If there’s one constant in beauty, it has to be the full-lipped pout. I grew up admiring Angelina Jolie’s large and lovely lips and, in fact, still do. There’s something so very alluring about full lips so when introduced to the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS Matte Lip Treatment by a dutiful Sephora employee, I couldn’t resist the buy. To be perfectly honest, I went in with the intention of purchasing the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer but as it would happen my local Sephora was completely sold out.
Although the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS Matte Lip Treatment applies matte it does not mattify lipstick or gloss so while I was initially disappointed by this my woes were quickly put to rest when I discovered its plumping and priming abilities which are, if I do say so myself, flippin’ awesome.
But first there’s something to be said about the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS packaging. The design of the tube is as unique as it is fun. There’s no conventional twist cap – instead you twist the tube and as you do it ejects (so to speak) the applicator handle upon which you then pull to reveal the applicator. Neat, no?
When finished, you then push the applicator back in the tube until you hear a click then twist to retract the handle. I did say it was fun, didn’t I?
What’s more is that the applicator is silicone (or so I think) rather than a brush. It even has a hole in the middle that prevents you from applying too much product because, believe me, less is more with this stuff.
But let’s talk shop, friend. If you’ve never before used a lip plumper be forewarned that it does in fact sting – almost as if rubbing hot peppers on your lips. Essentially lip plumpers stimulate blood flow to the lips thus causing a temporary but noticeably fuller pout. To lessen the intensity of tingling, you can always apply a lip balm beforehand. Thankfully I love spicy food and, oddly enough, I also love the tingly feeling of lip plumpers – weird, right?
Upon my first few uses the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS Matte Lip Treatment tingled for about half an hour – now I’m finding that time slightly less. It does in fact give a slightly fuller and certainly smoother pout – as you can see from the pictures below – that lasts about two hours at a time.
If nothing else, however, I love how this stuff primes. Not only has my almost-black stain-finish lipstick survived an outing of drinks and nachos feather-free but so too have I found that my matte lipsticks (most notably my liquid lipsticks) withstand drying far better than when worn without this lip treatment. Sure, it’ll run you pretty penny at $30 CAD a tube, but little product is needed to achieve results.
That being said, however, you’ll want to get out of the kitchen if you can’t handle the heat – the stinging is pretty intense so if you have sensitive skin stick to over-lining, I’d say.
Have you tried the GLAMGLOW PLUMPRAGEOUS Matte Lip Treatment (they have a glossy one, too) or any other lip plumpers or primers? As always, let me know in the comments below!