After all the buzz about the shaving balm from a non-cruelty-free brand being reported as an amazing makeup primer, people started to say that the Yes To Post Shave Cooling Balm could be a comparable (and cruelty-free) dupe. While this shaving balm has some ingredients that the other one does not, it does contain glycerin and glycerin is high up on the ingredient list. Most primers contain high amounts of glycerin and it’s part of what helps them work. Being more affordable than most of my favorite face primers, I picked up the Yes To Post Shave Cooling Balm and wanted to give it a try.
Claims: “Its soothing blend of aloe, tea tree oil and menthol keeps skin cool, calm and collected after a clean, close (or quick and dirty!) shave. And because it’s alcohol-free, it doesn’t give you that unpleasant burning sensation that you’ve come to associate with typical after-shaves. (Cringe!) That’s right, this is one cool(ing) concoction!”
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitol, Coco-Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Menthol, Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Croton Lechleri (Dragon?s Blood) Resin Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum). *Certified Organic Ingredient
Directions for use: “Apply this naturally cooling (and alcohol-free) post-shave balm to help soothe after shaving. No need to thank us!“
Pros: Great as a light weight moisturizer. Cruelty-free brand. Vegan formula.
Cons: Doesn’t work well as a primer with most makeup.
The Verdict: The Yes To Post Shave Cooling Balm is, sadly, not an amazing makeup primer in disguise. It’s a great lightweight moisturizer that would be good for daily use. However, it did little, if anything, to help my makeup go on smoother or wear longer.If you are just looking for a great moisturizer to mix with a foundation to created your own tinted moisturizer or if you only use a moisturizer to prime, this is a good option. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly and cruelty-free primer, instead of picking this one up, try one from ELF or Pacifica instead.
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