Lotsa Lip Plumping Lipstick (Discontinued)
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Plumpers
Last Updated:10.06.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Lotsa Lip Plumping Lipstick is disappointing. Lorac's other lipsticks are quite lovely, with elegant textures and enticing colors, but not so here. This sheer, slick lipstick is infused with large glitter particles that look silly, not seductive, and they actually claim that this provides “long-lasting color.” Don’t believe it for a second—this slips off before you know it, leaving behind noticeable pieces of glitter. Does this lipstick have a plumping effect to offset its inadequacies? Lorac uses Maxi-Lip, an ingredient mixture from Croda (a large supplier of raw materials to the cosmetics industry). Maxi-Lip is a blend of standard thickeners and emollients along with palmitoyl oligopeptide, which is said to reduce lines, add moisture, and increase the lip’s volume. There is no substantiated research showing that Maxi-Lip has a legitimate plumping effect on lips. The only supportive information is from Croda, and that’s hardly impartial. Peptides can help bind moisture to skin (and lips), but for now we have no idea whether or not they can affect collagen in any way, and for certain this product can neither duplicate nor come close to the results you get from lip injections of collagen or hyaluronic acid.

Brand Overview

Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.

This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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