I’ve dabbled with lip plumping products for years, I remember the Too Faced Lip Injection burning the crap out of me in my teens but I suffered through hoping to look like Angelina Jolie by the end.. I’m still not sure it ever did anything. The way I understand it is that there’s something in these glosses that brings the blood to the surface of your lips, making them appear fuller. I’ve always been skeptical (while continuing to buy them) so I thought I’d try and capture a before and after to really test it’s effectiveness. Now this was tough because the moment I applied it I felt bee stung so I can’t really tell whether my lips were instantly plumped or not however I thought a bared lipped photo vs a glossed photo wasn’t really a fair comparison as glosses are designed to make your pout fuller anyway..
Although there’s no huge improvement between the two images what I do notice is that in the second photo my lips do appear to be smoother. Whether that’s a plumping effect (I mean that’s what filler does for those Hollywood ladies wrinkles, after all) or just the way the gloss settled (or melted) I don’t know but there’s definitely SOMETHING. I can’t tell you for sure this plumps but it definitely made me FEEL like it was working and had me pouting around the house like a regular old Kylie Jenner until I took it off. It’s not going to be for you if you can’t stand a little pain in the name of beauty, it’s definitely not a comfortable feeling but if you’re used to the tingle I’d give it a go.