Lip Plumping products really WORK

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
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.

Urban 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.

L’Oreal Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss
While I really did want to like this one (I mean, who doesn’t love L’Oreal?!) I didn’t notice anything impressive about it all. The actual color in the shades didn’t seem to last long and there was only a little bit of plumping action. However, I did enjoy applying it as the doe-foot applicator felt really soft on the skin but that was about it.

MAC PlushGlass
Talk about a stinger! I’m usually an addict when it comes to anything MAC related, but this gloss is just a bit too much for me.
It promises to give a “cool-warm vanilla buzz” but it just plain out irritated my lips and I had to remove immediately after applying.
The only positive is that the shade range for the collection is pretty amazing.

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