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Recently I discovered a new Irish beauty site, Simply Foxy. They have a huge range of products (including Catrice and Sleek) and I've ordered from them twice now with no problems, they're very fast too and they deliver via An Post. I saw this - it's the stronger version of the original Lip Voltage that everyone seemed to be going mad for last year - this is Lip Voltage: The Powerhouse Trio Power Lip Plumper by Dreamweave. At €30 it's not cheap, but you know what they say about fools and their money....
I'm not very Science-minded, but I really wanted to do as much research as I could on this so that I could get my head around how it works. It looks like a clear lipgloss, with a thin applicator. Instructions are thin on the ground:
Here's the ingredients list:
I'll go through them quickly - Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoproprene Copolymer (viscosity controlling agent), Hydrogenated C6-20 Polyolefin (viscosity controlling abrasive), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (silicone replacement, palm oil derivitave, mild irritant), Paraffinum Liquidum (liquid paraffin - locks in moisture like cling film. Can irritate psoriasis/eczema because bacteria gets trapped under the oily layer). Propylparaben (chemical allergen), BHT (toluene based antioxidant), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (again), Tribehenin (skin conditioning agent), Sorbitan Isostearate (surfactant), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (may stimulate collagen production), Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (lubricant), Sorbitan Isostereate (again), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar compound derived from coconut oil), Tripeptide 38 (stimulates collagen & hyaluronic acid), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (oil substitute, primarily used as a carrier), Dimethyl Isosorbide (solvent, mild irritant), Sesame Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E compound), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Menthol (irritant), Vanillyl Butyl Ether (induces warming, alternative to Capsicum), C177891 (Titanium Dioxide - lubrication/sun protection), C177492 (iron oxide - pigment).
I know that's a huge big list and some of those chemicals have several properties or uses - but when I noticed that a couple of ingredients were listed twice I had a deeper dig - this is actually a combination of three separate lip plumpers. Anywhere that stocks it has an info section like this one stating that it's a combination of "Maxi lip, Volulip and Line Fill" - Two French formulas and one "brand new" Spanish one. I can't for the life of me find any info on the Line Fill, but I found Maxi Lip and Volulip - they're trademarked active ingredients made and manufactured by the French company Sederma.
The Dreamweave website have quite a vague FAQ section - have a look here. Supposedly, this isn't as stingy or irritating as the original Lip Voltage (the one with the little syringe) - I would imagine that's because the original contains Capsaicin, a derivative of Capsicum, which is incredibly irritating. This one has the Vanillyl Butyl Ether as an alternative. Still - this felt hot on my lips - not sore, but just strange and stingy.
Leaving all that aside, does it work? It promises to plump lips up immediately, with effects lasting up to 24 hours and to significantly increase lip volume over time. Here are my lips without any product:
Here's the Lip Voltage Powerhouse a few minutes after application (it's still stinging at this point)
To me - I didn't notice a huge difference. My top lip is more defined, but other than that - it just looks like a clear lipgloss, and it looks like my lips are irritated around the edges. I don't know what I was expecting - but this wasn't it. Also, it definitely did not last 24 hours - I'd say 2 hours at a push. After about a half an hour, my lips just looked swollen and sore:
Here are my lips using only M.A.C "Rosy Rim" lipliner and YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil in "Undress Me".
Save your €30 and spend it on a lipliner and some gloss. A bit of highlighter on the cupid's bow will add a little definition, and a dab of it on the lower lip will make your lips look plumper.
Sometimes I feel really foolish for falling for stuff like this, I will not use this again and I don't