Saturday, 5 November 2016

Nivea Post Shave Balm... Does It Work?

I know that you guys are probably sick to death of seeing and hearing about the Nivea Post Shave Balm, but I am late onto the bandwagon and only just getting around to giving this a go. If you are anything like me and you read beauty blogs constantly and watch countless amounts of YouTube videos, then I am sure that you will have seen people using this product as a primer. At first, I thought that they were crazy, but I could not deny that whenever I saw this being used, their skin looked so good and their makeup seemed to apply like an absolute dream, so naturally I had to try it out for myself.

I have seen this Nivea Post Shave Balm before because I can remember my dad using it when I was a little girl. I was never drawn to trying it because I remember how it smelt and it was just very strong and manly, which for a shaving balm is great but for a primer it isn’t what I wanted. Anyway, a couple of months ago when I was around at my dad’s one day and saw it at the side of the sink, so I swiped it and thought I would give it a go.

I am sure that you all know that Nikkietutorials is the one who started this craze off. She needed a primer and reached for this of her boyfriends and fell in love with it. One of the main ingredients in this Nivea for Men Post Shave Balm is glycerine which is the glue that makes products stick to your face. Anyway, from all the videos I have watched on this it says to work it into your skin until it goes tacky in texture.

First up I to want to touch on the scent of this. When you smell it from the bottle and when you first apply it, it does smell very manly. And, it does make me think of my dad and been little again. It isn’t a bad small, just not one which I would chose. But as soon as you put your foundation it does seem to fade away. I hope that it goes away anyway because I don’t want to be walking around with a face smelling like a man.

To me I thought that this primer left a film on the skin. When I apply my Makeup Forever Primer when it is rubbed into the skin and has had time for it to rest into the skin it doesn’t feel like there is anything on the skin. This just made my skin feel a little greasy. I have oily skin particularly around my nose and this just seems to accentuate that.

I just want to say that I never have a problem with my makeup staying on. I can apply it at 7am and it will still be in place at 3am the following morning after a night of drinking with the girls. I just like to use primers to perfect the base. When wearing this foundation, I found that my foundation would transfer of my face easily. I blot throughout the day around my nose to remove my access oily. But when I was blotting when I had this Nivea Post Shave Balm on as a primer it seemed to take off my foundation as well as the oil, which never usually happens.

I did notice that the rest of my face where I don’t have an oil problem did look nice and smooth, but it did nothing to smooth out pores or texture on the face.

My overall views on this product is that I would personally much rather have a primer. I don’t like scented products. Also, I didn’t find that it made my foundation last longer, if anything if made the product transfer much easier. Obviously, I can’t speak for other skin types but for me with oily skin, I don’t think that this is a win for a primer, I would much rather go for something like the Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer or the Benefit Porefessional.

Make sure to leave me some comments below and let me know what you thought about this Post Shave Balm if you have used it as a foundation primer!


  1. I know people swear by this product as the perfect primer, but I dont think I will be trying it out anytime soon.
    Great review!
    Vanessa x |

  2. I really don't get this trend, it may work but it must do such bad things to your skin as it's not designed to sit under makeup all day!

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