Looking for a more grownup version of DuWop's iconic little tube of Lip Venom? You've got some options. Like Lip Venom, the best plumping lip glosses contain stimulating ingredients for a temporary swell and flush, while high-shine or iridescent finishes give the illusion of plumper lips. But many of them have features that Lip Venom doesn't, like a cleaner formula or the ability to double as lip color.
As much as we might like to think of Lip Venom as a relic of our younger, naiver selves in a younger, naiver world, that product was onto something: The “plumping” effects came courtesy of essential oils like peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon to encourage blood circulation and give it that titular sting. Lots of plumping lip glosses on the market now employ a similar strategy. All the glosses on this list contain menthol, for instance, though you’ll also find some more 21st century-favorite ingredients, like collagen, retinol derivatives, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid.
And remember that these lip glosses are just makeup — and, alas, their effects are fleeting. If you’re after a more substantive plumping solution, try a lip treatment like this budget-friendly serum or this dermatologist-grade lip booster.
Otherwise, scroll on for four of the best lip-plumping glosses you can get on Amazon. Wear them on their own or over another lip color for instant volume (and a bit of that good old-fashioned sting).
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