Plumper, Please Shaping Lip Duo
Maybelline’s Plumper, Please Shaping Lip Duo is a two-sided lip product with a thicker lip liner with a rounded point at one end and a mineral oil-based lip gloss (applied with the standard wand/sponge tip combination) on the other. The lip liner and gloss shades match for seamless results, but both products contain an exceptionally potent menthol derivative that irritates lips from the get-go.
The ingredient in question is ethyl menthane carboxamide, a potent synthetic version of mint-derived menthol. The cooling, pepper-like sensation it has can temporarily swell the lips, leading to a plumper appearance, but the effect is temporary. What might not be temporary is the irritation this causes lips, which can lead to dryness and, longer-term, lip thinning. That’s likely not what you want from a plumping product!
Making matters worse, both the gloss and liner formulas also contain fragrance, another source of lip irritation. Plus, the gloss portion readily migrates past your natural lip line, even if you apply the liner first.
Really the only good thing about this product are the cool-toned red, pink, and rose shades. But you can find such riveting opaque colors from several non-irritating lip products and liners, including many others sold by Maybelline.
- Offers attractive cool-toned pink, rose, and red shades.
- The gloss and liner contain an irritating menthol derivative that causes a tingling, peppery sensation.
- Both gloss and liner contain fragrance, which can irritate lips.
- The gloss quickly migrates outside the natural lip line.
Forget about fillers! Maybelline's Lip Studio Plumper, Please! delivers the look of full lips. This 2-in-1 must-have features stimulating plumping technology, a nourishing glossy formula, and a doe foot applicator to deliver your most amplified looking lips yet.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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