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I first heard about this product from a friend whose house I was visiting. We were getting ready to go out and she had taken this exact product above out to use. I had no idea what it was so she explained that it made your lips plump and larger but it "REALLY hurts putting it on!"
(Duwop) Lip Venom was the very first lip plumper on the market, creating the lip plumping category for the beauty industry. The tingly gloss uses essential oils to enhance lips' natural color and shape by increasing circulation. The result: fuller bee stung lips.
The secret behind Lip Venom is a blend of essential oils, which include cinnamon, wintergreen, and ginger, that cause the blood to rush to the surface of the lips, flushing and swelling them slightly. The gloss also includes jojoba and avocado oil that moisturize and give the lips intense shine. You end up with a shiny, naturally rosy pout that cannot be achieved by wearing ordinary lip gloss.
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A 3.5ml glass bottle of this is sold for £15 from Feelunique.com
Active ingredients: Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Ginger, Jojoba, Avocado Oil.
Full ingredients: Polyisobutene, Simmondsia Chinenses (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Microcrystalline Wax. May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Red 7 (CI 15850).
DuWop Lip Venom is sulfate-free, petro-chemical-free, fragrance-free, dye-free, free of pthalates, no GMO's, no PPG's, no MEA's DEA's, TEA's, is formaldehyde-free, and triclosan-free.
This product comes in a nice glass bottle. My own one is 1.5ml and it's already really tiny! The lid is silver and the applicator is the standard stiff, sponge-like one that is used for a lot of lip glosses. The tube that it comes in is quite nice. I have the Trio, but the packaging is basically a cylindrical cardboard tube that you open by pulling the top and bottom ends. It's really nice for storing the product and easy to find in your purse!
Even though the product is a light, pink colour, it goes on pretty clear on the lips. It isn't very sticky and actually feels quite light after the initial sensation. As I said above, my friend found it painful, but there was no pain when I applied it. There is a rather weird tingling sensation that is neither cooling or refreshing like some lip products. It feels odd and the sensation lasted 1-2 minutes for me.
Even though it looks nice on, I don't notice anything that different plumping wise. My lips look a little plumper but considering this product is made for plumping lips, I am a little disappointed on that front. My lips are quite red anyway, and I didn't notice anything different colour wise. It looks really glossy, but not sticky on my lips which I really like. Since it's not thick and as sticky as a lot of glosses I've tried, it actually lasts longer than my other lip products and is nice and moisturising! The smell is pretty nice. It's a sweet cherry-like smell that I can smell an hour later after putting the gloss on. I've not tried to apply this on top of a lipstick so I can't say how that will be.
I wouldn't recommend it if you want to buy it with the main aim of achieving plump lips since it costs a lot for only a few 3.5ml! It makes only a slight difference to my lips, and even then I'm not sure if it's the shine that gives that illusion! Plumping ability and price aside, I really like the other positives about this lip product and if it wasn't for the price and TINY amount in my bottle, I'd use this more often! 3.5 stars for me!
Can your lips really become like that of Angelina Jolie with this? That seems to be the major question here. Given the price and the rather small volume (I bought the 1.5ml x 3 one. Normally I think it's 4.5ml on its own), I'd say it would only be worth it if you liked the effect of this product.
So does it plump up your lip? Yes. Does it get rid of the lines on your lips? Yes. Plus there the benefit of enjoying the cool minty sensation on your lips (perhaps a little bit of stress relief?).
The simple pink, gray case is very cute and I liked the fact that I could store it standing up rather than lying down like other lip products. This has a brush appilcator so allows for close application. The brush is quite soft too.
This "venom" looks slightly tinted pink in the glass case but comes out colourless. Lip Venom Flash Gold has very fine gold shimmer, Flash Silver has again, very fine silver shimmer. But they both come out pretty much colourless.
The venom has a sweet gingerly scent which is pleasant.
Despite the fact that it looks rather sticky and viscous, the lip venom actually goes on lightly and smoothly on lips. The Flash versions seem to give stronger minty sensation as opposed to the original.
The venom seems to last about 20 minutes or so on the lips; Flash version lasts about 5 minutes more.
If you increase the amount put on the lips, it does heighten the effect on the lips and the lips end up looking more plump and volumised. However, please bear in mind that the sensation also doubles so you should be ready for the pain.
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I have tried a few lip pumpers in the past; 'Urban Decay's Big Fatty' £9.75, 'Too Faced Lip Injection' £16.75, 'Lancome's Juicy Tubes Plump' £10.99 and finally an American one which I got from a friend 'SkinMedica's TNS Lip Plumping System' $53.
Duwop's Lip Plumper was the first Lip Plumper I have ever tried and it retails at £14.50.
To explain a little about how many lip plumpers work, they contain natural irritants that slightly sting and agrovate the lips. The stinging/ irritation effect prompts the lips to fill with blood and become puffy or a little swollen.
The lip-plumers contain 'Capsacin' which is the chemical in Chili Peppers. The 'Capsacin' effect can also be experienced by eating a very hot curry!
