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Since I have been a lip gloss convert I have been getting through a lot of products because I find that it doesn't tend to last that long and I don't like to go "naked" on my lips! I have also found that the ones that do last the longest tend to be a bit drying for me. So when I saw a lip gloss from Nivea on sale that was enriched with argan oil, mango butter and cacao butter, I thought it sounded like it would be gentle on the lips, and I decided to give it a try. I probably would have bought it even if it didn't contain those ingredients because it cost me only £1 in Poundworld. I also happened to love the colour.
NIVEA MAKE UP
I have not come across much Nivea make up for sale in this country, outside the discount shops where the labelling often suggests it is imported from Europe or even further afield. I have seen lipsticks and mascara made by Nivea for sale in Poundworld as well as lip balms and glosses. I don't mind trying something from a brand I haven't heard of before but I do think I had higher expectations for this gloss because of the fact it was made by Nivea. I have used lots of Nivea skincare products with success for example.
The tube is 14ml so a nice handbag friendly size. You can squeeze the gloss directly onto the lips because there is a nice slanted top to the tube which lets you apply it neatly. Thankfully there is also a secure screw on lid. The tube itself is mostly clear so you can get a good look at the real colour you are buying. It bears the Nivea logo and not much else so they haven't put much effort into prettifying the tube but it looks ok.
Considering the nice ingredients highlighted, I expected this to smell delicious. It smells vaguely sweet and fruity but I can't detect the mango specifically or any of the butters mentioned. It isn't that strong a scent either and it doesn't taste of anything in particular. I don't mind that but a really mango and cacao scented gloss would have been nice - although it would probably also make me hungry!
THE GOOD POINTS
There was 4 colours of gloss to choose from in Poundworld, ranging from a light pink to an almost apricot shade. I choose number 23 which is called "Berry". It is a deep plummy pink which I have completely fallen in love with. I have pale skin and I think really dark gloss doesn't look quite right on me but this one is just perfect. It adds a lovely amount of colour but still manages not to look too unnatural. I have had several people comment on it positively and none could believe I had only paid a pound for the product. Suffice to say the finish definitely looks good quality. It is very shiny gloss which is not something I normally go for either, but I think the shine here has a light reflecting quality and it looks more sophisticated than most. It seems to make my lips look smoother and almost fuller even when I have been neglecting them and they probably don't look their best. Some glosses would highlight any dryness on my lips but this one doesn't. One sweep over the lips is enough to give good coverage. It has great pigment and a nice even colour which lasts at least until you eat and drink. Like most glosses that I have tried this isn't kiss proof sadly! Otherwise, it should stay put for a couple of hours at least.
It sounds so good, but there is a "but" coming. The gloss is supposed to be non sticky and this is mostly true. However, it still doesn't feel all that great on the lips to me. It is quite thick, and although the texture is more gel like than oily, it still feels somewhat greasy. My lips may not stick together but I am very aware that the gloss is there. It feels thick and heavy, a bit like wearing a more liquid coating of Vaseline. On the plus side, it does glide on easily and looks nice and smooth. I also think that my lips do feel a little softer after I have worn it for a few days in a row. I am pleased about that because I mostly just wanted my lips not to get dried out any further so it exceeded my expectations in that regard. I wouldn't say the gloss would be softening enough on it's own if you have really dry lips to start with because it isn't hugely moisturising but it would help a little based on my experience. The gloss also has an SPF of 15. This is nice to have, although I personally use a separate lip sunscreen on sunnier days.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
In conclusion, I love the colour and finish of the gloss and I would give it 5 stars for that. Sadly, I don't like the feel of it at all, and I almost think I would prefer a sticky gloss to this fairly greasy feeling one. I have decided to compromise and give it 4 stars but if the quality of the colour had been poorer I would be less forgiving of the texture. I would suggest that if you want a shiny, non drying and good pigmented gloss, then at a pound it is worth a try as you may like the feel of it more than I do. I have noticed that the price vary quite a lot online - some sellers give an RRP of £6.99 which I wouldn't pay unless you are sure you like the texture. And watch the postage on Amazon, as some sellers are quoting p&p of £13.50 for 2 tubes costing £5!
I was having my regular weekly wander through Poundland recently and found a shelf full of these Nivea Gloss Wonder Balms in the make-up section. I couldn't resist the £1 price tag and bought a pink coloured gloss to try.
The lip gloss comes in a long, thin flexible plastic tube, much like other glosses I have bought in the past. The lid is a screw on and off cap and the end where the lip gloss comes out/is squeezed out is slanted to make application onto the lips easier. The gloss comes out of the small hole easily with a slight amount of pressure applied.
Each tube is predominantly clear so that you can see the colour of the gloss inside. There is also the Nivea branding and short descriptions and ingredients written on the tube. The poundland had about three different colours and I went for the Rose Balm shade. There are apparently 8 shades available and they each contain 14 ml of gloss.
The Rose balm is a very bright pink shade that has a nice sheen and shine to it. There is no distinctive scent to the gloss that I have. The gloss is quite a runny consistency and as a result when you squeeze the tube I have managed a few times to push too much out of the product out and made a bit of a mess, but it all gets used eventually.
On application the gloss glides easily over your lips and leaves a very generous coating for the amount of gloss that you actually use. It feels very light and slippery when on but also very moisturising which likely comes from the ingredients - these contain Argon Oil, Mango Butter and Cacao Butter.
The wonder balm is also meant to give your lips a plumper appearance and these do to a point, because my shade is quite light I think it lacks a plumping look but definitely gives a fuller look to your lips. My only criticism with this lip gloss is the poor pigmentation, I think that it could be pinker on the lips and I certainly thought that it would be a bolder pink when I bought it from the look of it.
This also contains an SPF of 15 so is good for wearing in the summertime.
Overall I think I got a bargain for paying £1 for this, it is really glossy, nourishing and long lasting. I would perhaps go for the darker shade next time so that it stood out more, but overall I am very impressed with this lip gloss. In chemists and supermarkets and online this retails from around £3.49.