DuWop's Lip Venom is one of the first lip plumping products that I remember being available on the market, and I bought it a few years back from Urban Outfitters- it's still so weird to me that they have makeup, haha. Lip Venom and other DuWop products are also available from Sephora, where it'll cost you $16.
Lip Venom comes in a tiny glass vial that is packaged inside a larger cardboard tube. It has a fairly standard brush applicator. While Lip Venom comes in all sorts of new varieties that include shimmer and even Twilight themed colors, this one is the original and is clear with a slightly pinkish hue in the tube (probably from me contaminating it by using the brush over other lip colors, haha)
The tube calls Lip Venom "the original spicy gloss that plumps," and with a cinnamonish scent it's definitely spicy. The packaging even advises that "a sensation of heat and tingling is normal!" While a lot of people aren't a fan of the feeling plumpers like Lip Venom give your lips, it seems to be necessary for the plumping to work- personally, I like to look at plumping products as irritants because that really is essentially how they work. By exposing your skin to zesty things like cinnamon oil or lemon peel extract, it irritates the area and gets your blood flowing, giving that plumped look that everyones after!
Heres a before and after picture so you can judge for yourself how well Lip Venom works as a lip plumper.
In the before, you can see that my lips are already decently full. I probably have some remnants of chapstick on in this photo, but other than that theres no product!
|Lips with DuWop Lip Venom|
Here are my lips with Lip Venom. To me, they look slightly fuller, particularly on my top lip. The shine of the gloss also helps make them look plumper and hide fine lines.
If you are considering spending $16 on a product like this, I think there are two things that you should keep in mind. First of all, how important are plumped lips to you? I like this product well enough, but I'm not sure if I'd spend the money on it again- but thats mostly because I'm already happy and comfortable with my lips. However, if you are a thin lipped girl and it really bothers you, a product like this might be worth checking out for the confidence boost!
Also, this product gets a lot of complaints for the "sensation of heat and tingling" that it gives. If you have sensitive skin or a low pain tolerance, you might want to avoid this. The feeling doesn't bother me, exactly, but you could definitely go so far as to call the feeling this product gives your lips as stinging. I'm pretty tolerant of discomfort like this, plus I like cinnamony/spicy scents and tastes, so it's not an issue for me, but if you think you might have a problem with it I would definitely try one out in store before dropping the $16 on it!