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Recently I was tasked to try out Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm which many on Youtube have been raving about as an inexpensive substitute for makeup primer. The reason it works for those enthusiastic beauty gurus is because the product contains glycerin which acts kind of like a glue to keep makeup put for hours. I side-eyed it, but since Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm *is* a product meant to go on the face (unlike Milk of Magnesia, Monistat, and whatever household items your cousins on Youtube are putting on their faces), I gave it a go. It’s also priced at $5.99 for 3.3 oz which if you’re watching your budget very closely, is still about half the price of even drugstore makeup primers.
Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm doesn’t contain any drying alcohol and has a slight milky consistency. It also has a very strong classic man scent—it is, after all, a men’s product. I typically don’t like products that are heavy in fragrance and this one was no exception, but thankfully I couldn’t smell it anymore after about 10-15 minutes of it being on my skin. This is not to say other people couldn’t smell it on me, but I myself couldn’t smell it. After applying Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm to my face and allowing it to “sit” for a bit, my skin felt smooth and like it had a protective barrier on it. My skin also had a touch of shine to it after I put the shave balm on—a healthy shine—not like oil slick shine. My makeup applied like it usually does and I headed out to hang with my family in pretty moderate Georgia weather (high 50s/very low 60s) and after about 5-6 hours, my makeup looked no different than it usually does when I do my makeup with or without the use of my regular primer, but it also didn’t look bad.
It is good to know that a $5.99 men’s product is able to save you in a pinch—like if you’re at bae’s or spending time with family and forget your primer but BAM, there’s Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm in the medicine cabinet.
I am happy to report that I did find a better use for it in my routine. Men use products like Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm to soothe and protect the skin after shaving. Razor blades as you probably already know can cause irritation, chafing, and dryness. Blah. Post shave balms though help to lock moisture in and provide irritation relief.
Then I got to thinking…
I mean, yes, sometimes (not very often) I do have to shave parts of my face (don’t judge me, your post-30 whiskers are coming, too…lol) but what gets shaved more often are my legs and under my arms. Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm is very gentle and enriched with Vitamin E and natural, soothing Chamomile and Witch Hazel extracts—all of that sounded like a dream for my post-shaving situations.
And when I tell you a little splash of Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm had my underarms ready to sing after shaving, they were hitting those Mariah Carey 1990s notes. I dabbed a little under my arms the night I shaved and then again the night after and it was sooooooo soothing. I also did the same for my legs and they loved it, too but for my underarms Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm was bae. It helps protect skin from shaving irritations, helps to improve skin’s condition over time, and again has no drying alcohol. I typically would use this at night after shaving and would love to have an unscented version so I don’t have to compete with my fancy perfumes I like to wear during the day.
I also love that the white packaging is quite chic so it can fit in with my other products in my stash ;)
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Have you ever tried a men’s grooming product in your routine? Would you try Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm? Tell me in the comments!
Disclosure: This post was created in sponsorship with Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. As always all opinions are 100% my own.