Sometimes, I think I should fold it up and just open a cosmetics company that makes seemingly simple products that do not, for some reason, exist. For example, a decent tinted, moisturizing gloss with an SPF of 15 or higher that will not taste and smell like bubble gum. For some reason, this intersection of tint, shine, moisturizers, and sun protection seems to be hard to achieve.
Nivea A Kiss of Shine Glossy Lip Care doesn't hit all the marks (hence the three-star rating), but it's the closest I've come to a budget gloss with all the things I need.
Does It Work?
Yes! Sort of. While not as conditioning as Vaseline
, Nivea A Kiss of Shine will soften and protect your lips. I have pretty dry skin, so I had to reapply frequently, but I'm not sure we can blame that one on Nivea: in the middle of winter, it almost requires a prescription to deal with my skin issues
. But the shine was lovely and it seemed to protect my lips from the sun and wind just fine, even if I did have to break out the tube more often than I would have liked.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
I bought the natural color, which is pretty much just shine, but this product also comes in pink and red. Friends who've used it have expressed satisfaction with the tint, although a few mentioned that the color has a tendency to separate a bit and needs mixing before use. I found the natural version just fine for my purposes.
The feel was lighter than most glosses, and not sticky at all, thank goodness. Many glosses, especially for some reason those with SPF, suffer from a sticky consistency that makes you feel like you need to keep checking to make sure there's no product glued to your teeth. A Kiss of Shine was smooth and soft and not tacky at all.
The only real issue I had with this product was the smell, which was slightly bubble-gummy. Depending on how you feel about bubble gum, this could be just fine. It's been a few years (OK, 20 years) since I was in the market for gloss that smelled like much of anything, so I was less enthused than, say, your average tween or Hello Kitty enthusiast.
Ease of Use:
Here's where we must give a moment to praising the packaging designers over at Nivea. I know, who ever thinks of them? But here's the thing: if you've ever put a tube of gloss into your pocket or purse, only to have the cap pop off or leak just a little until absolutely everything you owned was covered with lip gloss grease, you'll realize how great it is to have a product that doesn't do that. This little guy stays closed.
As for application, it couldn't be easier. I'll spare you the step-by-step instructions of how to apply gloss, since I'm assuming that you're familiar with the process, but I will say that I appreciate the angled applicator and the easy-to-squeeze pouch. No cosmetics company has ever gone broke overestimating my laziness.
Bang for Your Buck:
Pretty darn good. This is on the cheaper end of glosses, even for drugstore products. These days, many drugstore brands run $10 or more, a fact that horrifies my inner old lady, who wants her $1 nail polish back and also for you to get off her porch.
Price: $3.29 and under.
Is It Worth It?
Definitely, especially if you don't mind a sweeter scent and taste. It's a nice hint of shine or color, depending on which version you buy, and the price is certainly right.