Skincare Sunday #3 | Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (as makeup primer) Review

One of the most hyped YouTube products had to be the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. While it’s technically not used for skincare, it’s worth mentioning because it’s intended to prepare the skin for face products.

Thanks to YouTube star NikkieTutorials, this product flew off of shelves everywhere. She raved specifically about the sensitive version, so there was an overflow of the regular ones.

I fell into the hype and eagerly sought this product. I was even more excited because it was only $6.


This product was great at first. It was a smooth, tacky base, and my makeup did last longer. It had a strong masculine smell, but it didn’t linger for more than 5 minutes. It also had a thin consistency and felt very cooling on the skin. However, it negatively affected my skin’s texture.

You know something is noticeable when my boyfriend that doesn’t know much about makeup and rarely notices it mentions that my pores look very large 🙃 I’ve always told my boyfriend to tell me when my makeup looks weird because I appreciate that honesty lol, but I didn’t expect that to happen because of this primer.

He looked at my face hesitantly and said that my highlight looked weird. I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t believe what I saw. My pores looked like minuscule holes on the tops of my cheeks. When I got home and took off my makeup, my pores still look enlarged.

I’ve never had large pores. I cleaned my face and exfoliated, but my pores still looked the same. This lasted for several weeks and now my face looks normal again.

I don’t think I had an allergic reaction because it didn’t hurt whatsoever or lead to a rash or break outs, but I was shocked that it altered my skin’s texture so severely. It’s obvious, but I’ll say it anyway – I never used the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm again 🙅🏻

A few months passed, and I saw people talk negatively about this product on Twitter. Many girls were saying that even though it mostly contains glycerin, an important ingredient in actual makeup primers, it’s not formulated to serve as a primer. I found YouTube videos discussing people having adverse effects to this product. My favorite one is below. It’s by Michael Finch; short, detailed and spot-on:

I give this product a 0/5. It was affordable, but it only worked the first time. The results were too severe to recommend it. I can’t even recommend this to anyone because it doesn’t have positive effects for most people after the first few uses. Friends with oily skin told me that it made them even oilier and lead to break out.

Have you tried the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm? How was your experience with this product? Do you have better primer suggestions?

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