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Happy (or not so happy) Monday! Today, I want to review the lip balm I’m using at the moment, which is the Nivea Hydro Care SPF 15 Lip Balm. Since we’re still getting wintry weather in the UK at the moment, this was the lip balm I picked out from my stash when I used my last lip balm. I’ve had a few weeks to use this product (even though I misplaced this little guy for a week or so), so I want to share my experience with it.
First thing to talk about though is the price, which you can find in both Boots and Superdrug for £1.65, so very affordable. I’ve discussed this in previous blog posts, but I have a very strict budget with myself, so products that are affordable are very appealing for me, and give me less worries when I commit the money to buy it. So immediately, this is accessible for everyone, at least if you live in the UK – I’m not sure how accessible Nivea’s products are in the US or Canada, so if you can clarify for me, that would be great.
One of the things I tend to think about a lot is the packaging. In terms of looks, I love the combination of light blue that fits with the ‘hydro’/hydration theme in the name, and the white. Light blue and white is very soothing for my eyes to look at, and fits a lot of the consistent colour themes that are tailored for drier skin types. This sort of mindset is exactly what made me pick this out in the past month or so, as we’ve had some really cold and dry phases lately, and I need a lip balm that can tend to my lip’s needs.
As for how the packaging performs, it has proven so far to be really sturdy. When pulling the lid off (the light blue end), it pops off with ease, but when you put the lid back on, it has a really satisfying click. One of my silly idle habits is just popping the lid off and on just listening to the clicking sound when I’m waiting for tasks to finish, so if you enjoy that sound like I do, I think you’ll empathise with what I’m talking about here.
The last aspect of the packaging is probably obvious if you’re used most standard lip balms, but it twists up from the base (white end of the packaging), then twists back down when you’re done. I quite like this sort of mechanic, and have yet to see my lip balm get stuck and not twist down properly. I had this issue with one of my MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balms that I reviewed last week, so you can check that post out to get an idea of what I mean.
The balm itself is clear, which is really nice as the lip balm does have sun screen as part of its formula. Some lip balms I’ve tried have a weird faint tint on the lips that put me off, but when I use this lip balm, this isn’t the case. While I don’t have this lip balm set aside because it has SPF in it, I do appreciate that it’s there. SPF 15 isn’t a high value to have in most skincare products, but for a lip balm, I feel like this is a good number to go with. I don’t wear makeup or lip products every day, so if I do go outside, there’s room for me to reapply this and top up my sun screen for my lips which is something I appreciate. I don’t find I get sun burn on my lips, but I prefer to be careful anyway.
I normally list what products claim much higher in my reviews, but I want to go through these now and just chime in with my experiences now (quoted from Boot’s site here):
Helps provide intensive and long-lasting moisturisation.
Is quickly absorbed thanks to it’s light formula.
Non-greasy for smooth and soft lips.
Skin compatability dermatologically approve
(I chose not to correct the typos/spelling errors)
To start off, I partially agree that this lip balm provides long-lasting moisturisation. Compared to other lip balms I’ve been using in the past few months, this is definitely one of the better lip balms in terms of longevity. I don’t mind reapplying lip balms often, but this lip balm is catered well for you if you have very dry lips and/or you need a lip balm that you don’t need to reapply every hour or so. I find myself reapplying this every couple of hours, but I live in an apartment with poor insulation from the cold, and the dry air dries out my lips faster than any other apartment I’ve lived in so far.
I’m going to talk about points 2 and 3 at the same time as I find myself needing to talk about them at the same time. So first of all, I absolutely agree that the formula is on the lighter side for a lip balm with SPF in it. If you compare this to a lip balm without SPF though, you are inclined to disagree with the claim, but I think that’s an unfair comparison.
As for being non-greasy, I find myself thinking “yes” and “no” at the same time. What makes me think no, is that it appears and feels greasy if you apply off of your lips by accident. This can be easy to do as the applicator is quite big, but the lip balm wipes off easily. Where I find myself agreeing that it’s non-greasy is how it sits on the lips. It takes a few minutes to absorb from my experience, but compared to other lip balms with SPF in it, it’s really light weight and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips. It creates a mild sheen on the lips, but I don’t consider this to be a bad thing for me.
As for applying lip products over the lips, I find this does what every other lip balm is prone to doing, which is it softens the impact of lip products if not left to absorb fully. So if you prefer more impactful results from your lip products, apply this lip balm as far ahead of time in your routine as possible so it has enough time to absorb so you get the benefits of both the lip balm, and your chosen lip product. For me, I don’t worry about this so much, as I like more subtle makeup looks. With some more intense or drying lip products, I find they blend with the ‘greasier’ (I don’t like this word, but I can think of a better word to describe it) texture to make a really nice look on the lips. This works really well with a lot of my matte lipsticks that I can’t use alone this time of year, while not compromising the appearance too much.
Overall, I really like this lip balm, and I can see myself using this up. I definitely think this ideal if you have really dry lips, but is great for everyone during the colder months if your lips aren’t dry all year around. I can see myself making this lip balm work all year round, but for the summer, I would prefer to use a slightly lighter texture, just because I get worried about feeling remotely greasy or heavy – this is because when I think of summer, I immediately think of sweat, muggy weather and discomfort, so my makeup and skincare needs to be as lightweight and minimal as possible.
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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I really enjoy talking about this product. I left the affiliate link above, so if you want to purchase this product for yourself and support me, you can, however you are not obligated to at all. I left the link there because I really enjoy this product and vouch for it. I hope you are happy and healthy, and the week treats you well. I have another post planned for Wednesday, so I hope you’ll consider reading it.