We've Discovered the 9 Lip-Plumping Products That Actually Work
Lip-plumping products are big news these days. Thanks almost entirely to Kylie Jenner, plump lips are very much du jour—so much so that after Kylie confessed to her enhancement, one clinic saw a 70% increase in lip-filler inquiries in 24 hours. Crazy. But there is a way to do it without injecting your lips. While it's no longer taboo to have a little volume injected into your pout, the research-and-development teams at skincare companies have been hard at work to find viable alternatives to the needle with some success. The new generation of lip-plumping topicals offers an impressively pillowy effect without the sting.
From our favourite quick-fix lip gloss that's perfect for a night out to the overnight solution, there are many different iterations of lip-plumping products that are set to give you a bigger pout. Keep scrolling for the nine lip-plumping products that actually work.
Esho Sculpt (£29)
At first application, this silky serum feels like any other lip balm. But just you wait. With seconds, your mouth will feel tingly, as though you've just eaten a particularly spicy bowl of Ramen. That's because the methyl nicotinate kicks in—a skincare ingredient that produces redness and inflammation for a short period of time—as well as natural collagen peptides. The sensation gradually intensifies to leave you with lips as plump as Gigi Hadid, and the effects are particularly long lasting, gradually building over time with regular use.
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Lancer Skincare Volume Enhancing Lip Serum (£34)
Lancer's offering is a real lip gloss formula with a high-shine finish, which is fine if it's not windy—hair and lip gloss leads to havoc—and we found it's best applied before bed. Sichuan pepper stimulates blood flow to give you that instant plumping, but when worn overnight while your skin is rejuvenating, the ingredients work really effectively. Super-moisturising coconut-derived fatty acids ensure you’ll definitely wake up with impressively bigger and smoother lips.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Candy Queen (£15)
This is a cult favourite for a reason. The moment you put this on your lips, you can practically feel them plumping up. Of course, your lips aren't actually doing that, but you do feel a pleasant tingling sensation that definitely gives your lips a more defined look. The lip gloss is also jam-packed with glycerin, which helps them hold more moisture.
Niod Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate (£38)
An oil-based serum, this works immediately to boost blood circulation in the lip area for instant plumping and a just-bitten pink tone. It's miraculous how much the fast-acting ingredients make your lips look like they have been injected, making this ideal to apply before a night out. An impressive cocktail of lipids, hyaluronic acid and peptides (it all gets very scientific) also works overtime to offer both instant plumpness and long-lasting volume. All you need to know is that with regular use you can expect a 25% increase in lip size in four weeks. Jaw-dropping.
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