Saturday 16 March 2013

Review: Nivea Express Hydration Primer

So, which category do we put this one in then?
Is it skin care, i.e. a moisturiser?
Is it make up, i.e. a primer?
Nivea: What is it?!

This is what Nivea says:
"A light gel cream which absorbs instantly so you can apply make-up right away. Moisturises your skin with effective Hydrators & Vitamins for long-lasting hydration and provides an even and smooth base for effective make-up application. Helps make-up to stay in place"
Okay, so it's basically a two-in-one product and we all love those don't we, kill two birds with one stone and all that, especially if it's something that is going to reduce the time spent on a morning routine. What this 'gel' does is acts as a moisturiser and a primer, which is clever because they are both the stages that I tend to neglect the most. I don't know if I'm the only one, but I get too frustrated in a morning having to apply moisturiser, hang about until it's all sunk in, then dig out a primer, then a foundation, then a powder, blah blah blah just layering more things onto my face, and if I was to skip any step then it would be a toss up between the moisturiser or the primer (I know it's naughty not to moisturise..). 

So this is the perfect moisturiser for any lazy bones out there just like me who like to minimise these steps and it works to hydrate the skin as well as prepping and priming the skin ready for the day's make-up, as well as helping it to last longer (although not dramatically longer, maybe just an hour or two).

The gel consistency helps it to be light on the skin and be really quick at sinking in, which I love because it means I don't have to sit and twiddle my thumbs before I can slap on some foundation! Since using this I have found it to be just 'okay' at performing its combined functions; it's not the best or the worst moisturiser, and it's neither the best or worst primer either. But it performs adequately in both areas and for the price (£4.99, regularly discounted to £3.99) then it's hard to grumble. For someone who isn't too fussed about spending a huge amount on their skincare and likes the lazy girl way out of a product being a 2-in-1 then this will probably be perfect for a lot of people! I like using it when I don't need a moisturiser that's too intense and for just basic every day wear when it's nothing special, it makes a great cheap and cheerful make-up base.


  1. I'm not sold on this product.. I struggle to see how it can do both.. A moisturiser is supposed to add moisture to your face and a primer is supposed to provide an even base.. They're two different aims..

    Plus I've seen their adverts on Youtube and they have 'Gurus' lying in them.. I saw FleurDeForce saying she was just leaving the office to meet her boyfriend.. Which is weird since she works from home and she has a fiancé.. If a company's making people lie in their ads to make their product look good, I don't know if I want to even bother trying xx

  2. Oh wow that sounds perfect, i have a sachet sample that i keep forgetting to use, i must try it asap :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  3. I get also frustrated when I have to wait for the moisturizer to sink in, so usually I put it right before brushing my teeth, so it has the time to sink in; and then apply my make up !

  4. Im unsure on this product, thanks for the review!

  5. I don't think this would be for me as I have oilyish skin, was tempted by it before though! thank you for the honest review as always :) x

  6. Tempted by this, perfect for the early mornings!

  7. I've heard good things about this but anything that's a primer just don't seem to agree with my skin, it makes my foundation just slide around my skin :(

  8. the primer I use is around £12 which has nearly ran out and the moisturiser I use is around £4 so I think I'd be saving a bit of money if I get and like this :-) xxx


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