Nivea Express Hydration Primer

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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 Express Hydration Primer

They say: 

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.

I say:

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

September 16, 2013
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  • Reply Jenny

    I tried a sachet of the blue version once and it was simply terrible – the foundation I put over the top clung to the dry patches and looked worse than it has on any other day I’ve used it! x

    September 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Is there any wonder why, now knowing what you know?! Invest in a good moisturiser instead and your make up will always look nice xxx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm
      • Reply Jenny

        Oh, I forgot to add – this was OVER a good moisturiser! I have to apply primer over moisturiser or nothing blends on my dry skin x

        September 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Wow. That’s quite shocking to see those ingredients in a sensitive skin product. I was thinking of buying this but not any more after reading this. Great post :) x

    September 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Thanks sweet :) always make sure to read the ingredients! xx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    Whoa, I do not want that anywhere near my skin! It’s crazy what goes into these things!
    Gillian xx

    September 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You will start checking ingredients like a crazy lady now! xx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm
      • Reply Gillian

        I really will! I’ve already been eyeing up a few things suspiciously, hah!

        September 18, 2013 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Abigail S

    Very useful review. I remember seeing adverts for this when it came out and I was really close to buying it, not 100% sure why I didn’t. Lack of blogger reviews probably …

    September 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I know some youtubers endorsed this product, which makes me sad! xx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Louise

    Totally agree with you. I used this a while back and it felt like I had a plastic covering over my face. My face felt dry and dull, 100% not a substitute for moisturiser. xx

    September 17, 2013 at 9:07 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It’s awful, I hate how it’s marketed as an effective hydrator, pssshh balderdash! xx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Dash

    Oh :( I’m usually big fan of Nivea, I love their body lotions as it usually goes well with my skin, but this product sounds horrific!

    September 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I’m very disappointed in them, I knew it wasn’t agreeing with my skin but looking at the ingredients now I feel a little ill! xx

      September 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I had this and I HATED it! My make up normally lasts all day but it made it slip off and it was so greasy to apply. Those ingredients are gross. No way it can be good for your skin! x

    September 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Nope they can’t! Hopefully you will look into the ingredients more, I know I am! xx

      September 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    I tried a sample sachet of this last year when it was launched and it caused me to have an AWFUL breakout, hate it with a passion! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    September 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It’s AWFUL :( x

      September 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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