I know, I know — it was about time I jumped on this bandwagon. Ever since NikkieTutorials confessed she used her man’s aftershave balm as a primer, the world’s gone crazy. Supposedly, it’s the perfect foundation primer. Ever since she uploaded that particular video, the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm sold out like crazy all over the world. Ah, the Nikkie effect! This weekend I was happy to casually stumble upon a recently stocked shelf with Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm. I decided it was time to take the leap and today, I’m irrevocably ready to put the queen herself to the test: how amazing is this lotion really?
Let’s cover the basics first. Purpose aside, it’s an amazing product for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, acne and/or a dry skin. First and foremost, Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm contains no alcohol. Alcohol in skin care is a serious beauty industry problem and without going into further detail, its absence is already a big win.
Also important is the main ingredient of the Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm, glycerine. Girls with dry skin, glycerine is your friend. It’s a natural ingredient that hydrates your skin. All day long. In the meantime, it’s also the thing that grabs onto your makeup and helps everything stay in place. The description and ingredients look promising. Time to put this product to the test!
NikkieTutorials uses the Nivea Men’s Aftershave Balm as a foundation primer. I will follow her routine and apply this after my moisturizer set in but before applying my foundation. My first thoughts while using this product are about its amazing consistency and the typical aftershave scent. While it’s a dream to apply and it glides on smoothly, the ridiculous fresh smell bothered me at first. That characteristic scent is not that very unpleasant but truth to be told, I don’t want my face to smell like I’ve just baptized my face in my boyfriend’s eau de toilette.
Luckily, the smell completely disappears after the balm has set in. I know this because I applied it to the back of my hand a couple of times. Trying to smell my own face didn’t work out that great. And maybe I asked someone to sniff my face, just to be sure. Just maybe. All silliness aside, my skin feels moisturized and amazingly fresh after application.
Out of curiousity, I kept checking my face every 2 hours. Which sounds a bit weird but you know, it’s for science. I just wanted to be able to pinpoint the exact time I could see this product failing me. The first time I applied the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm before my foundation, I had an extremely long day ahead of me. The hours ticked by but my makeup game stayed strong. And even after 10 hours, I still looked like I just applied it. My makeup was flawless.
Needless to say, the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm is definitely worth all the buzz. NikkieTutorials, you’re a queen. Honestly, this is an amazing discovery! This balm is easy to apply and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It hydrates your face for hours while preventing it from getting flakey. And equally important, it keeps your makeup on fleek throughout the day. It’s a miracle in a bottle. I’m ridiculous enthusiastic about this product! This primer is my new bae for sure… 💚