I am someone with more of a zip than a pout (and when I am annoyed, my mouth disappears completely). Lip plumpers and volumizers should be my best friend, but all too often they can be as uncomfortable and irritating as a bee sting or so fleeting that they barely last a kiss (the peck variety). Here are a few of the lip plumpers we've tried out that are just swell.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper ($24). I don't want to put any nasty chemicals anywhere near my mouth where they could be ingested. Not only does this lip volumizer do no evil, it might actually do some good. It has avocado oil, a peptide, shea butter, green tea (a proven anti-oxidant), cranberry, vitamin C and E. It even has the powerful anti-aging antioxidant Matrixyl (palmitoyl oligopeptide). Mint and ginger are supposed to do the plumping job. It does create a tingling sensation, but not unpleasantly so and the pout lasts a few hours. The colors are nice too (I use NYC).

Skinn Lip 3X Volumizing Serum ($29.50). A huge favorite of Kate's- she buys one for every woman she knows. It goes to work immediately to plump up lips (and the wrinkles on and directly around the lips), but I can see a cumulative effect after using it for more than a month. That is likely due to the addition of super peptide Matrixyl (MaxiLip), which is a strong collagen stimulating ingredient.  The Skinn Lip Serum tastes great (it contains peppermint oil and flavoring), stays put for a impressively long time, smooths on nicely and leaves lips moist, full and rose colored.

Be Fine Lip Serum with Chamomile & Beets ($19.99). It feels great, looks great and works great. Lips will be fuller, sexier with a (very) lightly tinted gloss. The taste is natural vanilla. And the color: a an ultra sheer tint that comes from the natural beet root and orellana seed extracts. And then there is, of course, palmitoyl oligopeptide, which stimulates the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the deep layers of the skin while at the same time providing a modicum of UV protection.

Fusion Beauty LipFusion Color Shine ($38). This comes reader recommended. Although there is immediate gratification with a subtle plumping, you are in for the long haul here as collagen is building out the lips over time. The secret sauce is atelocollagen, from fish. Ricinus communis seed oil is an odd thing to include as the seeds of the castor oil plant are toxic. I'm not keen on the parabens either.

City Lips Collagen Plumping Treatment - Advanced Formula ($24.99 - $35). No instant fixes here. But lips will start looking fuller in a couple of weeks. The key ingredients are collagen building Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid. There are several vitamins, olive oil and, unfortunately, parabens. One of several amino acids is dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, a plant-derived ingredient that provides firming action to the skin. While there is not much independent information out there, I did find from one source this: Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline (DPHP) is a combination of an amino acid (hydroxyproline) and a lipid (palmitic acid or alcohol). It seems to be one of the widely used new anti-aging ingredients, especially in lip plumping products."

Ingredients in Jane Iredale

Triisostearyl Citrate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Flavor, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).

Skinn Lip 3x Volumizing Serum ingredients:

Isopropyl palmitate, octyl palmitate, sunflower seed oil, phenyl trimethicone, palmitoyl oligopeptide (Maxi Lip®), peppermint oil, titanium dioxide, natural flavor

Ingredients in Be Fine


Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit, EthylHexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract.

Ingredients in LipFusion

Polybutene, Mineral Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Silylate, Triisostearyl Citrate, Mica, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Flavor, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen (fish source), Butylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide, Propylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben.

Ingredients in City Lips


Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, PPG-51/SMDI Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Petrolatum, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide,Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Ceramide 2, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Glycerin, Sucrose Distearate, Tribehenin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Benzyl Nicotinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil,Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Sarcosine, Potassium Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Cetyl Myristate, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Soybean Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Microcrystalline Wax, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Oil, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang) Flower Oil, Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.