Using Nivea Men After Shave Balm as a primer
This isn’t the first time women have used something that wasn’t supposed to be on their face to extend the wear of their makeup. Prior to this we’ve used Monistat Chaffing gel, and even milk of magnesia as a primer. So this should surprise us…right?
Introducting Nivea Men’s After (or “Post”, depending on where you’re purchasing it from) Shave Balm ($7.74 CA) . Supposedly used after shaving to soothe the skin, alleviates redness, and improve skin’s defense through moisture. This product can act as a primer because it contains a lot of glycerin, which attracts moisture from the air and retains this moisture on your skin. Seemed pretty harmless, so I tested it out for 2 weeks (smelled like a man for the same amount of time) and here are my findings.
The Nivea Men’s After Shave Balm comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a plastic cap. There is no pump so you need to pour it out onto your hands. This is not ideal for sanitary reasons. Also, it is pretty weighty so I wouldn’t recommend traveling with it. The good thing though, is that this bottle contains 3.3 fluid ounces, which is 3 times more than most bottle foundations!
The product is a watery gel consistency. It smells very strongly like mens cologne or deodorant at the beginning, but that disappears after the first few seconds. HOWEVER, my boyfriend did comment on the fact that I smelled unlike myself halfway through the day. I’ve worn this twice when I was with him, and he said the same thing both times. That wouldn’t deter me from using this because the smell is so faint that most people in my life wouldn’t stand close enough to smell it.
Unfortunately though, this broke me out. My forehead is a problem area for me, and this product seemed to worsen it.
This product does not seem to extend the wear time of my makeup, but I did notice that the Nivea Men’s After Shave Balm reduces redness and smoothes out the texture on my skin.
Nivea Men After Shave Balm – Left: Before, Right: After
To apply this product I placed a nickel sized amount onto my fingers and smoothed it on to my face until I feel a tacky feeling. This is when you know it is ready for makeup application. For more details, check out Nikkitutorials’ video on this product.
So although the Nivea Men’s After Shave Balm doesn’t improve the longevity of my makeup, it does smoothe, and reduce the redness on my skin, creating a great canvas for makeup applied on top. With that being said, I will not continue use of this product because it irritates my sensitive skin; however I do recommend this to try out because it is so affordable for the amount of product it contains. If this product does work out for you, it is a much cheaper alternative than other products marketed as primers in the drugstore.