Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Nivea Post Shave Balm: Face Primer?

I've seen a lot of hype around this product being used as a primer thanks to Nikki on YouTube posting a video about it. When I saw it on offer for £3 in Morrisons I knew I had to pick it up and try it. Now, I didn't really know which one to pick up as there are like 3 different types, but I figured if it's going on my face I best get sensitive. There are others, but I could imagine they have that alcohol burn that helps dry up post shaving cuts and stuff.

This one has 0% alcohol in it and I can safely say that it doesn't burn my face when I put it on. Apart from being mega cheap in comparison to other primers, there's also quite a bit in this bottle and a little goes a long way on your face. Yes, you will probably smell like a man if someone comes up close and sniffs your face, but the man smell seems to fade after a while and I definitely couldn't smell it at all once I had my makeup on. It does also dry fairly quickly, which is a bonus.

Now, as well as using this as a primer, I also tried using it as a post-shave balm, which is what it's actually intended for and I can actually say it does that job pretty good. In terms of a primer, I would say this is definitely worth a try. I've tried it both on a normal day at work and on a night out and it's served me well. It made my makeup last and apply really smoothly. I found that it also controlled oil pretty well as I don't like to wear powder in winter and I didn't appear too shiny. Except when I went out partying and getting my sweat on.

I've actually been favouring this over my bog standard primer as it's so simple to slap on your face in a morning and be able to put your makeup on within the next two minutes. I sometimes find with regular primers I have to wait five or so minutes before putting makeup on as they need to sink in. This one eliminates that problem and makes my morning routine that bit quicker.

I am super glad that I tried this out as a primer and while it's on offer, I might go pick some more up (get them Morrisons match and more points while I'm at it) so I have it in. I don't know how long a bottle like this will last but you honestly don't need a lot when using it and so I can see it lasting quite a while. Especially if you're just using it on your face and not slathering it on your body after you've hacked away at your hair with a razor.

I don't have the most sensitive skin, but it can get irritated especially around my eyes but I just don't get any irritation at all. This is designed for sensitive skin and men use it on their face and so it is safe for the face. I didn't get any irritation around my eyes at all, which I definitely think is a plus. Overall, for £3 and £2.50 in Tesco, this is definitely something you should run out and try. It's usually £5, which I still think is a bargain for what it does. Have you ever heard of this being used as a primer? Or have you actually tried it for yourself?

P.S Sorry this wasn't posted on my usual Monday, my boyfriends internet cut out and he lives out in the wilderness so I couldn't even use my phone's data. Normal schedule is resumed!

Til' next time! XOXO


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