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I was browsing in Savers and I was intrigued to see Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation lip gloss on sale for £1.99. I remember reading a lot about this product when it first became available. It was described as an alternative to lip injections if you wanted fuller, plumper looking lips. Now I would never go as far as having injections myself, as I am not that unhappy with my lips but I did like the idea of a fuller pout. I was sceptical that it would work , but when I saw the price in Savers I didn't mind giving it a go. [It costs £6.39 in Boots at the moment.]
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO
Sally Hansen are probably best known for their nail care products but they also do other skincare items. I have mixed results with their products myself, but I now other people rate them highly so I am willing to give them a chance. The Lip Inflation treatment I have used is the standard version which uses peppermint oil, ginger and cinnamon to stimulate circulation and add volume and colour to the lips by doing so. There is also a newer "Extreme" version which I haven't tried. This does the same thing but uses a hydro collagen complex for more pronounced results, or so they say.
Sally Hansen say that their Lip Inflation will transform "pale, ordinary lips" to "beautiful, full" ones without injections. It is said to enhance the lips natural colour while adding "brilliant shine". Your lips are supposed to look flushed and plump instantly. Lastly, it contains vitamin A and E to nourish your lips.
PUMP IT UP
As mentioned above, the Lip Inflation treatment is in the form of a gloss. I bought the clear version, which was all that was on offer in Savers. The Sally Hansen website says it is also available as a pale pink tinted gloss, but the product picture there shows other shades too, so these may also be available. It comes in a clear tube with a gold lid which looks quite smart and good quality. Unfortunately it also comes stuck to a cardboard and plastic backing which seems excessive but does give the company a chance to list out all their product claims.
You are instructed to apply it liberally to the lips, after which you may experience a "slight" tingle, according to the pack. The gloss definitely tingles for me but more of that in a moment. The gloss itself feels very thick when you dip the applicator brush in it but thankfully it spreads on the lips in a less gloppy fashion. The brush isn't anything special - it resembles a small nail polish one - but it feels gentle on the skin and allows for accurate application. The small head still picks up enough product to make the "generous" application easy. You can wear the gloss on it's own or under/over lipstick and doing the latter caused a mild staining of the applicator over time but thankfully the colour doesn't seem to transfer back onto the lips when I am using the Sally Hansen product alone.
I expected the gloss to smell of peppermint or ginger because of it's ingredients but it doesn't at all. Instead it smells fruity and a bit too sweet for my tastes. I find it sickly but as I can only smell it when I apply it which takes moments only, I can put up with the scent. It doesn't have a flavour of peppermint either - or anything else for that matter. In fact if you are unfortunate to get some on your tongue the gloss stings a little. I have only noticed this when I applied it clumsily in a rush - it doesn't transfer to my tongue otherwise so you can easily avoid the unpleasantness.
TINGLE AND TROUT POUT?
The gloss makes my lips tingle immediately. It feels pleasant at first but for me the sensation lasts for longer than any other effect - 3 hours. It does feel most dramatic at the beginning but the novelty has worn off by the time it has completely disappeared. In fact I find it mildly annoying. My friend has also used this and finds she experiences a tingling sensation for only 30 minutes or so, so it is presumably one of those things that will effect everyone slightly differently. As for the other immediate effects, I don't notice much increased colour to my lips which is odd as they are naturally rather pale and from the feel of it, my circulation is definitely working in that area! The plumping is what the product is really about though, and I have noticed a slight effect. For me though, it is not instant. I would say I can't notice any visible difference for at least 30 minutes but after that my lips do look fuller. I am not overwhelmed by the pout though, and I doubt whether anyone will mistakenly think I have had a lip injection! I would say the fuller look lasts for a couple of hours and after that I am reluctant to pile on more product because I don't want to tingle again for hours. The best way for me to use it is over a lipstick, as this mitigates the feeling but the Lip Inflation also dilutes the colour of my lipstick. I used it with a Astor one that is supposed to last 12 hours and usually stays for around 6 for me. After using the Inflation Gloss, it struggled to stay in place for 3. I have tried using a bare minimum of the gloss, but no, I still tingle..
As a standard gloss, it has a very shiny look when used alone and that lasts for about 2-3 hours if I don't eat or drink. The finish is smooth, not too sticky and looks good quality. It also leaves my lips feeling surprising soft for a gloss which I sometimes find drying after a repeated use. If it wasn't for the tingle, I would like it much more.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE GLOSS?
I didn't find that the gloss offers dramatic lip plumping results but there is definitely some improvement to how full my lips look. I didn't really expect that part to work but I thought it would definitely add colour so I was surprised that it didn't. I find the long lasting tingle a mild annoyance but I can imagine some people finding it much more so, if affected the same way. I have found myself using the gloss up because I feel I ought not to let it go to waste but I have finally decided to throw I in the towel and admit I don't enjoy it that much. As a gloss it is average lasting, and smart looking and I would happily use it if I didn't experience so much tingle!! I would suggest it is worth a try if you can get it at a reduced price in particular, because it is the only lip plumper I have ever used that has actually worked to any degree. If you have sensitive lips I would advise you to proceed with caution, as the tingle effect seems to affect people quite differently. For me, the downsides don't outweigh the slight improvement in my appearance, so I won't buy it again.
