The best face primer under £5

January 20, 2016

nivea primer men aftershave

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!

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

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.

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

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.

nivea primer aftershave balm sensitive

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,






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  • Reply Em B January 20, 2016 at 16:49

    i’ve heard so many good things about this being an amazing primer, i definitely need to try it myself! lovely post:-)xx

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:07

      Thank you and I think that you should definitely give it a go 😀

  • Reply Ania January 21, 2016 at 01:15

    Interesting post! I will try this out! x Ania

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:06

      Let me know how it goes if you do :)

  • Reply Sally. January 21, 2016 at 08:47

    That’s so interesting, I’ve never actually used a make up primer because they’re usually quite expensive and I’d rather buy actual visible new products rather than one that just sits under all the make up. I do know the importance of a primer though and I’m guessing this one would be quite a lot cheaper than even drugstore primers. I’m going to have to try this out!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:06

      I actually sometimes even forget to put primer on myself and remember afterwards haha, but with this one, it just really helps my foundation go on so much smoother and for that price, I really think it’s worth it as long as it enhances your current look. But I know what you mean- I cannot get myself to buy a full size high end primer, when I could get some other colour cosmetics instead :)

  • Reply Lifestylebites3 January 21, 2016 at 10:52

    I completely agree with you as this product has been raving among the blogging community like any other product. Awesome post! I love your blog and if you feel free, then check onto my blog

    • Reply Claudia January 25, 2016 at 11:04

      Yeah, I really feel like sometimes I don’t even know if things are worth buying or not, so I wanted to bring my own opinion out here and I am happy to say that it’s worth it. WAlso will check out your blog right now lovely x

  • Reply Gemma January 27, 2016 at 13:08

    Tried this yesterday, my make up stayed on all day until I cleaned it off before bed! Amazing! What a find! :)

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