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As many cosmetic brands have, Dior recently released a lip plumping product. It contains hyaluronic and marine based fillers and is meant to have a long term as well as immediate effect. At just over £20 for 6ml, you'd hope it has a better effect than some of the cheaper plumping products, but is it actually worth it?
Let's start with the ingredients. Hyaluronic (also known as hyaluronic acid) is produced naturally in the body and is involved in joint lubrication, skin repair, various cell receptor interactions, and is thought to play a role in brain development. It has been used as an injectable filler since 2003, and when applied topically, increases skin hydration and collagen sythesis. The marine fillers are more of a mystery, but if I can identify them I'll update this. From the name, they're likely to have a similar filler function to hyaluronic
The gloss comes packaged in an attractive clear container with Dior in raised letters on the side, and a twist off silver lid. It feels robust and is nicer looking than a lot of brands. I also like to be able to see the product so I can tell how much is left and identify the colour easily. The outer cardboard sleeve (not pictured here) is a fabulous highly reflective tone and very eye catching. I'll admit that's what originally attracted me to the gloss.
The gloss itself is a pale pink shade. It's neither runny or overly thick and sticky, and it easy to apply with the wand provided. It glides smoothly on to lips leaving them extremely shiny and providing a hint of natural looking colour. It has a creamy vanilla mint flavour which was refreshing and made me feel my breath was a little fresher. Once applied, your lips will start to tingle. This isn't uncomfortable, but you'll be aware of it. I found that this gloss didn't have a dramatic plumping effect, but it did make my lips look fuller and smoother, and feel a little firmer. This lasted for around 3 hours until I needed to reapply the gloss. Like most glosses, this wears off, and will come off through eating/drinking, so you need to reapply as necessary. Through continued use, I've found this has made my lips look better. They're a bit firmer and fuller than they used to be and although it's not a dramatic effect, I can see a slight improvement. I have fairly full lips naturally and am in my 20s so your results may vary. It can be worn with or without lipstick. I prefer to wear it without as I find if I'm not careful my lipstick bleeds when I apply gloss on top. Lip liner can help this though, and obviously it's personal preference.
I'm pleased with this gloss so far. It's more comfortable to wear than the high street brand lip plumpers I've tried, and I think it has more effect. While it's expensive, it was a treat and I'm enjoying it.