My willingness to slap just about anything on my face might be getting out of hand. I tried to explain to my mom that I was testing out aftershave as makeup primer and she and when she asked why my response was, “because it was on the internet”. Now that I am taking a minute to think about this, “because it was on the internet” is not always a valid excuse, but I’m always willing to take one for the team here on the blog. You’re welcome!
This internet trend of using Nivea for Men After Shave Balm as a makeup primer all started with Nikkie from NikkieTutorials, but most recently I heard about it from my best friend who is also a makeup artist. She sent me a snapchat of herself when she was using it after a long day and her makeup still looked FLAWLESS. Obviously, I had to give it a try.
I used the product over the course of three days. I applied it to my skin after cleansing, toning and moisturizing. The consistency is much different than what I am used to in a primer. It is very runny and liquid in consistency. I applied a quarter sized amount of product to my finger tips, rubbed my hands together and then applied it all over the face focusing mostly on my t-zone as that is where I get oily.
Once applied, as the product started to dry, it left my skin feeling kind of sticky or tacky. At first, this left me feeling kind of concerned because this was something I had never experienced with a primer. However it worked great! This stuff should be renamed to makeup glue because my makeup lasted all day with it. I had a little bit of patchiness start around my nose by the end of the day, but that is normal for me as I tend to rub or touch my nose a lot throughout the day. The product also controlled oil on my t-zone and kept my skin to a demi-matte finish. Over the course of the three days I had the same results where my makeup lasted and looked great. I tested different applications, with both a sponge and a brush, and I still had the same results.
There is a fragrance to this product. It is a kind of masculine scent, but it is very fresh and not like an overwhelming cologne smell. It does linger on the skin for a little while after application, but then disappears. Personally, I didn’t mind the smell at all and it kind of reminds me of those masculine scented candles from Bath and Body Works. If you are someone with sensitivity to fragrance, I would proceed with caution.
Although the product made my makeup look amazing, my skin isn’t quite as happy. On day three, after application, I started to notice some break outs occurring on my face. When I washed off my makeup that night I had developed five blemishes on my face, which weren’t there in the morning. This is a huge disappointment because I love the way my makeup looks on top of it. I don’t plan on parting with it yet because I really did love how it worked. Instead, I think I’ll keep it in my vanity for those times when I run out of primer, or for every once and a while when I need my foundation to really last.
Have you tried the Nivea for Men After Shave Balm as primer? Are there any other interesting makeup trends out there I should try?