So, I tried Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a Primer!
There has been a lot of hype about this product in the beauty blogger world over the last few months after NikkieTutorials promoted its use as a face primer. It seems she was staying with her boyfriend and forgot her usual primer and resorted to using this and found it really worked. Never one to shy away from trying out new things I gave it a go.
First off it is very cheap. I got mine from Walmart for $7.50 CND for a 100 ml bottle. Now, whilst on the subject of the bottle, it is quite large and heavy, perhaps not the sort of thing you want to be carrying around in your makeup bag, but okay if at home. I suppose you could pour some into a travel type container to make it more manageable. Anyway, enough of the packaging, does it work?
Let’s look at what a primer actually is for. It goes on before foundation to give your makeup a base to allow it to go on smoother and stay on longer. Many also have benefits such as pore and oil reduction. There are cream, gel and powder formulas and it is a bit of trial and error to find one that works perfectly for you.
My first reaction when I opened this it was very runny and thin. Not the sort of consistency I normally associate with a primer. You can see from the image below how runny it is. I had to take the photo really quickly before it ran off my hand. You need to be careful when pouring as the neck of the bottle is quite wide and it is very easy to use too much product. It also has a distinct scent, but not one that is offensive and it either disappeared very quickly or I became accustomed to it, not sure which.
I prepared my face in the usual way: cleanse, tone, moisturise then applied a thin layer of the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. After, my face felt tacky, which is good as the foundation will adhere to it. It soon vanished into my skin, although as I mentioned you do have to be careful of applying too much, otherwise this would leave you looking greasy.
I then applied my foundation, which in this instance was Kat Von D Lock-It Liquid foundation and it went on well, however I did notice that although it smoothed my skin a little, it did not smooth out the larger pores on my nose area and forehead.
After a few hours, I checked my makeup and found that my oiliness was starting to show through, which was a little quicker that I would see from using my usual primers such as Benefit Porefessional or Too Faced Primed and Poreless (review here). Also, my pores were definitely more visible than I normally like to see, but my makeup was still in place and looking okay.
About six hours after application, my face was definitely looking oily and I had to blot. This did in turn, make my foundation slightly patchy - not something I find with actual primers. A further two hours and my foundation looked very oily and blotchy, so off it came.
I tried the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm the following day with a different foundation, this time, Face Atelier Ultra Pro, but I had exactly the same issues: poor pore cover up and oiliness.
So, my experience of this product is that it really isn’t suitable for my oily skin type, but if you have dry to normal skin I would probably say give it a go. You only have a few dollars to lose and if it works for you great, you have a fab, cheap primer that will last forever with such a large bottle. If like me, you have large pores and oily skin you may find, like me that it won’t work, but again, you only have a few dollars to lose to try it out. After all, if it is good enough for NikkieTurorials, who am I to argue?