The “extreme” part of this glossy lip plumper, which you apply with a built-in synthetic brush, is the intensely hot sensation it produces seconds after you brush it on. This product has no ingredient list (which is against FDA regulations, but that’s another story) so we cannot call out the specific culprits; but this plumper comes close to burning your lips in the name of increasing circulation and irritation, which causes lips to temporarily swell. Yes, your lips will get bigger from using this product, but the initial and ongoing irritation isn’t worth it. You’ll be going around all day feeling as if your lips had been brushed with chili pepper oil, which isn’t the goal. If you opt to try this anyway, please forewarn anyone you plan to kiss that this will cause their lips to hurt, too! By the way, when we went back to Victoria’s Secret to return this item (something we rarely do unless a product really disappoints), the salesperson commented that she’s seen a lot of women return this product … because it burns their lips. Nice, huh?
Victoria's Secret makeup clearly tries to play up the same sleek, coy sexuality the rest of the Victoria's Secret merchandise is known for. And what could be a better environment for offering makeup! Victoria's Secret stores are all about a woman feeling sexy and beautiful, head to toe. If you're donning a silky teddy or lacy corset, the complete look almost begs for full, glossed, pouty lips and softly blushed cheeks, and this cosmetics line supplies that, albeit with shine and glitter to spare.
In the fall of 2006, the former Victoria's Secret makeup line blossomed with a whole new look and more enticing branding. Dubbed Very Sexy Makeup (to complement the company's popular fragrance of the same name), the line benefited from a streamlined product selection, while the packaging was updated from polished silver to lacquered black with metallic fuchsia stripes. The image update is sleek and mostly impressive, and kudos are due for to the well-designed tester units, which allow customers to experiment with every shade and offer plenty of tissues, cotton balls, mirrors, and makeup remover. Although I could argue that it doesn't take loads of shimmer and glitter to create very sexy makeup, I'll keep my comments focused on the products themselves, a surprising number of which are quite good and moderately priced.
Items worth checking out include the Liquid eyeliner, Face Illuminator and the impressive Long Wear Lip Shine. The lack of foundation options and a disregard for sufficient UVA protection in every product sporting an SPF rating is disappointing. If you happen to be visiting Victoria's Secret for their annual bra sale you might want to check out some of their makeup items just for the fun of it.
For more information about Victoria's Secret Cosmetics, call (800) 411-5116 or visit www.victoriassecret.com/beauty.