As someone who is extremely open to trying primers, the Nivea post shave balm sounded too good to be true. If the previous statement confuses you, let me break it down. Early 2015, NikkieTutorials stated in one of her monthly favorites videos that the Nivea Post Shave Balm was her current favorite foundation primer, she explained to her then 2.8 million subscribers that she had discovered it by accident and then proceeded to use it religiously in subsequent videos. The internet literally went agog with this, and I completely get why. This product has been around for like.... forever, it is cheaper than most primers in the market and is easily obtainable even here in Nigeria.
So off I went, to my nearest drugstore, thinking that I would have to be extremely lucky to even find a bottle but then I met a whole shelf full of the thing. I blinked twice grabbed one and then almost skipped back home in my excitement.
The main ingredient in the Nivea Post Shave Balm is glycerin, a binding agent that helps makeup adhere much better to the skin and keeps it on longer. I for one knew that Nikkie did not have dry skin, she does get oily on her T zone just like me, so I was absolutely positive that this would work for me as well. It has a very liquidy formula as you guys can tell from the last picture and a very strong masculine scent that reminds me so much of my Dad but that was basically where the positives ended for me. This product did not work for me at all. My face turned into a stunning grease ball a few hours after I did my make up. I followed all the necessary application steps, I applied it till it got tacky like Nikkie recommended and then proceeded to do my makeup but it did not work. It looked at the end of the day like my makeup was sitting right on my face, oily as hell and ready to slide off.
However, I believe that people with normal to dry skin mostly get better results with this product as a primer, since most of the positive reviews that I've read are from them. It might work if you have combination skin but I would not recommend this for anyone with oily skin. If you are in Nigeria and are looking to try this just check your closest supermarket. Shoprite for one has it in abundance and it retails for - N1,109
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