The Nivea Express Hydration Primer is a product I have had for quite a while now (oops!), and I’m sure I was one of the first to purchase. I have seen it advertised quite a few times recently so what better time than now to offer my review?
NIVEA® Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer enriched with natural Almond Oil and Calendula Extract:
Provides an even and smooth base for effective make-up application and helps your make-up stay put. Absorbs instantly thanks to its light texture. Uses an effective hydrator for long-lasting moisturisation and a soft skin feeling.
Last year, I found that my base make up was not staying on my skin. My foundation would often turn patchy very quickly, as if my skin was drinking it(!), and let’s say it was an annoyance! When I saw the Nivea Express Hydration Primer pop up on my television and on several blogs, I wanted it.
Nivea claim this product will “provide an even and smooth base” and “help your make up stay put”. It also claims to provide “long lasting moisturisation”.
I disagree with all of that.
This product will not moisturise your skin. It will not give your skin any benefit. When I used this as part of my regime I found my skin looked dull, it was dehydrated and make up was not staying put, even though this is marketed as a primer. You should not use this as a substitute for a moisturiser, especially if like me you have dry skin. I’m honestly astounded that Nivea have the audacity to market this product towards people with dry and sensitive skin.
Let’s look at the ingredients. I will put in brackets and bold my comments.
Aqua, Cyclomethicone (silicon based compound), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tapioca Starch, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil, Dimethiconol (alcohol of dimethicone, which is a silicon), Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Polyisobutene (this is used in TIRES), Polysorbate 20 (linked to skin allergies), Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol (linked to skin allergies), Methylparaben, Trisodium EDTA (preservative, breaks down skin’s barrier for faster absorption), BHT (can cause skin irritation), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance, skin irritant), Benzyl, Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance ingredient), Parfum (self explanatory… perfume in a product for sensitive skin?!)
Are you as shocked as I am? Look at the silicones, skin irritants and fragrance. Do you want to put this on your sensitive skin? I know I don’t. I would not recommend that you try this product. I’m not even going to give it the benefit of a rating as I can say, with hand firmly on heart, that my skin looked terrible whilst using this product. Do not be swayed by the cheap price tag; avoid!
Danniella x x x