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This Dr. Dennis Gross Lip Plumper is Putting Filler Out of Business

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Kerri Gordon

Originally published on | January 2

I’ve been hot on the heels of the MECCA skin team since I first saw the Dr. Dennis Gross DermInfusions™ Plump + Repair Lip Treatment inflating the lips of a northern-hemisphere TikTokker a few weeks back. The results far exceeded the plumping effects of more makeup-minded plumping glosses I’ve tried in the past, and I was immediately enthralled.

I’ve not (yet) dabbled with any needles, but I’d be lying if I denied curiosity around making some tweakments. With fear of filler migration, regret, and my iPhone Face I.D. not recognising me, I’m willing to try almost anything before befriending an aesthetician (though I’m sure they’re very friendly).

My pestering paid off, and the needle-looking lip serum landed on my desk last week. Within seconds it was on my lips. Here’s what you need to know.

It tingles, but not like you’d expect

My previous dabbles with plumping glosses left me a little, well, whelmed. A bit tingly, but none with results to write home about. As for the Dr. Dennis Gross DermInfusions™ Plump + Repair Lip Treatment, however, I can only explain the sensation as what I imagine it might feel like to make out with Sean Evans, host of Hot Ones. You can definitely feel it work, in a tingling, lingering, remnants-of-hot-sauce kind of way.

The serum-gloss is formulated with centella asiatica, one of my favourite ingredients for regulating irritated skin, which, in this product, acts as insurance to protect you from excess redness and sensitivity - a consideration most topical plumpers won’t make. Just ensure to keep the treatment within the perimeter of your natural lip line for best results.

Your lips will colour themselves naturally

The tingling sensation brings a rush of blood to the surface of your lips, which not only helps to add volume and encourage ongoing collagen production, but will also colour your lips in a deeper and more vibrant signature hue (that’s still you). While you could wear your favourite tint over top - you might find a desire to forgo it (I did).

It makes your lips visibly bigger, instantly

There’s no denying this product works. Around five minutes after application, my lips reach their peak fullness, becoming about one-and-a-quarter to one-and-a-half the size they usually are, literally ‘filling’ the lines and creases in my lips. The thick, glossy texture of the treatment also helped to exaggerate the fullness of my lips, leaving them undeniably juicy-looking. The instant gratification this product delivers is surprisingly rewarding, and dare I say it, addicting.

Keep using it and you’ll notice a difference

What sets this plumper apart from like-minded glosses is its commitment to the long game. It’s got all my favourite ingredients to improve the plumpness, firmness and smoothness of lips long term; four weights of hyaluronic acid to hydrate (times four), peptides to boost volume and plushness, and squalane to help heal and restore lips that like to chap and flake.

The bottom line…

This plumping lip treatment does exactly what it says on the bottle, and to great effect. Unlike injectable filler administered by an aesthetician, this treatment gloss is not a one-and-done solution, so to reap the plump on the regular, you’ll need to apply (and reapply) every day. The benefit of that, however, is that you’ll always get a plump that works with your natural lip shape - and it’s impossible to go overboard.

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