La Prairie
Cellular Lip Line Plumper (Discontinued)
0.08 fl. oz. for $95
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Plumpers
Last Updated:09.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Cellular Lip Line Plumper contains a blend of silicones and silicone polymers that do a good job of serving as a soft spackle for lip lines. This also contains some very good water-binding agents and cell-communicating ingredients, and omits the irritants typically found in lip-plumping products. It's not as miraculous as the claims imply, but it does work temporarily to fill in lines around the mouth and makes lips look and feel noticeably smoother. For best results, use this with a semi-matte or matte finish lipstick rather than a creamy or glossy lipstick, which shortens the line-filling effect.


Re-defines youthful lip line. Instant vertical line reduction. Eliminates lipstick bleeding and provides long-term hydration.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), BIS-PPG-15 Dimethicone/IPDI Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Algin, Creatine, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Serine, Sodium Citrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dna, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Atelocollagen, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Synthetic Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Hexapeptide-9, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ceteth-20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-8, Phospholipids, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

La Prairie At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the makeup categories present at least one good, though needlessly expensive, option.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; overreliance on jar packaging; many products contain a potentially irritating amount of astringent horsetail extract; no effective skin-lightening options; poor options for anyone dealing with blemishes (though La Prairie is concerned primarily with selling wrinkle creams anyway).

La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.

Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.

A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.

For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.

La Prairie Makeup

The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke as what they seem to mean by "treatment benefit" has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.

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Couldn't get it The saleswoman gave me 'Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection A Porter' - sells for $150 So, I came back to this review and pulled up the ingredients to compare and see if it really replaced the Cellular Lip Line Plumper. Some ingredients seem the same, but others are different I wish you would update reviews, I understand there is a lot of product, BUT it might be a good idea to at least track your BEST prodcts to make sure no changes I don't care if worse products aren't updated

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Paula's Choice Research Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! We just noticed yesterday that we weren't able to find this product online. We've actually contacted La Prairie and hope to hear something back soon on whether this has been discontinued. As soon as we find out, we'll update the review!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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