In the last few months or so, the beauty world has exploded with the discovery of an unexpected primer: a man’s aftershave balm. Yes, you heard that right! Nikkietutorials, who is a pretty famous beauty vlogger, was once staying over at her boyfriend’s house and as she had ran out of moisturizer to use under her foundation, so she used this instead. She noticed how her makeup looked so much better that day and had to attribute it to this unsung hero. And voila, we got ourselves a new obsession!
First of all, let’s talk about what’s in this balm that actually helps it be a great primer. As you can see in the photo above, the main ingredient., after water, is glycerine. The reason why this is such an important part is because it helps moisturize, calm down the skin as well as help other products latch on, in this case foundation and concealer. Therefore, your makeup will last a lot longer than the usual- at least myself as well as a lot of other bloggers found so.
In terms of the actual consistency for the balm, it is very similar to other hydrating primers, it has a smooth gel feeling and it absorbs in the skin pretty quickly, however I would recommend waiting 1 or 2 minutes to apply your base, to make sure that it’s all sunk in. Below you can see that it’s quite runny and you don’t need that much, maybe one large drop as you don’t want too much- hello shiny disco ball! In terms of the smell, it obviously has a ‘man’ smell which I personally love it however it disappears within minutes, once it’s all dried out.
Overall, this primer leaves my normal to dry skin feeling very hydrated and smooth, and it helps my foundation slip so nicely without caking up or getting attached to any of my dry patches. Oh, and did I mention the price? You get 100 ml for under £5. Actually, currrently Wilko has it on offer here for £2.45. which is insanely affordable compared to most primers, in particular mid to high end, which can be anywhere between £12 to £25, usually for a 30 ml bottle.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried this before or are you tempted? Also, how does it compare to other primers that you’ve previously used?
Please let me know in the comments below- I’d love to hear your thoughts on this unusual primer!
Lots of love,