I’m usually not a sucker for over-hyped beauty products. I like to think of myself as a level-headed individual with a keen eye for seeing through the crap, the marketing ploys, the cleverly placed product placements.
And yet here I am with the Nivea Post Shave Balm, which became a sensation a few months ago across the beauty community when it was revealed that this aftershave makes an amazing makeup primer. It took me a while to get my hands on it since it has been pretty much sold out at most of my local drugstores. Hype, what hype?
After trying this balm out for a few days, I can confirm that it makes a pretty great primer! It’s not the best I’ve ever tried, but I can’t compare a $7 aftershave to my beloved Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (which, by the way, costs $52 per ounce! OUNCE.)
The aftershave itself is an opaque white color that dries clear. It’s quite watery but absorbs quickly when rubbed into the skin. But if you’re at all sensitive to fragrances this balm has a strong minty, astringent scent that you may have a hard time getting past.
I have oily skin, and I’ve gotten in the habit of not powdering off my foundation because Estee Lauder Double Wear keeps me matte all day just by itself. However, the first time I used this balm I noticed that my face was looking very, very shiny by the middle of the day. Somehow this balm makes my oiliness worse, so powdering and touch ups are a must.
Overall, this balm is an awesome alternative to traditional makeup primers if you’re someone on a budget. I can see the watery consistency being good for people with dry skin, and I feel that the slightly sticky texture it leaves on the skin makes my foundation adhere better. So I’ll keep this balm close by on my vanity and hopefully use it up just in time for the next makeup hype to come around.
Have you tried the Nivea Post Shave Balm as a primer yet? Do you want to try it?