Thursday, 23 January 2014

Nivea express hydration primer for normal/combination skin

I picked up the Nivea express hydration primer primer (£4.99) for normal/combination skin in boots a couple of months ago on a whim, they also have another version of this primer with a pink lid aimed towards dry and sensitive skin (they're both currently £3.99 in boots with £1 off). I wanted to try something cheaper than my benefit porefessional as i'm nearing the end of it, i'll say now that the Nivea primer doesn't help conceal my pores, it's a very light gel/ thin cream consistency that glides onto the skin and sinks in quickly. You get 50ml of product in a heavy glass jar, which looks and feels lovely but it's a pain in the backside for travelling or fitting into a makeup bag because it's so bulky.

This product is supposed to act as a moisturiser and a primer in one, I personally still use a light moisturiser before I apply this, but if I'm in a rush I will just use this on it's own... I do like to use a moisturiser first as I like my skin to feel extra soft and smooth. Moving away from the moisturising aspect, the primer side to it does make for a good base, my skin feels smoother and hydrated once i've used this which makes applying my foundation a dream. I sort of forget that this is more of a makeup product than skincare, as I always apply it after my moisturiser without even thinking, it's sort of become an essential part of my morning skincare routine. I do find that my foundation lasts slightly longer when I use this but nothing drastic, but for everyday use this is perfect because it's light and fuss free.


  1. I have seen this in Boots...I did wonder how nourishing it would be...I would probably need to use something as well.

    1. My skin can get quite oily yet I find that this on it's own still isn't nourishing enough. i'd say definitely put on a moisturiser beforehand :) x