I have yet again given into the hype and jumped on the trend train of beauty products, this time around for a product that costs less money than a subway meal deal. If you aren't familiar with this product and the buzz surrounding it then it's very simple; the queen that is Nikkie Tutorials on youtube came up, accidentally, with the ingenious idea of using Nivea's Post Shave Balm, intended for men of course, as a primer. Since then everyone and their dog has been buying it and finding out just why she loves it so much. As its only £2.95 at Wilko's I saw no harm in trying it out; if this does the same, if not a better, job than my current primers, we could all be saving a lot of money. Have you tried this strange primer yet? 
What is it meant to do?
As it's name suggests, Nivea's Post Shave Balm is meant to aid men in repairing broken and sensitive skin after shaving, specifically those who suffer from more sensitive skin than others. It's main role is to act as a skin soothing relief and protection from irritation; this includes redness, and dehydration. 

What more can it do?
As Nikkie most cleverly discovered, this post-shave palm acts as an effective, potent primer as well as a brilliant addition to your skincare pre makeup. All you have to do is smooth it into the skin until its 'tacky', so makeup essentially sticks to it like a slightly adhesive surface on the skin for your foundation. My skin feels so much better when I take my makeup off at the end of day, not only because my pores aren't as clogged but also because the benefits of this post shave balm take full effect when layered beneath my makeup. 

To make this product even more of a beneficial alternative to a regular (and costly) primer, this balm contains 0% alcohol making it completely non abrasive on the skin. As well as this, it contains a healthy mix of Chamomile and extracts of Witch Hazel, which as far as I know are brilliant for the skin. Witch Hazel in particular is an ingredient I'm always referred to when in need of repair and protection for the skin. 

The Verdict?

It feels so weird preferring a mens grooming product to my usual primer as a base for my makeup; its unorthodox and to some extent quite controversial. With the rise of primers for almost everything these days (heard about Ren's mask primer?), makeup primers are getting more and more expensive, so the introduction of the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm to the makeup world has definitely altered peoples opinions on paying so much for a regular pore smoothing primer. I love saving money but at the same time I like to think about the quality of the product first; this balm has all the components of a great skincare product and even better primer. 

To test it out I applied my normal primer, which at the moment is L'Oreal's Infallible Primer (actually on the cheaper end of the primer market), on one side of my face and then Nivea's post shave balm on the other and then applied my makeup as usual. They both did an impeccable job, but my makeup looked just that bit better on the Nivea side as well as much smoother post removal. Does this mean all primers are now useless? What this product possibly can't do as well, is smooth out pore heavy areas, especially around the nose, the formula is obviously not designed to do that, so for those with a lot of pores to fill out, perhaps this wouldn't work as well. Only time will tell. 

What do you think of this strange new, affordable primer? Have you tried it yet?

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