When I saw Barry M announce their new lip plumping gloss on Instagram I immediately became excited and made a mental note to pick one up next time I was out shopping. I love Barry M products, and I had been in need of a clear lip gloss so I thought if it doesn’t work I’ll still get my use of it.
The product aims to “stimulate the skin’s natural collagen” for “softer” and “toned” lips.
This retails at £4.99, so it is rather purse friendly compared to other more expensive lip plumpers on the market. I love the gold packaging, and the doe foot applicator makes the gloss easy to apply. Currently this only comes in a clear shade – maybe they will release a few different colours in the future. The only thing that I don’t like about clear lip glosses is the fact that they can easily get dirty if your lips aren’t 100% clean. Anyone else get freaked out by this haha?
Anyway, the smell of this makes me feel really nostalgic. The sweet, minty fragrance smells exactly like candy/rock you get at the seaside!
I know a lot of lip plumping products can create an uncomfortable tingling sensation once applied, but with this I didn’t experience much which was nice. Sometimes I can feel a little tingle, other times I don’t get any at all, but when I do it is really faint and barely noticeable.
Now for the main part – does this work? I think the shiny gloss does create the illusion of a bigger lip, but I don’t think it necessarily makes your lips feel a lot bigger. It probably worked better for me because my lips are naturally on the fuller side, so if you have thinner lips then this may not be as effective. I found this performed better under a lipstick (as shown in the photo below) and this helped to make my lips look a little more plumped.
Overall this was fun to try out and experiment with, but I don’t think I’d repurchase it.
Have you ever tried lip plumping products? Did they work for you?
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