Duwop's is quite small at 3.5ml. It has a sweet and spicy taste to it. The moment I put it on my lips they begin to tingle. Some may like this effect, others may not - but no pain no gain! Once used after 5mins the lips are noticabally plumper.
I do have a little gripe about this product, it is a little sticky like all lip-glosses, and I notice if you use this everyday your lips can become a little dry through all the irritation. Also try not to get any in your eye! It hurts!
This is far smaller than all the other brands I used, but it is MIGHTY! I feel they are all much of a muchness - although Urban Decay's Big Fatty lip plumper has gold sparkles in!
Another beauty tip with or without a lip plumper would be to:
1) Use a highlighting concealer - for example touche eclat around the lip area to bring out the lips.
2) Then use a nude lip-liner around the lips exagerating them a bit.
3) Fill in the whole lip using the nude lip liner.
4) Apply the Duwop plumper on top using a brush. (is not essential)
5)Wait 5mins, add a coloured gloss.
6) Dab sparkly lipgloss on the centre of you bottom lip to give the illusion of thickness.
Instant Hollywood Pout!!! If you try this let me know how you got on.
Lip Venom- it is what it says it is! I bought this lip plumper from New York, I was looking for a lip gloss that would fit in my wallet, when I came across this little gem!
I'm not really convinced that it makes a huge difference to the actual size of my lips but it certainly gives a lovely shine and a fuller looking impression. The lip gloss itself tingles when applied (a bearable tingle it doesn't hurt) and i find that applying on the edge of the lips helps to make lips appear plumper.
I love the smell of this gloss. It is made with essential oils of cinnamon, ginger and wintergreen to stimulate circulation, plus jojoba and avocado oils to help moisture lips.
The Lip Venom is in a very small tube (3.5ml) and is about £14.50. I think considering the size of this lip gloss it is quite pricy. It fits perfectly in my wallet though so I was happy with my purchase!
Even though I purchased Lip Venom from a store in New York, you can buy this gloss from ebay and some major shopping departments.
The original of the Duwop Lip Venom line. This is a tiny product (0.12 fluid ounces) meaning that the little vial is easy to lose! The product is clear with a slightly pink tint and is supposed to plump your lips. The "venom" aspect of the name rings true - this product definitely tingles on the lips. If you've never used lip plumper before, make sure to apply a thin coat because the more you paint on the more of a burning sensation you will feel.
I have not actually found this product to plump my lips much. It does, however, make them look bee-stung in color. The product is non-sticky and does give a bit of shine though it's not really a gloss. I think it's too expensive for the amount of product you get. Also, people with really sensitive lips should watch out - this is more tingly than many lip plumpers. If you're looking for a lip plumper for highly sensitive lips, I would suggest Lip Fusion Lip Plump. It's more expensive, but provides more product and less of a burn.
When it comes to plumping up your lips, it's a trend that's caught on very quickly, with everyone and their mate now making products that claim to plump up your lips, from Soap & Glory's fabulously named Sexy Mother Pucker, to Benefit's dire offering, Lip Plump. But the first one to appear on the market was DuWop's Lip Venom, which I first came across in Pout in Covent Garden (which sadly is no more!)
Lip Venom comes in two layers of packaging - a cardboard cylinder which twists apart into two pieces to reveal a tiny vial, very much like what I imagine Juliet's vial of poison would have looked like! It's glass and contains just 3.5ml of the gloss and has a screw top, which has a small brush attached - just like any normal lip gloss. But where Lip Venom claims to be different is that it contains ginger and cinnamon, spices intended to encourage blood to rush to the lips, plumping them up and giving them a bee stung pink colour.
Application is easy - the brush is easy to handle and the gloss is a great consistency - I find that a lot of plumping lip glosses tend to be very thick and quite sticky, whereas this is nice and slick, rather than sticky. Once applied, you need to press your lips together and a couple of minutes later you should begin to feel a lovely tingling sensation - a sensation as if you've eaten spicy food - and makes you automatically pucker up! Having seen this tried by numerous friends I find that the intensity of the tingling seems to vary from person to person - I find it quite pleasurable , but I know a couple of people who do claim that the tingling is so strong that it is actually painful (wimps I say!) I find the effects of this are (for a plumping effect) quite longlasting - certainly the longest lasting plumper I've used, and tend to last with me for about a couple of hours. I do find that my lips do look fuller when I'm wearing this, as opposed to wearing normal gloss - sadly not Angelina Jolie-esque, but certainly plumper than my natural state!
I was impressed that this managed to not dry my lips out - from the name (Venom) I'd imagined it would be quite harsh on my lips, but I found it quite conditioning. It contains both Jojoba oil and Avacado oil, both of which have moisturising properties, so you don't need to worry that this is drying your lips out.
What I found disappointing about this was the promised change in colour - I have quite pale lips, which look odd against my skin without any added colour, and I'd hoped that this would perk them up to a nice natural pink. However, I can't see any noticeable change in colour after applying this. However, it works fine when applied over lipstick, which is how I generally tend to wear it, so not too much of a problem.
