The New Makeup Primer?

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

So if you don’t watch YouTube, you might not have heard of this latest trend and be thinking “What on earth is she talking about? That’s a men’s after-shave balm! Is she crazy?” This product has been raved about all over the YouTube community as being an amazing, yet affordable makeup primer! I wanted to give this a try to see what all the fuss was about and test it out for myself, as I’m all for cheaper alternatives being a student an’ all. It retails at around £5.35 from the likes of Boots and Superdrug, yet I found it in my local Wilko for only £2.45!

This has been pinned as being a face primer as it contains ‘Glycerin’, which is also in many other mainstream face primers. It’s the stuff that helps makeup stick to your face, apparently (I’m no expert!). On the Boots website, it claims that this product is an “alcohol-free formulation that is perfect for sensitive skin that lacks moisture”. Immediately I wanted to try this as I definitely consider my skin to be “sensitive” and during the cold weather (which is pretty much every day here in England), my skin is also very dry and dehydrated. This product also claims to reduce sensitivity over time with regular use, which is a very bold and attractive claim, one that I am yet to see the results for.

Ingredients of Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

I must admit, I was sceptical at first when I first heard 'Kathleenlights' raving about using this a makeup primer, but I can now see the hype! It also claims to reduce redness, which I have definitely noticed that it has on my skin! I have normal-combination skin, but my skin is very sensitive so I do tend to get the odd red patch here and there, especially on my cheeks and forehead.

The bottle is very weighty as it is made from milk glass, so it feels very substantial, yet it’s not ideal for travel. The product itself has a thin consistency so I do find that it starts to run along my hand when I dispense it. You only need the tiniest amount of this product, which is brilliant in that it’s hopefully going to last me a long time. I have found that if I put too much on, it takes longer to dry and can also affect how my makeup looks. I would recommend letting this sink into your skin for a good couple of minutes before applying your foundation, so it’s not the best thing to use if you’re in a hurry!

Previously, I have been using the ‘Benefit Porefessional’ primer for my current go-to primer, which retails at around £24.50. Immediately, it is clear to see that the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm is definitely the cheaper alternative. So far I have been really impressed with using this product as it 100% helps my makeup last longer on my face and also it has reduced my redness. So yes, the 'Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm' can be used as a makeup primer, and a decent one at that.

Have you tried the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm? Let me know your verdict!

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