Hey there everyone!
Hope you’re doing well :) Today I’ve got a review for a lovely lip balm that I’m sure is a hot favorite for many of you – Nivea fruity shine lip balm :) I have no idea why but I didn’t try out these lip balms from Nivea until last year. Seriously someone should kill me just for that. Anyway, when I did decide to pick up one of these I went for strawberry. (That’s sort of like my trial ‘flavor’ or whatever. I always pick up berry stuff ahead of anything else)
Price and Quantity:
Rs 129 for 4.8 g
The lip balm comes in a twist up bullet form. I find the packaging a bit boring. The cap is colored (and quite accurately, the color of the cap is a close match to the color of the lip balm) but when you remove it, the tube is just plain white. C’mon Nivea! A bit of creativity here please!
On application, the lip balm has a red tint that has orange-sh undertones. I have the pomegranate lip balm too and that is a deeper red (you can see the comparison swatch). Strawberry is lighter. But the color still translates beautifully onto the lips. It doesn’t offer full coverage, but that’s not what it’s meant to do anyway. Instead, it leaves a lovely healthy red tint and a ‘watery’ balm like shine that will suit almost all skin tones. Okay, by watery I mean, like consistency wise. You know how in lip glosses you can sort of make out that the gloss is thick – from the shine? I think the lip swatches will explain what I mean better :)
The lip balm bullet has very fine shimmer which is very prominent in the swatches on my hand but it hardly shows up on the lips, as can be seen in the lip swatch.
I know the swatch on my hands has come out quite sheer, but the color shows up beautifully on my lips, unlike TBS lip balm which I reviewed earlier.
You’ll have to reapply this every 2-3 hours because the staying power isn’t great. Pigmented lips (like mine) require multiple swipes for the color to show. But don’t overdo it because it tends to get slightly runny if the weather is too hot.
On My Lips
- Decently priced
- Has SPF 10
- Colour payoff is reasonable especially for pigmented lips
- Leaves a reddish tint after fading
- Gives a more natural shine to the lips, not a thick shine like glosses
- Quantity is satisfactory given the price (this lasted me about 6 months – I used it almost daily, more than once a day)
- Staying power could have been a bit better
- Packaging is slightly flimsy
- Can bleed slightly
- MABH Rating: 4.5/5 (-0.5 for the staying power and the packaging)
Final word: If you have pigmented lips and need a lip balm that gives your lips a sheer wash of red, this balm is for you. Not just strawberry, I believe all the variants are worth a try. I loved this so much; I’ve almost finished it up (as you can see from the photos, hahaha!) Also, I’m almost halfway through Pomegranate right now and I really like it :)
I wanted to try Pink Guava; that shade of pink is to die for! But I’m not sure if it’ll show up on my lips :( To anyone who has that – do you think I should buy it? That’s it for this review. Hope you guys liked it! :)