I recently got a six-piece mini Fusion Beauty LipFusion gloss set as a gift and have been using them for a couple of months now. They’re supposed to be plumpers without the sting of the more traditional ones, like DuWop’s Lip Venom, which contain cinnamon oil and other irritants to get that swollen, “just stung” look (and can feel just as painful).
These particular ones have also been touted as the first “needle-free, micro-injected collagen lip enhancer.” On their website, they go on to say that they use collagen, dehydrated into tiny microspheres that could penetrate and then re-plump with the body’s natural water.
I first noticed that the color upon first application is a lot more distinct than I thought it would be. It’s a very pretty glaze with a slight citrusy taste. There was no stinging sensation at all. My lips did feel and look a tad smoother and fuller, but I wasn’t crazy about a few things.
First, it’s not very long lasting. I usually apply several times throughout the night. Second, it doesn’t spread as easily as I would have liked and a bit on the sticky side, so if your lips are already dry, it’s not the best idea to coat it with this first. My lips end up just as dry instead of moisturized after it rubs off later as well.
As far as ingredients go, the main ones include polybutene
(a waxy additive), pentaerythrity tetraisostearate and silica silylate
which I didn’t find to be notably harmful and have low hazard scores according to the Cosmetic Database. We also fine mica
, an ingredient used to add a pearlescent sheen to a lot of products, which is not recommended for people with sensitive skin or allergy- and acne-prone skin.
They also contain a few parabens
(propylparaben, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, and butylparaben), a preservative that mimic your body’s own hormones that can interfere with your body’s endocrine system (your hypothalamus, ovaries, thyroid, etc.). So it’s advised that regular use products with parabens – often found in shampoos and lotions as well – should be regulated.
It says that the results last 48 hours, which I can’t say I noticed myself and I’m not convinced that just one application would give these results anyway.
I do like that these ‘mini’ sizes are easy to carry around and don’t take up a lot of room in your purse. It’s perhaps a good gloss for a little more fullness, thought I’m not sure if I’ll keep shelling out $38 (which is how much the full size glosses cost a pop) every time I need to reload. But, then again, I don't think my lips don’t need much plumping power right now so it could be worth if you feel you do.
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.