Pleasantly Plumped

{Angelina Jolie at the 2011 Golden Globes. That is not a lip plumping lipgloss, it's Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in "Love"}

A lot of us subscribe to the belief that bigger is better, more is better. One such example is a fuller pout. I think we’ve all lusted after Angelina’s lips {not to mention everything else} at one time or another. Short of lip injections there is not much you can do to alter the size of your lips drastically. Maybe you have tried some lip plumping products for a temporary boost. Lip plumpers work in two ways:

Most lip plumping products contain irritating ingredients to cause swelling and reddening. Our lips are one of the most sensitive areas of our body—when lip plumpers use stimulating ingredients it can produce a mild to moderate stinging sensation. Your body’s natural response to a skin irritant is to increase blood flow to the area to protect it. This extra blood flow leaves your lips looking fuller and redder.

Another way lip plumpers work is by utilizing collagen. Many lip products contain collagen, but the molecules are too large to penetrate the skin. The key is to use tiny, dehydrated marine collagen microspheres. These are immediately absorbed by the lip tissue and seek out the body’s own natural moisture. The microspheres become rehydrated  with water, plump up and retain the moisture they collected, swelling up to 50 times their size, leaving you with a fuller pout.

Here are 3 of my favorite lip plumping glosses:

{Image from Amazon}

DuWop Lip Venom- This was the first popular lip plumper on the market. It uses a natural blend of ginger, cinnamon, and wintergreen to increase blood flow to the lips. It feels tingly and leaves your lips looking shiny and rosy in color. This made my lips swollen and red, more red than plump.

{Image from stylist}

M.A.C.  Plushglass- When M.A.C. released a lip plumper you know I was all about checking it out. I really like the sheer, pretty color selection. The gloss seems less sticky than regular M.A.C. glosses. It leaves your lips with a mild minty cool feeling and very moisturized. I noticed a slight lip plumping effect, but I liked the texture and color so much that I didn’t really care.

{Image from FusionBeauty}

LipFusion Color Shine- This lipgloss is the more expensive of the other two I tried, but it really does work. I noticed an immediate lip plumping effect and it left my lips looking shiny. I hate that it contains mineral oil, and wish it would utilize natural jojoba oils like DuWop’s and M.A.C.’s. They have a full range of flattering colors and have since extended their collection of lip plumping products. If you have smaller lips you should definitely investigate LipFusion. *Tip* LipFusion can sometimes be found on the private sale boutique sites like Gilt, Hautelook, and Rue La La, so take advantages of the savings and stock up.

A word of warning. Lip plumpers that use irritating ingredients like DuWop have the potential to be really irritating, especially if your lips are dry, cracked, or sensitized.  You may have some irritation at the corners of your mouth. If you have any cuts on your lip it will sting. Use common sense when using lip plumpers. I actually did not subscribe to my own advice once. My friend made spicy Caribbean chicken wings and I took a bite, forgetting that I was wearing LipFusion at the time. My lips burned like you would not believe! An ice pack and cold milk compress later and I learned my {painful} lesson.

Have you tried any lip plumping products? Are you a fan? Any that I have to try?

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3 Responses to Pleasantly Plumped

  1. Elaine says:

    I haven’t tried lip plumpers. I never wanted fuller lips. Maybe because I already think my lips are full enough? I don’t know.

  2. I am not a fan of lip plumpers. Using irritant products to cause enough inflammation that your lips get “plumper” for a short while just doesn’t sit well with me. I know many of these products use capsaicin as the plumping ingredient, but many others use chemicals that could be harmful when ingested over time. And face it, most of our lipstick does end up inside our bodies rather than outside. In my opinion, just stick with a good lipliner and learn how to apply it to maximize your lip shape without looking crazy.

  3. Breanna says:

    @HH I’m a big believer in everything in moderation. I’ll take the occasional lip plumping product over invasive injections any day of the week! If you’re a fan of organic lip products you should definitely check out the new Bite Beauty line, I mentioned it in this post http://www.brebeauty.com/2011/03/22/eat-your-lipstick/.

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