Blue Venom Lip Plumper

by DuWop  
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$17 
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Category:
Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Plumpers
Last Updated:
3/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a variation on DuWop’s original Lip Venom product, a lip plumper that temporarily (and to a minor degree) enlarges lips by virtue of the irritating ingredients it contains. The Blue Venom version is a brush-on gloss tinted a sheer, grayish-blue and imbued with sparkling particles of blue glitter, all said to make your teeth appear whiter while the minty flavor is supposed to freshen your breath.

All we can state is the sheer blue coloration ends up making yellowish teeth look gray, not white, and the minty flavor (which irritates lips within seconds) does little to cover the smell of too much garlic or other causes of bad breath. It’s far more gimmicky than useful.

Although no fragrant oils or other known irritants are listed, the high amount of “aroma/flavor” and its strong minty scent are cause for concern. “Aroma” is another word for fragrance, and it can be a problem for your lips (see More Info for details).

Pros:

  • None.

Cons:

  • Intense irritation from its strong, mint-based flavor/aroma.
  • Ends up making teeth look gray and dull, not white and bright.
  • Doesn’t freshen breath (a stick of chewing gum would do a lot more).

More Info:

Daily use of lip-care products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your lip’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your lip-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your lips (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

If you've heard the story of how DuWop came to be, you might think it has a familiar ring to it, and you'd be right—it's basically the same old story you hear about lots of these celebrity makeup artist lines. As the DuWop story goes, a pair of hair and makeup artists, in this case Cristina Bartolucci and Laura DeLuisa, working deep in the "Hollywood beauty trenches," began to realize that there was a need for some products that weren't on the market. (Although with thousands upon thousands of cosmetic products being sold all over the place, what the heck could they possibly have thought was missing?)

Apparently dismayed at the paucity of options (but we ask you, how then were they doing their jobs as makeup artists), and determined to improve matters, they took to their kitchen and started creating products themselves. Shortly thereafter, DuWop was born, and women everywhere now had new and improved and previously unavailable choices when shopping for makeup at Sephora and select department stores that retail the DuWop line. These two ladies are indeed excellent makeup artists, but their products are neither unique nor different from numerous others in any noticeable way. And we can guarantee you that the formulations are not something that came from someone's kitchen.

DuWop is best known for its Lip Venom products. In fact, the company claims to have created the first-ever lip plumper. That claim may or may not be true, but either way it's a dubious badge of honor given how bad such products are for the lips. Anyone who has ever experienced the irritating and drying effects of any of the Venom products should be well aware that creating such irritating products is not really anything to brag about.

Outside of their plumping products, is there anything worthy of your attention if you come across this sleekly packaged line? Yes, there are some, but certainly not all of them; some are mediocre and some are nicely formulated, but there is nothing in the line that you can't find elsewhere. DuWop is just one more option in a crowded market of makeup products.

The company offers a very good concealer, blush/bronzer, lipsticks, and lipliner. The irony with DuWop is that the products they are best known for are the products you should avoid; basically, any of those that end with "Venom"!

DuWop isn't quite the leading-edge brand it's made out to be, nor are the products as revolutionary as they claim—these products don't even amount to a skirmish. However, their price point for the most part is modest, the overall attitude is fun from an experiment-with-color perspective, and because Sephora stores offer testers for every product, so it's easy to try items yourself before making the decision to buy. We doubt that most women will assemble a full makeup wardrobe from the DuWop line, but DuWop is fine for selecting some products if you prefer shopping for cosmetics in an upscale environment.

For more information about DuWop call 1-818- 545- 8920 or visit the Web site at www.duwop.com.

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