Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment
Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment doesn't break any new ground when it comes to lip-plumping products. It's another that "plumps" lips with ingredients known to increase the risk of irritation. In fact, on the packaging for this lip plumper, GlamGlow states "may cause an intense tingling sensation." It does just that, and the sensation tends to strengthen and feel progressively uncomfortable (going from a tingling to burning feeling) the longer you have this on. As for making lips three times as plump, we saw no such thing—and suspect you won't, either.
Housed in a sleek silver tube that you twist to unlock the applicator wand (as shown in a diagram on the box), this thick, somewhat syrupy gloss does apply smoothly and can moisturize lips. You're left with a lasting, glossy sheen that isn't nearly as sticky as you might suspect upon application.
We like that GlamGlow included several antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils along with plant extracts that are also a good source of antioxidants. If only they hadn't intermixed these beneficial ingredients with irritating ingredients such as spearmint oil, pepper-derived capsaicin resin, and fragrance ingredients like limonene.
The spearmint and pepper resin combine to create the tingling sensation, which is really just your lips telling you they're being irritated. See More Info to learn why daily use of irritating ingredients isn't good news for lips (or other skin).
Unlike many other lip plumpers we've tried, it's worth noting that this one really made our lips feel worse the longer it was on. In fact, after leaving it on for an hour, we deliberately wiped as much of it off as we could, while visually noting our lips did not look any fuller (though the did look redder and of course the glossy sheen was still there to create the illusion of fuller-looking lips).
In the end, GlamGlow's Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment isn't much of a treat for anyone's lips. From our perspective, this was a product that truly disappointed and one we regret having applied. It can moisturize lips and contains some notable antioxidants, but that's all for naught when you consider the strong potential for lingering irritation due to the mint and pepper ingredients responsible for this lip plumper's increasingly uncomfortable tingle.
- Moisturizes lips and leaves a glossy sheen.
- Contains several antioxidant-rich plant oils plus antioxidant plant extracts to condition lips.
- Causes an instant, and lasting, tingling sensation on lips that for some could get progressively uncomfortable.
- Contains several ingredients known to irritate lips.
- Doesn't make lips three times plumper as claimed.
Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin (lips) or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your lips need to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin and lip irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for lips and skin (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008). But we're pretty confident you'll feel this lip plumper's intense tingle!
Strengths: None, unfortunately. Well, their packaging is pretty.
Weaknesses: Despite the hype, GlamGlow does not have exceptional, or even mediocre, products worth considering. Their primary two masks are overpriced and offer a mix of ordinary clays, potent fragrance and irritating plant extracts with a few beneficial antioxidants present but they are rendered useless because of the jar packaging.
Created by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, the Hollywood, California-based GlamGlow line consists of several masks and cleansers. Their marketing claims may have you thinking these masks are revolutionary skin-care treatments but they are notnot even slightly. GlamGlow also claims their masks are sought out by actors and celebrities for their ability to "tighten skin and shrink pores". The celebrity allure is a good one, as most of us want to know what the stars use to get or stay gorgeous, but celebrity cache alone isn't a great reason to try any product. A lot of celebrities do things that aren't good for them, like smoke, tan, or drink too much, and they make skin care and cosmetic surgery mistakes too.
But back to the masks. The GlamGlow masks contain fragrant essential oils, irritating plant extracts and ordinary clays (despite being named "French clay", in the world of skin-care formulation, clay is just clay and being from France is as special as a French fry is to a potato).
The reality behind the ingredients used in the GlamGlow line is much less interesting than the story would lead you to believe. Aside from the mix of clay and fragrance, their "hero ingredient" is the trade-named ingredient called "Teoxi", which is just green-tea extract. While green-tea extract is an excellent antioxidant, isnt capable of the the skin perfecting, Benjamin Button-age-reversing results promised. As the body's largest organ, your skin is far too complex to have its anti-aging needs met by one antioxidant, however good it may be. But even if green-tea extract were as amazing as GlamGlow asserts, it wont remain stable in the jar packaging the company chose for their masks.
Aside from "Teoxi", GlamGlow uses trade names instead of using the actual ingredient name in their marketing claims, on both the box and their website. You may think "Teoxi" sounds impressive, but you're only getting standard ingredientstheir use of trade names simply makes the formula seem more intriguing than it really is. For example, their "Bio-Life-Cell-Science" technology claims to be an "Advanced Scientific Skincare" blend, but in reality it's just a mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, comfrey, ivy, marigold and other standard plant extracts. It would take some advanced scientific Photoshopping to get anti-wrinkle/anti-blemish results from this cast of ordinary problematic ingredients!
If you're interested in a clay mask for absorbing excess oil or helping clogged pores, there are many alternatives which easily beat GlamGlow for a fraction of the cost. There is nothing unique about the masks this line sells.
GlamGlow also makes exfoliating claims, but these don't live up to their promise for reasons discussed in each mask's reviews. You are better off using a soft washcloth with your cleanser for physical exfoliationyou will get virtually identical results and save your skin the irritation (plus spare your bank account the wasted money). If brighter, more even-toned skin is your goal, consider any of the well-formulated AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section.
In the end, despite lots of hype, GlamGlow is a disappointment that isn't worth the expense and puts your skin at risk of irritation. If only a fraction of the marketing efforts behind the brand were put into formulating their products, they might have ended up with products truly deserving of celebrity accolades!
For more information about GlamGlow, email at email@example.com or visit www.glamglowmud.com (there is no available phone number).
Note: As of January 2015, GlamGlow has been acquired by Estee Lauder.
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