I know this post is long overdue, but I've finally come around to test out the "Nivea After Shave Balm for Men" (In the sensitive formula, in particular). The product is actually on sale right now (in Føtex), so if you live in Denmark then click here to test it out for yourself for a bargain price.
Normal price: DKK74
On sale in Føtex: DKK43
The 5 Main Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Panthenol & Isopropyl Palmitate.
Pretty much all these ingredients have the same properties. They prevent skin dryness and are moisturising to the skin. Furthermore, they help heal the skin and are ideal for people with sensitive and easily irritated skin. This all makes sense, as after shaves are supposed to help calm and soothe the skin.
Glycerin is also known for slowing or preventing excessive drying and evaporation of moisture on the skin. I guess that's why the makeup holds so well, as the glycerin prevents the makeup from evaporating during the day. I'm far from being an expert in pharmaceuticals, so I'm really not sure what makes the after shave such a great makeup primer.
All I know is that it works, and it works really well. Greasy as I am, my makeup only lasts for around 4-5 hours with NO primer. Using the after shave underneath my makeup made it last double the usual time, which is more than enough for me.
As you can see on the picture on the left, the after shave has a runny texture, which is no surprise as the main ingredient is... water.
I haven't stumbled upon a primer with a texture like this. Most primers I've used and are still using have a thicker consistency and "sticks" to the skin. This, on the other hand, felt more like a cooling gel moisturiser. I have to admit I prefer this consistency over my other primers (also high end), as it glides over the skin so much easier.
Keep in mind that this works really well as a primer that prolongs the makeup. It doesn't work as a matifying or pore-minimising primer or any of the kind. It simply makes the makeup last longer, not that I'm complaining. Personally, I would use this over so many other primers I've tried.
I also noticed, that the fragrance in the original formula is much stronger than the sensitive formula (Yes, I was sniffing to my boyfriend's aftershave). So stay away from the original one, if you don't want to walk around smelling like a man. I'm not kidding, I've tried it, and my sister noticed my man-smelling-face from a far.
Other than the smell, I can't think of any other cons, so I would urge you to try it out yourself. It's such an amazing and affordable alternative to a makeup primer!