I remember in the early 2000s everyone was chasing after a plumper pout. From lip injections to liner, it seemed like everyone was trying to get the Angelina Jolie look. Flash forward to 2016 and everyone is trying to emulate Kylie Jenner with copious amounts of lip liner and matte lipstick. Another temporary alternative to painful and expensive lip injections is plumping lip glosses. Do they really work or are they just lip glosses that tingle? I have tried many lip plumping glosses over the years and below are my six favorites.
1 // DuWop Lip Venom
This one is very expensive for its size (these tubes last me about three months) but it does work. I like that it is a clear formula, it’s not too shiny, and it makes my lips look full, naturally pink (it enhances my own lip colour), with just a touch of shine. Are the results dramatic? No. I don’t suddenly morph into Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when I use this gloss but the results are noticeable. Plus I enjoy the tingling sensation and the root beer-esquire scent.
At around $40 a tube, these glosses are hella expensive. That being said, the collagen rich formula is hydrating, silky, and non-sticky. The colours are also vibrant and gorgeous. As far as its plumping abilities go, it’s effects are subtle but visible. It gives a just-finished-making-out, slightly swollen effect.
This gloss is my all-time favorite. It is pretty sticky (wearing this with my hair down in windy weather is pretty much a no-no) but it gives me the best, most bee-stung results. It tingles a lot, to the point where I feel like my lips are vibrating, but I am left with full, pouty, rosy lips. Bonus: it smells like chocolate and lasts for ages.
This plumping serum promises to make one’s lips fuller with long term effects after prolonged use. While I don’t necessarily feel that this has made my lips genuinely fuller, it definitely gives me a plumper pout after I apply it. It makes my lips tingle, almost uncomfortably so, but it also makes my lips red in a just bitten kind of way.
5 // Smashbox O-Plump
I really love this gloss and it is my second favorite on this list. It has a silky texture, gives just a hint of shine and creates a soft, subtle, natural looking pout. I love the colour it gives my lips as well. It goes on clear and then transforms into the prettiest, rose pink ever. This is a great gloss period, but it also creates results that are noticeable and beautiful.
I love NYX products, I really do. This plumping gloss is no exception. It’s results are not dramatic and it won’t give you lips that are noticeably bigger but it will make your lips look more pillowy, soft, and hydrated. It also gives just the right amount of shine. I like to layer it over my lipsticks and I find that the combination of my lipstick with this gloss makes my lips look fuller. This is a nice lip gloss overall but if you’re expecting to look like Angelina Jolie, this isn’t going to give you the trout pout you are looking for. It is a nice product though and one that I would recommend if you are looking for an effect that is more subtle.
Have you tried any of these plumping glosses? Are there any out there that you love and I should try? Let me know in the comments!