Reviewed by Roberta
Who doesn’t want fuller, voluptuous, Angelina Jolie-esque lips? I certainly do, which is why I was delighted to try out the new 3-in-1 lip treatment, Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck ($35). Now, I have to fully disclose that I have approached anti-aging lip plumpers in the past with a fair amount of skepticism: without the help of Xanax and a sharp needle in my doctor’s office, I was dubious that I’d be able to see a visible difference in my smile. But I was pleasantly surprised.
These three little wonder-workers (Natural, plus two shades – French Kiss and Cognac) comprise the lip component of the Blue Copper 5 line, started by Osmotics in 1998. Copper, apparently, is quite the magical agent. Long used to heal wounds and scars, scientific smarties soon realized that copper could also be used to help “heal” wrinkles, which, like scars, are a result of uneven collagen deposits and skin cell layering. So by binding the mineral to a peptide (a sophisticated name for protein fragments), Osmotics claims that we’re benefitting from maximum copper absorption and effectiveness, resulting in higher collagen production, and therefore, a prettier pout.
Also helping pave the way to more luscious lips are two powerhouse ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, which smooths wrinkles and moisturizes skin by holding 1000 times its weight in water, and hydrogenated polyisobutene (that’s butyl rubber, folks). Not to worry, though – the FDA has approved the use of this polymer in chewing gum.
The twist-pen applicator is easy to use, though the packaging could be a little more elegant, especially at $70 for three tubes. But I have to say that all in all, my lips really did look noticeably plumper, even after just a few days’ use. My friend Laurie, a beauty junkie if ever there was one, detected immediately that my lips looked fuller. “Where’d you get it?” she asked. The ultimate compliment.
Editor's note: This product has been reformulated. New ingredients are as follows: Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hyaluronic Acid and Silica Dimethyl Silylate. New formula may contain Red 7 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Red 4 or Iron Oxides.
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hyraluronate, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isotearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copper Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexyl Methoxicinnamate, Squalane, Menthol, Flavor, Titanium Dioxide, Mica