Why would I need a plumping lip gloss? I don't. My lips are rather plump...and depending on how much crying I have done they swell to the size of watermelons. But when a friend sent me a sample of this PlumpLips Lip Plumper by Freeze 24▪7 I couldn't resist giving it a try.
I have a love hate thing with lip plumpers. I love the idea, especially for those that have thin lips and hate having thin lips. but I HATE how they work. They, for the most part burn and sting and hurt. The only one I have used that didn't actually hurt and did produce results was Fusion Beauty LipFusion Lip Plumper.
So how did this Freeze 24▪7 lip plumber fair? Let's see. Fist off it's $40 for 0.28 oz. Yikes. That's pricey! but nothing surprising since most of the lip plumpers cost about this much from various brands. Secondly the packaging. Clear container, Gloss style with doe foot applicator. That's all good. The product scent is a cross between fake tropical fruit and Vick's Vapo Rub. YUK! If old age homes had tanning salons run by old people that used to go to tanning salons "back in the day" this is what I imagine them to smell like. Tropical Fruit and menthol. Now THERE is an image for you!
Ahh The classic Lyn Shaye from the move, There's Something About Mary
Let me walk you through the experience of application.
Application: Smooth easily spread lip gloss. Images of Lyn Shaye occupy my mind due to the scent. The gloss has no taste.
First few seconds. Menthol cooling feeling. SLIGHT tingling
1 Minute. Oooh. I feel a lot more tingling. My lips feel like they are growing.
2 minutes. IT BURNS OH DEAR LORD IT BURNS!
3 Minutes. The Burning has subsided. My lips feel and look fuller. It's actually hard to smile because I feel like the skin has stretched over my lips. This is what those holly wood starts with the "trout pout" plastic surgery lips must feel like all the time. No wonder they are so thin. It's hard to eat when you lips feel like water balloons about to burst.
Image from awfulplasticsurgery.com
OK. I have to admit I LOVE Brittany Murphy's eye makeup here! Don't you?
4 Minutes. No burning. Nicely colored lips. Still a bit plumped. Not too bad. It works!
Let's break down the claims from Freeze 24▪7.
* Revolutionary lip plumper and gloss that delivers full, pouty, buttery lips in minutes.
WIN! While I think Revolutionary is an over used word to describe any makeup product, I will agree that it only took minutes to see the results
* New technology increases circulation on the lip surface, and eliminates the drying, burning and irritation associated with most lip plumpers.
FAIL! It BURNS! It BURNS! Not at first but Whoa! after 2 minutes you'll be asking why you need plumper lips this badly?
* Mature lips appear more youthful with our Age-Less Technology, and thin lips appear fuller and more sensual.
MEH. I have never been mistaken as "mature" I still snicker when people say "Duty" and when men named Richard call themselves "Dick".
* Enhances the natural color of your lips (looks like you are wearing lip color but it’s clear!).
WIN! Oh yes. My corpse like lips definitely had color to them after applying this product.
* Not tested on animals and contains no animal by-products.
WIN? OK. Not really a concern of mine, but good to know.
* Hydrates, smoothes and soothes…It’s addicting!
MEH/FAIL. It may hydrate and smooth but only because your lips have been puffed up. I do not find this product soothing or addicting, but then again I'm not a masochist.
* Dermatologist Tested
* Allergy Tested
* Clinically Tested
MEH. Who cares. I have used tons of products that make these claims and I still get bad reactions.
FAIL! The whole reason your lips swell and change color is BECAUSE they are irritated. DUH.
Do you NEED this? Well. If you have really thin lips and really want bigger lips without plastic surgery and don't care if you feel like your face is being burned off...sure! Otherwise. Try the LipFusion by Fusion Beauty. For $4 less and 0.01 oz more. (psst. for those that are math impaired LipFusion is $36 for 0.29 oz)
Ingredients for PlumpLips Lip Plumper by Freeze 24▪7
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Niacin, Aminobutryic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinol, Menthol, Vanilla Panifolia Fruit. May Contain / +/-: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77489 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (Red 28 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 16035 (Red 40 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines)