For someone who doesn’t wear much makeup, I ask a lot of it when it do. I want ease of application, no irritation (and I have sensitive skin) and some real anti-aging ingredients to augment my skin care regimen. As lip lines are my most pressing concern these days, I was eager to try Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35), an anti-aging lip plumper and gloss all in one.
Knowing that there are some good anti-aging ingredients, including Osmotics’ signature copper and some peptides, I was willing to overlook some silicone, synthetic (hydrogenated polyisobutene) and mineral oils. I picked Golden Nectar, a pinkish gold and gave my lips a generous swipe.
The first thing to say is that as a gloss, I find Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck quite elegant. The color is subtle and not as shimmery as it looks in the tube — for my personal tastes, these are good things. The gloss isn’t too tacky, but reasonably long-wearing and, overall, very comfortable. My winter-ragged lips were immediately soothed.
For those who appreciate a little instant gratification, the lip plumping effect is noticeable. Don’t expect a miracle pout, but you will feel a little swelling of the tissues as they become plumped by the sodium hyaluronate. And this ingredient is also responsible for how hydrating this gloss is. Chapped lips are gone.
My lips are smoother and younger looking. Continued use will, I’m sure, be beneficial. There are two peptides, collagen-boosting Matrixyl and tripeptide 1, which mimics the relationship of the growth factors involved in the healing process and synthesis of collagen. Repairing copper backs them up. And the hydrating effects of sodium hyaluronate are given a boost my squalane, macadamia oil and hyaluronic acid. For good measure, there are vitamins A and E.
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck fits my criteria for anti-aging makeup. I might even treat myself to another color.