Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm review, photos, comparison

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm review

The product: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

In the world of high-end lip balms, there are few names that are muttered as frequently or as reverently as Rêve de Miel. This dense, potted lip balm has been an iconic product for more than twenty years, and despite the hundreds of lip balms that have launched since then, it remains the go-to lip balm recommendation for many.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

The formula: The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm is scented with honey and grapefruit, and smells comforting without smelling sticky-sweet (as I find many honey-scented products do). But what makes it so special is its texture.

I expected this lip balm to be waxy and hard, like my other favourite potted lip balms, but I couldn’t have been farther off the mark. Instead, it’s soft but dense, almost like a bowl of frosting that contains too much icing sugar — it’s mouldable and not at all sticky.

Nuxe Reve de Miel review photos

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm texture

The wear: This stuff is lovely. It lingers throughout the night, forming a thick, protective layer over your lips and doing a great job of keeping moisture in.

It’s also soft enough that you can use it to treat other dry areas of skin (Nuxe actually recommends it), but I haven’t given this a go — the formula is full of silicones, and I think it may be breaking me out as it is. (Since I started testing it, I’ve been getting a recurrent blemish juuuust along my hairline in the very spot that my lip balm finger touches my face when I brush my hair back. Nowhere else!)

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm review texture comparison scent

The verdict?

It took me far too long to try this lip balm, but my opinion of it is clear: I’m a fan.

I am a fan, however, with reservations. If you’re sensitive to silicones, then I wouldn’t recommend this one for you; likewise, if you’re on a budget, I would try a different potted lip balm. This one preforms on par with or just slightly under the Osmia Organics and Bobbi Brown lip balms that I love, but due to its super-soft texture, a $17 pot won’t last you nearly as long.

However: that soft texture, created undoubtedly by waxes and oils suspended in silicones, is exactly why I would recommend this one as my #1 lip balm for dryness in combination with ageing skin. Its formula has virtually no drag, unlike the others that I have listed above, and will be far more gentle on your lips and lip contour area — a definite plus for many!

Availability: $19 USD/$17 CAD (!) at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Scarlet & Julia, Target (US), and Birchbox (US/Canada).

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm review photos

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm review – brand new

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm review comparison

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm review – texture

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  • Yep, fellow fan here! I only use this at home though. I never use tinned lip balms on the go.
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    • Blech. Same here — I'll use a potted lip balm out of the house *if* I don't have anything else on me and I've just washed my hands, but I am not a fan of smearing germs all over my mouth! 😰

  • Zoe

    I LOVE this balm, I couldn't believe how much it healed my lips in just two days. It is definitely something I would repurchase because a) It's okay if a potted balm doesn't last me a trillion years since they aren't the most hygienic, I still expect this one to last me 6 months at least and b) it is honestly more effective than anything else i have ever tried. i have been stealing a little of it for my cuticles too…

    • I'm so glad it works so well for you, Zoe! I always put my excess on my cuticles, too ;)

      (Which, in retrospect, I really shouldn't have been doing, seeing as my skin is so sensitive to silicones…)

  • I owned this product years ago and was actually quite disappointed. It wasn't as soft as you described, and it didn't moisturize as much as I would have liked. You make a good point about the silicones though – I'm sensitive to silicone heavy products and I'm willing to bet that's why it didn't work for me! Great review and lovely pictures!
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    • That's so weird, Annick! I wonder if your pot was old or something — we keep our house super cold, so products are usually at their stiffest when I review them!

      I definitely didn't find this one to be the holy grail of lip balms either, but (other than breaking me out,) it worked pretty well for my lips! I still prefer waxier balms, though. They're safer for skin types like ours, and I think they do a better job of really locking in moisture :p

  • I have just recently switched to this lip balm and a big fan. I have been using the Dior Creme de rose for two years and as much as I love it, I don't like the price tag. So happy to have found this much more affordable alternative. Works just as well if not better. I apply a thin layer at night and it last through the night and in the morning, my lips are still moisturized.

    • I'm glad this is working for you!! It's definitely one of the more affordable cult lip balms ;)

  • esharp1978

    I've been a fan too. I used to this to top my Dr. Haushcka lip balm or Burt's Bees. I've run out of my By Terry and I'm using Jack Black and BB's right now. By Terry and La Mer are my ultimate favorites but money doesn't grow on trees!
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    • …and now I'm envisioning a lip balm tree. It would be so magical 😍

  • I love this lip balm, so great at making lips soft. Didn't know that I could use it on other areas though, sorry it broke you out! at least it's working good on the lips :)

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    • It's perfect for softening your dry spots and cuticles, too! ;)

  • I used this lip balm a loooong time ago, and I just repurchased it. I had missed that scent so much! I also got my hands on a travel-size of the Rêve de Miel body cream and I can't wait to cover myself from head to toe in that fragrance :D
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