For someone who loves to be in the know about the beauty world (I may not have the products, but I am aware of things), I was late on the bandwagon with a certain product that’s making the rounds at the moment. I love YouTube but I don’t watch Nikkie Tutorials as I’m reasonably picky about which beauty ‘gurus’ I watch. In fact, it’s at the point where my boyfriend says I’m quite xenophobic about it. I personally believe it’s because I need to listen to someone who doesn’t have a grating voice and if that means I only listen to beauty girls from London then so be it! I’m not kidding when I say the only non-Brits that I watch are Rachhloves and Jaclyn Hill.
But this post isn’t about which youtubers I watch, but more about everyone’s new ‘Holy Grail’ primer. The Nivea Post Shave Balm has had its praises sung for a few months now and I thought it was high time that I took the plunge and made a purchase.
It’s not your typical primer, since it’s found in the men’s toiletry aisles with the aftershaves and moisturisers. For around £5 (I got mine for a bargain price of £2.45 at Wilko when it was on offer), you get 100ml of product containing glycerin. Glycerin is what makes makeup adhere to you face and is what makes this supposed miracle product it’s priming properties.
I apply this after my normal skincare routine, leave to sink in for a minute or two, then continue with my makeup over the top. I’ve noticed that it takes a little longer to get to the right consistency for a primer feel than a traditional primer would.
There are two issues I have with this product: one is pretty major and the other I can live with. The less problematic of the two is the scent. It is a gorgeous scent actually, but it is very masculine. Fortunately I can handle it as I live the stereotypical ‘man smell’, and by the time you’ve applied the rest of your makeup it has diffused into the atmosphere. The main problem I have with the product is the bottle. It is a glass bottle with no pump or any way to squeeze the product out. I feel that if I ever get to the last of the bottle, I won’t be able to get the dregs at the end out.
Personally I don’t think it’s any better than my favourite Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer in terms of staying power, and I notice my makeup hangs around a lot longer after using my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (aka nothing to do with primer). However, when I consider that all of my primers cost upwards of £10 and this cost me a quarter of that for 3 times the amount of product, you cannot go wrong! I don’t know how well it would work on super oily skin, but my skin is relatively normal and it definitely does the job.