Lip Plumper Guide

With our lip plumpers guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what are lip plumpers and how do lip plumping glosses work. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our lip plumper page.

Lip Plumper FAQs

What are lip plumpers?

Lip plumpers can take the form of multiple different products, ranging from glosses and balms to full-coverage lipsticks. Acting as a more minimal and temporary alternative to medical enhancements, lip plumpers are a topical treatment that can enhance the volume and plumpness of your pout. Investing in a good plumping gloss doesn’t only impart an enviable shine, but also helps to keep lips moisturized and healthy for a chap-free finish.

The most common format for lip plumpers is a gloss, but lip plumping lipsticks also remain a popular choice for those that want a wash of color as well as fuller results. Often, a lip plumping gloss will contain moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to retain that all-important hydration, abolishing the likes of fine lines that can make lips seem thinner than they actually are.

How do lip plumping glosses work?

Lip plumping glosses work by utilizing a specific mix of potent ingredients that actively work to fill out your lips, adding volume and hydration for an enviably fuller pout.

The best lip plumping glosses will often contain a variety of ingredients such as menthol, hyaluronic acid, wintergreen, ginger and/or capsaicin. These ingredients contain properties that either cause localized swelling or impart a surge of hydration: both of which are key factors for attaining fuller lips. Caffeine is another common ingredient used, as it increases blood flow for the perfect plumped-up pout.

Other formulations might also include peptides, as in some instances they can increase collagen production which is key for building structure.

How long does lip plumping gloss last?

This can totally depend on the elasticity of your skin as well as the strength of the ingredients used within the lip plumping gloss. The most common answer people gave for this question was between one to four hours of plumping wear, with two hours being the norm. Simply reapply for a glossier, more plumped-up finish.

However, it is worth noting that different brands use different ingredient mixes and combinations so results and longevity may vary. Always do your research to see what the most popular lip plumping glosses on the market seem to be and remember, price doesn’t always correlate with effectiveness.

Should I choose a lip plump gloss or balm?

Lip plumping glosses and balms have very different finishes, although both have the same aim of plumping up your pout. If you’re after a high-shine, statement finish then opt for a gloss as this formulation remains tacky and reflective, rather than drying down to a mattified finish. Lip plumping glosses also work nicely over a lipstick for a more high-fashion finish.

A balm, however, makes a nice alternative for those that wish for a more lowkey look. Lip plumping balms can be worn before or after lipstick application and focuses more on improving the texture of lips rather than adding any sort of shimmer or shine.

Why are lip plump products better than injections?

Again, this is down to personal preference. Lip plumping products are far more temporary as they only last around one to four hours, as opposed to lip injections that can sometimes last between 6 to 18 months. Lip plumping glosses require far less time, commitment and discomfort, and are attainable for a fraction of the price.

Of course, the results aren’t quite as obvious as lip injections and fillers, but they are far less invasive and do not require injecting any foreign substances into the skin. Better still, lip plumping products can be purchased on the high street or online, and provide a far more naturally-enhanced finish.

What are the best lip plumping brands?

With such a wide variety to choose from, finding the right lip plumping product can become a bit of a task. Luckily, brands like Too Faced, Charlotte Tilbury, Filorga and Dr Dennis Gross Skincare all have coveted lip plumping products that often sell out – and with good reason too.

More budget-friendly alternatives from NYX and e.l.f also top the charts in terms of popularity, making this a handbag essential for all.