May 2, 2013

Nivea Lip Butter Review & Swatches

Nivea Caramel Cream Kiss Lip Butter

During out last discussion about the new Nivea Lip Butter we had a house divided here in fair Verona (or Musings of Muse whatever floats your boat, it’s almost time for Shakespeare in the Park, cut me a break alright?).

No seriously, I got a ton of mixed impressions about these lip butters. Some folks loved ’em, some folks hated ’em, some folks thought they were over hyped…after trying them I understand ALL of your feelings.

How’d I feel about them in the end?

I love ’em.

And I hate ’em.

Nivea Lip Butter

I picked up a tin at CVS several days ago. Finally, I was able to locate them. Seriously, finding this stuff anywhere is like hunting for the Tomb of Nefertiti. You know it’s there, you know it exists, it’s just a matter of WHERE exactly is it?

But a beacon of shining light directed me to CVS and for far too much, $4.19, I was able to purchase my own tin. Considering the Evil Empire and a few other locations are selling these for chump change I was put out that I had to pay a near fiver for my own tin.


But I’d pay it again and again! Because I really love the formula.

Stuff I Love:

  • How moisturizing and creamy this is!
  • How tasty and flavorful but subtle as well if you’re sensitive!
  • How it soothes my dry lips and makes them soft and supple!
  • How it has that buttery texture that warmed up goes a little oily!

Stuff I Hate:

  • Ewww finger application!
  • White ring around the mouth (they don’t really dry clear dude, so you get that odd pasty ring around the mouth look).
  • The inflated cost of a tin at CVS! $4.19? Whatchu talkin’ about Willis?!

These start out a bit dense but once they warm up they develop into a creamy, dreamy texture that glides onto lips with a buttery soft feel. I’d recommend them for nightly use as they are a bit heavy and they do have a pasty appearance on my lips. If you want to avoid that unusual pasty, ring around the mouth look I suggest running your finger over your lips several times to sheer the shade out so it goes transparent.

Nivea Lip Butter Swatches

Personally I just think they make for a far easier product to wear at home due to the thicker texture and the finger application.

They make my lips super soft and I think they’ll be a treat when they are chapped. I think they are possibly most comparable in formula and texture to The Body Shop’s Lip Balms.

In the end, they have some quirks but I still liked the formula a whole heck of a lot.

If you’re prone to dry, cracked, or chapped lips do check them out.

Available now at drugstores.

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • stef b

    I like tins! i’d rather apply lip balm with clean fingers than apply a stick directly to my germy mouth over and over and over!

  • mayrei

    Yes, CVS charges an arm and a leg for these. I’ll never buy them there again. Anyway, I like them a lot, but yes, I only wear them at home because of the white cast. I usually apply before bed and I wake up with super soft lips.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I picked up the Raspberry Rose one, and ummm it smells so heavenly. It does leave a kinda weird pale pink tinge, but I don’t care. Its so good.

    I bought one because my Sugar lip stuff ran out and I’m allowed to repurchase necessary beauty staples that have run out. ;]

  • Anza Qureshi

    Ugh, the pasty rings >.> that really does annoy the heck out of a chronic lip balm person with medium pigmented lips like yours truly here. Anyways muse, I haven’t had a chance to ask you this but what is the difference between a lip butter and a lip balm? And which is more hydrating? I have poorly chapped lips all year around and I know lip balks are usually harder in texture but I have this one lip balm from Himalaya that’s a squeeze tube and melts down to a dreamy, lip oil finish. But it doesn’t last very long because it tastes like carrot cake and it just..sometimes works like awesome..but then it doesn’t :l Help? Lip balm or Lip butter?

    • the Muse

      lip butters are def more moisturizing in my experience 🙂 lip balms are typically solid twist up design, they are def moisturizing as well but I’ve always found butters are the better option of the two 🙂

  • blueraccoon

    I’ve found three of them–can’t find the raspberry, which is the one I really want–and I have pretty much the same reaction as you. I love them, but I hate the white cast they give my lips plus the tin they come in. I probably will keep using them at night, because they are pretty hydrating, and they smell yummy (and I’m sensitive to scents)!

  • charlotte

    I just rub the product in the tin over my lower lip… then rub my lips together. Goes right on, no fingers required. Raspberry is my favorite.

    • Michelle Luna/Michelley/Chelley

      Exactly how I apply lip products that come in tins too. Everyone needs to know this vital application tip!