I have bought this lip gloss in two colours - the clear gloss and the more natural brown/blush, and think they are great value for money!
The gloss is very thick, and gives great coverage. It is long-lasting and the colours are more natural than the vibrant reds and pinks that are in fashion at the moment. No fear if you like strong colours though - I simply applied a red lipstick first, then applied the gloss over the top (be warned though, the wand will turn red...and eventually the gloss in the tube will discolour using this method!).
I am a BIG fan of glosses and balms so I was looking for something long-lasting that wouldn't stain my lips or be too sticky and result in me ending ending up with hair-in-gloss syndrome! Unfortunately this lip-gloss will result in major sticky hair, as it is very, very gooey. It hasn't stopped me buying another tube though, because I think it does exactly what it says on the 'tin' - give a pumped up, fuller pout. If I am honest I am a little unsure whether the tingly feeling you get from applying such projects is more placebo (you are more aware of your lips feeling tingly, so therefore they feel more pumped up?), as a pose to ACTUALLY looking any bigger, but I like the tingles...!
The major problem about the gloss though, is that my boyfriend flat-out refuses to kiss me whilst i'm wearing it! He isn't Sally Hansen specific, he hates all gloss; but this is his personal nemesis! He hates the sticky feeling on his lips so I can really only wear it when I'm going out without him (on a day with NO WIND so I don't have to spend ages picking my hair out of my gloss!).
All in all, I think it is a great product, but only if you can cope with the thickness of the gloss, and the associated problems that come with that!
I was looking through my lipgloss/lipstick collection to see what I could throw away (since I'm trying to use more natural products with better/less ingredients) and found the Sally Hansen Lip Inflation, which is nearly empty now. I don't remember ever buying it, but apparently I've certainly made good use of it! The ingredients list is rather scary looking... please read on though!
(Boots) Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Treatment with revolutionary "Lip Plumper" - the perfect pout without the pain!
- Boosts circulation in your lips for added volume
- This tingly gloss gives you fuller, luscious lips in an instant
- Extracts of ginger and cinnamon stimulate the lips without discomfort
- Infused with peppermint for a refreshingly cool sensation
- Vitamins A & E hydrate
- Use under lip colour or alone for a fresh, natural look
(Sally Hansen) Dare to compare! Refreshingly tingly gloss instantly inflates lips. Ginger and Cinnamon help stimulate and plump lips. Peppermint provides lips with a cooling and stimulating sensation. Lips become flushed and plump instantly for a sexy, pouty look that lasts. Guaranteed Visible Results. Dermatologist Tested.
POLYBUTENE, TRIISOSTEARYL CITRATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, MENTHONE GLYCERIN ACETAL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, METHYLPARABEN,SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, SILICA, PROPYLPARABEN, BENZYL BENZOATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ETHYLPARABEN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, LIMONENE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, TRIBEHENIN, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER,
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, TIN OXIDE, STANNIC DIOXIDE, RETINYL PALMITATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA LEAF OIL, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, BHT, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, ALCOHOL DENAT., CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS EXTRACT, ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA EXTRACT, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF EXTRACT, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), D&C RED NO. 33 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 17200), D&C RED NO. 27 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 45410), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FD&C YELLOW NO. 6 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 15985), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499), CARMINE (CI 75470)].
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Boots sells them at £6.15 a tube (6g) , although if you really want to buy one it's worth shopping around since there are online shops that sell these for £2-3 cheaper, if not more. (Personally I won't be repurchasing.)
The packaging is quite plain but pretty nice in my opinion. The cap, which you open by twisting off, is gold whereas the rest of the tube is see-through allowing you to see the colour that is inside. The shape of the tube isn't rounded, but is like an elongated cuboid. It's just over 8.5cm long with the cap being just under 3cm long. It's a bit wider than most lipglosses at just over 1.5cm. The applicator is just a simple brush, similar to a nail varnish applicator.
I used this many times either as a stand-alone lipgloss or over lipstick to add extra shine and dimension. I have the Clear version, but this line also comes in several other colours: sheer blush, sheer pink and sheer mocha.
I can still remember using this product for the first time and being pleasantly surprised by the nice strawberry smell it gave off. I didn't expect this, and despite usually finding imitations of real fruit scents to be disappointing and strange, I actually liked this smell.
