I've mentioned before how much I adore LipFusion, so I thought I'd review this set I bought a while back. I'm really skeptical about most product claims (like lip plumping or lash growth) yet I still feel compelled to try things that claim to enhance your _____ (fill in the blank: lips, skin, lashes, hair...). LipFusion is one of the few things that actually does what it says it does. It's not dramatic, it doesn't compare to plastic surgery, but I actually see and feel a difference and that's what matters to me and why I continue to buy it. Anyway, when I saw this new InFATuation formula from LipFusion I really wanted to try it. I covered it briefly in this review, but this set deserves its own post.
It comes in one of the prettiest boxes I've ever seen:
With flash and without. It has a black front with silver sides and the text is embossed in silver metallic. I know it's just a cardboard box, but it's just TOO PRETTY. Check out the detail on the side of the box:
I like pretty packaging. It's obvious that a lot of thought went into this packaging design; it really embodies the 'Objects of Desire' title on the box. It looks enticing and luxurious. Really, if you saw this on a shelf in a store, wouldn't you want to pick it up and take a closer look at it?
It comes with mini tubes in four shades of LipFusion InFATuation:
First Crush, a light chocolate brown nude creme
Screen Siren, a bright red creme
Angelic, a pink based warm nude shimmer
Lollipop, a hot pink/fuchsia shimmer
The scent is the same as normal LipFusion; a slight menthol-tinged sweet citrus scent. They taste sweet also. That's a bonus for me! Sweet and not really minty tasting.
The texture is thick, smooth and only just barely sticky. It's one of the least sticky glosses I've used, but it's not entirely slick. It has a really great texture, in my opinion. It feels thick and protective but not too heavy. It lasts a very long time on the lips as well, you can easily go several hours without having to touch up and the darker shades leave a nice stain after they've worn away.
As for the plumping, I'm still undecided on it. It doesn't give me that slightly numb, fat lip feeling that regular LipFusion does. Instead, it has a cold tingle much like Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips. I don't notice much of a plumping effect, but if it's anything like the regular one, it will take a couple weeks of use before I see the full effect. And, since I'm currently still using regular LipFusion, I'm not sure if I'd be able to tell anyway! But, whether or not it provides a much plumping as the other formula, it's still a good gloss.
The only downside for me is that I can't wear the two nude shades. Since they're so opaque, they completely erase my lips. The shades are too brownish and foundation-like for my skintone. I'm fair and with pretty pigmented lips, so it's no surprise that I can't pull off these colors. Nudes and pale shades rarely, if ever, work on me. The two in this kit would look great on someone with a really dark skintone or possible someone even fairer than me where the colors would create contrast instead of just blending in.
The other two shades, Screen Siren and Lollipop, are great. The colors work with my skin and they're nice and bright. They are very. very. very. colorful. No joke. Super opaque bright color. Extremely bold.
I'm going to continue using these and see if I notice any lip enhancement from them, but so far I can't really tell! It's supposed to increase body fat where you apply it. That sounds... bizarre. Here's the info on the InFATuation formula from Sephora.com:
What it is:
A shining, liquid, multi-action lip fattener.
What it is formulated to do:-AmpliFat™ Concentrate (Perennial Sea Fern Derivative): Works with the skin's triggers to increase two key, naturally occurring proteins (ADFP and FABP5) that induce diffusion and storage of fatty acids.
Discover the first liquid lip color with extraordinary Amplifat™ technology to increase and maintain body fat just where you need it most!
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This groundbreaking plumper boosts natural lip fat without surgery or injections. It does not contain irritants or silicone.
-Lip Vantage: Creates instant and sustained plumping effects using dual-encapsulated plumping technology; promotes cellular renewal for a more youthful-looking pout.
-Peptides: Enhance collagen synthesis for naturally lush, youthful, healthy lips.
-Dehydrated Marine Collagen Filling Spheres: Penetrate skin's surface on contact, then seek out body's natural water, and rehydrate to instantly plump and smooth lips.
All shades contain:
Polybutane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Methane Carboximide, Menthyl Lactate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate , Lauryl Laurate, Zea Mais (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Gamma Aminobutyric Acid, Sodium Chonodroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dictyopteris Membraneacea Extract, Flavor (aroma), Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Methol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Saccharin, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral.
So... if I put it on my boobs, will it store more fat there and make them bigger?! Actually, no, I don't think I want that, but think of the possibilities! O_O
I got mine from Sephora for $29, which is reasonable because one full size (0.19 oz) is $29 and there are four .09oz glosses in this set. I like being able to try a variety of colors in smaller sizes more than buying full sizes.
But I'm curious, am I the only one who uses this stuff? I want to hear your experience with it, if you've ever used it.