This tinted lip balm with sunscreen is similar to but more emollient than Nivea's A Kiss of Shine Natural Look Glossy Lip Care SPF 15. Other than the Natural Volume version being preferred for notably dry lips, the same review applies: The sheer color and smooth moisture this provides are great, as it the broad-spectrum sunscreen that includes avobenzone for reliable UVA screening. This lip balm would've earned our top rating if it were fragrance-free and contained more than a dusting of antioxidants. Still, for the money (and if you want a soft wash of color with a hint of shimmer) this is worth considering.
NIVEA A Kiss of Natural Volume gives lips a brilliant, sparkling shine without leaving a sticky residue.Locks intensive moisture in your lips, and instantly creates a look of natural volume for full, beautiful lips. With natural extracts and ultra shine pigments, it offers just the right look of plump but without burning or stinging the lips.
Active: Avobenzone, Octinoxate; Other: Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Mica, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Fragrance, Propylparaben, BHT, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Titanium Dioxide
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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