Each time I've used this, I have been always impressed with the high shine it gives. The product does make your lips tingly, but not as much as the Duwop lip products do. I really didn't notice any different in the size of my lips, and to be honet, I wouldn't want my lips to be any larger. I've also used it enough times to think that it wouldn't inflate my lips at all, so I wouldn't recommend it to people who are looking for ways to get bigger lips.
The applicator makes it very smooth to apply and gentle on the lips. The lipgloss is nice and thick - one swipe over the lips and you're good to go. Despite being thick, the lipgloss isn't sticky at all on the lips.
I found that it lasted as long as an average lipgloss on the lips, and really I would not expect this or many lipglosses to last any longer than this did.
I didn't find it particularly hydrating for my lips or that my lips were benefitting from them in ways other than superficially; they weren't smoother or softer.
A pretty good and reliable lipgloss which gives lips a lovely glossy finish. I disagree that it inflates the lips, even though it does produce a cooling and tingling sensation. Even though this lipgloss looks really good on the lips, I'm pretty bewildered by the chemicals that this contains and am trying to clear out products in favour of other makes and brands that use less harsh chemicals, etc., so for those reasons I won't be repurchasing. I really hate to think that I'm ingesting all these things into me! 4 out of 5 stars from me, since I think it is a very flattering lipgloss!
I got this lip plumper in the sheer blush tone and well honestly this really doesn't 'plump' your lips as one may be misleaded to think reading the package.
My lips aren't really really thin neither are they fish pouters but I thought i'd give this a go as a girls gotta change the way she looks every so often..or I like to anyway..
Considering what other lip plumpers are on the market for, I feel it is one of the more reasonable makes - you can purchase this item on amazon for 5.67 pounds on amazon.uk in various different shades. I purchased the 'Sheer Blush' tone and it is a really nice nudy colour. Going back to the price, you may find the price may vary from one colour to another which is something I don't quite understand as it's seems strange for one tone to be more expensive supposedly having the same composition?
I had never used any Sally Hansen products before but my sister had and she recommended it to me so I ordered it from amazon and was all excited about my future smacker. I was quite dissapointed when I first tried it, now, one of the prime ingredients in these plumpers is cinnamon, which makes your mouth tingle, kind of like a pins and needles feeling but on your mouth, its not painfull but it could be if you have a sore or cut on your mouth so if you do wait until your mouth has cured before using this product. Back to why I was dissapointed, it doesn't plump your lips, as simple as that, it has a gorgeous smooth texture and serves as the ultimate lip gloss with the ultimate smooth shine but it just doesn't plump up the volume of your lips. Maybe the glossy shine may make your lips look more lucious and juicier but it doesn't actually make them bigger.
When first applied you do get a wonderful sniff of cinnamon which for me is a plus.
I would go for it if your looking for a comfortable and sexy lip gloss but not if your in search for the miracle lip plumper.
So, I was bought this product from my mother dearest. I had actually never heard of this product before that, but now I can say that it is one of my favourite brands of lip gloss. I love the fact that this gloss plumps your lips, but I can also see from using this product that my lip looks in better condition and are softer.
The colour I have is Sheer Blush, which is a very neutral colour. This colour is perfect if you just want a shiny, glossy lips, with no colour. I love the smell of this lip gloss, just for the fact that it has a sweet smell to it.
The tube is a rectangle shape, that has a gold lid part. On the front of the tube it say Sally Hanson Lip inflation. And on the bottom of the tube, on a sticker it says what shade the lip gloss is. The brush inside the tube is very easy to use and is very soft on your lips. It is easy to give your lips a good coating with these types of brushes, which is something I like.
When you first apply the product to your lip, you can feel a tingling sensation, which is the product working to plump your lips. I don't find the gloss to be sore or uncomfortable on my lips, but it can feel a little strange if you have never used any lip plumping products before.
I do find that this lip gloss is not that sticky compared to other gloss's that I have tried. Saying that I do find it stays on my lips for a good amount of time. But it does come off easy when eating or drinking. So it is a lips gloss that you may have to re-apply.
This lip gloss can usually be bought in most shops where beauty products are sold, for around £6.00. I would defiantly recommend this lip gloss and it is one that I use very often. Although I have now tried the Sally Hanson Lip inflation extreme, and I find it is also a very good product. But I would have to say that I do prefer the extreme lip gloss, only because I love one of the shades better.
If want to check out the website for these product here is the link-
I'm a fan of lipgloss but i decided to try Sally Hansen Lip Inflation because it was recommended to me by a friend. I purchased the clear one.
It comes in a pocket sized rectangular pot (like the majority of lipgloss) with a brush attached to it's gold colour lid. Handy to carry about and doesn't take up much space in a small handbag.
You can use the product on its own or over lipstick. Immediately after you brush it on, you instantly feel a cold, tingling feeling on your lips. This isn't unpleasant. The tingling feeling continues for about an hour. This feeling makes you aware that you have something on your lips during this time. Unfortunately i wouldn't say that there is a noticeable difference in the plumpness of the lips.
