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DuWop Twilight Venom Blush, which I will hereafter refer to as Venom Blush because the full name is just too bothersome to type and to read, is a Twilight themed version of the very successful DuWop Lip Venom (which I have always wanted to try but have never felt able to justify spending that much). Presumably they are cashing in on the Twilight mania which sees anything associated with the films fly off the shelves into the arms of teenage girls. I haven't read the Twilight series nor watched the Twilight films so I can't really comment on this!
As I've said, I spent many a moon hankering over the original Lip Venom, so was very interested when I saw that there were versions of it which incorporated a stain - both the original Twilight version (deep blood red) and this "Blush" (shimmering pink) - AND were on special offer at LookFantastic.com for £11.60. I was at first interested in the original version, but as I have a million and one red lip stains, glosses, sticks, etc, I decided to go pink for a change! As mentioned, it cost me £11.60, but this will normally set you back around £15. It is available from several websites, including Amazon and a couple of department store websites; offline I have only seen it in store at House of Fraser.
Upon opening my very large package (which was totally over the top for the very small package that was inside it) I was disappointed firstly by the size. Yes, it did say when I bought Venom Blush that it was only 2.96ml, but I cannot stress enough how absolutely tiny this is when you see it in the flesh! It is packaged fairly nicely, in a little round tin, but the Venom Blush itself is in a little bottle which is shorter and thinner than my little finger (I have average sized hands for a woman, I think). So, be prepared, you are not paying for much product! The liquid separates fairly quickly, and it does look like the photographs - a clear liquid on top, with a shimmery pink liquid underneath, and a few bubbles of the pink stuff floating around in the clear. Pretty!
Venom Blush claims to plump, stain and condition your lips. They suggest you either shake the vial to mix the plumping element with the staining element, or dip the brush into the stain only for an intense colour, or into the clear liquid only for a plumping hit without the colour. But, alas, I don't feel this product can deliver!
First Claim: Plumping.
Venom Blush tingles gently - for just under two minutes. Yes, I timed it. It is not uncomfortable at all, just a gentle cooling and tingling. It smells EXACTLY like the dentists, which is a bit off-putting to be honest. I suppose it smells like mouthwash, I've never stopped to consider exactly what it is that causes that distinctive smell. My boyfriend has a bit of a phobia of the dentist, and felt he had to leave the room because I was "reminding him of that awful place". So, I've reminded myself that I'm due an appointment and scared off my boyfriend, but has there been a significant plumping effect to make up for this? Nope. I personally can't see any difference whatsoever.
Second Claim: Staining.
This is where I feel REALLY let down. This should be the easy bit! But no, there is barely any colour detectable. The website advises that you layer up for a more intense colour. I'm afraid it needs 4-5 layers before the colour is visible, and it will never be intense even if you use the entire measly contents in one go. The little colour you do get should not be called a stain, because it is completely gone within about an hour and a half.
Third Claim: Conditioning.
This might be one they can live up to. Venom Blush feels pleasant on the lips. It's not drying lip a stain or sticky/wet like a gloss; I can only describe it as greasy - but without the negative connotations that word brings. It's very comfortable to wear, and it does make my lips feel soft and smooth. I don't think it's moisturising enough to cope with any serious chapping, but if your lips are in a reasonable condition it will feel good. It looks shiny (ish), more "I've just licked my lips" than gloss or balm.
Lastly, the Suggestions:
Shaking it to mix it, dipping it in the pink bit or dipping it in the clear bit actually doesn't make a blind bit of different to the colour or the plumping, and it will inevitably mix as you pull out the wand anyway. Daft ideas.
So as to give you a choice whether to trust my judgement, I applied Venom Blush to one half of my mouth, leaving the other half bare - http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/2993/lipsk.png
I actually prefer my lips in a close up photo, to how they look on my face! They look bigger already. But as I think you will see, the colour from the stain is negligible (that's 4 coats of the stuff!), and the plumping effect is not obvious (I had been wearing Venom Blush for about a minute there... it didn't get any better after that as the tingling started to wear off).
So, should you buy it? No. There are better stains out there (from the fabulous Benetint to more purse friendly versions from Bourjois - Hi Tech Lip Tint), which can be combined with better glosses / balms, or with a decent plumper, such as Soap and Glory Mighty Mouth Lipcare & Plumping Kit, or the Sexy Mother Pucker lip-glosses. In case you're interested, I have also reviewed all of the above products :)
DuWop Twilight Venom Rather than a typical gloss Twilight Venom from DuWop is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner containing argan avocado and olive oils as well as vitamin E. Twilight Venom should be shaken before use (to represent the blending of the human and vampire worlds) and can be applied repeatedly until desired intensity of color has been reached and lips are plumped and revitalized.