Battle of the drugstore primers: Milk of Magnesia vs Men’s Aftershave Balm


Milk of magnesia

I’ve been using the first product, Milk of Magnesia, for over a year now and I haven’t had any problems using it.

I’ve heard reviews of people having breakouts and oil still becoming visible but it could be the way it is applied on the individual’s skin type.

The product is very unusual since the original purpose for this product is to cleanse out your system. I found out about this product on YouTube, and of course thought to try it myself.

When I first used it I was amazed as to how well my makeup looked and stayed looking fresh, I even used it in Dubai and it worked so well. Fortunately, I already have good skin so I wasn’t too worried if I would have any break outs. I have tried this product on many clients who are women of colour and no problems were faced.

After reading the ingredients, it then clicked why it holds makeup well. One of the key ingredients is silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide in cosmetics terms means that the product has a natural absorbency, so the oils on your face are absorbed by this product.

Men’s aftershave balm

The second product I bought after seeing so many videos on YouTube.

I decided to give it a go, since I’m always on the lookout for primers and is affordable.

This product I got from Superdrug for under £5 and the original purpose of this product is used as a men’s aftershave balm.

Yes, I was very sceptical but I’ve seen people use it and thought to jump on this bandwagon.

One of the main ingredients of this product is Glycerin. Glycerin in cosmetics terms means your foundation will adhere to your skin better making your face smoother to work with.

First impressions of this product is that it’s very runny and you have to make sure the product is fully dry before you proceed with your foundation application. So far, I do prefer my first primer as the formula is thicker and I didn’t think it absorbed my oils well, but it still gave me that flawless finish.

Since I don’t wear makeup to work, I thought to try it as a moisturiser to see if that helps. It made my face feel smooth, and didn’t suffer that much from oil breakouts.

I will continue using it just to see if it fully absorbs my oils.

How to use primer

The way I apply primers is very simple.

As soon as I’m ready to start my makeup, I would use a toner to get rid of any excess oils and dirt from my face.

On a cotton pad, I would distribute the product all over my face and wait for it to dry then I would continue applying my makeup.

Thank you again for reading this and hope you found this helpful.


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