  • Laura

    I love this thing! I live in ny too, can’t believe you couldn’t find it! I’ve had mine for months, got it at cvs too, same price though. Try the raspberry one, its pink inside and the nasty white ring doesn’t really happen. Though I only really wear mine at bedtime and I do a weird thing.. I kind of rub my lips in the Tin a little after I’ve exfoliated them so I don’t have to do the nasty finger application.. I know it’s bizarre but I only do it in my house lol no one sees me kiss my lip balm but my hubs lol!

    • the Muse

      it was a challenge to find…I dunno why but ever ds I went too didn’t have it ;-D yay! will do! LOL ;D that works!

  • Christina

    So not interested in these things but LOVE the Romeo & Juliet reference! Shakespeare in the Park is one of the things I love about being a born a raised NYer.

    • the Muse

      AMEN sis! I knew we were sisters for a reason ;-D I adore Shakespeare in the Park. I’m not a lover of Summer but I look forward to the season because of Shakespeare in the Park 😀 I really look forward to it each year!!!!!!!!!

  • Christina

    Really? Not a lover of summer? ME TOO!?? I hate the heat and humidity. The weather right now is perfect. If we could skip summer and go directly to fall weather, I’d be OK with that. I’ll even take winter over summer!

    • the Muse

      ugh me TOO! I love new york because we get all four seasons but if we could just skip Summer I’d be quite ok with that 😀 I LOVE the fall 😀 I’m a Fall baby! I mean if we get mild Summer-y weather I’m cool with that but getting that thick humidity while being 80+ degrees is not for me. I wish we can get California Summers….cool mornings, warm afternoons, and mild cool nights.

  • Lindsay

    I actually just kind of purse my lips and stick them in the balm rather than use my finger. Works perfectly!! I love the rasberry one! It’s not the most moisturizing balm…I find Blistex original in the white tube is the only lip balm/treatment that actually soaks in and heals my chapped lips.

  • Sara

    Luv these too, but why oh why are they not in tubes! The tin is so flimsy that throwing in my purse is not even an option. I only use @ night………

  • Iris

    Not much a fan of having to apply with a lip brush or fingers on the go. I think I’ll be trying these and using them at home, as it’s more convenient for me. 🙂

  • Jess

    How do they compare to the Mac Lip Conditioner in a tub (if you’ve tried it? I bought one back in september right before they were discontinued, and wouldn’t you know it, the mac lip conditioner instantly became my favorite, but now I can’t get it anywhere, so I’m trying to find a nice dupe.

    • the Muse

      very similiar jess, I love the mac lip conditioner in a tub myself (reviewed it a bit ago) and yes, these are quite a similiar texture, maybe a HINT thinner but a nice dupe yes 😀

  • Vi

    Oh god, I NEED the Caramel Cream one. I’m a sucker for anything caramel-flavored. 😀 My mom adores vanilla flavors, so she might be interested in picking up that one as well.

  • Amara

    Muse there’s a $1 off coupon on the target website if you wanna go hunt them down at your local target. It’s funny my display isn’t in the cosmetics section but is set up next to the nivea lotions. & the raspberry one smells divine but leaves a baby pink cast on my lips, which i don’t mind cause I just put a lipstick over it. & the vanilla macadamia is mostly clear.

  • Quinctia

    Found ’em at Ulta a couple of weeks ago, and I picked up this very flavor! I find it quite subtle, but maybe I’m just used to the overwhelming Tokyo Milk Balm I have.

    I don’t have the white ring issue, but I can’t keep lip color I WANT on my lips, so apparently I can’t keep unwanted lip color around either. 😉

  • Nicki

    I’ve already picked up the vanilla. For some reason, the displays and stuff only have room for the vanilla and the original flavor… it’s like we don’t get any yummy caramel or raspberry.

  • Julia

    I would wear this only at home, so I hope my hubby will overlook the pasty effect 🙂 Now, if only I can find this anywhere, I’ll buy it!

  • Lana

    I use these only at night before I go to bed and I cannot tell you the difference they have made in my lips. I have used other Nivea products, tarte, etc., etc., etc., and this is by far the best for soft lips that I have used.

  • Avalith

    ew ew finger application.. I was gifted rosebud salves in 3 of their variants and I’m still trying to use them up. I guess I’ll pass on these no matter how wonderful they sound…

  • J.

    Oooh, I so want to get this, sounds like a lovely product in all possible ways, with the exception of the finger application, I guess 🙂

  • Michelle Luna/Michelley/Chelley

    I know this is a way old post but it came up while I was googling for a dupe to the Fresh Sugar caramel lip balm and remembered Nivea had made this and wondered if anyone had ever compared the 2… I know you’ve done a review on the Sugar, so did that remind you of this/vice versa at all?