This Little-Known Lip Product Replaced My Need for Lipstick and Filler

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!

I have a confession to make. I've never really liked my lips. While I haven't been bothered by them to the point where I'd consider modifying them by way of lip injections, I'm not exactly satisfied with them. That's why, even though I love lipstick, I rarely wear it. I tend to stick to bold eye shadow looks instead. (On that note, check out five makeup looks I created using my five favorite winter eye shadow palettes.) What's more is that lip-plumping products and techniques (such as over-lining the lips with lip liner) have never worked for me. Either I didn't like the uncomfortable burn that accompanies most plumping products or the results of various makeup techniques didn't look natural enough for my liking.

I was ready to accept my tiny lips for what they were, until I was introduced to an under-the-radar lip mask–and-balm duo by a friend (hi, Sophie!). It moisturizes, plumps, and tints my lips almost instantly, yet looks natural. As such, it's officially become one of my holy-grail beauty products—one of the few mainstays that adorn my ever-changing medicine cabinet.