Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Product Review: Sally Hansen Lip Inflation

The claim: “This refreshing, tingly gloss enhances lips’ natural color and shape while adding brilliant shine. Peppermint “cools” and stimulates lips. Lips become flushed and plump instantly for a sexy, “pouty” look. Vitamins A and E nourish the lips.”

The cost: About $5-7. Available at www.walgreens.com for $5.99.

The good news: It is tingly, probably due to the peppermint and cinnamon in the product. Your lips do look glossy and “flushed.” I reapplied this product several times, and I’ve hardly created a dent in the amount of gloss in the bottle: it seems it will last for a very long time. The plumping effect is very, very subtle. Looks pretty over a more traditional lipstick.

The bad news: Bad idea to kiss anyone while wearing this product. Very bad idea. If it seeps on to the skin surrounding your lips, it slightly burns. The glossy look is completely unnatural, but that’s fine if that’s what you’re going for. It tastes disgusting—and vaguely medicinal.
And as mentioned, the effect is very subtle. You won't step out of the house looking like Angelina Jolie in this stuff--maybe that's a good thing, maybe that's bad.

The verdict: I wouldn’t buy this product again. But I probably won’t have to; it seems like it will last forever. For people wanting a glossy, flushed lip look, this product might be a good fit. But it doesn’t seem like it’s worth the money for such a subtle plumping effect.