Saturday, January 18, 2014
Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia
Priceline was getting rid of the widely spoken about Nivea Lip Butters for $3.40 instead of the usual price of $5.69 when I popped in the other day and so I couldn't pass on the opportunity to try them out. Blaming it on the need for a new product to review on my blog (which I totally don't, I have so many products I could review) I was happy to grab the Vanilla and Macadamia flavour, having read in reviews that it was more appealing than its Caramel cousin. I still don't know what the caramel flavour is like, but Vanilla and Macadamia is the most gorgeous balance of rich vanilla and nutty scent. I seriously just want to eat it.
Though it comes in the most inconvenient, unhygienic and impractical packaging it possibly could, who could ignore the adorable little tin? I hate the fact that every time I want to apply it I'm going to have to shove my grubby little fingers into a pot housing an ever growing bacteria culture, but despite this I still purchased it because it is just so darn cute.
Speaking of packaging, I think Nivea chose a really clean and effective design. I like that if you own multiple shades it is easy to identify which flavour it is from the packaging which has a different photograph according to the flavour. The tin is compact and sleek, suitable for carrying around. I expect when I go back to school this will live in my pencil case.
When it comes down to the product itself...well, it's a little disappointing. To be honest, after having read so many raving reviews about it I had very high hopes and it really wasn't as life changing as I'd imagined. Don't get me wrong, it is exactly as silky smooth as I'd read about and has the incredibly soft formula that I had hoped for it's just I don't find it to be as comfortable to wear as I'd imagined.
It's the same with its moisturising properties. I had it ingrained in my head that it was the most moisturising balm in the world that would give the most smooth and supple lips ever, and instead it's just okay. I feel that it leaves a slight film over the lips rather than soaking in completely. This is honestly not an issue as it is common with most products and it is still an effective lip balm, it's just that as I mentioned, I thought this was going to be magical.
This does leave a slight white cast on the lips, but nothing too noticeable. It gives quite a glossy finish and I imagine it would be the ideal product to use if you wish to sheer down an intense lipstick.
Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad product by any means. It's good, it is, it's just not fabulous. I'll take it to school, keep it in my pencil case and fend off the grubby hands of several girls desperate for a lip balm because they've forgotten to bring their own. It smells great and looks cute, two positive properties, it's just nothing incredible.
I give this 7 out of 10.
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Haha - YES about girls who forget their lip balm and ask for yours. Like, I want to say no, but then they'd think I was snobbish or something. Anyways, initially I felt the same way! But then my lips got super dry and itchy and this was the ONLY thing that helped them!ReplyDelete
Tasha // shiwashiful.
Oh.my.gosh. It annoys me so much, I can't stand the idea of someone else using my lipbalm unless it is my best friend. It's just gross! Hmmm, interesting, like I said it's not a bad product but it's definitely not my favourite either. xxDelete
Love your review! I feel exactly the same way about this balm. I actually picked it up at the sale as well! Love the scent and how cute it is but like you said, it ain't fabulous haha. In regards to the usual price, I do think it's a bit expensive. I'm currently using this every night before bed :)ReplyDelete
Why thank you :) I think if you manage to grab it on sale it is worth giving it a shot because it's pretty decent, but I don't think I would bother with the other flavours if they were full priced. xDelete
This is how I felt about it at the beginning. Then when I was trying out a few different new balms, this is the one I kept coming back to. It's not ground-breaking, but you miss it when you're not using it!ReplyDelete
I've been using it relatively often, and I am completely hooked on the scent! xDelete
I have the caramel version and I love the smell. For the price its a pretty decent lipbalm, but like you said, there are probably better ones out there! At the moment, my fave lip balm is the Nivea Essentials lipbalm :)ReplyDelete
I agree, it's really affordable and quite a decent balm, I've just experienced better ones. I reckon the caramel version would be gorgeous. xDelete