Primer Review: Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

If you’ve been anywhere near social media in the last few months, then you’ll know that the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm has caused a furore of excitement in the beauty world.


The world famous You Tuber NikkieTutorials told us all how she went on a trip with her boyfriend and forgot her makeup primer. She picked up his Nivea Men Post Shave Balm and read that it contained Glycerin – an ingredient common in a lot of makeup primers, because it helps makeup adhere to the face and allows it to last all day.

I’m a huge fan of primers and really notice how much more wear time they give my makeup. I’m equally a huge fan of NikkieTutorials. She is absolutely amazing – a makeup artist based in the Netherlands who has mad skills and a witty, self depracating sense of humour.

Shortly after her discovery, other YouTubers, bloggers, instagrammers and assorted beauty mavens started trying it and just like that, it took the world by storm.

I decided to give it a shot and wandered down to my local supermarket, purchasing mine for NZ$13.00.

Here’s what I thought about it:

Accessibility: The price is fantastic – $13.00 for 100ml is very easy on the pocket. It’s also available everywhere so it gets points for that.

Packaging: I’m amazed, given the price, that you get a solid glass bottle. In looks it’s not amazing, but hey, it could be worse for a mens product right?

Fragrance: No suprises here – it smells like aftershave. I’ve read various reviews saying that some people can’t handle the powerful smell. For me, it’s not too bad and fades very quickly.

Consistency: It is a white liquid that is runnier than your average primer. A little goes a loooong way.

Application: I feel compelled to say that originally I was not impressed with this at all BUT I realised that I was applying it all wrong. I was putting some on my palm and then rubbed it on my face. What you need to do is put some on your palm and then rub your hands together until it feels very tacky. It may take a while. Once tacky, I pat it on my face – almost pushing it into my skin.

Performance: I tend to have oily, but dehydrated skin and by the afternoon I am looking quite shiny. If you’re looking for something to keep you matte all day, this isn’t it. What it does do is provide a base for natural looking makeup that lets the natural oils peek through after 6-7 hours. I wore it with a variety of foundations and found it to perform pretty much the same for all.

Verdict: It’s an OK primer.

It wasn’t amazing for me, but I’ll use this all up, mostly in the weekends under a BB cream. If I ended up like NikkieTutorials on a weekend away without my primer, then I would definitely grab one. But if I needed to buy an everyday primer that was cost effective and still delivered, then I would purchase the Australis gel primer.

However, I will add that a friend of mine regularly uses the Nivea Post Shave Balm and swears by it so you’ll need to try this for yourself.

There you go, there’s my 2c worth. If you do end up buying it, let me know your thoughts 🙂