really cooling on my skin and very refreshing. Well worth the money in my opinion. Well done Nivea.
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I give this primer 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I always find that my make up slides off after a while. So on nights out I like to try and make my make up stay on as long as possible. So when I read in a magazine that a good way to keep your make up on is to use a primer, I decided to go and look for one. I had previously bought an expensive one for around £15 and it wasn't that great, so when I came across this Nivea one I couldn't wait to try it.
The primer comes in a glass jar with a blue lid. The jar is quite luxurious looking and expensive looking. Whilst it looks good, my only criticism with this kind of pot is that it isn't as hygienic as a tube would be as you have to keep dipping your fingers in and out of it.
The primer I have is for normal skin (I believe there is also a dry skin one available too - I didn't realise this until afterwards otherwise I would have probably gone for the dry skin one as I do get quite dry skin on my face.
Applying the primer is simple. Simply dip a clean finger into pot and start massaging into your face using circular movements. You don't need that much primer as a tiny bit goes a long way. I probably only need around a 5p sized amount for my whole face. The primer feels quite light on my skin and doesn't feel heavy at all. There is something quite cooling and soothing about this primer. I find that the primer absorbs fairly quickly into my face and so after a minute or so I am able to start applying my make up.
I have found that the primer does help my make up to last longer. It doesn't keep my make up looking perfect all day and my foundation does eventually slide off although I have to say that this primer does make it last a little bit longer than when I don't use primer. I find that it does make my face look 'fresher' and my skin looks and feels soft and smoother after using this.
I have quite sensitive skin and so I have to be careful with which products I use as otherwise I tend to break out in spots. I find that this primer does make my skin a little red but it doesn't really irritate it and as I put my foundation on straight afterwards it covers the redness anyway - so it doesn't really affect me too much.
All in all, I would recommend this. However, I only tend to use it for nights out and not everyday.
This primer is available for around £4 from places such as Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
If there is one product I am a bit of a sucker for it is primer as anything that stops me looking like a pale vampire by the end of the day has got to be a good thing. That said with early starts each morning and an already complicated makeup routine I am also looking to shave time off my morning routine, which is why I bought Nivea Daily Essentials Hydration Primer as I was hoping to be able to use it as a moisturiser and primer in one.
***The product ***
The primer comes in two types - normal and combination skin and dry/sensitive skin so I opted for the dry/sensitive skin one (mainly because my skin is sensitive as I actually have fairly combination skin but with noticeable dry patches).
It comes in a glass tub (much like other Nivea moisturisers) and is foil sealed which is great from a hygiene point of view as you know immediately if your new product has been tampered with.
As for the cream itself Nivea describes it as "a gel-cream formula" which is a pretty apt description as it is slightly lighter than a creamy moisturiser but not quite as gel like as say Nivea's Aqua Sensation moisturiser (which I used to be a big fan off because it was so similar to a far more expensive Lancome one). In terms of smell I have to say I haven't really noticed a particularly strong scent - it just smells of face cream to me.
***How it works***
Well Nivea claims it gives "you a smooth base you can apply make-up over straight away" which again isn't too far off the mark. One of the reasons I wanted to try this was because I was using moisturiser in the morning and having to wait for it to sink in before applying primer - far too much to think about when you are sleep deprived! This, however, cuts out a step as it absorbs quickly into my skin meaning I can apply my make up almost instantly. It's not at all greasy and the light formula also does a pretty good job at moisturising your skin. In fact I haven't noticed my skin dry out since I started using this (I was worried that as a 2 in 1 it wouldn't do either job particularly well). That said it is not a heavy duty night cream so you may need something else at night - if my skin is particularly dry I like to use Shea butter for an extra boost. It also doesn't have any SPF which is a shame as I like my day cream to have some kind of SPF to project my pale skin a bit in the sun (luckily my foundation has an SPF but I would still like to have it there). I can also report that my sensitive skin has never reacted to it either which is a big bonus.
As a primer it also works pretty well but not perfectly. My makeup still doesn't last a whole day at work but it does last better than if I wasn't wearing this at all so it is a definite improvement and it has more staying power then ordinary moisturiser.
At around £6.99 in places like Boots and Superdrug this is a very reasonable product (especially as some primers can be around £22 and I can never use them without moisturiser). It's a good multi-tasker and even if you just use it as a moisturiser you are getting a good product for a good price.
***Update January 2014***
I have to say since I wrote this I have stopped using this as I prefer using my ordinary moisturiser and have changed foundations .
