If you want to give your lips a boost without resorting to the needle, give a lip plumping product a try. But with so many lip glosses and balms on the market that claim to plump it’s tricky to know which actually work. So team ELLE have been slathering on and pouting away to find the best plumpers out there. Read on for our top picks...
Re-Plumping Concentrate By YSL
Pros: This lip product is moisturising, non-sticky and non-drying, and adds a wonderful shine to lips. The sweet, but not overpowering, fruity scent is refreshing and is the perfect pick-me-up throughout the day. It also works as a great primer, smoothing out lines before using a bold lipstick.
Cons: I personally didn’t notice a difference in the plumpness of my lips, but over a longer period of time by applying this product regularly I would hope the moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid would offer some difference. The shine does however make lips looks more luscious and healthy, which is always a positive.
Verdict: I love this product for its moisturising benefits, but it’s not as plumping as I would like.
Lip Venom By DuWop
Stockist: Simple Beauty
Pros: ‘The original spicy gloss that plumps’ comes in a medicinal-looking vial that shows it means business. Brush it on, and sure enough, there’s that tingling, heated feeling that just says, ‘I’m plumping! I’m plumping!’
Cons: Why doesn’t it come in super-size?
Verdict: This is the real deal, at a wallet-friendly price. I’m addicted.
LipVolume By Transformulas
Pros: This clear, glossy gel-balm is cooling on the lips, it works instantly to give them the appearance of being fuller. As well as the instant benefits this works over time to boost fullness by hydrating the lips and harnessing beeswax which encourages collagen synthesis.
Cons: At £29 it’s not cheap.
Verdict: A good product that will definitely have your lips appearing fuller, but it’s a bit pricey.
Lip Plumper By Perricone MD
Stockist: Perricone MD
Pros: This lip balm doesn’t have the usual kick of chilli or mint you expect from a lip plumper, rather than using those temporary plumping ingredients this contains the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE to diminish fine lines, refine the lip texture and improve the lip contour.
Cons: This balm is milky and has a lot of slip, so you have to wait a while for it to sink in before applying a lipstick or gloss over the top.
Verdict: More of a skincare product for lips than an outright plumper, I think this is ideal for anyone who is worried about lines or loss of lip volume with age.
Plumping Lip Gloss By Champneys
Pros: This plumping lip gloss is amazing. With Hyaluronic and Maxi Lip, containing peptides and oils such as jojoba, it plumps and moisturises the lips. Applied before bed I woke up to surprisingly plump lips which stayed that way all day. I reapplied during the day because the sheen from the gloss maximises the plump look.
Cons: I just wish the effects were permanent. This gloss promises to leave lips plumper over time, but it's unlikely they'll stay that plump without regular use.
Verdict: Great effect, especially when left to work over night, and affordable too.