Thursday, 21 June 2012
Nourish Balance skincare - guest review
I posted about the Nourish Balance skincare range last month, and asked for a volunteer to test it for me as I don't have combination skin. Justine volunteered to test it for me, and has written a review.
I’ve used all the products for a few weeks now so I thought I should let you know how I got along with it. I haven’t used all of a range of skincare for quite some years not since my 3 step Clinique days in my twenties so it was nice to use everything in the range and see how my skin reacted to it. I usually pick out different steps from different ranges, Cleanse and Polish from Liz Earle, the toner from the excellent Pai range and a moisturiser from La Roche Posay or Elemis or about a million others! I like to try new brands so I use lots of different things.
My skin is classic combination, oily t zones and drier cheeks. I have open pores and blackheads but I’m not normally prone to breakouts. I’m 41 so sometimes I use anti-aging products but not always. I think that a good moisturiser is about as anti-aging as you can get anyhow. I don’t believe in a wonder cream but I think it’s important to moisturise every day and use a good sunscreen.
I’ll start with the cleanser; this is a really refreshing gel like cream cleanser that I washed off. It doesn’t foam at all so the texture is very different from other cleansers I have used. It’s quite runny but easy to rinse off. It leaves the skin very soft and clean and not tight like a foaming cleanser can. It is ideal for the summer months as it has an apple fragrance which is fresh and clean.
The toner delivers a good fine spray and leaves the skin matt after drying. You do not need much of this so it would last a long time. Again it smells of apple which is fresh and a bit of a wake up in the mornings.
The moisturiser is a good size which would last a good few months. The texture is light again a gel cream consistency. It moisturised my skin just enough without my skin feeling oily. My skin felt soft and matt after use. It left my skin feeling even all over. When I woke up in the morning I had no oily patches around my nose but my skin felt plump and even. You don’t need much to cover the face so again it would be very economical to use. I think the moisturiser was my favourite product. I really enjoyed the light texture and the matt effect after use.
The Intense Face Gel confused me a little as it states on the bottle it is step 4 but I am used to using a serum between my toner and moisturiser so I started using it as step 4 as instructed but then switched to using it as a serum between the toner and moisturiser. It worked well both ways so I don’t think it matters which way you use it. It leaves the skin very matt I think if you had very oily skin this gel would be perfect instead of the normal moisturiser.
I really enjoyed using the Nourish range. I think it’s a good solid skincare regime that really balances combination skin. I have seen a little improvement in the brightness of my skin, it seems clearer and brighter. It feels very soft and the tone is even between my nose and cheeks.
I hope to see this range in the mainstream shops like John Lewis and online. I think the set would make a great gift especially for someone yet to find a whole range that suits their skin. The packaging is practical and easy to use, modern and almost unisex. I think the reasonable price makes it ideal for younger users and those on a budget and the products last a long time so they are very economical.
Thank you London Make up Girl for sending me these products to try.
Thank you very much Justine for the excellent review! Nourish skincare is currently available from www.nourishskinrange.com. (I'd like to see it in somewhere like John Lewis too.)
Disclosure: PR samples.