Budget Beauty: Nivea Lip Butter Review

Nivea Lip Butter
Nivea Lip Butter

Cold weather can be brutal on dry skin and lips particularly suffer. Over the winter I tried various drugstore lip balms including the much hyped Babylips (please someone put them in the corner) and the best by far has been the Nivea Lip Butters.

Nivea Lip Butter doesn’t just sit on the lips, it sinks in to leave them soft and doesn’t require constant reapplication. In the interests of science, one day I didn’t wear any other lip product and counted the number of times it had to be applied during the course of 24 hours – a total of four times which is excellent. It is great for wearing under matte lipsticks and if you are susceptible to what I call Cornflake Lip (the feeling that cornflakes are stuck to your lips caused by attractive flaking skin) – I experienced zero symptoms whilst using the lip butter.

NIVEA SAYS                                                                          WONDERLUSTING SAYS
The moisturizing formula of NIVEA Lip Butter with Hydra IQ contains Shea Butter and Almond Oil and provides intense moisture and long-lasting care. The indulging formula creates sensationally soft lips.         Absolutely no idea what Hydra IQ* is but it does provide intense moisture and long-lasting care for as long as the product is used. My lips were certainly in good smooch condition.

The product isn’t 100% perfect. My inner OCDish self is not crazy about having to dip my fingers into a tin and once applied you need to give it a few minutes to sink in.  Beware that not all of the flavours are equal in terms of moisture power (on my lips anyway). I’ve tried all of them except for the raspberry (can’t stand fruit flavoured products). The Vanilla & Macadamia is the most moisturising and delicious smelling, followed by Caramel Cream, which feels like you’ve smeared your lips in Werthers, in a good way.  Original is OK but on my lips definitely not as moisturising as the other two.

Nivea lip butter ingredients
Vanilla & Macadamia Nivea lip butter ingredients

Ingredient wise the Nivea Lip Butters are mineral oil based so obviously avoid if this is an issue for you.  I generally avoid mineral oil but it’s not a deal breaker for me although I am currently exploring non-mineral oil based alternatives.  If I don’t find any as effective I will certainly re-repurchase a Nivea Lip Butter again.

So overall Nivea, my lips am loving your work.

*I now know that Hydra IQ is a real thing based on Nobel Prize-winning chemistry! In 2003 Professor Peter Agre won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of aquaporins in the skin, which are the water channels in cells. Nivea have based their Hydra IQ technology on this research. 

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