Purpose: Face Primer
Scent: Smells like....a man. A clean man though. Like, one who takes care of himself hygienically
Cost: $7 give or take
Ingredients that stood out: Glycerin
Use: Pour a bit on your hand and buff (massage in circular motion) into the skin until it's absorbed.
Alright, this post was bound to happen at some point. I am a sucker for watching YouTube videos about favourite and least favourite makeup products. While I watch them I get super excited, I put all of the products the YouTubers mention in my online shopping cart, and then I remember I have no money so I close the window and cry myself to sleep.
BUT this product is cheap and I can pick it up at Zehrs. Win-win! As far as I am aware, NikkieTutorials is the guru who found that Nivea Men Sensitive Skin Aftershave Balm is dual-purpose. So, I saw it on sale and snatched up the last one on the shelf. By the way it’s always inexpensive, the sale just reminded me that I wanted to try it.
I personally use about…hmm..let’s say a nickel sized amount. It was recommended that you buff it into your skin until your face feels tacky/sticky. I guess I did that, I wasn’t so much waiting for the tackiness as I was just waiting for it to feel completely absorbed. I immediately noticed the scent and I thought “Crap! I forgot this stuff would make me smell like a dude”. I worried for about a second and then I realized that the smell was fading fast. By the time the foundation was on, the smell had been entirely eliminated.
Now that I have used it for about a week, I feel comfortable saying this - I friggin’ love this stuff!
a) They staying power is amazing. My makeup has been lasting all day, with or without a final setting spray. Disclaimer: I’m very careful not to excessively touch my face when I’m wearing makeup so if you’re a cryer, an undereye-rubber, or a drooler you should probably use as many reinforcements as possible. There’s glycerin in the product so NikkieTutorials believes that’s why your foundation clings so well to it.
B) The strong scent made me worry that it might feel a little burny. Alas, the “Sensitive Skin” part was true. It just felt refreshing and clean.
C) Maybe I’m crazy with this one, I don’t know. I should probably look into it more but the appearance of my skin has been UNREAL since I started using this as my primer. Typically, because my face is dry, foundation looks somewhat noticeable on my skin no matter what. I was able to reduce the appearance of that issue, but it was never completely gone. Since this product sauntered into my life, like the badass it is, my skin is almost unrecognizable. My pores are less obvious, and the desert that is normally located between my eyebrows has vanished. I read online that glycerin can dry your skin out, but I'm finding the opposite. It at least gives the illusion that I'm not one giant flake of skin...which is a nice change.
To sum this up and put it all into perspective, I haven't even touched my other primers recently because this one has been such a dream. If you have about $7, give it a shot!