From Angelina Jolie to that woman ringing up your purchases at the local drugstore, it seems that lush, full-looking lips are everywhere! (This can be super annoying when you aspire to have the same but don’t.)
While I’ll acknowledge that most lip plumpness can be attributed to pure genetics, there are ways to cheat your way to the same look; and you don’t have to pay a million bucks to do it! However, be careful.
Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules, says that some lip plumpers can cause burning and peeling of the lips.
“If you are sensitive to the ingredients, you can have an allergic reaction with severe redness and swelling sometimes requiring medical attention,” she said. “Never use these products if you have a cold sore or split lip.”
Here’s a round up of some over-the-counter lip plumpers that you may (or may not, depending on your preference) want to give a try.
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper (Above left)
($25, Yahoo! Shopping)
Encased in a slim, gold case, this one gets my favorite vote for best packaging! However, we all know that it’s what’s inside that counts the most.
Upon application, there’s no real “plumping” sensation and I found that it gave just a tinge of color. The tingling didn’t set in until about 5-10 minutes after application, and even then it felt nice. I also liked that this stuff is super moisturizing.
Key ingredients include Shea butter, sunflower oil and avocado to soften while spearmint, peppermint oils and ginger root stimulate blood circulation to make lips look fuller.
Overall, I’d say that this is a great for everyday application. (Did I also mention that it also smells slightly like bubble gum? Love!)
Perricone MD Lip Plumper
($35, Yahoo! Shopping)
No gloss, no color, no frills. This little white tube contains a proprietary blend of anti-aging technologies that promise to minimize fine lines and enhance the lips natural lip contour. It’s like a white liquid and upon application gives you a matte look with absolutely no color.
However, if you take your everyday lip gloss or lipstick, you will notice that your lips do look smoother and fuller. So, essentially this stuff is like a great plumping, smoothing base without all the stinging action. (Which, in my beauty book, is a huge plus!)
($16 each, SAB.US.com)
Finally a cosmetics brand that gives you a choice in plumpness! What I love most about this brand is that it offers three levels of plumping action.
Level One (Diamond-Girl Detective) is a clear gloss that contains only a small amount of tingly action and lots of hydration. Level Two (Pretty Pink Provocateur) is a light pink gloss that ups the plumping (yet soothing) factor just a bit more. Level Three (Foreign-Intelligence Flirt) is a plum shade that’s only for those who want lots of plumping action (it really does sting!) and definitely not the one that I’d choose to rock in the collection.
Photo courtesy of Sephora.comUrban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss
Minty, cooling, plumping, glossy goodness is how I would describe this one! Each one contains a cooling formula called Maxi Lip (to moisturize and plump) and promises to plump lips up to 40% when used daily for one month.
It feels so soothing that even if you aren’t looking for any plumping, it would be great to use as an everyday lip gloss.