Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip is the talk of the town thanks to its ability to both color and protect your lips from harmful UV rays. Amid its rave reviews were claims that the color actually wasn't that great or that it was unnatural-looking and sticky. We wanted to test this out for ourselves, so we purchased it and put it to the test. Here's what we learned.
Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip provides your lips with vibrant color and high-quality skincare. It comes in 5 different shades: Bordeaux, Sheer Red, French Pink, Smoky Rose, and Raspberry Pink.
It also has 3 kinds of moisturizing oils (macadamia nut, avocado, and jojoba) and SPF 20/PA++ protection for secure hydration. It's easy to blend in and you can apply it without using a mirror.
We had a group of editors put Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip to the test. In particular, we looked at the following factors:
Test ① Moisturizing ability
Test ② How it felt to use
We also purchased 37 other Japanese lip balms and tried them all. If you want to see how Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip stacks up to other products, check out the article below.
First, we tested it for its moisturizing ability.
We used the SKICON-200EX to precisely measure the moisture levels of our skin before and after use. We applied the lip cream to our arm and took measurements over the course of 8 hours.
After 8 hours of wear, the moisture level in our lips dropped by about 70%. Turns out it's not very hydrating, so you'll want to reapply every now and then.
Next, we tested how it felt to use in terms of ease of using the container, how it felt to put on, and whether or not it felt sticky. To do this, we tried applying Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip on our hands and then put breath mints on it to see how many of them stuck.
Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip comes in a thin and remarkably deep blue container. It's easy to take out just enough product for touch ups and regular application, so it's a great lip balm to take on the go.
We also like its long cap, which makes it difficult to drop or misplace. The package is also designed so you can twist and draw out the product with one hand.
The product is pretty solid until it touches your lips, and then it melts softly onto your skin. It felt amazing!
We were also surprised by how much pigment came out even though it's a lip balm. We just put on one layer, but we imagine it could be a stand-alone lip color if layered.
3 breath mints remained after our stickiness test, but we got more of a pleasantly moisturizing feel from it than an unpleasant one.
Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip's vibrant and varied array of colors earned it 10th place out of 38 products! It has a great dewy finished that makes your lips feel soft and moisturized.
While it didn't help our lips retain that hydration, we think you could get more out of it by layering it for more protection and color. You could also use it with your regular lip color to create a gradation look.
But most of all, we loved that it's not sticky, can be a base for lip color, and protects lips from harmful UV rays.
It can be difficult to know which of Nivea Rich Care & Color's 5 shades are best for you, so here's are advice.
Sheer Red has a bit of an orange undertone that can feel quite bright to some, so we recommend it for people that really want to make their lips look lively or slightly more natural than lipstick.
French Pink is a classic pink that will make you look cute and dreamy, and Raspberry Pink is the brightest shade out of the bunch.
Bordeaux blends into lips naturally with its yellow undertones and would work particularly well in autumn. As for Smoky Rose, it's a slightly mellowed out tone of pink that makes your lips look elegant.
We put Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip to the test, and we were not disappointed. It gave our lips vibrant color (especially when layered) and blended into our lips without feeling sticky. It's not moisturizing enough that you can forego touch ups, but it's a worthwhile addition to your makeup bag.
Translation: Shannon McNaught
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