My opinion is that it does the same job as any other lipgloss that I have used, except that it feels different. I paid approx £6 for it (at Boots), but I wouldn't bother again. I would rather spend the money on eg. Boujoirs clear lipgloss as i feel it has the same effect.
It has a pleasant smell and lasts quite a while ( mind you, I only tend to use it on a night out). I've has mine for quite a few months now and it still smells nice.
i brought this on special offer for 2 pound which i thought was a great offer. i brought it in clear so i could still use my other favourite lipgloss over the top. i couldnt wait to try and as i have used sally hansen stuff before and they have usually always been good, i put a tiny bit on and didnt feel anything so i decided to put quite a lot on i started feeling a tingling sensation wasnt painful or anything. i looked at my lips after and they did feel bigger but they didnt look much bigger. i asked my boyfriend if they looked bigger and he said a little bit. he put a bit on his lower lip to test it and in fact his lower lip did in fact look a lot bigger then his upper lip i was suprised as i didnt have the same results on mine, i have tried many of times and always have the same result (feeling bigger but in fact not being bigger) i think that it works on some people but not on others. but its worth a try especially when of special offer!
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation was the first lip plumper I ever came across. Before I found it I had no idea there was such a thing, so when I stumbled upon it in Boots I was intrigued. I'd always hated having thin lips and wanted a plumper pout, so I decided to give it a go.
It comes in a 6ml clear tube on a cardboard backing and has a gold lid with a brush attached. It costs £5.82. According to the Sally Hansen website it comes in four colours; clear, sheer pink, sheer mocha and sheer blush, but I have only used the clear one. It can be used on its own or under lip colour. I have yet to try it under lip colour.
Apparently, it increases volume by boosting circulation in the lips, stimulating them with extracts of cinnamon and ginger. It is also infused with peppermint, which gives it a cool sensation. I liked the fact that it was using natural ingredients, but I thought it smelt like Calpol, which I thought was a bit odd.
When I applied it my lips started tingling almost straight away, which is what they are supposed to do. It gave my lips a glossy, shiny, smooth look. It's a good gloss even without the plumping element. After a minute or so, my lips started to look bigger. Not much bigger, but the change was noticeable. The tingling feeling lasted for a long time. It's not unpleasant or uncomfortable, but a bit strange the first time you try it. The plumpness even lasts for a while after you remove the gloss, although it obviously doesn't last forever. I would definitely by it again and would recommend it.
Who will like this product:
Any ady who wants to impove the apearance on their lips and a looking for quality product which will add plumpness to their lips.
How much does this product cost:
This product can be up to £5.99 per lip gloss. However i bought mine in a set of two for £1.99 in Savers which is rather wonderful wouldn't you agree??
What does this product look like:
This product comes in a clear rectangluer tube, with a gold screw top. It is applied through the use of a wand with a brush on the end. On the front in black font is the Sally Hansen logo and the words 'Lip inflation.'
This product comes i four shades, Clear, Sheer Blush, Sheer Pink and Sheer Mocha, which are all nice shades and ,ake a nice lip gloss on their own. Immediatly after application you experience a tingling within the lips which is not uncomfortable such as the burning i have experienced with some other brands. after five minutes i hadn't noticed amazing results although my lips did feel slightly bigger. This lipgloss is worth a try is doesnt produce amazing results but is a nice lipgloss with a thick viscosity, therfore will not run. do not use this lipgloss whilst eating a drinking (maybe use a straw) as everything will taste minty.
Ginger and cinnamon are used to stimulate and plump the lips up. Peppermint is used to stimulate and cool the lips.
I like to buy new everything for my hols and decided I hadn't bought a lip-gloss for a few weeks(!) so obviously needed one.
My current gloss is the No7 Liplicious one, gorgeous stuff but I fancied a change so decided to look at plumping lip glosses, I consulted a great review site called Dooyoo and read a few different reviews before deciding (this was at 8pm last night) to hunt out the Sally Hansen Lip Inflation as people seemed to have got great results.
I'd noticed before down the cosmetics aisle in Sainsburys that they did Sally Hansen nail stuff so presumed they would stock this too. So off we go to Sainsburys in the car and to my delight they had this in stock :)
The bottle isn't overly impressive, it's clear with a quite tacky gold lid but never mind if the products good. It's a simple twist off lid and it has a little white brush attached to apply the gloss with.
There are 4 colours in the range:
They only had 2 colours in stock; the clear and the mocha, this was ok because I'd already decided I was getting clear as my Liplicious gloss is coloured.
All lip plumping glosses work by irritating the sensitive skin of your lips so it swells (Yes this doesn't sound great I know) and stimulating the blood supply so they look flushed.
The ingredients which cause the plumping effect in this gloss are Ginger and Cinammon so at least these are natural irritants....Got to be better than chemicals surely?
