5 Plumping Lip Glosses That Actually WorkPublished on January 12, 2020. Updated May 12, 2020
Topical lip-plumping products have been rising in popularity as an alternative to lip fillers that require a trip to the clinic, an injection, and a pretty penny or two. Most plumping products work by increasing blood circulation to the lips, making them appear fuller than they are. There is quite a bit of variety when it comes to the success of these products, but based on reviewers, there are a few that stand out and actually work.
No matter where you look online, Buxom seems to come out on top as one of the best lip plumpers. In fact, Sephora customers have given it over 9000 5-star reviews! Peptides volumize the lips (along with a refreshing, tingly sensation!) while vitamins A and E soften and moisturize. This plumping lip gloss comes in three finishes – metallic, shimmer, and high shine – and in over thirty colors, giving you lots of options.
This gloss is very similar to the Buxom Full-On Lip Polish and offers all of the same benefits, but without the shimmer. You still get that classic shine that you want in a gloss, but with less sparkle. The Cream Gloss is a perfect option if you’re going for a more subtle, everyday look but still want those plumping effects.
This cruelty-free plumping gloss adds both volume and moisture and comes in five different shades, from clear to cherry red. Avocado oil and Vitamin E smooth and soften the lips while their exclusive volumizing formula delivers perfectly pouty lips. Too Faced claims the plumping effect lasts up to four hours and that the gloss continues to add volume with continued use over time. Like many plumpers, some users reported quite a bit of tingling and a slight burning feeling, but generally speaking, the more sensation you have while using a plumper, the better it’s working.
GrandeLIPS is a cruelty-free, high-gloss plumper with a hint of vanilla flavor that uses its trademarked Volulip and hyaluronic acid to plump the lips and reduce fine lines. This gloss comes in over ten colors, including the Original clear option, which can be layered with your favorite tinted lippie. In addition to the immediate effects, the brand promises noticeable changes in lip softness, volume, and firmness if applied twice a day for thirty days.
This lip bath is a plumping gloss that uses marine collagen to add volume and firmness to lips. Mustard sprout extract helps enhance lip volume while providing hydration, making this lip plumper also feel like a bit of a spa treatment. It comes in three pink-colored high-shine finishes, with the lightest shade giving a “barely there” appearance.