Generally, I don't wear a ton of makeup in my everyday life. I have this nervous habit of rubbing my eyes, so I save the heavy eye makeup for special occasions, fun nights out, or the occasional work morning when I'm feeling extra fancy. I also have super oily, acne-prone skin, so I don't wear a ton of foundation, though I do wear some every day to even out my skin tone and cover up some lingering acne scars I have.
However, I'm always on the lookout for anything that can give me that flawless airbrushed-type look as well as soak up the grease on my face, so when I heard that Kylie Jenner swears by using Nivea for Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm as primer — specifically because it's good for oily skinned girls — I was intrigued.
Here she is reppin' the product on SnapChat (below).
Reportedly the reason why this post-shave balm works so well for women with oily skin is because two of the main ingredients in it are glycerine and witch hazel, both of which work to control excess oil levels.
As I mentioned above, I have incredibly oily skin, so I was excited to put this hack to the test. I ran out to the CVS nearest me to grab a bottle, and the next morning I ditched my usual primer (bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Gel) for the Nivea. I applied a pea-sized amount on my face and waited two minutes until it dried. I then applied the rest of my makeup — a little foundation, blush, and I curled my eyelashes — as normal and headed to work.
Here's a selfie of me wearing my normal face primer and makeup (below).
Here's a selfie of me wearing the Nivea Post-Shave Balm (below).
So what did I think? In addition to the fact that I smelled like an Axe Body Spray commercial for a day, I'm not entirely sure the balm worked the way it was supposed to. Although my makeup went on pretty smoothly, my face looked pretty shiny. Initially, I didn't mind that; I thought it gave me a dewy look, and I'm into that. However, as the day went on, my face went from dewy and glowy to full-on greasy, which was disappointing because as someone who already has oily skin, that's precisely what I was trying to avoid.
I wore the post-shave balm as primer three days in a row, and the same thing happened each day. This hack has reportedly long been a beauty blogger go-to, but I'm not sold, at least not enough to give up my go-to bareMinerals primer. It's not perfect — and in fairness, it doesn't get rid of all the shine, either — but it also doesn't leave me feeling greasy enough to power a car at the end of the day.
My verdict? I'll stick to what I know and leave the hacks to the pros.