Anti-Aging Skincare From Nude: Where Has This Brand Been All My Life?

By Laura | July 4 2014 | 20 Comments

Our excitement at the arrival of skincare behemoth Space N.K. in Dublin’s Grafton Street still has not abated. We were so impressed by the beautiful new store full of wonders, and my year was made when I got to pop in and have a chat with the Queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons.

My own skincare regime is pretty intense, and I like to think that I know about what’s good for my skin in terms of products. I spend a lot of time researching skin, and all the unguents and potions I can use to make mine better.


That’s is why I was taken aback when I was recently introduced to Nude skincare. It is stocked in Space N.K., and the brand  was set up by Irish entrepreneur Bryan Meehan, and Ali Hewson.

How have I missed this wonderful Irish brand? I figure that if I’ve overlooked Nude, then you might have too. So let me enlighten you! Bryan’s background is in organic food, and he put a lot of research into creating a skincare line which was luxurious, ethically sourced, full of natural ingredients, AND effective. Generally with skincare, products compromise on one of those factors. It is so incredibly refreshing to find some products that don’t.

I’ve been trialling two anti-aging products from Nude for several weeks now; the ProGenius Treatment oil, and the Advanced Renewal Serum.


These products aren’t advertised as anti-aging, and in general, I don’t like the term. I’m more focused on giving my skin what it needs so that it doesn’t show any premature signs of distress. Aging is natural and there’s nothing wrong with it; taking care of your skin is a great thing to do at any age.

The folks at Nude get this, and that’s why I liked them immediately. Bryan uses his own products, and so do his teenage daughters. The products are just about having great skin, and I have to admit that I love everything about them. The stylish but down-to-earth packaging, the clever, aesthetically pleasing logo and the naturally beautiful images (see above) are all very refreshing.

The ProGenius Treatment oil has replaced every other oil on my night stand. The various oils in this product are literally too many to list, but the oils provide skin with omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 to keep it wonderfully nourished. There are no nasties at all in this product – no mineral oil, no synthetic colour or fragrance, no silicones, no phthalates. All of the main ingredients that are generally used to bulk up skincare but have no benefit are simply not in this product. I love it. Also, If it swings things for you, Caroline Hirons told me that it is among her favourites!


It’s also the only facial oil on the market specifically designed to be worn under makeup. AND it’s suitable for all skin types. I’d describe this as a must-have product in your skincare arsenal, and I’m one fussy customer.

The advanced renewal serum is also suitable at any age, but is most effective after the age of 25, when it’s generally agreed that taking preventative measures to protect your skin is a good idea! The serum is lightweight and unperfumed but with a natural, almost medicinal scent. Skin drinks it in and is immediately plumped.

It just feels beautiful on the skin and contains omega 9 to nourish, as well as ingredients like jojoba seed oil and hyaluronic acid. It also contains hyper-nourishing carrageenan, which is extracted from red seaweed and does amazing things for the skin.

Again, there are no nasties to be found in this product. Nude simply have not cut corners in the way they’ve formulated these two products. I couldn’t recommend them more highly; they quite simply make skin happy.

The drawback? The price. These products really are an investment. At 76 euro for the oil, and 82 euro for the serum, these are expensive products. However, I think  that you’re paying for the quality you get. These are worth saving for.

I’m currently road testing some more Nude products, so stay tuned. I haven’t been this enamoured with a brand in a while!

Will you be heading into Space N.K. to check these out? Are you intrigued?

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20 Replies to "Anti-Aging Skincare From Nude: Where Has This Brand Been All My Life?"

  • mwah says:

    Isn’t it funny how the price of products increases with the target age of the product.

  • Andrea Andrea says:

    I must try this range *rubs anti-ageing cream-covered hands in joy*

  • Min says:

    God I’ve lusted after Nude for ages, being a ‘natural’ skincare’ person. I couldn’t spend that mich though, simply don’t have it. I generally suss out the ingredients and look for a dupe, and in this niche it’s not too daunting a task.
    I looked at another Irish brand, Voya, and decided they were quite simply taking us for a ride, after comparative ingredients shopping; with Nude though, I take seriously their ‘recipes’. Really hope they do well and that sales rocket.

  • red*razors says:

    i have seen nude in space nk here, but i never knew it was irish!

