I’d heard good things about Sally Hansen’s Lip Inflation, so it was with no small excitement that I awaited its arrival in the mail. I bought the clear version of the gloss – it’s also available in three other shades, as shown in the picture, but I’ve always gone for clear glosses before in my search for Angelina Jolie-style lips, so why stop now, I thought?
This works on the same principle as other glosses I’ve tried, such as Lip Venom and Lip Injection. You just apply it to your lips like a regular gloss, and ingredients including peppermint, ginger and cinnamon combine to irritate your lips, causing them to swell up in a non-painful way. But does it work?
Look after the jump for full review plus before and after pictures…
First things first: this stuff smells (and tastes) fabulous. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the scent is (it’s neither peppermint, ginger or cinnamon), but it’s gloriously sweet, and rather moreish.
Unlike most of the other plumping glosses I’ve tried, the tinging caused by Lip Inflation is very mild, and, in fact, barely noticeable. Were the results barely noticeable too, though? See for yourself:
So, definitely a little plumper, I think, but not dramatically so. Again, as with Lip Poison, which remains my favourite lip plumper so far, the left side of my lip looks much plumper than the right, and again, it didn’t actually look like that in real life, although I am starting to wonder if it’s just me who thinks that, and that I am actually secretly deformed. Perhaps it’s just the angle of the photo.
So, in conclusion, given that I paid just a few pounds for this on eBay, I’m fairly pleased with it. It seems to give a better result than some of the higher end brands I’ve tried, although I still prefer Miss Groovy’s Lip Poison, which gives a much more pronounced effect.