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I was buying some makeup from the Too Faced brand in Boots and took advantage of the special offer giving away a free makeup bag with a couple of products if a certain amount of money was spent. One of the products I got was a tube of Lip Injection, a clear lip gloss.
The Too Faced brand is a higher end brand sold in Boots, Debenhams and online. It is aimed at younger women (it's usually found beside the Urban Decay stand) and comes in fun, bright, vintage-style packaging. This particular product comes in a clear tube with a black lid. The gloss inside, though described as clear, is a pale pink colour (though this doesn't show up on the lips). In keeping with the Lip Injection name, there is an outline of a syringe on the side of the tube in black. The full size tube costs £14.50, but my tube, being a freebie, was a bit smaller.
Lip Injection is described as a plumping treatment used as a lipgloss to keep lips looking fuller without the need for Botox and the like. It is apparently enriched with "unique energising and blood flow stimulating properties" to create a "sexy" pout. The applicator, which can be seen through the side of the bottle, is a thin brush and you simply use this to brush the gloss onto your lips. I thought this product might be handy, as I do have quite thin lips! I also thought it might be quite similar to the Soap & Glory version, Sexy Mother Pucker, which I have tried and liked.
Applying the lipgloss with the applicator is easy, although the gloss is quite sticky and gloopy and feels heavy on the lips. That's the least of my worries, though. A few seconds after applying, the gloss starts to tingle... and tingle... and burn... ouch! The feeling really is quite painful! Sometimes it's so bad I've had to go and wash it off. It feels like I've just touched my lips with something I'm allergic to! Not a very pleasant feeling at all!
This really surprised me, as where other people I know found the S&G Sexy Mother Pucker to be unbearably painful, I found it produced only a light pleasant tingling sensation. I thought I must have quite a high pain threshold, but obviously that isn't the case!
On those occasions when I force myself to put up with the pain, I can see from looking in the mirror that it has made a difference to my lips. They look fuller, but also rather red - and a bit painful (what a surprise!). The effect lasts for around an hour or so, and the gloss itself lasts around two to four hours depending on whether I eat or drink during this time. The gloss itself doesn't put any colour on the lips, but I have used it over lipstick too. My lips do look glossy and shiny, but as previously mentioned the product does feel sticky and gloopy on my lips, which isn't very pleasant.
Overall, I'm not particularly impressed with this Lip Injection, and I'm left wondering if a real injection would have been less painful! It does work in a sense, but at the price of extremely painful, sticky and gloopy lips. In fact I ended up throwing this product away rather than putting up with it any longer!