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NIVEA Raspberry Rosé Kiss Lip Butter — So Good, You’ll HAVE to Kiss and Tell!

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We’ve seen lip moisturizers packaged in squeezable tubes (think of L’Occitane‘s shea butter lip care offerings or Kiehl’s Lip Balm No. 1), round tins (like the classic Rosebud Perfume Company’s Smith Rosebud Salve or La Mer’s The Lip Balm), plastic jars (like old-school Vaseline), egg-shaped spheres (as with the popular eos Smooth Sphere lip balms), retractable cylindrical sticks (like Nivea’s A Kiss of Milk & Honey, Maybelline’s Baby Lips, or Fresh‘s Sugar Lip Treatment),  and sleek tubes with gold-tipped applicators (like the Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil). But, somehow, although mass-produced lip balm was first marketed in the 1880s, when ChapStick founder Charles Brown Fleet began wrapping his homemade formula in tin foil and selling it locally, over a century later we’re still finding ways to advance the concept, tweaking lip balm formulas so that they’re more absorbent, so that they hydrate lips quickly while also locking in moisture for more long-term comfort, so that their texture is pleasant and their scent enticing. Not all lip treatments, after all, are created equal — which is, of course, why those of us with a predisposition for chapped lips can find ourselves shelling out $20 for a single tube of lip balm (can you say, “Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment”?). And, while no one is disputing the performance of these pricier lip treatments, we’re all constantly on the hunt for more affordable alternatives that deliver similarly impressive results.

In the past, I’ve raved about the eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms and several Nivea lip balms (among them the A Kiss of Milk & Honey, A Kiss of Smoothness, and a Kiss of Oil & Lemon), listing them among my favorite bargain beauty buys. But now, I have a new and more deep-seated crush: the new Nivea Raspberry Rosé Kiss Lip Butter ($3.99 at most food, drug, and mass market retailers). Packaged inside a round tin, this ultra-creamy lip moisturizer smells like a sweet raspberry yogurt with just a touch of vanilla or honey. Among the key ingredients you’ll find is shea butter, which is rife with fatty acids like oleic acid (which account for an estimated 40-60% of its fatty acid composition) and stearic acid (which accounts for an estimated 20-50% of said composition) and which melts at body temperature, making it ideal for skin conditioners. Another essential ingredient is sweet almond oil, which has a molecular composition that is largely made of oils, with the omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid known as oleic acid accounting for approximately 62% of that total figure and the polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid known as linoleic acid accounting for about another 29%. Sweet almond oil is also rich in vitamin A, which is believed to stimulate cellular turnover, encourage natural exfoliation, and boost collagen and elastin production, as well as vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, neutralizing the UV rays that dehydrate skin and lead to premature aging signs. Plus, since its chemical composition mirrors that of the sebum, the sweet almond oil is easily absorbed by the epidermis and therefore doesn’t leave behind any unwanted greasy residue. Castor oil completes the trifecta of moisturizing botanical ingredients. Ricinoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, is believed to account for up to 90% of the fatty acid in castor oil, likely contributing to its effectiveness as a natural moisturizer and skin softener.

Initially, I became enamored with the Nivea Raspberry Rosé Kiss Lip Butter because of its light but creamy texture, which reminded me of a yogurt popsicle or a scoop of berry ice cream. As its name implies, there’s a buttery quality to the feel of the product but it’s not greasy or oily (as we tend to assume when we think of butter or margarine). In fact, the product  has more of a velvety, whipped texture so that it almost feels like a dessert for your pout (an effect that is magnified by the raspberry fragrance), a guilty pleasure that you can’t seem to resist (but which, in a surprising twist, turns out to be beneficial for you!).  It’s quite possibly one of the most delightful textures I’ve ever encountered in a lip conditioner since there’s no stickiness, no gumminess or tackiness, and no hardened wax that takes several uses to soften up.

Once you smooth it onto your lips, you’ll notice how soft your pout feels and you’ll be surprised by how quickly the nourishing ingredients in the formula are absorbed by the skin. Given that the lip butter is a light pink color reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake, it being readily absorbed by the lips is particularly important — otherwise, you’d end up looking like a four-year-old after feasting on a donut with pink frosting. Thankfully, after smoothing the lip butter onto your pout and rubbing your lips together, you won’t see any lingering product — much less any indication of its original color.

My only reservations about this product pertain to the packaging. Though classic, the round tin isn’t particularly user-friendly. For one, it never seems to snap shut securely enough so that I’m always worried that the top lid will come unattached within my pocket or purse. But mainly, as somewhat of a germaphobe, I wish I didn’t have to dip my fingers into the tin to procure some of the lip butter but that, instead, I could grasp a plastic base or tube and allow the lip balm to roll onto my lips without my fingers ever having to come in contact with the product. But, if washing my hands diligently before running my fingers over the lip butter is what it takes, then that’s a small inconvenience to endure given the magnitude of the results. Hours after smoothing the lip butter on, your pout will still feel comfortable and smooth, making you feel ready for some broad smiles and tender kisses.

** DISCLAIMER: Sicka Than Average is part of Nivea’s Digital Influencer Network. As such, I was given a free sample of the Nivea Raspberry Rosé Kiss Lip Butter so that I could review it and,  in turn, share my honest opinion on the product. The thoughts and experiences expressed above are solely my own.

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