Having used lots of lip plumpers, I still rate this one as the best - it achieves the most plumped up look, is versatile enough to use with other products and in terms of lasting power has the others beaten hands down. It's not a product I would use every day (I suspect the effects would lessen if you did), but I often whip it out for a special occasion, or use on its own if I don't want colour on my lips. Even given the fact that I use this only occasionally, I have been impressed at just how long this has lasted me - I've had my current vial for about 2 years (which, given the measly 3.5mls supplied is quite some going!) In terms of price, you can certainly find cheaper products which claim to give the same effect - at around £14, it's not at all cheap and the price is probably enough to turn off a lot of people. But in terms of quality I would certainly rate this product over the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker (although I do like that and at £8 it's in a better price bracket) and the many other plumping glosses I've tried. Available from House of Fraser and www.hqhair.com
I am still waiting to find that one lip gloss products which give me the bee sting Angelina Jolie looking lips. I have tried four or five different products and from memory the best one was Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation which did give the appearance of fuller looking lips but the effects didn't last very long at all. Then a friend of mine, who also wants to find the same look, gave me a tube of DuWop Lip Venom and asked me to try it to see what I thought.
My reaction to a product being called Lip Venom was initially off putting, all of the connotations linking that one word lead to toxins, poisons and stinging. So to put something of that nature on your lips is quite disturbing. To look at this product is actually quite different and unique, it comes in a solid cylinder outer tube which is made of a soft metal and it is no bigger than a packet of mints and by twisting the two ends it opens up and inside is a smaller cylindrical container of the lip plumping gloss. The one thing I do like about the packaging is that it is a lovely pastel pink colour and the words Lip and Venom are a grey colour and it is very eye-catching.
Having never heard of or used this product before I did do a little research to find that Duwop Lip Venom claims to be the very first lip plumper on the market. To achieve the fuller bee stung lip look, this gloss uses essential oils to enhance lips' natural color and shape by increasing circulation. So after reading that, this product is actually safe to use and won't kill you and with that I happily applied it to my lips.
At this time of the year I always feel the need to be over cautious when it comes to using lip balms, lotions, creams and other such products because the cold air and bitter wind often lead to dry, chapped and sometimes sore lips and the last thing I want is to have flaky bits of skin hanging off my lips. So with that in mind I do tend to use a lot more products.
The Lip Venom itself looks like any ordinary lip gloss you might happen to buy in your high street store and inside the white plastic tube you can clearly see the wand which you would use to apply your lip gloss and the wand itself is similar to the nail varnish wand that you would use to paint your nails. The tube itself contains 3.5ml of the product and it is widely available online or via outlets such as Debenhams where you can pay up to £18 or online at places such as Lookfantastic for £14.50 so it is quite expensive unless like me someone gave you some.
As the Lip Venom is applied to the lips, which incidentally can be over lipstick, lip balm or just on its own, creates a really shiny glossy look which is much better than the glossy look you get from any normal lipgloss you might find, it almost gives you a wet lipped look as though your lips have been soaked through with water, but they are not wet or sticky. Lip Venom contains extracts of ginger and cinnamon which which causes the blood to rush to the surface of the lips, flushing and swelling them slightly whilst encouraging circulation to give longer lasting effects. Jojoba Oil is also an ingrediant within this lip gloss and it absorbs quickly into the skin to help relive dryness and there is also Avocado Oil which it is rich in vitamins such as A and E which promote the growth and repair of body tissues and help to moisturise, rehydrate and smooth them whilst repairing any dryness you might currently have. So as it is applied to your lips you do feel a tingly feeling to them and as the gloss shines on your lips there is a notable difference as they begin to plump up, although I must admit they are not bee stung and I do not look like Angelina Jolie (sadly) but they are much fuller looking. As for the effects, well they do last for a good few hours after which you can re-apply the product to pro-long the effects as and when you feel the need. This product isn't designed for daily usage in my opinion, but when you have a good party or a night out planned.
I have been using this product now for just over 6 weeks and although it isn't something I use on a daily basis for reasons already mentioned but when I do use it people do comment on how shiny my lips look and my lips are infact actually quite soft after using. Lip Venom can be used on its own as a Lip Gloss or under a lipstick as a plumping base. When using this lip gloss it also doesn't give that sticky feel to the lips which many similar products give.
Are there any downsides to this product? Well I didn't exactly end up with an Angelina Jolie pout but it did kind of work to the point where I did feel the tingling sensation and I did notice that my lips looked fuller and that look does last for a good 2-3 hours which I think is quite reasonable and there isn't a suggested claim as to how long the effects should last.
So would I recommend this product? Yes because it is a product which is fun to use, it smells nice, it is quite versatile in that it can be used on its own or with something else and the look it creates is really nice as are the after effects and it is easy to use. Added to all of that it isn't even tested on animals.
Fatten up even the thinnest lip-line with this easy-to-apply gloss /