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But when it comes down to it...I'm just a chicken. I would rather live with "ok lips" than try out injections and end up with an unnatural result or accidental scarring. I know MOST people are happy with their lip injections, but I personally could not risk it.
So what options are there for people who want fuller lips but don't want injections?
I'm definitely willing to try any risk-free tips and products that will help my lips look bigger! I've tracked down and tested three of the most popular lip-plumping products
Alyria Intense Lip Volumizer ($63 for 7.4ml)
How it works: This product contains Niacin and Peptides to boost circulation and increase lip volume, and Retinol to stimulate collagen production.
My thoughts: I first came across Alyria when scrolling through the Instagram account of a top cosmetic dermatologist. I thought that if dermatologists were recommending it as an alternative to lip injections - then it must be good! I feel like this product makes my lips feel moisturized and full - but doesn't make them noticeably bigger.
Jouviance Plump FX Lip Plumping Serum ($32 for 4.7ml)
How it works: This product uses Volulip, Maxilip and SWT-7 to simulate the effect of a Hyaluronic Acid injection, resulting in firm and plumped up lips.
My thoughts: I was interested in trying Plump FX because I've read amazing reviews on Jouviance's products - they're meant to be high quality and very effective. This serum starts feeling tingly as soon as you put it on, but it's not painful or uncomfortable. I feel like this products made my lips slightly larger and a LOT fuller - so it definitely made the most of my lips! I think it would work great as an overnight treatment too.
Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme ($39 for 4.1ml) -
How it works: This product uses Vitamin E, MaxiLip and Dehydrated Marine Sponge to increase circulation and provide fullness, with Avocado and Jojoba Oil for moisturization.
My thoughts: This product is my secret weapon - Listen to Lena recommended it to me - and you know that when Lena loves something, it HAS to be good! This is not for the faint of heart - about a minute after applying, it starts to sting...it feels like lots of tiny pinpricks - but the effects you get are very noticeable - especially on my upper lip, where I need the most volume.
The good thing about incorporating lip plumping treatments into your daily routine, is that they contain collagen boosting ingredients. Maybe it's all in my head - but I do feel like my lips are slightly bigger since I started using them daily.
I've always wondered how people could make their lips look bigger through makeup - while still looking natural. After a lot of trial and error - I've discovered a technique that works for me:
- Apply a lip plumping product - and leave it in place while you do the rest of your makeup
- Dab off the gloss and start filling in your lips with a waterproof lip pencil
- DON'T draw outside of your lipline - this can look unnatural - but DO draw RIGHT on the raised border of your lip. Make the most of what you have!
- Dip your finger in a clear setting powder and dab it all over the border of your lip to make your liner budge-proof
- Re-line your lips with the pencil. Optional - you can lightly outline with a darker shade to make your lips look even fuller (I like MAC's Half-Red or Chanel Vamp).
- Take a lighter lipstick shade (MAC Sandy B.) and apply it in the center of your lips for a highlighting effect...and you're done!
Would you try lip injections? What is your favourite Lip Plumping product? (I've tested many other popular lip plumpers including Smashbox O-Plump and Dior Lip Maximizer - but they didn't seem to have much of an effect on me.)
DISCLAIMER: I contacted Jouviance PR and requested a sample of Plump FX for this review. I purchased the other 2 lip plumping products myself.