I Tried a Lip-Plumping Device for One Week, and This Is What Happened

Erin Jahns

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Though I haven’t always appreciated the size and shape of my lips, in recent years, they’ve grown to become one of my favorite features. Not only are they the spitting image of my mom’s (which always gives me a warm note of happiness whenever I look in the mirror), but they also have some natural fullness that I’ve come to appreciate whenever I swipe on lipstick or balm.

However, just as someone with naturally long lashes might still dabble in XXL-length mascaras, I can’t help myself when a new product or device promises a fuller, smoother pout. So naturally, when I heard about JuvaLips—an electronic lip-plumping device promising an increase in smoothness and size with a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles—I was cautiously intrigued.

Unlike the not-so-safe #KylieJennerChallenge (think suction meets shot glass if you’re unfamiliar) from a few years back, the JuvaLips device incorporates the same basic idea sans crazy consequences. (Though the brand does warn light bruising can occur if you overdo it with treatments.) Compact, easy to use, and adorably packaged, the patent-pending product stimulates the lips with timed treatments at a regulated pressure. It’s that vibrating, suction-like pressure that increases blood flow to the lip’s capillaries creating that coveted, smooth, and swollen look.

But does it actually work? Vowing to use the treatment four times per day (twice in the morning and twice in the evening), I volunteered my lips to play guinea pig for a week. Although I’m completely happy with their size and appearance, my top lip is quite a bit thinner than my bottom, and I do have some deep wrinkles that can easily veer pruney (and chapped-looking) if I start to neglect my scrub and balm routine. So yes, I was excited to see what the JuvaLips device would do for my upper lip and if consistent usage might blur and smooth those pesky, deep-set lines.

That being said, I was slightly intimidated before my first go-round. I have sensitive skin, and the potential for bruising was slightly concerning to me. However, I was immediately surprised by the light intensity of the pressure, and the suctioning sensation was far less intense than I had initially anticipated. (If I had to make a comparison, it’d be to that of a large fish sucking on your lips—which, as a disclaimer, I haven’t experienced firsthand but sounds about right, regardless.)

What’s more, the first few times I tried the device, I couldn’t have been more surprised (or pleased!) with the significant difference I saw in my pout—flushed, plump, and all-around perkier. Plus, the results seemed to last for a good part of the day, and I didn’t experience any of the aforementioned bruising.

However, after the days and treatments wore on, I did notice a drop-off on impact, and though the brand does stipulate you may need to experiment with technique (so it could have been user error), it almost seemed as if my lips were growing accustomed to the pulsating and becoming resistant to the device’s previous magic. So while I noted a subtle difference in the size of my lips over the course of the week, I just wasn’t seeing the same staggering results I had noticed right off the bat.

What I did notice, however, was a significant difference in how smooth my lips looked. Since the device had, indeed, plumped my lips (even if it was to a lesser degree than I had initially hoped for), those fine lines and wrinkles had virtually disappeared and were all of a sudden much less visible underneath my favorite lip products.

Though the difference is minimal (I tried to keep my lip color virtually the same in both photos for the sake of accurate comparison), you can see a slight difference in the size of my upper lip and the all-around fullness and smoothness of both. Essentially, the JuvaLips device breathed some much-needed life into my lips, and I truly believe it works. However, depending on skin sensitivity, lip shape, etc. results will probably be pretty mixed. So, though I’m not completely sold, I’ll definitely keep using the JuvaLips device and have (and will continue) to recommend it to those seeking a subtle, non-invasive volume boost.

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