Do you finish off your shave with lots of cold water splashed on the face? I do this to close the pores, and usually use an alum block as well. If your pores were still open from the shave perhaps the talc just got deeper than intended. I thought the talc is used primarily to reduce a shiny face after shaving, not really part of an aftershave routine. My routine goes something like this:
Splash face with lots of cold water and leave wet.
I then put away my shaving gear rinse the brush, dry the bowl etcÖ
Wet a facecloth with cold water and do something similar to the hot towel prior to shaving and leave my face damp.
Alum block is then applied to my damp face, this can sting.
Allow my face to dry and wait around 10 minutes before applying ASB.
[SIZE="1"]Ah... You can't beat the cold steel and the badger. All this electrical rubbish, little wheels spinning around all over the place for callow youths and peach fluff, Not for a man's beard. Razor blades for men! I think we'll have this on number 9. If you're going to have a shave have a close one!
Tony Hancock, The Bedsitter, 1961.[/SIZE]