Primer is not something that I have ever managed to fit into my make up routine very well. I just forget, which is terrible I know. I’m just never very keen on the silicon feel of a lot of them, I dislike the plastic, slippery texture.
I remember seeing the Nivea Express Hydration Primer a while ago, but I kind of bypassed it. Probably for a nail polish or an eyeliner, because obviously I don’t have enough of those!
Then when I saw it on offer recently, I picked it up and had a bit of a more in depth look over the packaging, and decided that I could possibly trick my brain into forgetting it was a primer, and that it was more of a face moisturiser, and so far it’s worked!
It comes in two forms, one for dry and sensitive skin (like mine above), and another for normal to combination skin. The idea is that it’s a light gel cream which absorbs instantly into the skin, so you can apply make up straight away…check! It also moisturises as well as primes, so it’s like a two in one product, adding hydration to an even and smooth base.
It’s really a great product for the price, it does make my skin feel really soft and smooth, and I have noticed how much better my foundation applies when I include this. I can’t really say too much on the staying power of it though, I don’t think it helps to keep a base on for really much longer.
I also like to use this primer alone, if I don’t feel like wearing any make up, as it just evens out my face more, gives a bit more of a glow, and doesn’t worry me that I’ll be scaring any small children any time soon.
I picked up the one for sensitive skin purely because my eyes have been a bit funny lately, and have reacted badly with some products, but this has been completely fine, no niggles or stinging problems.
You can find Nivea in most local supermarkets, as well as in Boots and Superdrug, and is generally priced between £3.00 to £4.49 depending on various deals.