The gloss also contains Peppermint which stimulates the blood supply and counteracts the warming feeling from the Ginger.
*Refreshingly tingly gloss instantly inflates lips.
*Ginger and Cinnamon help stimulate and plump lips.
*Peppermint provides lips with a cooling and stimulating sensatin.
*Lips become flushed and plump instantly for a sexy, pouty look that lasts.
*Guaranteed Visible Results.
~~Does it work?~~
**Instructions for use: Apply a generous amount over the entire lip area. You may experience a slight tingle. Can be worn alone or over your favorite lip product. Apply as needed.
I applied the gloss (easy to do with the dinky little brush) and waited for the tingling to start, it wasn't immediate so I was worrying it wouldn't work but after a minute that feeling started.
It feels cold initially like you're eating a menthol sweet and have licked your lips. The tingling isn't uncomfortable, it's quite a nice feeling I think!
This feeling lasted about 5 minutes and during this time my lips visibly grew, I loved the effect as I have quite full lips anyway but this just made them sexier.
My top lip seemed to change the most and was the same size as my bottom lip; I didn't look like a trout though, just an Angelina Jolie sized pout!
The effects lasted about an hour and a half, in this time I ate my tea and had a drink and even though the gloss rubbed off the plumpness didn't go with it so I was impressed!
Don't lick your lips though as it doesn't taste great, definitely wipe it off before kissing too; like I say even if you wipe the gloss off the plumpness still stays so you'll still be ultra kissable!
Another plus point is the smell, it smells like something really sweet; I read a review on here saying it smelt like Calpol and that could be right!
It's a really lovely smell, shame it doesn't taste the same.
Lip Inflation didn't disappoint in any way; it smells good, feels good and looks good! What more do you need from a plumping lip gloss?
My Lip Inflation cost me £5.95 from Sainsburys.
There are some products in life that you love but occasionally are tempted away from by the thought of something even better. It's happened to me many times with mascaras and foundations, straying away by the promise of something better but I always end up returning to my original favourite. It is of course, my favourite for a reason.
This is something I recently experienced. For the past two years or so I've been using Tesco's Skin Wisdom Lip Plumping Gloss. I know, this is a Tesco product which probably doesn't sound nearly as impressive as if I were to be naming a Mac product, but don't be fooled, this stuff is amazing. Now admittedly, it was the only lip plumping gloss I had used, but having read reviews on here of more expensive options such as Too Faced's Lip Injection, it sounded all around better than the other options out there.
I then read some positive reviews on Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation. I had been initially dubious at Sally Hansen making cosmetic products as they had always to me, been a nail company. After having used, and fallen in love with their Airbrush Foundation I decided that just maybe the hype was right and that this product could really be better than my beloved Tesco Skin Wisdom Plumping Gloss.
It wasn't high on my "to buy" list as I was happy with what I was using but after receiving a £5 Sainsbury's voucher (Toluna) I decided to get the gloss as it was £5.95 and I could make up the other £1 in writing my review, so it meant I got to try it for free.
I could barely wait to even get to my car to try it out and when I did I was a little disappointed. It didn't tingle as much as my Tesco Skin Wisdom Plumping Gloss and looking at my lips it didn't seem to have as much of an effect either. However I think I judged too quickly as soon the "guaranteed visible results" were there. Okay, so it isn't collagen without the pain, but it doesn't technically promise you that it says "sexy lips without injections" and yes my lips are looking pretty sexy! It does of course imply you're going to be left with lips that could envy Jessica Alba's and of course this isn't the case. My lips are plumper, fuller and flushed with natural colour, but they by no means look huge. It's somewhere been a subtle and fair difference, it's not a huge difference but it's enough to look good and to make your lips look their best. This is probably the best they are going to get without injections - I mean there is only so much a lip gloss can do.
The actually glossyness of the gloss itself also helps make them look bigger. They look so shiny and glossy but in a sexy way not a cheap or tacky way. The gloss actually feels quite silky rather than sticky, and is actually long lasting for a gloss. This is heightened by the fact that you can't lick your lips - because this will hurt your tongue and throat! Every time I have it on I find my tongue and throat tingling more than my lips, and I try not to lick my lips!! It's not painful though, just a little weird.
It is available in four shades, Clear, Sheer Blush, Sheer Pink and Sheer Mocha all of which are shown on the Sally Hansen website, however I do believe inaccurately - the photo for Clear is darker than for Mocha! The shade I have is Sheer Pink, which I opted for because don't like too much colour on my lips so Mocha and Blush which were darker were out for me, and the pale peachy pink colour of Sheer Blush just seemed a bit more interesting than Clear. When they say "sheer" however, they do mean it. For me this isn't a bad thing, but to be honest I'm not sure there would have been a huge difference between this and Clear once applied, it is very sheer and very subtle. I also think Blush and Mocha would have been wearable, don't be expecting too much colour here. For me this is a good thing, I don't like dark or coloured lips, but for some this may be disappointing, if it does appear a lot more sheer than you would expect from looking at the tube.