Up until a couple of months ago I wasn't really too fussed about primer. I'd never really thought about using it - however when I realised that no matter what I was doing with my make up my skin still didn't seem to get any better, I decided that I needed to do something about it. I started out on an MUA primer - and really liked it for a while, still do actually, but only when my skin is looking good. Then a friend and I were talking about our skincare regime, and I mentioned that Nivea was in my top products, that she suggested I try this primer - having never seen it before I thought I'd go have a look and see what I could find!
~*~ Nivea ~*~
A company established in 1882, that provides the world with skin care from shaving foam all the way through to hand cream. They produce some of the most popular anti-aging products and are a brand that is recognised all around the world - you can't fail to notice the blue background and the white writing to know the brand. They have in recent years added self-tanning moisturisers to their collection of skin care, and added to the market of those available - a modern and kind brand of skin care that most people have come in contact with at some point.
~*~ Express Hydration Primer ~*~
This primer comes in two different forms, one for normal skin and one for dry and sensitive skin. I bought the dry and sensitive version, which comes in a white box, with the Nivea blue disc, with a dark pink banner telling you it's the dry and sensitive version. My box has a sticker telling me that it's recommended by cosmopolitan readers, so on that recommendation it's probably been purchased a lot of women. The box is a bit deceptive however, as it is a quite big and tall box when inside the primer is sitting on a plinth, to make it look bigger - when it's actually only a 50ml glass pot, the box is the double the size of my Nivea night cream box despite it having the same amount of cream in!
Open the lid, peel back the foil top and unleash your thick white primer, when I bought it I thought it would be a nice thick cream, similar to my night cream. However when I took the lid off it was more like a jelly than a cream, because as you wobble the jar it really does look like a thick jelly that you're putting on your skin. When you go to take it out of the jar onto your finger, you may well notice how strong a scent it has, but that's the only time you'll notice it as, as soon as it goes on your skin and you rub it in the scent disperses really well. It's not an awful smell by any means though, it's a little bit fruity actually, but it's obviously a chemical smell, but it doesn't stick around so I'm not going to complain about it!
To apply this cream to your face, you need to apply this to a cleansed face, before applying make-up by gently massaging in small circles, avoiding the eye area. It's a very simple idea just rub it in, in circles and off you go - first time I tried it I think I used a little bit too much and found that I was rubbing it in for a long time, you don't actually need a lot because it's really easily absorbed which is one of the big selling points to this primer. The front of the box makes a big deal, of it being instantly absorbed, which isn't quite true on my skin but may be on some. Either way it only takes a little bit of rubbing in from a small amount of cream - as they say a little goes a long way! I try to apply individual areas, cheeks, chin, and forehead for example find that I get a better coverage that way.
The texture of this cream is really light so when you rub it into your skin you can instantly feel a difference, especially if you've not moisturised as you feel an instant hydration to your face. You don't see much of a difference to your skin, unless you do have dry patches because they will look better pretty quickly - which is a bit of a bonus in this nasty cold and dry weather we're having at the minute, and even more so in the summer when your skin will get dried out in the sunshine. It suggests that your skin will become nice and smooth as a result of using this primer, which is definitely true - even if I've not been exfoliating much it still seems to keep my skin soft enough to get compliments from friends and my boyfriend - even just from looking at my skin.
When it comes to applying make-up over the top this primer I have to say is brilliant, the primers I've used in the past have stuck to areas of problem skin that using the primer I've tried to cover up so have left my skin looking a little bit dry and unhappy. However, due to the fact this one is moisturising at the same time it glosses over and helps to hide the unhappy dry parts, and allows me to put my foundation over the top and helps it to look a lot more flawless than my MUA primer. It's even been good enough to my skin that I've been able to use it to just have powder on top of, instead of going through the whole process of needing foundation too, on good skin days anyway. It's a primer you can't tell you have on either, so by just putting powder on top it just makes you look like you've got brilliant skin! I find with this primer all make up seems to stay in place for a lot longer than it did just onto newly moisturised skin, not sure why that is - but with this primer I was able to have a night out and not feel like I needed to reapply powder during the night. It also helps that this primer seems to keep my shine at bay; a lot of primers don't do a lot to combat shine - but this helps to keep powders in place and it makes my skin look great and keep my make up in place, with really soft skin as a massive bonus!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
In my town I've only seen this in Asda and Superdrug, it seems to be a bit hard to find round here, but it's online - so if it does disappear for me round here I know I'll be able to find it online. I bought mine for £4 in Asda, and at the moment is £3.99 in Superdrug on offer. Online, £4.99 on eBay and from £3.98 to £8.24 on Amazon. So shop around if I've managed to persuade you to buy it!
