I watched Kathleen Lights’ video on the ELF Lip Plumping Glosses, and the very next day I had two arrive in the mail in a surprise package which was really exciting as they looked amazing in her video, and I love lip gloss. I’m so glad that glosses are coming back as I just don’t love the whole matte lipstick trend, and I know I’m in the minority but I’ve always been a gloss girl, and own way more glosses than I do matte lipsticks so I knew I’d love the ELF Lip Plumping Glosses, and they’re only £6 each on the US and UK ELF websites.
There are a total of five different shades to choose from, and I have the shades Mocha Twist and Champagne Glam, and each gloss contains 2.7ml of product packaged within a sleek, clear plastic tube with a black lid. The packaging looks so chic considering the price, and remind me of the MAC Cremesheen Glass packaging, with the same shaped doefoot applicator too. I have a couple of the ELF Lip Lacquers and they’re in much more basic packaging, but I really love the weight and feel of the tubes of the Lip Plumping Glosses.
“This sheer lip plumping gloss helps plump the lips with nourishing hydration. The invigorating high-shine formula soothes and volumizes lips. Enriched with vitamin e and coconut oil to nourish and hydrate the lips for a soft, supple feel.”
I don’t like many lip plumping gloss formulas as I find they can be rather uncomfortable with a burning sensation such as the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glosses. They’re super effective at plumping the lips and look very pretty, but the burning sensation really isn’t pleasant so I just don’t use them, so I was intrigued to see if the ELF glosses had a similar effect on the lips. The glosses have a sweet vanilla scent which I didn’t expect as lip plumping glosses tend to have quite strong menthol scents but I much prefer the vanilla scent which these have, and they don’t burn my lips whatsoever.
When I first apply the glosses, they do make my lips tingle slightly for the first 2-3 minutes but there’s no burning or discomfort and they really do make the lips look plumped due to how shiny they leave the lips.
They do feel a little sticky, but the stickiness is why they last on the lips for around three to four hours, but they’re not at all gloopy and remind me of the MAC Cremesheen Glasses in terms of formula as well as the packaging. Mocha Twist is a browny nude shade without any shimmer and Champagne Gloss is a clear gloss packed with champagne shimmer particles.
Mocha Twist is the ideal everyday shade, and Champagne Gloss is the perfect shimmery lip topper for any lipstick for extra dimension and shine. I thought the inclusion of Vitamin E and Coconut Oil might have been a gimmick, but these glosses genuinely do have a moisturising effect on the lips.
I’m so impressed with how pigmented Mocha Twist is for a lip gloss, and how packed with shimmer Champagne Gloss it as some shimmery glosses don’t distribute shimmer very evenly, but that’s definitely not an issue with these and I’m hoping they come to Superdrug as I now *need* the other three shades.
Have you tried the ELF Lip Plumping Glosses? Which is your favourite shade?