Don’t we all love double deals? I certainly do – and when I saw the Nivea Aqua Sensation cleansing gel and toner in a twin pack at Guardian, I immediately snapped it up…though I definitely did stop myself at just one twin pack in case it wrecked havoc on my face.
Yowza – a 200ml cleanser which retails for around RM17-RM18, and comes with a free 200ml toner? Which means I get both giant bottles at a mere RM9 (approximation – since I can’t really remember the exact price)? Heck yeah!
This twin pack is for normal-combination skin, so I was a little concerned because I have oily skin. My skin is more combination-oily but I think I do have a good reason for purchasing this.
In my opinion, cleansers need to do a good job of cleansing your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. It also shouldn’t leave any pore-clogging residue, and after all, cleansing agents are normally washed off so you’re left with your bare skin again. The Nivea Aqua Sensation Invigorating Cleansing Gel has Hydra IQ and cucumber extract to cleanse your skin and keep moisture levels at an optimum level. Apparently it also purifies your skin and effectively removes dirt and make-up. My view? My skin felt lovely and plump, and the little white beads gave extra moisture – it’s not a scrub, so you can barely feel those white beads. I don’t think it worked very well in removing make-up on its own so it’s best to use a make-up remover first. While my skin felt nice, I personally prefer a cleaner, stripped feel – again, this is personal preference, but that being said, my skin felt comfortable enough and I didn’t break out, which means that its non-comedogenic claim is legit :).
For the toner, I’m happy that this is an alcohol-free toner because I’ve used Clinique’s original ‘alcoholic’ toner (previous post here) before and while it did work very well, I didn’t want my skin to get desensitized to my serums. Also, I was thinking that since my previous facialist advised that my skin was dehydrated, skincare with that amount of alcohol may dehydrate it further. Anyway, long story short, the Nivea Aqua Sensation Invigorating Toner didn’t leave my skin too sticky and my skin felt quite comfortable after use.
Packaging-wise, you may realize that it is exactly the same packaging as Eucerin’s DermoPURIFYER cleanser. Reason being that both Nivea and Eucerin are under the Beiersdorf company, so I reckon that Nivea could very well be a dupe to some of the Eucerin products. Don’t quote me on that though – I haven’t seen or used much of the Eucerin range at all.
Would I repurchase this? I would, because it’s highly affordable and it takes me a long time to finish this. This doesn’t foam up too much which is fine by me, and my skin is the same as how it was when I used Clinique’s range. As much as I love Clinique, budget and affordability come first, so 200ml of Nivea at RM18 (approximate original price) versus 200ml of Clinique at RM77, with the same amount of usage … well, I think you get the idea. I think Nivea struck a nice balance for those with normal-combination skins that prefer gel cleansers, and also with those who have normal-dry skins because of the moisture beads. My boss bought this with me and her skin is flawless and on the normal-dry side, so no bad reviews from her either.