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The 10 Best Lip Plumpers of 2019

Lip Plumpers: The Best of 2019

As controversial as it may be, using lip-plumping glosses, lip plumping devices, and even getting surgical lip injections and fillers has been on a steep rise for a number of years now. Thanks largely in part to celebrity and social media influence (notably spearheaded by Kylie Jenner — now synonymous with faux, puffy, pouty lips), more women and men than ever before are willing to take steps towards achieving their own, fuller lips.

Not everyone is willing to commit to surgery, however, and some others seek a bit of a test-drive before altering their bodies in the more permanent way that lip filler surgery aims to. The best lip plumpers on the market provide the perfect midway option for people on both sides of the aisle, providing fuller-looking lips à la Cinderella’s “one-night-only” magic; these are the best lip plumpers with temporary, but noticeable results. Many of these lip plumpers are glosses that utilize different ingredients to stimulate and enhance lip size, while two choices provide alternate, handheld techniques.

These ten, unique lip plumping options offer a lot to consider, but also a lot of attempts to find our perfect lip plumper match. Keep in mind that products interact with users differently based on their delivery (what’s in them and how they work). While one might not work for you, another may be exactly what you were hoping for, so be sure to take your time combing through the best lip plumpers out there before investing in lip filler surgery—especially if you’re not sure!

Premium pick

1. TecSer Portable Lip Plumper Device

9.65 / 10

For those who want something more powerful than a gloss but less permanent than injections or filler surgery, there are handheld devices, such as TecSer’s Portable Lip Plumper Device. This particular product is battery-operated, rechargeable via USB connection, and provides gentle suction to the lips in order to enhance their appearance.

To use this type of handheld device, you will need to be able to charge it. Battery power lasts over an hour, which is quite a number of uses, since it only takes 1-2 minutes per use to create visible results. This makes it also a perfect option to throw in your bag and bring with you, refreshing your look as it fades. TecSer’s device is small enough to tote around easily, which I love.

This product is also great because it offers three levels of intensity for suction. Sometimes, lips require a period of building up a tolerance for lip plumping devices and having the ability to start small and gradually increase suction pressure is a huge perk. A built-in LED light makes it clear before use which suction level you are using. All you have to do is hold the device gently to your mouth (your lips will rest in a silicone lip mold) and engage the device, which will add volume to your lips via suction.

Another perk of this product option that is hard to ignore is the fact that you don’t have to use any lip-wear at all with this device. Some of us prefer bare lips or a simple Chapstick, as opposed to the wet, sticky finish of a gloss; handheld lip plumping devices afford us the option of wearing our lips completely natural, plumping whenever desired without any mess or fuss.

Key Features
  • Designed to help avoid bruising and injury
  • Mouth apparatus is soft rubber silicone
  • Low, medium, and strong power options
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Handheld Device
  • Rechargeable: Yes
  • Important Ingredients: N/A
Pros
  • Device is very portable
  • Easy to charge with USB connection
  • LED light to indicate power level
Cons
  • Sensitive lips may still bruise
  • May take time to build tolerance for use
  • Battery can be faulty or die in time and need replacement
Editors choice

2. PINPOXE Isoflavone Lip Care Serum

9.25 / 10

Of all the lip plumping products on the market, many are glosses. Currently, we are experiencing the second resurgence of lip plumping glosses, and we should all be thankful for that. The first time around, many glosses created fuller looking lips simply by irritating them; glosses would be infused with ingredients that would send signals and more blood flow to the lips to fight off the irritants, and the result was puffy lips that stung like hell.

Many of today’s glosses often still provide a light tingling or burning sensation, and this feeling can entirely rule out lip plumping glosses for some people with skin sensitivities. Lots of people (I admit, I’m one of them) actually consider the product to be working due to that tingling sensation, which is much more tolerable than in years past. Part of the reason for this relief is that many formulas are being made with better ingredients, and fewer short-term irritants.

This Lip Care Serum marked PINPOXE and sold by parent company SCOBUTY is one such lip plumping gloss that utilizes a mix of ingredients formulated to create short-term plumping effects, but also to create some extended fullness of the lips with long-term use. Newer market ingredients aim to increase collagen and elastin in the lips, effectively improving their texture and perceived fullness by filling in lines and repairing cracks in the lips.

