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For the past six weeks, I’ve been giving the Lumavera Filler ($20) a test run. This luxury skin care line touts high levels of antioxidants and plant stem-cell technology. Several of their high end moisturizers have been getting some good buzz and it looks like they are expanding into the lip area. This clear gel-like gloss claims to restore skin cells, hydrate, firm and support dry irritated lips.
Now, I am in my mid-40s with generally normal skin. While I have been fighting Mother Nature since my teens with sunscreen and a host of skin goodies, those fine lines are creeping in. I have a bad habit of biting my cheek when I am concentrating which has resulted in annoying vertical lines along the top of my lip. My mother used to tell me my face would get stuck which did not impress me. However, if she had told me I would get wrinkles like a smoker, that would have stopped me dead in my tracks. So, I jumped at the opportunity to try a product that would give this area a boost without the “ouch” of a needle.
A quick review of the ingredients listed revealed a host of yummy emollients: jojoba, olive and sunflower oils, and even a certified organic coconut oil. The primary ingredient, castor oil, has been shown to effectively deliver essential ingredients through the skin barrier. This oil has even been used in cancer treatments for similar purpose. That means those hyaluronic (sodium hyaluronate) and amino acids have a prayer of getting in there. Right? Then, add vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) and E (tocopheryl acetate), and this little tube should be a power house.
But I found the gloss to taste a little chemically. And as far as whether or not it worked, I am sorry to say that after four weeks of slathering it on multiple times a day, I saw no difference. There was neither a temporary plumping nor any long-term improvement. I even gave it a couple more weeks to be fair. The bottom line on this lip plumper is that I found it to be under-whelming.