I first bought this Nivea Express Hydration Primer about six months ago and have been meaning to write this review for a while. I’d been in one of those moods where I was in Boots just chucking things into my basket willy nilly and ignoring the consequences. Needless to say, it was a very mixed bag, but this little saviour has now become one of my most used skincare products, and i’m now on my fourth pot. It comes in Dry/Sensitive Skin and Normal/Combination Skin. I’ve used both and can’t really tell too much of a difference, although I tend to buy the Dry/Sensitive only because it was the first one I’d ever bought and I loved it, so why fix it if it ain’t broke?
Firstly, what I will say is the packaging is a bit misleading – the box is much bigger than the pot so unless you sneakily open it in the shop, you won’t experience the disappointment until you go home (or the bus, if, like me, you get too excited and open everything en route). A bit annoying but hardly the sort of thing that will keep you up at night. Plus, there’s 50ml of product which is quite generous, and the chunky glass pot gives it a more high end feel.
Right, on to the good stuff. The primer has a gel-like consistency, a bit like if you were to mix your moisturiser with a normal primer. It’s light and fresh, with Nivea’s usual cucumber-y scent. It really slides onto the skin with ease and it does dry very fast. It’s my product of choice in the mornings because it sinks in so quickly (I’d say in less than a minute) and leaves the skin smooth and really soft. If it’s just for a daytime look, I’ll use this one product instead of a separate moisturiser and primer, perfect for when you’re doing a bit of a rushed job (pretty much every day for me). It leaves a perfect base for foundation and keeps everything in place for most of the day, as long as I’m not doing anything particularly sweaty or strenuous. On days when I really can’t be bothered, I use Nivea Hydration Primer on its own as it helps me feel and look little more polished.
I’ve read lot of reviews for Nivea Express Hydration Primer and generally, people rave about it but a handful have mentioned a problem with pilling (I think that’s what it’s called?). This has happened to me on occasion with this product but only when I’ve either used a dedicated moisturiser first or slapped on my foundation too soon. If I avoid doing these two naughty things then I don’t tend to have a problem. I’m pretty sure the recommendation from Nivea is not to use any moisturiser beforehand so it was my own fault!
Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer is definitely something to have on your makeup shelf, especially as it’s so cheap. I always think of good skincare when I think of Nivea, and it has been a joy to use. It’s one of the things I often recommend to friends and genuinely don’t see pricey primers as being much better.