** This post was originally published on 9/2/16. Some of the original content may have been edited.
I've recently made a "new" beauty discovery (I say "new" because it's not really new) and I am in L O V E. It is the absolute best makeup primer I've ever used...and it's not even a makeup primer at all.
it's the Nivea Men's Sensitive Skin Aftershave Balm.
Yep, you read me right: aftershave balm.
If you follow beauty gurus like NikkieTutorials or HudaBeauty, this certainly isn't the first time you're hearing about this. They both have been raving about it for ages now. And, after watching their reviews, I just had to try it out for myself. I'd been looking for something to replace my M.A.C "Prep + Prime" primer (I'm currently working on getting rid of my non cruelty-free products), and so I figured that I might as well give this a shot. It had a very safe, very short ingredient list, and was super inexpensive (I believe it was only $6). I figured, hey: if it didn't work, it wouldn't be a big deal.
Nearly a month later, and I am still obsessed with it.
Not only is it a great makeup primer, but it also doubles as a moisturizer. I have super dry, flaky skin naturally, and since I started using this, my skin has been so much smoother and less flaky. And, I don't know if this is due to this exactly or if it's due to some other extraneous factor, but my skin has also been a lot softer.
I use this product three times a day; once after I brush my teeth in the morning, again before I put on my makeup, and after I wash my face at night. My skin soaks it up super fast, so that's why I apply it twice in the morning, especially since there's a good hour between when I get up, and when I start my makeup.
Now, a little science on why this product works so well: one of the main, active ingredients is Glycerin, which comes from the chemical compound Glycerol. Glycerol is the "backbone" of lipids (or fats) called triglycerides, and a high triglyceride content becomes a sort of "binder", and this binder in the aftershave balm latches onto your skin, providing not only moisture, but something sticky for your makeup to latch on to. In personal experience: when using the same foundation, I only need half the amount when using the aftershave balm, than when I used the M.A.C primer.
If you're in the market for a new primer, I highly recommend this one! The only downside (if any) is that it has a really strong, manly smell. I was surprised the first time I opened it, to see just how much it smelled like men's cologne. Thankfully, though, the smell diminishes after a few minuted (or, when you put your makeup on), so you don't have to worry about smelling like a man all day! haha. Not that smelling like a man is bad (it's a nice scent) but it's just not exactly what a girl wants. Nevertheless, the quality of this product is definitely worth it.
Have any of you tried it out? If so, do you love it? Let me know!