Dual-ingredient products like this one are very popular choices, though the reduced amount of short-term irritant may make some people feel as though the product “isn’t working” enough. Notably, this product is advertised to keep plumping lips over a two-week span, so best results may not be noticeable until that point. This gloss may not be ideal if you are looking for a fast-acting, short-lived plumping boost, but it’s perfect for someone looking to have healthier, fuller, more hydrated looking lips on a long-term basis.

Key Features
  • Non-sticky formula softens lip wrinkles and lip texture
  • Moisturizes and continues to plump lips with use (2 weeks)
  • Gloss is made with 100% natural ingredients
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Soy Isoflavones, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Euglena Gracilis Polysaccharide, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract
Pros
  • One of the more natural gloss formulas on the market
  • Can be used on top of lipstick
  • Contains instant and long-term plumping ingredients
Cons
  • No SPF
  • Staying-power varies
  • Not safe for pregnant women, or children

Most other lip plumping glosses on the market, and almost all others to make this top ten cut, notably come in one color: clear. Often, this seems like a benefit because it means we can mix and match with our other favorite lip-wear, but for someone like me, the greater perk is only having to carry one product around for re-application. Sometimes we just want the ease of a single, do-it-all product, and Milani’s Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper answers that prayer.

Their formula is super creamy, hydrating, plumping, and comes in a sixteen-shade range that flatters all skin tones. Milani is a cruelty-free brand that cares about the quality of their products, and therefore they tend to only put out products with the best quality of packaging, applicators, and formulas in their competitive bracket. Over the past 2-3 years, Milani has even been getting recognition from the top beauty gurus and magazines, which is atypical for a “drugstore brand.”

These Nourishing Lip Plumper shades are highly accessible, but certainly don’t feel ordinary. It is no mistake that they are competing with other top products in this space! They come in super pretty, glimmering, glossy finishes and utilize a mix of ingredients to enhance the natural fullness of lips. Some people may not prefer the glittery finish of the shades, but I think they’re really beautiful for a wide range of daytime and nighttime looks for all skin tones, if you can adapt the finish into your aesthetic.

Key Features
  • Sheer, creamy formula in 16 shades
  • Formulated with natural peptides and hyaluronic acid
  • Non-sticky gloss hydrates and softens lips
Specifications
  • Package Size: 0.9 x 0.9 x 4.1 inches
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, synthetic beeswax, castor seed oil
Pros
  • Cruelty free brand and products
  • Soft, easy-to-use applicator
  • Shade ranges suit all skin tones
Cons
  • Can only provide a wet look
  • All shades have a glittery finish
  • May need to reapply often

Too Faced has fairly consistently made beauty headlines a number of times over the better part of the last decade. All publicity might be good publicity, but not every mention was favorable for the brand. Notably, some Youtube beauty gurus like Jeffree Star and NikkieTutorials have taken issue with Too Faced, but the brand still manages to thrive for a number of reasons—mainly because they have some irresistible products like this highly-reviewed Lip Injection Extreme plumping gloss.

Beauty world drama aside, people usually can’t help themselves when they find a product they really love. You already know I have a number of products in my arsenal that I would write all the way to Town Hall about if they ever went out of production—you know the one to always buy in bulk when you spot a sale? If it works, it works, and that’s what matters most to us. Loyal fans of Too Faced’s Lip Injection Extreme wouldn’t do without it. This product is made cruelty-free, sans many chemicals we all agree are bad for us, and it incorporates a lot of the most modern technology for plumping lips.

It uses Vitamin E and Dehydrated Marine Sponge to improve the collagen and elastin production in lips over time, with a noticeable, lasting difference after two weeks. The only thing that could possibly push this product higher in the eyes of its fans would be adding some SPF to the mix. Lip plumping glosses didn’t often use to focus on anything else, but today, we have been able to create a number of great products that also include the sun protection that we now know to be so important.

Key Features
  • Quadra-delivery system technology to create fullness
  • Formulated to soften lip wrinkles while plumping
  • Moisturizes and continues to plump lips with use (2 weeks)
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Vitamin E, Dehydrated Marine Sponge, Avocado oil, Jojoba oil
Pros
  • No sulfates, parabens, or phthalates
  • Cruelty free brand and products
  • Uses many modern, hydrating ingredients
Cons
  • Can cause irritation to skin around your lips
  • Stinging sensation can be intense and long-lasting
  • No SPF

For some of us, the desire to add some puff to our pout is really only for a certain mood, look, or special occasion. In this type of situation, our main goal is typically instant, extreme volume. Rejawece’s Lip Extreme Volume is a fantastic grab to suit these impulsive, burst needs. It has a really slick, glossy finish that compliments other lip-wear beautifully, and offers the option for use with other non-plumping glosses, as well.

This plumping lip gloss is formulated with Ginger and Mint oil extract, which mildly irritate lip skin and stimulate blood flow to the area, creating fuller looking lips. As with all lip plumping glosses, lips can become very dry with frequent use, especially if the active, short-term irritant ingredients are doing most of the legwork. This is normal, but definitely needs to be managed.

Whenever you are using a plumping lip gloss, you should always be removing it at the end of the night as a part of your regular skin care routine and swiping on a moisturizing lip care product in its place. Using a plumping gloss is fine in moderation and can even improve the texture and look of lips over time, as advertised; however, the effectiveness of these claims can be null if moisturizing lip care is neglected in addition to using a plumping gloss.

Overall, Rejawece’s Lip Extreme Volume packs a potent punch, providing the results you want in a pinch! Just be sure to take care of the responsibilities that come along with your large lip vibe.

Key Features
  • Formulated to target lip lines and wrinkles
  • Ingredients activate cell regeneration and elevate elasticity
  • Anti-aging gloss moisturizes and softens lips while plumping
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Ginger and mint oil extract
Pros
  • Light minty scent
  • Very nice glossy finish
  • Can be used beneath lipstick or other glosses
Cons
  • Dries lips out over time if not well moisturized
  • Plumps lips by irritating them
  • Stinging sensation can be intense

6. KIMI Lip Max

7.50 / 10

KIMI’s Lip Max is easily one of the most impressive plumping lip glosses out there. Its formula is organic and includes a strong and earthy-sounding mix of lip irritants and protectants; bee venom and capsaicin draw strong blood flow to the lips while Shea butter, beeswax, and Sweet Almond oil soften and nourish them, all via natural ingredients. Vitamin E and Manuka Honey work to provide long-term collagen and elastin production for fuller looking lips with longer use.

This is another dual-delivery system plumping gloss on the market, which produces short term and long-term results. Lip Max provides a formula that leaves out harmful chemicals, and is not particularly fragranced, which may be preferable for some users. Like other stand-out lip plumpers, KIMI could probably only improve this formula by adding some SPF protection.

A lip plumper that offers short and long-term benefits is typically made to be used more often, so it’s always a good idea to be really confident about the quality and type of ingredients it is made with. For something that we are putting on our mouth, possibly multiple times a day, assuring safe formulas and ingredients is the best practice and can help keep your skin looking younger and fresher for far longer. No matter what lip plumper works best for you, be sure you are using your beauty care products according to the directions, and select your products based on their integrity.

Key Features
  • Organic formula utilizes with high quality, 100% natural ingredients
  • Moisturizes and helps to heal and prevent dry, chapped lips
  • Noticeably plumper lips immediately after application
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Bee Venom, Manuka Honey, Vitamin E, Sweet Almond oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Capsaicin
Pros
  • No harsh chemicals, parabens, or phthalates
  • No synthetic fragrances, dyes, or petrochemicals
  • Contains oils to help moisturize lips
Cons
  • Plumps lips by irritating them
  • May still be too drying for some lips
  • Not a very pleasant smell

The NANA Owl Lip Plumper Enhancer from MEXITOP is unlike any other of our options. While this is another handheld device, as opposed to a plumping gloss, it is not battery-operated. This is a self-suction plumper, which means that it uses the resistance of your own lips and airflow (suction) to create temporarily fuller-looking lips.

First of all, we have to acknowledge just how cute this device is! Dressed like an adorable cartoon owl, this portable plumping piece fits in the palm of your hand, allowing for a refresh at any point in time.

A more functional perk is the fact that this device is completely controlled by the user. Rather than relying on pre-made power and intensity settings, you can decide exactly how short or long, hard or soft you want the pressure to be with this device. It is also created with two lip imprint options—the single and the double-lobed look. One creates an extra line in the bottom lip, making a “double-lobe” shape, adding some versatility that no other top-product offers.

