We've Discovered the Best Lip-Plumping Products That Actually Work

Lip-plumping products have steadily continued to rise in popularity. Thanks almost entirely to Kylie Jenner, plump lips are very much du jour—so much so that after Kylie confessed to her enhancement, one clinic saw a 70% increase in lip-filler inquiries in 24 hours. Crazy. But there is a way to do it without injecting your lips. While it's no longer taboo to have a little volume injected into your pout, the research-and-development teams at skincare companies have been hard at work to find viable alternatives to the needle with some success. The new generation of lip-plumping topicals offers an impressively pillowy effect without the sting.

Model from mango with limp plumper

From our favorite quick-fix lip gloss that's perfect for a night out to the overnight solution, there are many different iterations of lip-plumping products that are set to give you a bigger pout.

Best for a Range of Colors

Buxom Full-On Lip Plumper
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish $21

Known as one of the best-selling plumping lip glosses in the U.S., this lip polish offers a comfortable tingle, a subtle plumping effect and comes in a range of three finishes and over 20 different colors.

so juicy plumping gloss in princess cut, clear
Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss $7

The aughts staple that is clear lip gloss all but disappeared around the turn of the decade, and after seeing how versatile this gloss is, we can't earnestly say that we understand why. Yes, it comes in way more shades than just clear, but the richness of this gloss is a main feature even when it's not pigmented. Not only do you get plumped up lips, you get lip gloss that stays shiny for more than an hour; it's a win-win.

Best for Instant Anti-Aging

Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels
Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels $28

Want those fine lines around your lips sorted out at the same time that you're getting some lip-plumping action? These gel patches are enriched with vitamins and will leave you with soft, pillowy lips. 

Best for Overnight Plumping

Lancer Skincare Volume Enhancing Lip Serum
Lancer Skincare Volume Enhancing Lip Serum $42

Lancer's offering is a real lip gloss formula with a high-shine finish, which is fine if it's not windy—hair and lip gloss leads to havoc—and we found it's best applied before bed. Sichuan pepper stimulates blood flow to give you that instant plumping, but when worn overnight while your skin is rejuvenating, the ingredients work really effectively. Super-moisturizing coconut-derived fatty acids ensure you'll wake up with impressively bigger and smoother lips.

Best for Everyday Use

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Candy Queen
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Candy Queen $9

This is a cult favorite for a reason. The moment you put this on your lips, you can practically feel them plumping up. Of course, your lips aren't actually doing that, but you do feel the pleasant tingling sensation that comes with giving your lips a more defined look. This lip gloss is also jam-packed with glycerin, which helps your pout hold more moisture instead of drying out.

Collagen Lip Bath Gloss
Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath Gloss $35

This lip gloss turned one of our lipstick-and-balm-loving editors into a believer. Not only does it plump your lips, but it utilizes marine collagen to hydrate and volumize them. A lot of glosses plump but don't smooth lip lines—this does both. It's not glittery, instead leaving a wonderful glassy sheen on your lips that stays put.

Full Filled Plumping Gloss
p/y/t Full Filled/Plumping Lip Gloss $15

Inclusive indie brand p/y/t go by a "no BS" rule: cruelty free, no harmful chemicals, and no ridiculous markups. That's great news for consumers, because you don't have to compromise quality or ethics for price. This gloss is perfect for anyone who wants a just-better-than-natural-looking plump.

Dior Lip Maximizer Lip Plumper
Dior Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss $34

A celeb favorite, this plumping gloss is so popular it's almost not worth extolling its virtues here. It's hydrating, noticeably plumping, and comes in a range of shades so you can take it between the office and date night with ease. It also always (always!) looks luxurious when you're putting it on. You feel like Bella Hadid—who happens to be the gloss's spokesperson.

Best For Consistent Use

Niod Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate
Niod Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate $60

An oil-based serum, this works immediately to boost blood circulation in the lip area for instant plumping and a just-bitten pink tone. It's miraculous how much the fast-acting ingredients make your lips look like they have been injected, making this ideal to apply before a night out. An impressive cocktail of lipids, hyaluronic acid, and peptides (it all gets very scientific) also works overtime to offer both instant plumpness and long-lasting volume. All you need to know is that with regular use, you can expect a 25% increase in lip size in four weeks. Jaw-dropping.

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