Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ELF Plumping Lip Glaze

These are two ELF products from a haul several months back. I purchased two colors of the Plumping Lip Glaze namely Ruby Kiss and Mocha Ice. It comes with the lip color on one side and the clear lip plumper on the other side. This has a doe foot applicator which can be a nuisance once you get to the last bit of the product and find that you cannot extract it. It really frustrates me when this happens as I hate to waste at least 4 or five applications worth of product.

Ruby Kiss
Mocha Ice

I bought this out of interest of the claim that it can plump up my lips and leave them feeling moisturized at the same time as I am all for lip products that moisturize especially. I don’t know about you ladies out there but for some reason, by lunchtime, my lipstick tends to do a disappearing act and I look all washed out without any color on my lips. What really works for me is Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze – of which I have a strong bond to. These are the only products I have discovered do far that stay on my lips and leave them feeling moisturized. As for plump lips, well I have been blessed with full lips - a little too full in my opinion but I am grateful so I cannot complain. Hence, I thought, it would be good to see if indeed the claim that it would plump my lips holds true.

This is what the eyeslipsface website claims that the Lip Glaze would do:-
Forget costly Collagen injections, or those painfully stinging glosses, stimulate your senses to a refreshed full perfect pout with e.l.f. Plumping Lip Glaze! e.l.f. proudly presents a revolutionary lip plumper, infusing natural ingredients that awaken your senses for fresh, volume enhanced, and moisturized lips. This dual sided Plumping Lip Glaze has a tinted color for a subtle plump or a clear gloss that power plumps your lips, use together and instantly feel the lip enlarging effects!

I love both the colors that I chose and as you can see, I have also included a swatch of the clear gloss next to the color Mocha Ice.

Both colors actually work for my skin tone. Don’t be alarmed at how red Ruby Kiss is, it actually applies rather sheer. Mocha Ice is also as rich as it looks in the swatch. I do use this on its own without the clear gloss, but because it is sheer, I sometimes like to layer it over another color. When applied to the middle of the lower lip, it gives a nice highlight to the pout.

Both the lip color and the clear gloss have a very strong scent which is rather medicinal and not appealing at all. You will feel a little ‘tightening’ on your lips for a minute or so after application but there was no significant plumping of my lips. I will say that I did not notice much difference perhaps because my lips are already full. Also, the lip plumping effects did not seem to last beyond the first few minutes when you feel the tightening sensation.

No one noticed anything different about my lips and it was not as earth shattering as I had expected. Perhaps if your lips are on the thinner side, you might be able to see a slight difference.

For now, I ignore the clear gloss and use the two colors on days that I want a slight hint of a color on my lips and nothing too strong. The only thing that keeps me from reaching for this again and again is the awful medicinal smell. Hopefully this reaches the ears of the people at eyelipsface and they will do something about it.

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