Like other handheld devices, another perk to the NANA Owl is that it doesn’t necessitate that you wear any product on your lips at all. You can have a completely natural looking finish with all the plumping power you prefer! As with all lip plumping glosses and devices alike, keeping lips hydrated is still very important to help prevent cracking and damage that is a natural part of the lip augmentation process.

Key Features
  • Single or double-lobed plumping style options
  • Portable, with a cute owl design
  • Utilizes self-suction to create fuller-looking lips
Specifications
  • Package Size: 3.4 x 3.4 x 3.2 inches
  • Type: Handheld Device
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: N/A
Pros
  • 60-day money back guarantee
  • You control the intensity
  • Instant results upon use
Cons
  • Sensitive lips may still bruise
  • Not the most intuitive device
  • Lips must be well-moisturized before using device

P/Y/T Beauty is a reputable company founded by two women looking for cleaner make-up alternatives for their daughters, selves, and community. They create all of their products with an emphasis on eliminating unnecessary chemicals and additives, so the quality of ingredients in products like their Beauty Plumping Lip Gloss is competing with the best.

This plumping gloss is similar to a lot of the competition in the sense that it can be used by itself or in conjunction with other lip-wear. It does come in three different shades: clear shine, clear with iridescent sparkle, and a colored mauve sheen. Its rich formula utilizes some of the most popular ingredients, including Jojoba, Sunflower seed, Avocado, Grape seed, and Peppermint oils, Mango seed butter, Vitamin E, and Manuka honey.

It stands out for its reputability, as well as its minty finish and ultra-smooth application. It’s also a stand-out addition to the market for being hypoallergenic, which makes it a much more attractive option for people with sensitivities. Many lip plumpers can be too harsh or irritating for those with sensitive skin, but a pure formula like P/Y/T’s extends options to the sensitivity-free community, as well, which I appreciate!

The Beauty Plumping Gloss is a great grab & go lip plumper, and the fact that it comes in multiple shades makes it a grand slam for those who react well with the gloss’s formula. P/Y/T provides the best of both worlds, offering variety and personalization, as well as the one-stick-wonder with its own beautiful shade pre-loaded into the plumper.

Key Features
  • Vegan formula nourishes lips while plumping
  • High quality ingredients that won’t sting or feel sticky
  • Luxurious, easy glide application with a minty finish
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Peppermint oil, mango seed butter, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E, manuka honey
Pros
  • Plumps and hydrates lips (bare or with lipstick)
  • Paraben free, formaldehyde free, cruelty free, and hypoallergenic
  • Synthetic fragrance free, phthalate free, paraffin free, petrolatum free
Cons
  • May need to add a moisturizer for lips
  • Not a very noticeable plumping effect
  • Has a little bit of a shimmery finish

PROTÉGÉ’s Lip Service Premium Lip Plumper and Conditioner is another great plumping gloss option, unique for its use of Licorice extract. This product is even more unique for the fact that it is fully formulated only to be a long-term plumper. Most other plumping glosses offer a least a small, immediate effect to lips, but this gloss is meant to be used two-times a day for four weeks, healing them and plumping them to a youthful glow over time. Expectations are critical when shopping for beauty products, so it is important to locate and understand a brand’s product intention before buying it, regardless of what anyone else’s experience has been.

I really like the fact that PROTÉGÉ is up-front about how this product works and the expected results time-line. Our culture’s advertising does a great job of making every product look like it is going to produce dramatic results in no-time, but sometimes using a conditioning treatment like this one is the option that has the best results in the end.

To the company’s further credit, since their product does take about a month to product full results, they also offer a full, year-long moneyback guarantee; this gives us plenty of time to give the application process a serious try, without any real risk. For many of us, on top of wanting fuller looking lips, we also struggle with lines, cracks, and chapping on our lips; making a long-term investment with a plumper like this that helps heal and plump lips over time sounds like a great way to kill two beauty birds with one stone.

Key Features
  • Reduces the appearance of lines and cracks
  • Non-sticky gloss hydrates and softens lips
  • Plush applicator; easy to apply
Specifications
  • Package Size: Not available
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Shea butter, avocado oil, licorice extract
Pros
  • No sulfates, parabens, or phthalates
  • No animal testing
  • 365-day money back return policy
Cons
  • Results take a month to show
  • No instant results
  • Formula feels a little greasy

The Lips Plus Ultimate Lip Plumper is a plumping gloss option which incorporates old and new methods to alter lip shape and size. While this gloss does include Jojoba seed oil, Avocado oil, and Safflower seed oil to help hydrate and plump lips over time, it also utilizes Peppermint oil and Cinnamon bark to create instant plumping results. These last two active ingredients are prime examples of the methodologies used in earlier renditions of plumping glosses.

