Maybelline Lifter Plump Lip Plumping Glosses are a new spicy version of their original Lifter Glosses. They come in 8 shades and retail for $12.99. The key ingredient to thank for the heat is capsicum frutescens fruit extract, or chili pepper extract.
You know how every once in a while orange chicken from Panda Express somehow ends up a little extra spicy than usual? That’s what these are like, that’s the heat level I get from them. It’s mild, maybe approaching medium if you’re sensitive to spicy stuff. I think it’s totally tolerable and it comes on slowly. Once the heat takes hold, it stays spicy for quite some time. After a little bit, my mouth starts to feel the heat as well, like I ate something hot. 45 minutes after application, I can still feel it but at this point it is starting to fade.
They don’t seem to be fragranced and hardly smell like anything except a very faint chemical scent. The only detectable flavoring is just the heat. I get a barely noticeable plumping effect that just looks like my lips are very well hydrated but not any larger than they normally are. After consecutively lip swatching about 3 of them, I started noticing my lips getting red. One single application doesn’t seem to do that though.
I’m not a huge lip plumper person so I don’t have a whole lot to compare these to. I have tried the Too Faced Lip Injection and I would say these are more intense than that but it is a different feeling. That one has a unique sensation that is closer to stinging/pinpricks (a very toned down version of that description though). These are definitely just like spicy food lol.
Texture-wise, they feel similar to the original Maybelline Lifter Glosses with a substantial, almost balmy texture, but are still very comfortable and not sticky at all. They hang on and stay glossy for at least a few hours without disappearing from the lips or changing texture.
Blush Blaze a sheer light pink with very subtle and very fine micro shimmer. It is mostly a neutral pink and leans ever so slightly warm. On the lips, this is so sheer and so close to my lip color that it hardly looks like anything but a clear gloss on me. The micro shimmer in this is too fine to be able to actually see on the lips either.
Mauve Bite is a sheer light purplish pink with a scattering of larger golden sparkle. This looks almost identical to Blush Blaze when actually applied and the sparkle in this is hardly noticeable and somewhat sparse.
Pink Sting is a sheer light bubblegum pink. This one is the lightest pink and is on the cooler side as well. It has no sparkle or shimmer in it at all and actually stains a tiny bit as well. It is the only shade that I found causes staining.
Red Flag is an ultra sheer neutral red without any shimmer or sparkle. It is MUCH lighter on the lips that it appears in the container but does add a tiny bit of color to my lips.
Peach Fever is a warmer creamy peach without any shimmer or sparkle. This one was noticeably more pigmented than all the previous shades and had a slightly thicker texture as well.
Hot Chili is a medium brownish red without any shimmer or sparkle. This was like Peach Fever in that it had more color payoff than most of the other shades and a slightly thicker texture.
Cocoa Zing is a sheer purplish brown with purple and gold sparkle. In the container, it looks deeper and the sparkle is more noticeable than it actually looks on the lips. The color of this is very similar to Fenty Hot Chocolit. Both have about the same level of color payoff and the sparkles in both are even the same color but the Fenty one has more visible sparkle and I can feel it more as well if I press my lips together.
Hot Honey has a transparent yellow-orange base with lots of pinky-gold sparkle. It ends up looking clear and colorless on the lips but has much more noticeable sparkle payoff than any of the other sparkly shades. I can’t feel the sparkle if I press my lips together.
Ingredients as listed on Maybelline’s website:
C18-36 ACID TRIGLYCERIDE • BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 • POLYBUTENE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE • TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE • DIISOSTEARYL MALATE • SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE [NANO] / SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • TRIBEHENIN • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE • CAPSICUM FRUTESCENS FRUIT EXTRACT • ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN • SORBIC ACID • VANILLYL BUTYL ETHER • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SODIUM SACCHARIN • LACTIC ACID • MENTHA PIPERITA OIL / PEPPERMINT OIL • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • SILICA • TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN • COCOS NUCIFERA OIL / COCONUT OIL • PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1 • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • TIN OXIDE • SODIUM HYALURONATE • LIMONENE • TOCOPHEROL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • ALUMINA • MAGNESIUM SILICATE • GLUCOMANNAN [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE • MICA • CI 15850 / RED 7 • CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE]. (F.I.L. N70033269/1).