On paper, the product sounds pretty odd actually. It's supposed to "restore your natural lip colour" (whatever that means), reduce lip dullness (with shine?) and protect with SPF15. To be honest, I was expecting one of those clear balms that turn pink on their own, presumably in reaction to your body heat or skin pH levels. A little gimmicky in pricey brands but fun in a cheapie gloss.
So I was a bit disappointed when it turned out to be a solid, opaque-looking bright pink:
|It's brighter and a cooler pink than it looks in the photo|
Shrugging I slap it on and URRGHH!! It smells strongly perfumey - like powdery rose and tastes like plastic and perfume. Some girls online think it tastes good... I'm sorry, I know everyone's entitled to their opinions.. but what the heck's WRONG with them? Presumably if you don't have a great sense of smell it may not bother you as much.
Formula and colour wise though it's not bad, which is a shame. Glossy, very very moisturising (no lip balm needed here) and a pretty, natural shade of pink:
Used very sparingly, the taste fades and it still works great as a moisturising lip balm. You get a little gloss and shine but no colour pay off. I may be using this up as a lip balm but there is NO WAY I'll be using it as a gloss for colour!
The balm retails for RM8.50 and can be found in Guardian and Watsons.
Oh and about the Nivea Cherry purchase, my original one ran out so when I saw they're repackaged and "tweaked" it I thought I'd give it a try. It is slightly different! The taste isn't as strong (good), the shade is more of a deep pink than red (also good) and it has some sliiiiight shimmer particles that aren't noticeable (on the fence on this one). The new packaging is pretty though. =)