The real colour that shows, is actually the colour of your lips, but not the colour they were before. I don't know about the rest of you but my lips are actually fairly pale, which isn't a good look. This really brings out their own natural colour, so makes them look lovely and really kissable - what looks nicer than naturally coloured lips?
If you are a fan of the lipsticks/stains etc then this can be worn on top of your chosen colour. It actually says it can be worn under or over your usual favourite lip product. It couldn't be worn under many other lip products to be honest, but if you have a glittery gloss or something like that I suppose you could dab some on top.
As for the smell, not taste - remember you don't want to lick this one off your lips! - I wasn't sure myself what it smelt of, until my boyfriend informed me I smelt of Calpol one day. He is 100% accurate there, I didn't even have to force this information out of him he volunteered an opinion on something - shocking I know(!) It does smell of Calpol - and who doesn't like Calpol? At some age, life became boring and we were forced to take boring tablets instead of delicious Calpol, but now the smell at least of this can take us back to those days when taking medication was fun! I'm not entirely sure Calpol is a sexy smell though, but this gloss is best appreciated at a distance by the opposite sex anyway. It's for look but don't touch sexy. Your lips are going to look utterly kissable, but don't let anyone near them, unless you want to literally scorch their lips off. There's giving someone tingles, and then there's kissing them with this on - I don't think it would lead to repeat kisses(!)
The directions say too apply a generous amount, and I can definitely say here less is not more, more is...well...more! If you apply too little you may be disappointed with the results, you do have to put a fair bit on, but don't worry it doesn't look all gloopy like you are wearing a load, it really does look great.
The results of course are temporary. With any gloss you wouldn't expect it to last too long. However I applied this, to remind myself, whilst starting this review, and around fifteen minutes later, whilst I am drinking a drink too, my lips are still tingling away. Okay so fifteen minutes isn't exactly going to sell a product for it's long lasting abilities, but it does last longer than that, and for a gloss, it is probably above average, especially to last through a drink. It's long enough to spot that guy across the room, whip this on, catch his attention with your sexy pout/smile (depending on the type of girl you are and the type of guy you're after) and let it wear off before the kissing commences...not that I'm implying you'd do that of course...(!)
The gloss works through a few key ingredients. It has Ginger which stimulates and plumps the lips. I think from what I gather this works, by the fact that the Ginger, or Zingiber Officinale, to be more accurate, can have a known side effect of swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, when used. In essence, it is giving you a mild reaction to it, in order to plump your lips up. This is fine, and I can see the logic behind it, but does make me wonder slightly how good it is for my tongue and throat which somehow always seem to be affected by the gloss too.
There is also Cinnamon which causes the tingly sensation. It stimulates the blood flow leaving the lips flushed and plumps. It slightly irritates the lips which causes them to swell and turn out slightly, giving a fuller look. Again it is using mild irritation to the lips to cause them to react and look plumper.
Finally there is Peppermint Oil which cools, which is strange considering that the Cinnamon has a warming effect. I have to say my lips didn't feel cooled or warmed, just very tingly. Peppermint also irritates the lips slightly, again causing swelling.
The gloss also contains Vitamins A and E. This is supposed to be nourishing for the lips, which is a nice idea. Doing good for the lips whilst looking good. However I didn't feel that my lips were left moisturised, if anything they felt a bit dry and flaky, but nothing overly bad. Looking into it, too much Vitamin A actually causes cracked lips, so why they would add this to a lip product (other than to suck people who don't know into thinking this is good for their lips) I don't know. Vitamin E however is one of the most popular remedies for chapped lips and is very good at treating chapped lips. Perhaps if they dropped the Vitamin A, this would be good for the lips, I'm not sure what their reasoning, or research was into including Vitamin A, unless it was just the cheapest Vitamin, and they knew people would think any Vitamin would be good for them and simply added it as a marketing ploy.
I tend not to mention packaging too much unless it's particularly good or bad, but here I really don't like the packaging. It had a fake gold lid which I think looks so tacky. I even think YSL Touche Eclat looks tacky, and at least that looks more classy than this. This looks cheap and just...not nice. Other than the gold lid the rest looks okay, in quite a modern square tube. The lid lets it down and makes it old fashioned, and the sort of thing you don't feel good pulling out of your bag. I like my packaging funky, and failing that, discreet. I don't want some cheap fake gold thing grabbing people's attention as if it thinks its good, when it clearly isn't.
