Lip Filler Lip Liner
Lip liners don’t normally overly excite us, but Lip Filler Lip Liner by Thrive Causemetics exceeded our expectations with its comfortable, rich, and long-lasting color.
Among its high notes, this lip liner’s soft, pliable consistency delivers ultra-smooth, saturated pigmentation. You get ample time to correct mistakes before it sets to a stay-put, matte finish. We also love that it’s comfortable enough to wear as liner and as an all-over lip color, which we can’t say about most lip liners.
Don’t put too much stock into Thrive’s claims about this being a “plumping” formula, but cosmetically, it can help lips look fuller. And we appreciate that it contains beneficial ingredients like ceramides, peptides, and antioxidant-rich emollients. On top of that, it’s fragrance free, which is always good news for delicate lip skin.
Design-wise, the twist-up, retractable packaging is user-friendly and even though the point is already quite narrow, it comes with an attached sharpener to further refine if desired. At the time of this review, eight shades are available, including peach, mauve, pink, red, and berry hues to complement a variety of skin tone. High five Thrive—you nailed it with this one!
- Soft, pliable lip liner delivers ultra-smooth, saturated color.
- Sets to a stay-put matte finish that wears comfortably.
- Also works well as an all-over lip color.
- Contains beneficial ingredients like ceramides, peptides, and antioxidant-rich emollients.
- Good shade range to complement a variety of skin tones.
- User-friendly retractable packaging.
- Fragrance free.
- Zip, zero, nada.
Prime, line and plump with long-lasting coverage and a smooth, hydrating finish.
Thrive Causemetics is the brainchild of Karissa Bodnar, who launched the line in 2013 after working as a makeup artist and product developer under the umbrella of L’Oreal’s luxury cosmetics division.
Giving back is part of Thrive’s core mission. For every product sold, the brand donates “to help a woman thrive” through various causes and organizations such as RAINN, Upward Bound House and Share Cancer Support (a cause near and dear to Bodnar after losing a close to friend to cancer).
Beyond the philanthropic mission, Thrive’s line of makeup products have become famous through social media and the collection has expanded to include skin care products as well. The brand prides itself on being vegan, cruelty free, and “containing proven ingredients without the use of parabens or sulfates.” While not at all sulfates are bad and parabens aren’t something you need to fear, we can respect the Thrive’s choice to not formulate with them to appease their customer base.
So how do the products perform? As with most beauty brands, it varies from product to product. Some of the formulas earn our top rating while others flounder. Lip products are one category that Thrive does exceptionally well, as evidenced by this gloss and lip liner.
See individual reviews for the full scoop on each, and visit thrivecausemetics.com to learn more about the mission behind the brand.
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