Lip plumpers are having a big moment right now, and we’re not exactly surprised. In fact, we’d go as far as to assume that every beauty obsessive has at least one lip plumping product in their makeup kit. From lip glosses to lip balms and even serum-like concoctions and lip pencils (yes, that’s right, plumping lip pencils) that promise long-term results, there’s no shortage of impressive products on the market to choose from. 2023 in particular has been a big year for lip plumping products.
What’s the big fuss, you say? They’re a great way to add a little extra oomph to your pout, whether you prefer to use them as a finishing touch or as a way to prep your lips for your favourite lipstick and lip liner.
But first thing’s first, let us make a few things clear:
a) Lip plumpers are not an alternative for lip fillers and it’s unlikely that you’ll get similar results. Although they’re designed to boost blood flow to the lips – which in turn does make your lips appear slightly fuller due to the increased production of collagen – the result is temporary at best and is not in any way comparable to what you would get with cosmetic lip-enhancing procedures.
b) You shouldn’t feel like you need to make your lips appear bigger and you absolutely shouldn’t let the toxic societal beauty standards dictate what makes you attractive. But of course, when it comes to your body (or lips in this case), you are the only person whose opinion matters most and if you want to embrace juicy, plumped up lips – go for it.
Best lip plumpers at a glance – our top picks:
- Best lip plumper overall: Huda Beauty Silk Balm Spicy Thermo Plumping Lip Balm, £22, Cult Beauty
- Best lip plumper for long-term results: Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Plumping Lip Gloss, WAS £23.50 NOW £19.97, Boots
- Best hydrating lip plumper: Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Hydrating and Plumping Gloss, £32, Sephora
- Best affordable lip plumper: e.l.f. Lip Plumping Gloss, £6, Boots
The good news is that lip plumpers have evolved enough for them not to be the cause those unpleasant and unwanted burning sensations and irritations. Newer formulas have ditched old-school ingredients such as cinnamon and peppermint in favour of hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, making them moisturising, gentle and effective, as well as suitable for both dry skin and sensitive skin.
To help you make a more informed decision, we’ve put together a full edit of all the best lip plumpers available. As committed beauty testers, we made sure to include a variety of different formulas that meet the needs of varying budgets and preferences too. So, from best sellers to new releases, hopefully there will be something on this list for everyone. Enjoy.
Looking for more beauty products? Why not try a nourishing lip balm or a clear lip gloss? And if you’re looking to restock on all your favourite makeup and skincare products, check out our guides for the best mascara, best lip oils, best lip masks, best liquid eyeliners, best concealers, and the best face SPFs.