Name: LipFusion XL
Brand: Fusion Beauty
From Lip Fusion’s website:
LipFusion XL is a non-injectable lip volumizing therapy that combines two times the pure active collagen of LipFusion’s original plumpers with hyaluronic acid (HA), in one high-performance topical nighttime treatment.
Patented dehydrated marine collagen-filling spheres™ penetrate skin’s surface on contact, then seek out body’s natural water, and rehydrate to instantly plump and smooth lips.
Patented dehydrated hyaluronic acid-filling spheres™ have a remarkable, sponge-like absorbency that captures the body’s natural water, causing spheres to swell a dramatic 50 times larger for maximum hydration and long term plumping effects.
Once LipFusion XL is applied, lips swell continually for hours to visibly “fill” lines, boost volume, and keep lips lusciously moist. Plumped pouts look and feel fuller, smoother, and full on sexier.
What I liked:
– slighly plumps
– isn’t drying
What I didn’t like:
– not much collagen and Hyaluronic Acid in the product
– the scent
– the packaging
– the price
I’m not a fan of lip plumping products. I like my lips the way they are, not too thin and not big, and I don’t crave full lips like Angelina Jolie’s. Besides, most lip plumpers don’t really do much. They smell good and give a tingly, stingy feeling, but don’t really plump lips visibly. So, why did I get a €50 lip plumper, you’re probably asking? Well, I won it, together with a couple of other stuff, so once I had it in my hands I thought I may just as well try it.
LipFusion XL is not only a lip plumper, but a lip treatment as well. Just apply it at night before going to bed. Remember to exfoliate your lips first, though, so the ingredients can penetrate the skin more easily and do a better job. When I first swipe it on, I feel a slight tingle on the lips, which isn’t painful but still uncomfortable. It goes on smoothly, absorbs easily and isn’t sticky.
The first time I used it I woke up in the morning with lips that looked only sligthly plumper and the effect lasted for most of the day. It only started to wear off in the evening.
And after using it religiously for a few months, my lips are very moisturized, and appear a bit plumper, although not much bigger than how my lips naturally are. When I stopped using it, it took a couple of days for the plumping effect to disappear.
But this is not a miracle product! If you have thin lips, don’t expect this to make them look angelina-esque. It won’t. The effects are slightly noticeable but not dramatic. It does however, a great job at hydrating lips, leaving them smooth, less chapped and isn’t drying at all.
The product comes in a simple square silver tube. Personally, I’m not too fond of it, esp since you can’t see how much product is left in it. It also attracts fingerprints easily. They’re everywhere!
I’ve heard many people say they like the scent of this product, but I hate it! It’s strong, kinda sweet and minty but I can’t stand it!
The company claims LipFusion XL plumps lips thanks to micro-injected collagen technology and Hyaluronic Acid. However, there isn’t much collagen in the product, and there is even less Hyaluronic Acid! Both ingredients, in fact, are listed towards the end of the ingredients list and after flavor. Flavor is an ingredient or a combination of ingredients used to impart a taste to cosmetics, esp those that could be ingested, like lip products. So, there is more flavor in the product than the ingredients that are supposed to plump your lips!
In addition, while Atelocollagen is an effective delivery agent for proteins, RNA and DNA, there is no proof that delivery of this ingredient into the skin can stimulate collagen production. In fact, when applied topically, collagen is too large to penetrate the skin layer. And although some companies claim to have discovered a nanotechnology that allows collagen to penetrate the skin, there is not much scientific evidence supporting the claim. However, atelocollagen has been proved to be an effective moisturizing ingredient.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic acid) attracts water from the atmosphere and binds it in the skin under both low and high humidity. This makes lips swell slightly, temporarily reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also provides a protective barrier on the skin.
Towards the end of the ingredients list, there’s Menthoxypropanediol. It is a synthetic derivative of menthol, but its effect are twice as strong. It is very used in lip plumping products because it irritates lips, thus making them swell and look plumper. I know the concentration of the ingredient in the product is very low but I was still surprised to see it in the list. I thought the product was supposed to work with collagen and Hyaluronic acid and not have irritating ingredients!
So, the concentrations of the above ingredients are very low, but the products still plumps lip slightly: how? Shine and moisturization give the illusion of fuller lips. The product is definitely very shiny and contains lots of emollients like Mineral Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate and Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil to name a few.
One of the first ingredients on the list is Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), one of the moist effective moisturizing ingredient available. Ethylhexyl Palmitate is an emollient derived from palm oil. It is often used as a replacement to silicone. It gives skin a soft and smooth appearance and has a dry-slip feel similar to that of silicone. Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil is derived from the castor bean. It is an emollient that, when dry, forms a barrier on the lips that has water-binding properties. Castor Oil can also have a slightly sticky feel.
Overall, I’m disappointed in this product. It does work and makes lips slightly plumper and fuller. The effects last for a while provided you use it every night. It also hydrates lips very well. However, I think the same effects could be achieved by using a chapstick and a lipgloss. After all, the product is full of moisturizing ingredients and there’s not much collagen or Hyaluronic Acid in it. If it would have been way cheaper I may have bought it, after all as an hydrating treatment it is good. But for what it does, I can’t really justify the high price tag.