I have been following Nikkietutorials for about a year now. When she initially brought up the Nivea After Shave Balm as a primer, I didn’t really pay attention to it. I did think that I should try it but didn’t actually put any effort into searching for the product. Few weeks later, it blew up, instagram. youtube, facebook – it was everywhere! So, jumping on the bandwagon, I was finally able to get my hands on this. I wore this for a full work day to see how it would hold up. Here is how my day went.
7:30 am – I applied my makeup around 7:30 am. The foundation definitely went on smoother, I rubbed it in until it became a little tacky and also left it to dry for a few minutes.
12:30 pm: I took this picture at my work bathroom so ignore the horrible lighting. I have oily skin as you can clearly see, BUT the makeup is still all in tact. My blush was still visible although you cant see it very well in this photo.
3:30 pm: Okay, so, ignoring my very tired face (I woke up around 6 am that day). The makeup is still in place. Since the last update, I did blot my face once. The oils are visible but the makeup is still in place. You can see the blush a little bit more in this picture.
Verdict: I think as a primer, the AfterShave balm does well in holding makeup in place and last all day. Having said that, it does nothing to help my skin from getting oily during the day, so if you have similar skin type, keep that in mind. I love the smell of it, it does smell rather manly (duh!) but it dies down after you have applied your makeup, so don’t worry, you wont be smelling like a man all day. Overall, great for someone with normal to dry skin. If you are oily like me, you will have to control getting oily by other means when using this as a primer.
Some key products I used for this look are:
Maybelline Fit me foundation
Maybelline Fit me concealer
It Cosmetics brow power
Kat Von D tattoo liner
Kinza G Khan