Best lip plumping products that amplify your pout without weird painful stinging

Best lip plumping products that amplify your pout without weird painful stinging

Lip venom

Text: Emily Heng

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We hate to admit it, but there is no denying that beauty is — sometimes — pain. After all, the many hazards of hair removal treatments, brow threading, and facial extractions are testament enough, with veterans within the field often declaring that we must suffer for our art (or, in this case, our face).

Thankfully, the tides seem to shifting in 2019, where beauty is not so much pain that it is mild discomfort. Harsh physical exfoliants are replaced by just-as-effective liquid oneslaser hair removal is the norm; and heat styling hair tools are now trumped by those powered by air flow. The latest entry on the list? Lip plumpers. Or, to be specific, certain lip plumping formulations that promise fuller, luscious pouts without much of a sting. Uh, Kardashian-Jenner worthy kissers with minimal pain? We'll take it.

The following lip plumpers do the job — without burning your lips off in the process.

1. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer
Bearing a mint-vanilla scent and a glossy finish, the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer smooths and moisturises lips whilst plumping. Stinging is kept to a bare minimum, despite the plumping effect being the most discernable of the lot. Super impressive. The wide variety of shades available — from baby pinks to lilacs — is the cherry on top.

Sting-O-Meter: 0.5/10


2. Pretty Vulgar Poisonous Pout Plumping Lipgloss
This cruelty-free and vegan option packs a hell of a punch when it comes to plumping; lips swelled significantly after about five minutes or so of application (with minimal stinging involved) and the effects of it lasted well throughout the day. Our only complaint? The fact that it can feel slightly tacky on lips after long hours of wear.

Sting-O-Meter: 1.5/10



3. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster
A plumper that can be used both as a serum and a mask, the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster adds shine and definition to pouts with little sting. Bear in mind that said plumping isn't quite as discernable compared to the rest, though we did appreciate the natural, healthy glow it added to our pucker.

Sting-O-Meter: 2/5


4. Sephora Collection Outrageous Plump Lip Gloss
Slated to provide shine, plump, as well as moisture to your pout, the Sephora Collection Outrageous Plump Lip Gloss did live up to most expectations. The stinging was barely felt, though the strong scent and sticky film left behind after application did put us off just a little.

Sting-O-Meter: 2.5/10 


5. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Sting Zing Lip Plumping Serum
Housed in an apt jellyfish casing and fitted with a sharp, precise applicator (reminiscent of an actual stinger, get it?), Tarte's lip plumper offers a mild, barely-felt burn in exchange for smoother, plumper lips. This can probably be attributed to the hyaluronic acid and marine plant extracts found within the formula, which temper the presence of hot pepper fruit extract. Two thumbs up.

Sting-O-Meter: 3/10


6. Bybi Plumper & Buffer 
This two-step treatment begins with a lip scrub formulated with strawberry and cinnamon to buff away dry, chapped bits of skin before any plumping action, with the formula enhancing and boosting the shape of puckers discernably — though it does come with some noticeable stinging reminiscent of tiny ant bites. While irritating, the sensation does fade just as quickly, thus earning a spot on our list.  

Sting-O-Meter: 4/10