  • Little-L says:

    can never understand how companies think that being natural or organic means charging insane money for products. there are so many good skin care products out there at a reasonable price I just cant see why I would want to spend 70 / 80 quid on this unless it delivered incredible results that other products cant match – which I doubt it does!

    • Min says:

      I’ve concluded, just meself, that there is an upper limit of performance possible with many products…anything pricier is just optionally delightful but def not additionally effective.

      You can spend under 20 quid on a facial oil (carefully chosen), and get the same stunning result you’d hope for from a 90 quid one. That doesn’t disqualify the luxe one, but it’s nice to know, if you’re only having to forgo some non-essential extra ingredient!

  • Sarah says:

    Seriously, it is so easy to make your own skincare. I made one recently with safflower, rosehip, avocado etc. and it is brilliant. Loads of recipes out there on the net!

  • Donna says:

    NUDE was bought by LVMH and as someone who has used the oil for a few years its not the same. They discontinued loads of the range and then brought the back only more expensive.

    The texture is different, and to be honest unless your skin is like the desert far too rich for day. I only use it at night. Can’t use the serum because of my mild roseaca.

    Really do like the mask which you can leave on all night. I use it twice a week usually.

    • Min says:

      I looked up the ingredients, and for me, there are better oil-mixes available more cheaply.
      One I bought at an introductory half-price is by Viridian…a rose mix, though you scarcely detect the scent. Fantastic mix of great skin oils, many of which are in the Nude one.
      (Mind you, having trialled, bought, sampled loads of brands, I still come ‘home’ to Clarins and Decleor, with a Trilogy backup)
      Re Decleor: now there’s another oil for daytime too. Superfine, it seems to spend all day happifying the skin so your foundation has no chance to misbehave.
      Thumbs up to Nude for their website’s detailing ingredients…not all do this.

  • Adeline says:

    I’ve been using the cleansing oil for years and it’s the best.thing.ever. Although I agree with Donna that the previous version was slightly better (for me at least), but I hadn’t made the link with the LVMH move. Their old packaging was better too, the new oil bottle I have leaked all over my bag in the plane.

    But apart from that, I’m a big fan of the brand and its ethos (minus the LVMH thing). They used to do a hydrating face mist that was AH-MAZING – I’ve honestly never seen anything that good, sadly it got discontinued. I went through sample bottles of the treatment oil and personally never saw any difference (I have dry skin and thought this would be a godsend, but I get much better results from the Trilogy rosehip oil). I also used the serum for a while and while it felt lovely I didn’t see many results either; that was a few years ago though, so now I’ve hit 30 things might be different.

    I’ve also heard great things about their eye cream over the years but the price scares me.

    Oh Nude, how I heart thee. And how I miss that hydrating mist. (Fun fact: Nude is Edun spelled backwards, and Edun is Bono & Ali Hewson’s clothing line) (also partly owned by LVMH, but that’s another story for another day)

    • Min says:

      I bet you could concoct a damn good replacement mist.
      Into the cauldron: organic 3strength rosewater; glycerine; aloe juice; bit of hyaluronic acid….decoction of chamomile, lavender water, food grade orange flower water….etc etc.
      Loads of innocent fun in an apron!

      • Adeline says:

        You’ve just created a monster!!! I never thought of that, thanks! Any ideas as to where to start in my kitchen, or do you have a good website to recommend?

  • Deasa1 says:

    Adeline-check out Pinterest-I find all kinds of interesting/wonderful stuff there.

  • Min says:

    Hi Adeline
    My stash is: rosewater & glycerine from any pharmacy, about 3 quid. (Triple strength rosewater’s in health stores if you prefer, buy glycerine separately in pharmacy).
    For about 10 quid you get a huge bottle of aloe vera juice, (check for unwanted additives…only citric acid’s cool) h store again…prob freezable, or share with a friend? (Good to drink with juice, actually)
    Hyaluronic acid (not necessary really, but superb hydrator, a good buy, as you can add it to pretty much all yr skincare stuff) is around 20 quid in h stores.
    Jo Fairley, of The Beauty Bible, had a book of natural recipes out yonks ago, still there on Amazon, and doubtless the interweb has loads of sites now too.
    I’ve used a mix of rose/glcrne/aloe now for many yrs as a kind of toner, and do think it both adds hydration in itself but also potentiates the next layer, be it serum or oil.
    (If you want it as a spray out and about, keep the glycerine minimal to avoid stickiness: just add loads more aloe, rose, orangewater as you prefer)

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