Peppermint oil and Cinnamon bark will effectively irritate most peoples’ lips, providing an immediate sensation of warmth and possibly some tingling to the lips, which fades in a matter of seconds to minutes for most users. This sensation correlates with the increased blood flow to the lips, which creates the immediate, pouty look of fuller lips.

Due to the intensity of its dual-delivery system, this gloss should not be used more than three times a day, which may not be what each person is looking for, but also might be the ideal boost for others. As we all know, wearing a high-shine gloss (which most lip plumping glosses are) is not very functional. It should be removed before eating and reapplied afterwards, and can leave residue on straws, cups, and glasses; needless to say, wearing a gloss all the time is simply not going to suit everyone’s lifestyle, so a gloss like this can be a clutch option for choice occasions.

Another perk to this specific gloss is that it has been formulated to have a sweet and delicious strawberry scent, which many people might prefer to the more sterile or chemical smell of other plumping glosses. Like most other plumping glosses, though, the clear consistency of the Ultimate Lip Plumper allows you to use this gloss in conjunction with other lipsticks—and notably, this product, specifically, can also be used with other glosses, which is a rarer perk.

Key Features
  • Strawberry scented, hydrating gloss finish
  • Formulated to soften lip wrinkles and nourish cracked lips
  • Moisturizes and continues to plump lips with use (2 weeks)
Specifications
  • Package Size: 5 x 0.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Type: Plumping Gloss
  • Rechargeable: N/A
  • Important Ingredients: Jojoba seed oil, Avocado oil, Safflower seed oil, Peppermint oil, Cinnamon Bark
Pros
  • Paraben and additives free
  • Can be used with other lip glosses and lipsticks
  • Includes more modern, hydrating oils
Cons
  • Should not be used more than 3x/day
  • Strong smell may bother some
  • Plumps lips by irritating them

In our culture, people tend to be very opinionated about how other people treat their bodies. Generations’ worth of these judgments and pressures from family, friends, media, and strangers have conditioned many of us to hold very specific beliefs about what people can and can’t, should and should not do to their born, physical form. Today, as empowerment and self-love become increasingly more popular narratives, people all over the globe are taking ownership of their looks and learning to be proud of their natural beauty.

At the same time, social media and celebrity influence are at an all-time, worldwide high, training people of all age groups to set their beauty standards to an unnatural and naturally impossible goal. While some people are learning to become more comfortable in their own skin, others are feeling quite the opposite. What’s more, humans are so diverse that there are even many groups of ideologies in between, some of which consider that self-love and inner beauty empowerment to include the right to body-modify however a person sees fit.

Across the myriad of beauty and health dogmas, no one has failed to notice the rise of the full, plush pout, predominantly only natural in various groups of people of color. Even within ethnicities that inherently favor this sought-after genetic trait, lip sizes widely vary. Unsurprisingly, it became hard to miss when media everywhere suddenly became flooded with plump lips on every face. Our diversity is typically what allows us to appreciate one another’s differences, but when it comes to lips—it seems that most people want to look the same.

Lip filler surgeries have become far more advanced and affordable than in years prior, bringing us to a point where it can truly be hard to tell if a stranger’s lips are augmented or not. Still, these surgeries do require an investment and can sometimes even end up warranting their own episode of ‘Botched,’ so some folks are still (understandably) unsure about receiving injections or implants of any sort.

Lip plumping glosses have actually been around for a number of years and were initially formulated only with ingredients that would provide a bit of an extra pillow to the appearance of lips by irritating them. Choice ingredients cause most people’s lips to fight back, stimulating blood flow to the area and therefore swelling them. Certain popular glosses on the market today still work this way but developing science has added new options to the mix, as well.

Experts agree that lip plumping glosses and devices do in fact work, but the effects are definitely less severe and typically only last a number of minutes to a few hours. Results can vary from person to person but finding the best lip plumper on an individual basis will certainly provide fun, wearable, changeable fullness to lips.

Resources— WebMD, Chicago Tribune

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