Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a PRIMER? MAC vs Nivea Test!

Apparently the Nivea Men Replenishing Post Shave Balm (£5.35) can work as a makeup primer. Everyone seems to be going crazy for it recently so I want to see if it actually works. I first heard this idea from Nikki Tutorials on YouTube and ever since I have been desperate to try it. I usually splash out on the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage (£21) because I love the way it holds my makeup all day long and smooths the skin. However, if I can spend a fiver on a bottle of the Nivea and it does exactly the same job, I know what I’d rather repurchase.

Most primers contain the ingredient Glycerin which is like glue in the cosmetic world. It creates a layer between the skin and the makeup, making it last longer and therefore acting as a primer. The Nivea Men Replenishing Post Shave Balm contains this ingredient, in fact, it’s the third listed one on the bottle which means it contains a lot of it.

So, I put the two through the ultimate test!

I applied the MAC Prep + Prime on one half of my face and the Nivea Post Shave Balm on the other and then applied my usual face of makeup.

Visit my channel or watch the video below to see the whole test and the results!

When you first apply the balm, it feels like a milky serum. You must wait for it to become tacky before applying your foundation of choice on top.

*Since doing this test I have switched to the Nivea Men Posh Shave Balm in Sensitive. The Original formula contains alcohol which is not good for your skin, it’s very drying and ageing. The sensitive version works in the exact same way as the original and I love it just as much.*

Have you ever tried Nivea Men as a primer? What do you think? 

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34 comments on “Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a PRIMER? MAC vs Nivea Test!”

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  2. Meagan Lee says:

    I purchased the original formula of the Nivea Men’s Shave Balm. I’ve heard it’s drying. However, I have VERY oily skin. I usually use primers to combat that. Do you think the original formula would work well for my oily skin, with your experience?

    1. Clarina says:

      The Original formula is only drying because it contains alcohol. I’m oily too, and I found the Sensitive version worked in the exact same way as the Original. There was no difference between the two on me personally. It just depends if you mind putting alcohol on your skin or not. The only real affect is it will cause your skin to age and perhaps become quite tight. I’d advice always moisturising regularly. I hope that helped you!

  3. mashmato says:

    Yay it’s here~! I can’t wait to find out if it works, the suspense is killing me! 😀

    1. That was quick! Ooh I hope it lives up to expectations for you 🙂 What’s your skin type? Xx

      1. mashmato says:

        Switiching to Youtube as we speak! I’d say ghostly pale and likes to switch between dry and oily. D: Although recently it has been leaning towards normal

        1. The product should suit you then! 🙂 Yay let me know what you think!

          1. mashmato says:

            I might just try it then! I loved the video, your editing skills are amazing 😀

          2. Aww thank you so much. I’m getting the hang of it now haha – was tricky to start with! Xx

  4. Bronagh says:

    I’m definitely picking this up! Both my primers have ran out so this should be brilliant! Also we use the same setting spray lol! Xo

    1. Ooh brilliant timing! I hope it works out well for you 🙂 obviously I would highly recommend it. Haha got to love the Avon setting spray! I don’t understand why people feel the need to splash out on Mac etc. when it does the same job! Xx

  5. LOVE this! I am going to have to watch the video later after work Xo

    1. Thank you! Ooh let me know what you think 😉 xx

  6. Karen Rees says:

    Brill video Claire – gotta say I’m really impressed with your results!! Will definitely be buy that balm.. what an awesome dupe!! Karen xo

    1. Thanks Karen! Glad you held out til the end haha. I think if I were to buy it again I would buy it in sensitive so it’s more gentle on the skin and does the same job 🙂

      1. Karen Rees says:

        I sure did – always do with your vids, honestly it seems like having a catch up with a friend. Find myself nodding & smiling away lol Very good tip – shall pick up the sensitive, my skin can be a bit weird with these things!! *groan* X

        1. Aww bless you thank you so much! I think if I were to buy it again I would buy the sensitive, less/no alcohol in it. xx

          1. Karen Rees says:

            Tesco have it on offer at the moment for £2.49… I’m getting it tomorrow for sure huni!!! lol XX

          2. What!! That’s amazing! Damn it… So glad you’re getting it though – let me know what you think! Xxx

          3. Karen Rees says:

            I will huni!!! But you know what… I just bought the Nivea intensive day cream that my sis swears by and it too has that same ingredient as it’s primary base!!!! I’ve wore it today as a primer and so far so good… could be another option?!?! Xxx

          4. Oh wow! Could well be another option. Is that also the Man range? Why do they get the best stuff? Our products seem to just be expensive rebranded versions of the same stuff! Xxx

          5. Karen Rees says:

            No huni, it’s the womens range – here’s the link to it on Superdrug… it’s down to £2.05 at the moment *gasps* It’s for sensitive skin so I reckon it could be an option?! There’s also one for oil skin too 🙂


          6. Wow – amazing! Yeah I see no reason why that wouldn’t do the same job. Nivea, who knew?!

          7. Karen Rees says:

            Sorry – just one more link, promise!! lol this one looks fabulous too & it’s even cheaper!!!! XXX


          8. Oh wow… I do need a Superdrug visit, I walked past yesterday and almost went in – wish I did now! I assume that would just go under makeup exactly the same as the one I used? And thats a bonus because I bet it doesn’t smell like man either! Xxxx

          9. Karen Rees says:

            Yes, that’s what I’ve done Claire – just basically used it as I would a standard primer! It’s working a treat at the moment 🙂 Very very impressed… your video has me know scouring the ingredients of every cream I lift haha
            lol lol – yes, well not smelling like a bloke is certainly a bonus!! Hope you get a wee trip to Superdrug soon 😀 Thanks again for highlighting this, I’m obsessed now with Nivea lol X

          10. Haha well thank you for putting it to the test 🙂 it’s easy to say a product works but if it just works for me that’s not great so I’m very glad it works for you too 🙂 xxxx

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  8. I believe Nikki uses the sensitive one with no alcohol 🙂

    1. She does indeed! 🙂

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