I was born with fairly full lips. Let’s put it this way...They were full enough that I never thought about "fixing" them. That all changed as I aged. And that is why I started trying out lip plumping glosses and lipstick. Because just like you lose volume in your cheeks, hair, you name it, with age, you also lose volume in your lips.
And while there are certainly fixes that involve you going to a med spa or doctor, you don’t necessarily need to go that route. There are plenty of products that address lip plumping that I recommend giving a try first.
I am happy enough with them that I wave off my Botox injector when she asks if I want to do anything with my lips too. Bwah! So, if you have been wondering if lip plumping lipstick and gloss really work, my answer is a resounding yes! I will say that I don’t use them ALL the time, just when I feel like I need a little boost.
Also, I recommend trying a lip plumping gloss or lipstick out for the first time when you have nowhere to be just in case you have a reaction to it. I have sensitive skin, so I never know when my skin isn't going to like something. Test drives are crucial!
What do lip plumping glosses and lipstick do?
So, what exactly do lip plumping products do? Well, they temporarily swell your lips in a nutshell. You get that mild bee sting effect without the commitment of in office treatments and procedures.
These plumping lipsticks and glosses use ingredients that either irritate your lips very slightly so blood comes to the surface and plumps them up or they super hydrate your lips bringing lots of moisture to the surface.
And, frankly, shine is a big component in that larger lips illusion, so when I am reaching for a lip plumping product, I tend to grab my glosses first. That being said, there are some great plumping lipsticks out there too and I have my top picks in both categories for you today.
Top Lip Plumping Lipstick and Gloss Picks
The Best Moisturizing Lip Plumping Gloss
We already know how hydrating hyaluronic acid is for your skin. Well, guess what? It does the same thing for your lips! It will both smooth and moisturize your lips while inducing a plumping effect too.
What I love the most about Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is how multi-purpose it is. You can use it as a primer before your lipstick, on top of your lipstick for a little shine or simply alone as a gloss!
The Best Lip Plumping Oil
If anyone knows about plump lips it’s Lisa Rinna, am I right? Haha! Well, the Rinna Beauty Plumped Oil not only plumps, it also cools thanks to the minty scent. The ingredient anemarrhena root extract is responsible for the plumping action. It’s subtle, but it’s there!
And I can’t get over how smooth, not sticky the formula is in this lip oil. It feels so pleasant on your pout! You can’t say that about all lip oils. As moisturizing as they can be, I can’t handle stickiness as the tradeoff. With Pumped Up! you don’t have to.
The Best Lip Plumping Stain
What’s better than a lip product that gives you volume, gloss AND color? Not much if you ask me. Pop Beauty Plump Pout does all of those things. I love that it effectively functions as a stain by leaving behind a nice wash of color while it plumps your lips too!
Peptides and avocado oil work together to give you the volume you’re after and while it’s a bit thicker than lip gloss, it’s not unpleasantly so and definitely still qualifies as lightweight. I would say it is somewhere in between a gloss and a lipstick.
The Best Fast Acting Lip Plumper
If you’re looking for the next best thing to injectables, look no further than Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Lip Gloss. It’s all in the name! You get a nice tingling sensation and soon see a plumped up pout.
I love that you get a little extra volume along with a beautiful natural pink gloss. I always like to have gloss on hand that simply plays up my natural lip color. I love a bright lippy as much as the next girl, but sometimes you just want a more natural look!
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The Best Plumping Lip Balm
I mentioned how much I like to enhance my natural lip color, well Buxom Powerful Plump Lip Balm takes that concept to the next level with a reactor that works with your own PH to create a customized shade.
Not only does this hydrating balm give you your perfect color, but it gives you a perfectly plump pout too. And this Buxom balm feels SO good on. I apply a balm daily to keep my lips flake free and I love that I can leave the house feeling like I’m rocking a seriously fabulous lip color simply by quickly slicking on some balm!
The Best Lip Plumping Lipstick
We’ve talked a lot about lip plumping gloss and even a lip plumping balm, but what about lipstick? Don’t worry. I didn’t forget I promised you that! Dear Dahlia Petal Touch Plumping Lip Velour is just what you’ve been waiting for!
Because not only is this a plumping lipstick, but it’s a long-lasting lipstick too. It gently plumps up your lips while delivering a healthy dose of long-wearing velvety color. And you don’t have to worry about a sticky, heavy formula either. It’s another one that is nice and lightweight! Did I mention it’s vegan too?
The Best Lip Plumping Gloss for Shine
If super shiny lip gloss is your go-to look, get ready to add another gloss to your makeup bag. Charlotte Tilbury knocked it out of the park with their Collagen Lip Bath. It contains peppermint extract, which just so happens to be my favorite flavor, and the pearlescent pigments create a gorgeous glow.
Hydrating collagen comes to play too. Plus, Mustard Sprout Extract is the plumping ingredient in this gloss and it does its job. Not that it has to, the formula is already so darn shiny it practically makes your lips look bigger all on its own!
The Best Organic Lip Plumping Gloss
You may think you can’t get an effective organic lip plumping product, but that’s not so. Vapour figured it out just fine. Their Elixir Gloss is pigmented enough to wear all on it’s own and certainly shiny enough to make your lips look fuller!
I love that you can layer it over any of their lipsticks for those times you want a more intense lip look. Options…I never get tired of products that give me plenty of options! Who’s with me?
Well, that's all for now my friends. These Momtrends MVP's lip plumping lipstick and gloss must-haves should give you plenty to try! And in the meantime...
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