Do Lip Plumpers Really Work?

Even if you weren’t born with full lips, you can still get the Angelina Jolie bee-stung look with lip plumpers. These products are a better alternative to painful collagen injections, but they’re not all created equal. Some use ingredients like cinnamon or menthol to irritate the delicate skin on the lips and make them flush and swell. Others instead incorporate alpha-hydroxy acids or patented compounds like Maxi-Lip to increase collagen production and give you more lush lips over time. From super-stingers to gentle helpers, we investigated lip plumpers to pick our five favorites.

Jouer Lip Enhancer:

The term ‘no pain, no gain’ does not apply to these mini wonders. Formulated with Maxi-Lip, which increases blood flow to your lips without any tingly or stingy sensation, these enhancers feel just like your typical lip gloss and come in three versatile colors.

DuWop Venom Gloss

This has the word ‘venom’ in it for a reason. But even though it’s quite spicy, you do get visible results. Using cinnamon and ginger oils to stimulate circulation, this product definitely makes lips appear fuller and more flush.

Too Faced Glamour Gloss

The packaging may be girly, but there’s plenty of science behind this high-shine plumper. Rice lipids and dehydrated marine spheres penetrate your lips and use your body’s own moisture to rehydrate, filling out the tissue for a bee-stung look. Plus, a combination of Omega 3, 6, and 9 as well as Vitamin E, Jojoba, and Avocado oils pack a super-moisturizing punch.

Buxom Lips

As far as cooling side effects go, this product is very middle of the road. A mineral-infused formula that uses a combination of vitamins, peptides, and oils to hydrate and voluminize, these glosses tingle slightly and give you lusciously full lips.

LipFusion XL

This overnight treatment is designed to fill out your lips while you sleep, using two central ingredients. The first is microscopic dehydrated marine collagen spheres that get absorbed into your lips and grab your body’s own moisture. The second is Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that has an incredible sponge-like capability to trap two-times as much moisture as your body would normally — the result is a visibly plumper pout.

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