One of the products I have never really gotten into is a face primer. They seem to be everywhere at the moment and there is much talk about them in the magazines I read and so on but like I say I never really took a lot of interest in the stuff up until a couple of weeks ago!
I don't wear make up all that often but when I do I always moisturise my face first and then apply over the top of that. The idea with a primer is that you use that and apply your make up over that however with this one you can wear it alone as well should you want to, which is what I do most of the time with this one.
The glass jar comes in a mainly white box and on the front if it we are clearly told what it is and who it by and that the formulation I bought was for Normal/Combination Skin though this is also available for dry skin and that it gives instant absorption and 'Moisturises & provides a smooth base for effective make-up application, With Effective Hydrators' and then other information given on the sides, the back and bottom of the box include being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The jar is as I have already mentioned is glass and that's clear glass so you can see the product through it and it has a twist on/off light blue plastic lid to the top of it and on the front of it once again we are told what it is and who it is by, the size is stated on the back of the jar which is 50ml and contact details for the manufacturer are once again given on there.
The Primer Itself:
Well the primer is white in colour and in the jar looks like a white body cream or moisturiser really. I dab a couple of dots of this on my face, as a little of it really does go a very long way indeed and it feels more like a lotion that sort of sits on the skin more than a heavy duty moisturiser to me.
Its easy to apply and it has a fresh and clean smell to it. It isn't fruity or floral and I can't describe it but its light and pleasant enough and unisex in its fragrance and the fragrance that it does have fades almost as soon as its applied anyway to be fair.
This feels cooling on the skin, refreshing even. It gives a gentle moisturisation to the skin and dries to the touch quickly. It doesn't feel heavy and I use this in place of my usual moisturiser and I'm happy to report I've suffered with no adverse effects at all whilst using this.
This does seem to brighten my complexion up slightly and my skin does look and feel smooth on my face so there's a result. Having no colour to it it's easy to blend and simple to achieve a fresher look and really quickly too.
However apart from my face looking and feeling smooth I don't think that this makes make up easier to apply or in fact makes it last longer, I mean I use good quality make-up anyway to be honest that is long lasting anyway however like I have already mentioned this does make my skin feel nice and I wear this alone and it does even out the texture of my skin and that's when I can see the benefits of using this the most.
This for me isn't an essential item for me to buy however a jar this size will last me so long even using it on a daily basis and I do appreciate a large jar of primer such as this and it usually costs around £4.00 a jar however I bought it in my local Sainsbury's store and it was on promotion at the time for only £2.34 so I got a right bargain and so won't be complaining!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
If beauty and fashion magazine editors are not raving about BB creams they seem to be extolling the virtues of primers. I have been generally underwhelmed by the former, but I still wanted to try a facial primer. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on one in case it also proved to be disappointing. So my attention was caught by a new product from Nivea that was on a price promotion. The Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer normally sells for around £4.99 but I paid £3.99 for 50ml] in a local independent pharmacy, an offer that is also now on at Superdrug.
I have to be honest that when I first heard of primers I only had a vague idea what they were, but I have certainly read plenty about them since. The idea is that you use them to provide a perfect base for your make up which is then supposed to apply easier and last longer. They act as a moisturiser but are supposed to be very fast absorbing so you can apply make up directly on top. To sum it up, in Nivea's words, this primer "Provides an even and smooth base for effective make-up application." They offer 2 varieties, one for normal and combination skin which I chose, and one for dry skin.
The primer comes in a small jar, sitting inside a fairly plain cardboard box. I generally prefer moisturisers that come in a tube because I think they keep fresher and in a more hygenic state that way, but I suppose the glass jar makes the primer look a bit better quality. It isn't the sort of product that you need to carry around in your handbag anyway, as it should last all day. The mouth of the tub is at least wide enough for you to easily get your fingers in.
The primer is described on the packaging as being a light gel cream, but I don't think it is really like a gel at all. It feels more like a thick moisturising cream, and it looks like one too. The other thing I noticed is that it has a slight perfume. I don't really look for scented facial care products personally, but I don't mind the light fresh scent of this. It smells like a generic moisturising cream, and not quite the same as the other Nivea product I currently have - Nivea Soft moisturiser.
Nivea recommend that you apply the cream to your cleansed face by gently massaging it in small circles while avoiding the eye area. I have read suggestions that you could apply this after your regular moisturiser and I tried both doing this and using the primer alone to see what worked best. It feels cool and smooth on the skin and I was amazed at how little I needed to use at a time. A small pea size amount did each side of my face with a little extra for the forehead. Nivea are correct to say it absorbs very quickly and easily. My fingers felt ever so slightly oily at first. This feeling disappeared fast to leave a non greasy and soft finish so I knew it was going to work well on my face.
