Let’s talk about lips for a second. What’s your relationship like with your lips? For years, I hated mine. I thought they were too large, and that I didn’t look right wearing lipstick. I spent a few years during my time in high school, wearing brown eyeliner and clear gloss. It wasn’t until I was about 23, that I accepted my lips for what they were. Full and beautiful. Now that I have embraced my lips, and I find myself swatching lipstick from time to time, it’s imperative that I take better care of my lips- as I have a bit of a hydration problem.
Having a dry skin type does not limit just the quality of the skin on your body and face, it also affects the scalp and the lips. Lip balms that you find in the drugstore tend to not be enough for me. They work wonders to seal in moisture (thanks, occlusives) but contain nothing to deliver moisture, or nutrients to nourish. I got the opportunity to try Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS, heard good. I heard good things about the brand and some of the reviews looked amazing. So while they sent me one shade, I decided to dig a little deeper and try a few more.
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper is an instant lip formula that delivers long-term benefits.
GrandeLIPS has an all-star ingredient list that promises to improve lip volume instantly, and increase lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in just 30 days (when applied twice a day):
- Volulip™: Soothes irritated skin while enhancing collagen and plumping effect.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Moisturizes and improves firmness; helps stimulate plumping.
- Niacin: Skin conditioning agent with smoothing properties.
- Atelocollagen Polypeptide: Boosts natural collagen production.
GrandeLIPS comes packaged in a gold 0.084oz tube. The product dispenses by pressing a button at the bottom of the tube that forces it into a doe foot, plastic wand. The push button applicator can become a messy situation if you press the button too many times.
The texture is thick and smooth, almost reminiscent of honey. Thanks to that thick, smooth texture, GrandeLIPS does not feather or bleed beyond the lips.
I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to treat my lips at night only, or doing the day, so I picked up a clear lip treatment at night, and a nude shade and a bright shade for daytime. I enjoy wearing them on days where my makeup is minimal, or those no makeup, just a gloss days. The shades are not heavy in pigmentation, just a nice pop of color.
I did notice my lips were firmer, smoother and more hydrated. There was a bit of a tingle, but not as hardcore as another popular lip plumper on the market. My lips have not felt nourished like this in a very long time, GrandeLIPS is a keeper.