Lip plumper: It’s a cheap, easy way to get fuller, bee-stung lips à la Angelina Jolie instantly, no needles necessary.
The best lip plumpers can subtly add shape and volume to your lips without making you look like you got punched in the kisser. A bad lip plumper, on the other hand, can leave you with red, flaky, burning lips.
Even with non-surgical lip plumpers, there’s a bit of risk involved. That’s why we had our most courageous readers review hundreds of lip plumping products to find the best and the worst. Read on to find out which best lip plumpers are worthy of your pucker — and which ones to pass up.
No. 4: Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Plumping Treatment, $6.99
Why it’s not so great: Aside from the horrible taste, readers also say this gloss doesn’t do any plumping that it is intended to do. They also say the formula is sticky, goopy, and wears off quickly. One reader sums it up:
“This is a nice looking, shiny gloss. It lasts about two hours and moisturizes well, albeit with that slight burning that most lip plumpers seem to have. Keep in mind: There’s no color, no matter what shade you buy. I use this merely as a topcoat for lipstick. I have not noticed any true plumping effects, nor did I really expect to.” — amygab1126, TotalBeauty.com member
No. 2: Victoria’s Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper, $18
Why it’s not so great: This product has a formula readers say is super thick, sticky, and has a plumping sensation that feels more like a painful burn. Along with the faulty packaging, readers also agree that it’s not worth the price. One reader says:
“Before you go out and spend money on this stick of lipgloss, hear me out. While some lip plumpers out there deliver a tactic to create an illusion of full lips or even actually expand because of a collagen reaction, this is just a plain Jane standing next to them. This didn’t fulfill any expectations nor does it even live up to its own claims for the price. You may as well add some spice powder to your lip gloss and call it even. It’s a chunky silver tube of false hopes for those in dire need of glamorizing their lips.” — starluxe, TotalBeauty.com member
No. 3: Benefit Lip Plump, $22
Why it’s not so great: This product is one readers agree is messy, drying, and does more priming than actual plumping. Though it’s supposed to create a fuller look, readers say it doesn’t at all. One reader explains:
“This was a huge disappointment. Unfortunately, I’ve found this to be the case with many Benefit products. This is a thick beige mess. It’s drying, does absolutely no plumping, and changes the color of whatever lip product you put over it. You cannot wear it alone because of the color unless you want to look like a corpse. Don’t waste your money.” — lorif631, TotalBeauty.com member
No. 1: Fusion Beauty LipFusion Lip Plumping Pencil, $28
Why it’s not so great: Overall, readers are not impressed with this product, saying it has little to no staying power and is not worth the money. One reader shares her experience:
“I got this along with the Lip Fusion XL, both of which were a disappointment. No plumping at all. This is just an overpriced lip pencil/liner, which doesn’t do as promised. The same effect can be had with other lip pencils for cheaper. The only thing going for it is the color, nothing more.” — cheetah11, TotalBeauty.com member