Product Review: Nelsons Pure & Clear Balancing Moisturiser

Name: Pure & Clear Balancing Moisturiser
Brand: Nelsons
Size: 125ml
Price: £7.40

From Nelson’s website:
elsons Pure & Clear® Balancing Moisturiser combines Tea Tree oil, Arnica, Calendula and Hypericum with shea butter and aloe vera to moisturise whilst helping you tackle the appearance of blemishes. Thanks to its special light and oil-free formulation it is rapidly absorbed, providing a deep hydrating experience to help control shine without blocking pores.
Leaving skin visibly nourished and smooth to the touch and helping support the skin’s natural suppleness, Nelsons Pure & Clear® Balancing Moisturiser contributes to an even-looking, smooth and radiant complexion.

What I liked:
– lightweight texture, absorbs quickly
– leaves skin soft and smooth
– expiration date printed on the bottom of the packaging
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– broke me out

If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know that at the moment I’m testing the Nelsons Pure & Clear range, an anti-blemish line formulated with natural extracts that promises to leave skin pure and clean. I was really impressed with their Purifying Daily Facial Wash and Blemish Gel. The former gently cleanses my skin leaving it soft and clean, while the latter quickly banishes pimples.

So, when I started using their Balancing Moisturizer, which has a lightweight texture that absorbs easily into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind, I had high expectations. And when the product didn’t deliver, I was crushed. And covered in spots. Yep, this product is supposed to banish blemishes, but it had the opposite effect on me. It gave me the worst breakout I had in years. Actually, it was the worst since I stopped using those cheap Nivea skincare products in my last year in high school.

The reason why Nivea products don’t work for me is because they’re loaded with Isopropyl Palmitate and Myristyl Myristate, two occlusive skin conditioning agents which are very comedogenic. Nelsons Pure & Clear Balancing Moisturizer contains a cousin of the former, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, which also makes skin soft and smooth, and is just as comedogenic. Now my skin can take pretty much anything (even retinoids don’t irritate it), but as soon as the Palmitates and Myristates come in contact with it, it just break outs horribly!

Not even the Tea Tree Oil, which has been proved to be an effective treatment for pimples, present in the product managed to prevent Ethylhexyl Palmitate from breaking me out, probably because its concentration is really small. However, just because Ethylhexyl Palmitate doesn’t agree with my skin, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t work for you either. I have read quite a few positive reviews of this moisturiser, and none of them mentioned any adverse effect.

We all have different skin and if you’ve used products with Ethylhexyl Palmitate before without problems, then it’s very unlikely this moisturiser will break you out. It will, instead, moisturize your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. In the end, however, I decided to give it a bad rating because, while it is true that it will work well for some people, I believe that a moisturiser that promises not to block pores should be better formulated so as not to contain any highly comedogenic ingredients, but to instead include a higher, more effective concentration of Tea Tree Oil.

Aqua, Ethylhexyl palmitate*, Cetearyl alcohol*, Glycerin*, Sucrose stearate*, Sucrose distearate*, Phenoxyethanol, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Hypericum perforatum (Hypericum) extract, Benzyl alcohol, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Cetyl palmitate, Alcohol denat., Xanthan gum, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)oil, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) peel oil, Limonene (Tee tree oil source), Linalool (Tea tree oil source), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf extract, Citrus aurantium amara (Petitgrain) peel oil. *Vegetable Source.

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Nelsons Pure & Clear Balancing Moisturiser is a lightweight moisturiser that absorbs easily and hydrates skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Unfortunately, it contains a high concentration of Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a comedogenic ingredient that broke me out.

Rating: 2/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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  1. says

    Wooow….I received this product together with the entire collection like you did…..but I haven’t test them yet (I have so many face products to test and review) but now that I read it does just the opposite…I’m afraid to test it really. I have a clean face, without breakouts or blemishes and the last thing I want is to be covered in pimples especially that in 10 days I must go to a wedding. I have to tried it anyway but I think I will postpone the testing after the wedding. What do you think? PS: did you get my msg on facebook?
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tavia, the rest of the collection works really well, it’s just this moisturizer that caused problems for my skin. I think you should check the skincare products you usually use and work well for your skin and if they contain Ethylhexyl Palmitate, then it is unlikely this moisturizer will make you breakout. But if you have never used products with it or don’t remember, or simply break out easily, then it’s best to wait until after the wedding, and use it sparingly, just in case.

      I’ve just replied to your FB message, sorry for the delay. 😉

  2. Janessa says

    Aw, sorry you broke out! That’s terrible :o. Again, I love your reviews and thanks for telling which ingredients were the evil ones haha 😀
    When you wrote “if you regularly read my blog” I thought, ‘yup, that’s me!’ :] makes me feel proud.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, aww. I’m proud to have readers like you. 😉

      I’m glad you enjoyed the review, even if it wasn’t a positive one. I was gutted it didn’t work for me but I guess not every product can work for everyone.

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