I’m not really one for before and after pictures. I feel like if I can’t look in a mirror after a few months and see a noticeable difference in my face, then a product isn’t worth my time, but I almost wish that I had taken a picture before I started using this regularly. I’m still not sure if it works, but it’s the first lip plumper I actually like.
This came in a Play box months ago, and, given my aversion to lip plumpers and glosses in general, it sat by my bed for months and months. One night I picked it up before turning in, braced myself for the burn that I was certain would occur, and cracked open the tube.
Much to my shock, there was a slight tingle, but it went away after a few minutes. My lips didn’t feel like they were on fire. Something was happening, though. This clear gloss turned the areas it touched blood-red. It didn’t make my lips look any bigger, but it didn’t make me miserable to wear, so I left it on and went to sleep.
The next day my lips felt so moisturized. I usually wake up with dry lips, but not after that night. I must admit I was impressed. The instructions say to use this twice a day for visibly fuller lips. Now, I don’t need any help in the lip fullness department, and I don’t like wearing gloss, so I just ignored the directions and used this every night before bed until the tube ran out. I never felt any stinging after that first night, but even as I was getting toward the bottom of the tube, it always made my lips turn red. I put it on the back of my hand out of curiosity, and it left a red mark where the gloss had been.
Anyway, this lasted about five weeks, and by the end of it I was pretty sure my lips had a different look about them. They didn’t look fuller around the perimeter of my mouth, to be sure, but those tiny little lines that everyone has in their lips looked smaller. Once the tube was gone, this effect went away within a week. I am not saying this plumped my lips in the traditional sense. I just feel like it moisturized them so well that they looked plump because they were really well hydrated. The hyaluronic acid in this stuff was really doing its job. So, for once, I do wish that I had taken a photo before I started using this.
Now, do I like this enough to drop $27.00 on a tube of lip gloss to use each night before I go to sleep in an attempt to continue this experiment? No. As I said earlier, I don’t need any help in the plump lip department.
Here’s the takeaway on this from the perspective of someone who, on any given day, moves from loathing to outright hating plumpers: This stuff is worth a shot if you have thin lips and have tried plumpers and been disappointed by the burning or lack of effectiveness or combination of the two. My lips have always been super sensitive to the “tingle” in lip plumpers. This is the ONLY one I’ve used that didn’t outright burn so badly that I removed it. You may want to give this one a shot, but you’ll have to keep using it to see any kind of lasting effect.
Grande Lips Collagen Boosting Lip Plumper: I think this actually works, but I don’t need it. I’m not buying it.