All in all I was happy with this gloss. I like that the colour is sheer, I like how extremely glossy but not gloopy my lips are, I like that it is longer lasting than a lot of glosses, I like that it plumps my lips and enhances their natural colour. There is mainly only positive things to say about this. I would say that the tingling, whilst for me is fine, does limit what you can do with this on (ahem), the smell whilst gorgeous to me isn't exactly sensual, and it isn't going to magically transform you to Jessica Alba! Was it better than my beloved Tesco Skin Wisdom Lip Plumping Gloss? No, but I think it was on par. The Tesco version is only better in the sense it never makes my tongue or throat tingle, and it does have a lovely slightly different appearance to this, but that isn't nessecarily better or worse, just different. At £5.95 for a tube, I think it's a fair price, it will last me a long time and it has a nice sexy lip effect.
At first glane I thought no way could there be a product to plump up my lips, but after careful consideration I decided to give it a try.
Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation is a lip gloss to be brused on, which claims to plump your lips after application.
It is available in most stroes such as Boots and Superdrug and comes in a 0.2 oz hard plastic tube/bottle with a screw top which has a brush attatched. It is dermatologically tested.
It is available in four different shades ranging from clear to an almost chocolate colour.
So how does it work?
Well its ingredients include ginger and cinnamon which gently stimulate the lips, creating a fuller plumper look. Another ingredient is peppermint, which has a lovely cooling effect on lips, almost causing them to tingle.
So what did I think of it?
Well, I thought slightly overpriced for the size of it, however as soon as I first applied it I realised it would last ages as I only needed to use a tiny bit.
When I first applied I instantly noticed the cold tingly feeling, and then noticed the sweet taste. I used the clear colour gloss and did find it a little sticky but not so long later I did notice a small change in the fullness of my lips, but not a great deal.... maybe I was expecting too much!
Sally Hansen Lip inflation retails for around £6 each.
I had heard quite a bit of hype about the Sally Hansen Lip Inflation, how this wonderful product could actually make you lips fuller and give you a kissable pout without the bottox, but not being a great make-up wearer, didn't really take much notice until I received an e-mail offering me a free bottle, well, a bargain I just cannot resist. I sent off my details as instructed in the e-mail and promptly forgot about it, not really believing I would every receive my free bottle but, low and behold two weeks later my free bottle of Sally Hansen Lip Inflation popped through my letterbox.
A long, thin, square shaped, clear bottle with a gold coloured lid, nothing fancy but a bottle I like as I like to see the contents of a bottle, allowing you to see when it's almost finished so you can buy a new one BEFORE it runs out!! The liquid inside is clear and has quite a thick syrupy look to it. There is a little brush attached to the lid making great ease of applying the product to your lips. The bottle holds 6mls and should be used within 24 months of first opening.
Applying Lip Inflation is supposed to stimulate the circulation in your lips in turn making them appear fuller and giving them a luscious glossy look. What's in this product I wondered, what could possibly do this to my lips? Lip Inflation is infused with peppermint to give a cool sensation, it contains Vitamins A and E to hydrate and keep your lips moist and the stimulation giving fuller lips is encouraged by the extracts of ginger and cinnamon. On first opening the Lip Inflation I was very aware of the sweet, sticky aroma, a very pleasant smell reminding me of a traditional sweetie shop. I slowly took the brush out of the bottle taking care not to have too much of the Lip Inflation on the brush. I found the product very easy to apply, it glided across my lips with ease giving a good all over even coat. As soon as I had applied the Lip Inflation I was immediately aware of a cool tingling feeling in my lips, it was quite an intense feeling, but pleasant nevertheless, definitely stimulating my lips, but did they look fuller. YES! I couldn't believe it but my lips did actually look fuller and they had a lovely sheer gloss look, which made me feel great.
I found Lip Inflation to be a wonderful product. It was very easy to apply. I loved the cool, tingling sensation when first applied, I found this feeling lasted around about half an hour and the initial fullness it gave my lips also lasted about half an hour. Although I did find the fullness only lasted for about half an hour, the gloss left my lips looking luscious and glowing for another couple of hours. I didn't mind having to reapply this gloss every 2-3 hours as I loved the tingling sensation it gave my lips and the look did wonders for me.
My bottle of Lip Inflation was the clear one, which can either be worn on it's own to enhance the natural beauty of your lips or it can be worn along with your lipstick. Lip Inflation is also available in a range of shades - sheer pink, sheer mocha and sheer blush. I personally prefer the clear option as you can suit yourself as to what colour you would like to lips to be.
This product can be purchased from Boots at £5.95.
Sally Hansen has a really good range of products on offer. For more information you can visit the website www.sallyhansen.co.uk
Thanks for reading.
© lel1969 February 2008
I was skeptical when I first heart about the Sally Hansen lip inflation line in a magazine. I just couldn't see how the product could be taken as a serious lip plumping product, when the brand is most previously known for its nail care products. I have spent lots of money on good lip plumpers in the past, and was really questioning the plumping power of the new Sally Hansen line. However, I decided to give it a try for the sheer reason that the price was right, and I liked the shades when I saw them in the make-up aisle at the supermarket. The price was a very affordable $5-$10 a pop, and the shade I chose was called sheer mocha which described the shade to a T.
