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the best lip plumper for a no-needle pout

Have you been dreaming of perfectly full & pillowy-soft lips?

You aren’t alone. The demand for lip augmentation procedures has increased by 5% since 2016 & 60% since 2000, making it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments of our time.

But what if filler isn’t the right solution for you?

Lip augmentations aren’t the only way to achieve an ultra-kissable pout. There are many cost effective alternatives that achieve comparable results without the need for invasive medical procedures or taking on the risk of infection.

Lip plumper is one of these alternatives. It’s celebrated by consumers & beauty professionals alike for being a more convenient, natural & affordable option than cosmetic injections.

If you’ve been wondering how to plump up your pucker, these lip products may be just what you need. But before you grab your wallet, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different types of plumping lip gloss & choose a formulation that will work for your unique skin requirements & personal preferences.

Ahead, we're sharing everything you need to know about finding the best lip plumper for your needs. Let’s get right to it!

What is lip plumper?

Lip plumper is a cosmetic product that is carefully formulated with mild irritants, such as caffeine, menthol, ginger or chile pepper extract, to trigger an immune response which causes the lips to swell slightly. Don’t worry, it’s totally safe with the right product! We’ll get more into that below.

Do lip plumpers actually work?

Yes, many of the best lip plumpers have been medically & scientifically proven to temporarily enhance lip volume, with most producing results for 2-3 hours after application.

How do you use a lip plumper?

In most cases, you can use your lip plumper gloss just as you would any other lip gloss. We recommend reading the instructions found on the packaging to be sure you’re using a particular lip gloss correctly.

If you want to maximize your results, however, there are some steps you can take to further enhance the fullness of your lips. Give the routine below a try!

  1. exfoliate

    Exfoliating your lips with a sugar scrub prior to applying plumper removes dead skin cells & other buildup, allowing for maximum absorption. You want your lips to be as clean as possible so the mild irritants found in your lip plumper gloss can take full effect.

    Just remember not to scrub too hard when exfoliating your lips. Apply a thin layer of sugar scrub & proceed to rub the lips gently with a finger, toothbrush or silicone lip tool. Use circular motions & then wipe away any excess residue with a warm, damp cloth.

  2. apply to clean, dry lips

    Even the best lip plumping gloss will produce lackluster results if your lips aren’t fresh & smooth. Allow your lips to dry for a few minutes before application & ensure they are completely free of other products like lipstick, balms, or oils.

    When applying lip plumper, a little goes a long way. There’s no need for multiple coats! Distribute an even layer across the lips, moving the wand in a back & forth motion.

  3. wait for tingling sensation to pass

    It is normal to experience a tingling sensation shortly after application. Don’t be alarmed — it’s a sign the product is doing its job. The mild irritants inside the formula are creating the desired response & soon your lips will be more luscious than ever.

  4. reapply as needed

    Unfortunately, your sultry & sumptuous smirk won’t last forever. But the good news is you can extend the life of your pucker by simply reapplying your best lip plumper gloss every 2-3 hours. One swipe is all it takes to keep up a kiss-worthy appearance!

the best lip plumpers to get full lips instantly

The secret to finding the best plumping lip gloss is to research each option with three key criteria in mind:

  • the purpose of the product

  • the ingredients it’s formulated with

  • the unique benefits it provides

No two lip plumper lip glosses are exactly the same, so it’s always best to compare products to see which offers the most value for your specific needs.

To help you decide which tarte™ lip plumper is right for you, let’s take a closer look at our products.

  1. maracuja juicy lip plump

    By now, you’ve probably seen it on TikTok. Our maracuja juicy lip plump has been heralded as the best lip plumper by magazines, social media influencers & online publications. It took the internet by a storm at launch with 75,000 sold in the first 5 days. Why? Its multi-purpose formula provides the perfect balance of shine, moisture & juicy color!

    Juicy lip plump is an all-in-1 plumping balm, gloss, color & treatment. With just a swipe, it instantly plumps the appearance of lips while smoothing the look of lip lines for a soft, pillowy pout. It delivers a gorgeous stained glass finish with a shine that’s super comfy & never sticky.

    It doesn’t stop there. This vegan plumper is infused with 10+ superfruits to wrap lips in moisture. One of which is our favorite powerhouse ingredient, maracuja, which is rich in essential fatty acids & vitamin C for firmer, brighter, smoother-looking lips. That’s not even the best part! Our maracuja is powered by girl power, sustainably harvested by an all-women co-op in the Amazon that empowers these women by providing them with the resources they need to succeed & support their family.

    It’s like a fruit basket, infused with:

    • grapeseed oil: known for anti-aging properties

    • goji: promotes collagen production & moisturizes

    • acai: powerful antioxidant packed with vitamins A, B, C & E to help restore moisture

    • acerola: rich in antioxidants to promote elasticity

    • pomegranate: provides maximum hydration

    • watermelon: rich in vitamin C & hydrates

    • strawberry: antioxidant-rich, free radical defense

    • blueberry: packed with vitamin A, C & E

    • peach: helps boost collagen production

    • cranberry: antioxidant-rich & anti-aging properties

    For added moisture, the formula includes hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate dry, dehydrated lips. Additionally, it’s infused with vitamin E, a natural preservative that also acts as an emollient & antioxidant. Last, but certainly not least, our proprietary Cushion Comfort XL Complex delivers a tingle-free plump that’s dermatologist tested.

    As always at tarte™, it’s formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate & gluten.

    It’s super easy to use (& did we mention it smells like coconut!): just click, swipe & layer for a plumped-up, juicy pop of color. Pro tip: the non-retractable click reveals the perfect amount of product every time, so click up once.

    Not convinced? Don’t take our word for it. In a clinical study, 100% saw more plump lips after 10 minutes & 100% saw immediate hydration.

  2. maneater™ plumping gloss

    If you’re looking for a lip plumper lipgloss that delivers knock-out results with every wear, we’re confident our maneater™ plumping gloss will be your new go-to. This formula features even more powerful plumping ingredients than our maracuja juicy lip plump for that extra oomph!

    Just like juicy lip plump, this gloss not only provides instant plumping power, but it meanwhile nourishes the lips. Thanks to our volu-plump complex, lips look visibly plumper with a quick & easy swipe of the jumbo applicator. The nourishing formula smooths the look of lip lines, wrapping lips in lasting hydration, color & shine. The star ingredients that deliver this effect are benzyl nicotinate, to help plump appearance of lips, & lactic acid, which smooths their appearance.

    Love what you’re hearing? Just for you we have an extra-spicy tip: wear this gloss over your fave lipstick to make lips look even fuller!

  3. pout prep lip exfoliant

    Okay, you got us — this isn’t technically a lip plumper. But we just didn’t feel right completing our list of best lip plumpers without it. When you use pout prep lip exfoliant before applying maracuja juicy lip plump or maneater™ plumping gloss, the results are truly ah-may-zing!

    The minty lip scrub made from suspended raw sugar granules microexfoliates & buffs away dead skin, smoothing & prepping lips. Plus, it’s infused with maracuja & shea butter to treat thirsty lips to an extra dose of hydration. Simply buff, rinse, pucker & repeat before applying your plumper of choice. Your lips will soak up all of the super-sumptuous ingredients in our plumping formulas & appear more strikingly supple than ever before.

find your best lip plumper

Are you ready to break beauty boundaries & plump up your life (without the needles)? Shop our lip products online today & get ready for your “I can’t believe I ever lived without this!” moment.

Can’t pick a color? Use our virtual try-on feature to find your perfect match in seconds. & if you still can’t decide, why not buy ’em all!?