9 Legit Lip Plumpers That Actually Get the Job Done—Starting at $7

9 Legit Lip Plumpers That Actually Get the Job Done—Starting at $7
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When I was a teenager in the early 2000s, my friends and I all bought and shared one tube of DuWop Cosmetics’ Lip Venom. (Hey, it was expensive for us.) The beauty standard of lush, full, “kissable” lips is nothing new. Luckily though, the best lip plumpers on the market have improved in terms of formula, texture and feel. No longer is it only about the sting—although there’s still some of that—but also about the health of the lips.

Recent launches include lip plumpers with SPF, ones with nourishing vitamins and peptides and glosses with tons of color. The addition of hydrating hyaluronic acid makes lips look fuller, as well. Most use mild irritants such as capsicum (an ingredient found in chili peppers), cinnamon or menthol to bring blood flow to the lips and give them a temporary full look. Some use bee venom, which is humanely extracted from bees but keeps the product from being vegan. Regardless, the results can be a fun way to fake a full pout without lip fillers.

As for me, well, I did end up getting a little bit of lip filler and it makes me like using lip plumping gloss even more. Below, are some of my favorites on the market that actually really work. Just be careful if you have a history of allergy to any skin products.

dior addict lip plumper


Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Lip Gloss

Dior’s plumping lip gloss has some of the best color options, from natural-looking to bolder shades. The addition of hyaluronic acid locks in moisture, while the cayenne pepper extract gently plumps.

fenty beauty gloss bomb

Fenty Beauty.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper

If you’re looking for a little more heat, Fenty’s first lip-plumping gloss really delivers. Read my full review here.

elf lip gloss

e.l.f. Cosmetics.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Plumping Gloss

This hydrating gloss, available in five shades, uses menthol to plump giving the formula a nice cooling sensation on application.

dr lara devgan lip plumper

Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty.

Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30

If you can’t visit the TikTok-famous plastic surgeon in her NYC office, this plumping lip gloss is the next best thing. The addition of SPF helps protect the skin from aging UVA/UVB rays. Read my full review here.

lawless forget filler lip plump


Lawless Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss

This ultra-shiny gloss contains moisturizing shea butter and rosehip oil, as well as plumping extract of the dried fruit of the cayenne pepper. It’s a less stingy and more line-smoothing formula.

too faced lip injection extreme

Too Faced.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper

Another OG, Too Faced has updated its decade-old formula to be even more intense and even more plumping. The gloss is available in five shades (including clear) and uses capsaicin derived from hot peppers to bring the heat. Jojoba oil gives lips hydration and shine.

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream

Buxom Cosmetics.

Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream

More cream lipstick than a gloss, this high-shine formula gives lips a pleasant cooling feel, while vitamins A and E hydrate. Plus, there are a whopping 20 colors.

SC Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss

Sephora Collection.

Sephora Collection Outrageous Plumping Lip Gloss

This non-sticky gloss contains sunflower seed oil, ginger root oil and peppermint oil to hydrate and plump. Some say it’s even a dupe for Dior’s version.

milk Electric Glossy Lip Plumper

Milk Makeup.

Milk Makeup Electric Glossy Lip Plumper

This tinted gloss uses spicy Sichuan pepper to plump lips but the overall effect is still plush and hydrating.

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