A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15
0.17 fl. oz. for $2.99
Last Updated:09.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Nivea's a brand that has a large amount of products designed to soften lips, but A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 is among its best options. Thanks to a formula that protects and soothes lips, this earns our highest rating on Beautypedia.

A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 comes is a standard semi-solid lip balm in a twist-up tube. Though it does contain some fragrance, the amount is minimal (it's the last ingredient on the list) and isn't likely to cause irritation.

The real strength of this lip balm is in its SPF, which is provided by an in-part avobenzone formula. That means it's broad-spectrum, protecting lips from both the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Though we recommend SPF 30 or higher for facial products (because most people don't apply them liberally enough to get full sun protection with a lower SPF), this gets high marks for its SPF 15 rating because it can be applied liberally and frequently, and at this price, it likely will be!

The rest of A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15's ingredients are made up of proven emollients like castor oil, glycerin, and shea butter. We would have like to have seen a greater range of skin-conditioning and anti-irritant ingredients included, along with more antioxidants to boost the sun protection.

As it stands, though, A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 is a good and inexpensive way to moisturize and protect lips, and one we recommend!

  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a number of emollients that will make lips feel softer and smoother.
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance.

Lightweight formula that absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting moisture that leaves lips perfectly hydrated. Enriched with Shea Butter and Aloe to help moisturize lips, leaving them extremely soft and smooth looking. SPF 15 formula helps protect lips from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Long-lasting moisturization.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone - 2.5 %, Octinoxate - 6.0 %, Octocrylene - 1.8 %. Inactive Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Microcrystalline Wax, Capric Triglyceride, Caprylic, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Cetyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera Wax (Carnauba), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Glucoside, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Beeswax, Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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Wrong review

This must have been reformulated, or this is the wrong review for this product, because I'm looking at my stick of this lip balm right now and it is NOT tinted and has broad spectrum SPF 15. The ingredients listed are also wrong? This is a good lip balm, especially if you're looking for one with broad spectrum SPF that isn't overly flavored or smells like suntan lotion. Only real downside is a tiny amount of added fragrance (that you can't even smell).

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thanks for your comments - it's very possible this has been reformulated, so we will check out the new formula and adjust our review as needed!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
Gets the job done

The formula is basic, but good; it goes on like butter, leaving lips soft and moist, with a pleasant, satin sheen. I picked up this when I went to Walgreen's to get another tube Blistex's Deep Renewal, which includes CoQ10 in its formula, but found that avobenzone was no longer listed as an active ingredient for that product. Nivea's Kiss of Smoothness was on sale and does have avobenzone listed as an active ingredient. By the way - this is now with SPF 15!

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