First things first, I have no visions of me having a Kylie Jenner pout as a result of a simple beauty product. That really is the sort of thing that can only happen with the help of a few syringes rather than a gloss and some clever lip liner. But, I do like the idea of having a slightly more plump and smooth pout so wanted to give this Instant Effects Instant Lip Product a go as soon as it arrived.
As you can probably see, my lips are nothing special. They’re not non-existant but they are very pale and not especially full. The above is with make-up on my face but nothing on my lips. A little about the Instant Effects Instant Lip product – it promises to increase the volume of lips by 20% in 2 minutes, it reduces lines and gives a smoother appearance for up to 4 days and (most importantly for me) it promises no stinging or aggravation.
This is what ‘sold’ me on the product – I have a few stinging based products that deliver a plumper pout via the help of that stinging/tingly sensation that whilst it doesn’t quite get to the point of hurting… can’t really be good for you?! But I can 100% vouch for this as not hurting or stinging one bit. It basically just applies like a light balm, it’s not sticky like a gloss and there’s zero sting.
The below shot was taken after wearing the product for a couple of minutes. Nope, my lips aren’t pillowy and plump, but it would be unrealistic to expect this. I feel like they have developed a little more colour so they’re not as pale as before. Whilst they’re not totally line free they do feel a little smoother. Whilst I wasn’t necessarily blown away by the plumping effect of this, the thing I do like is that they feel smooth and soft and hydrated. It essentially does what I want a quality lip balm to do – leaves them in better all round condition than before. If I’m wearing a lipstick (not a matte one) I’d use this as a prep for it. On a day to day basis though I’m really liking this in the place of a regular lip balm.
Instant Effects Instant Lip available from lookfantastic.com (£24.99)
*PR sample or gift