I began by exfoliating my lips with my St. Ives apricot scrub first, because that was my preparation before applying a lip plumping product. I found that exfoliation helps to remove the dry skin on the lips, to allow the ingredients in the lip plumper to work most effectively. Exfoliating also makes the lips appear smoother and allows the gloss to look nicer on. I then applied the lip inflation gloss, and was pleased immediately. The gloss was very shiny, and was also very flattering. I was also surprised that the product wasn't at all sticky, unlike my more expensive plumpers, and it was so smooth and silky, that it glided over my lips effortlessly.
The scent of the gloss was slightly strong and smelled very similar to my Too Faced lip plumpers, a chemical smell that reminded me of cherry's. The gloss was not flavoured and I do not suggest that you taste it, because I made the mistake of getting some on my toungue while applying, and it tasted very bitter. Soon I felt the tingling sensation, as is common with most lip plumpers on the market today. The tingling lasted a minute or two, and I looked in the mirror to my astonishment. My lips did look inflated, they looked incredibly shiny and much fuller. I was also so pleased that they stayed a normal colour, unlike my more expensive plumping products that turn my lips beet red when I apply them. This product exceeded my low expectations with the plumping power that it provides, as well as the great colour and shine that it gave my lips.
The shade was lovely, very subtle, and it made my lips appear as if they were naturally that full. The plumping effects however did not last as long as I'd liked. I saw the effects begin to fade gradually within half an hour, but re-applying was a breeze, so I didn't mind either way. The actual glossy look and shine of the product lasted very long, which I liked. I could not believe that a cheaper product could actually become my new favorite, over my more expensive lip plumping products. I was blown away by the quality of the plumper, and vow never to doubt the great Sally Hansen ever again.
About 5 months ago I happened to win a Sally Hansen Beauty Bag in a competition that I had apparently entered somewhere along the lines and I was pleasantly surprised to find a goodie bag full of Sally Hansen Beauty Treatments, not mini-sized versions, but actual sized ones.
The product that caught my eye almost immediately was Lip Inflation which is titled as being the Revolutionary lip plumper instantly plumps lips and Lip Inflation provides a perfect pout without the pain of Botox. Had I finally managed to find the product of all products that was going to give me Angelina Jolies lips? Well lets see. .
Lip glosses, lip balms, chapsticks you name it Ive got it. If there is one thing I seem to unknowingly collect or want to try out when they are new to the market it is anything to do with promising to create totally kissable lips. Why? Well for me peoples lips and mouths one of the first things that are noticed because it is the lips which play the most important role in communication, whether it is through speaking, helping to form facial expressions, to drink, to eat and most importantly they are vital for kissing which can be anything from a peck on the cheek to a full blown tongue kiss.
So for me there can be nothing worse than meeting someone or having dry, sore, cracked and chapped lips with flaky bits of skin hanging off them. There is no need and it certainly doesnt give a good impression. For the ladies who insist on wearing lots of lipstick when they have chapped lips, it looks a mess so it is vitally important that they are kept smooth and supple and moisturised.
The Lip Inflation itself looks like any ordinary lip gloss you might happen to buy in your high street store in that it comes in a clear white plastic tube through which you can clearly see the wand which you would use to apply your lip gloss. The tube itself contains 5.6g of the product and prices range from £5.95 to £9.99 depending on where you choose to shop, so do have a shop around before buying
So what does Lip Inflation claim to do and does it work? Well Lip Inflation itself is a cool peppermint flavour which when applied to your lips makes them tingle slightly and this is because the peppermint helps to stimulate your lips and gets the blood pumping which helps to create that pouty, fresh looking plumped approach for this part anyway the Lip Inflation does exactly what it did state it would do and after a few minutes of application you will notice that you lips are much more plumped. However, it doesnt stay like that for long which to be fair the time estimation is not printed on the product itself so you cannot really feel cheated but you can reapply as many times as you wish to carry on creating that pouty look.
Lip Inflation contains extracts of ginger and cinnamon stimulate circulation in the lips for added volume and then we have Vitamin A to promote the growth and repair of body tissues and Vitamin E which penetrate your lips to moisturise and smooth them whilst repairing any dry and chapness you might currently have and when working together both Vitamins help to rehydrate your lips.
After using this product for a good few months working alongside anything else you might use, you will notice that your lips are infact actually a lot softer than they once might have been, mine certainly are and I only use Lip Inflation when I go out in an evening somewhere. Lip Inflation can be used on its own as a Lip Gloss or under a lipstick as a plumping base.
Are there any downsides to this product? Well I didnt 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 but the effects didnt last long enough for me, I would expect it to last a good 2-3 hours at most but just over an hour really didnt do it for me. Maybe someone will be able to make improvements like they have with lipsticks which last for hours.
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 at the end of the day it doesnt cost the earth.
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