Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Plumper in 02 Hoot Mint - review and swatches

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I received this plumping lip gloss in Memebox Special #61 Volume Up! (reviewed here). This box was easily one of the worst - if not the worst - boxes I received from Memebox, but at least this gloss is something I'll use.

It's not a great product but it's fine, and it's always good to have a clear gloss to use over drying lipsticks since it won't impact the colour but will just add a nice sheen.



Tony Moly claims/product details:
  • Plumps up and smooths your lips
  • Contains vitamin E acetate, argan oil and MAXI-LIP complex (which comprises marine collagen and olive peptide)
  • Aims to fill in fine lines, moisturise and add extra gloss and shine
  • For a kissable, cherry-like pout
  • RRP $8 AUD for 4.6ml

There's a swatch:


My bare lips for reference:


Wearing the gloss (shot taken in direct sunlight):


And another shot in the shade:


Verdict

I've never owned a dedicated lip plumper so I was happy to receive this and give it a go. Mind you, many glosses I own have a plumping effect and I'm happy with those - so this doesn't really add anything different.

Having said this, it's nice to have something without colour so it doesn't interfere with any lipstick or stain I'm wearing beneath it.

While it's clear, it does contain a bit of shimmer so it's not always suitable for eg wearing to the office. It has a cooling sensation when worn and I'm not sure how I feel about that - it's a bit weird to start with but thankfully settles down after a while - and I'd prefer it without the cooling thing, although of course that's all personal preference.

The gloss smells quite strongly of mint and the scent is a bit toothpasty for me, although I can live with it. It gives a wet look that I quite like, but products like that tend to transfer really easily - and this one does.

Two lip plumpers were contained in this box and I prefer the other one (full review coming soon). This one's fine, it just doesn't plump as well and transfers more easily. 

On the claims: it's not that plumping to be honest and I have other glosses that do a better job of this; it does smooth your lips; and it does fill in lines and add extra gloss and shine.

All in all, it's an ok product and I'll definitely use it, it's just not something I would buy.




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