The first time I used this I applied it to just one half of my face and then applied liquid foundation over the top. Before I used the foundation I thought the primer had left my skin looking fresh and moisturised. However it was nno more so than when I apply a regular facial moisturiser, which I left off on this occasion. I used my usual moisturiser on the other side of my face and there was no obvious difference. The liquid foundation didn't really apply any easier over the primer, but it did leave a marginally smoother looking finish compared to the non primed side of my face! I was really able to move straight from priming to applying foundation. Thereafter I applied it normally to my whole face and without a moisturiser underneath.
I have several foundations on the go at any one time. Partly this is because I like to experiment with new products. The other reason is that although my skin is pale, it is less so in the summer as I work part time outside. So I find that different versions of ivory foundation work for me at different times of the year. Some foundations suit me well colourwise but don't last all day, especially on my oily T zone. So I decided to use the primer with those as that way I could really reap the benefit of the make up staying in place longer. I don't think the primer actually worked that well in this regard though. It wasn't a total failure because I felt that I could re-apply make up at the end of the work day rather than at lunchtime as well, having applied in in the morning. So it gave me more time between applications but didn't make the foundations last until the evening. I didn't notice any difference with this even when I used both primer and moisturiser. I have used the primer on it's own a few times, without applying foundation or powder over the top, and I felt confident that my skin looked healthy and radiant. It combines well with blusher too but I can't say it made it last longer because my blusher normally lasts all day whether I prime my skin or not. As it is advised not to use this near your eyes, I didn't try it with eyeshadow. You can of course buy primers designed for that region but my shadow tends to last quite well anyway.
One obvious benefit of the primer is that it left my skin extremely soft to the touch, and that feeling easily lasts all day. I especially noticed this on my cheeks which tend to be dry even if the rest of my face isn't.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE PRIMER?
I like it as a moisturiser because it really softens skin and I think it contributes to a radiant look. As a means to making make up look better and last longer I am not so sure. I wanted something to make the foundation last all day so I was disappointed that the primer didn't quite manage that. While it did make my foundation go on nicely, I think that any good moisturiser does this just as well. You may just have to wait longer for it to be absorbed. If time really is of the essence for you, this primer is worth a try to shave some time off your morning routine. This would be especially if you are also happy with any improvement to how long your foundation lasts, even if it won't keep it in place to the evening. I have hardly used any of my primer up in the month I have had it, so I can tell it is going to last a long time. If it suits you, it is therefore great value for money. I have bought another tub while it is on offer in Superdrug to use as a good value moisturiser, but I won't bother about the relatively slight improvements it makes to my skin as a primer. I haven't quite given up on primers though - I am a sucker aren't I? I have bought a foundation with a built in primer, or so they claim, so we shall see.
[This review is also under my user name on Ciao.]
Hi There , I stumbled upon this in Superdrug the other day when I went to get my Nivea night cream. It wasn't on special offer like the other Nivea products, but since I was shopping around for a good primer anyway I thought I'd give it a whirl ...
Been using it for a week so far and really am starting to like it. I have an oily t-zone and some uneven skin / skin tone on both cheeks due to teenage acne scarring ( i'm now 39) anyway , this primer really goes on nice and smooth ( make sure your face is well exfoliated).
The primer is a lovely cool clear gel like consistency , packaged in a glass jar similar to other Nivea products . Glides onto skin and soakes in really well without any greasy feeling at all. I have been applying it as soon as I get out the shower, then I potter about getting dressed etc and by the time I'm done the primer is nice and dry. If I'm drying my hair I sometimes let some warm air onto the face to let it dry nicer. All I do on top of that is wear my mineral powder - and the last two days my makeup has stayed put all day almost , all i needed was a slight blot on the nose around middday yesterday , however today I applied more primer to the nose area and no shine yet at all and its lunch time. I've also noticed that the powder foundation is still looking bright , not turning darker and oxididing as the day progresses. My otherwise enlarged pores on cheek area are virtually invisible now !
It's early days yet , but def seems like a good new product ...give it a try , perhaps not for camouflage as such but def for smooth surface and reduction of oil through the day ! The skin texture looks dramatically different - there is definitely a bright glow and radiance.
My powder makeup stays put right until I get home after work which is a good 12 hrs ! I feel so much more confident about my skin and will be stocking up on this. Surprisingly there is no information on the internet about this product really , I guess it's still very new having only been released a week ago - I didn't even find any info on the Nivea site.