What It Is: The PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System
Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor
Why We Tried It: I try not to think about the Kylie Jenner Challenge — a time I’ve been hoping to never have to live through again. And aside from plumping balms and glosses, I was finally convinced (and thrilled) that the craze of physically plumping our lips had ended. But then this device landed on my desk — and I had to find out if it was too good to be true (hint: it’s not).
Level of Difficulty: 0 — a child could figure out how to use this. That said, definitely keep it away from children.
I’ll say this again: I really was over the trend of aggressively lip plumping. Tingly balms are great for a quick boost, but that moment when teenage girls everywhere were suctioning shot glasses onto their lips in hopes of a Kylie-inspired look? No thank you.
So when this vacuum-like plumping device landed on my desk, I let out a sigh and accepted the fact that we’re going there once again. It wasn’t until I took it home and tried it, however, that I was totally fine with that.
When I looked in the mirror, I was very pleasantly surprised by a noticeably fuller look, as well as an enhanced version of my natural lip color. And because I used it before bed, I still noticed somewhat plumped look in the morning and throughout the following day.
Have my lips magically grown after multiple uses? Not quite — and whether I’d use this on a daily basis, I can’t say — but I would definitely commit to plumping up my lips before a night out or a date. My only word of warning: Don’t exceed the recommended number of pulses like I did (it’s very easy to get carried away), which resulted in a very tiny bruise on my bottom lip that disappeared after a few hours. (Yes, I almost crossed into Kylie Jenner Challenge territory.)
The verdict: I hate to admit it, but this might just be my new favorite beauty secret. It’s a super easy, safe and totally painless way to achieve plumper lips that even Kylie might be proud of.
Buy It! PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System, $139; nordstrom.com
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