I'll be honest: I freaking love the look of full lips. Like, if I weren't deathly afraid of needles, I probably would have injected my teeny-tiny lips with Kylie Jenner-worthy filler by now. And since optical illusions like overdrawn liner don't even get me close to the volume I'm looking for, I've become obsessed with something that does: lip plumper.
I know, I know—you're probably still having flashbacks to the old-school versions that made your lips feel like they were on fire. But trust me: The newer (and smarter) formulas of today promise more plump and less pain, so you can get in on the trend without feeling like a swarm of bees attacked your face. Ahead, I rounded up the 13 best lip plumpers of all time, including super-hydrating serums, hella-pigmented glosses, and more.
Best lip plumper for dry, chapped skin: PCA Skin - Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster
When my lips are dry and chapped (which, TBH, is most of the time), I look towards this hydrating plumper from PCA Skin. Alongside effective—but gentle!—peptides that plump up my lips, the formula is also spiked with hyaluronic acid (a moisturizing powerhouse) and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to soften and soothe flakes.
Dhs155, shop now
Best plumping lipstick: Buxom - Full Force Plumping Lipstick
Considering the majority of lip plumpers are dewy, wet glosses, I've had a hard time finding a true plumping lipstick. That's where this genius formula from Buxom comes into play—it's got the texture of your classic lipstick (smooth and creamy) with the tingling, plumping payoff you usually find in a gloss.
Dhs70, shop now
Best lip plumper with SPF: Replenix - Plumping Lip Treatment SPF 30
Um, hi, this is your friendly reminder that it's always a good idea to apply SPF on your lips (yep, in addition to the sunscreen you slather on your face every morning). This plumping treatment is loaded with SPF 30 (yay!) and a blend of ceramides and essential oils that hydrate and plump your lips simultaneously.
Dhs132, shop now
Best lip plumper mask: Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels with Wild Berry Extract
Trust: These cute lil masks pack a pretty powerful punch, thanks to lip-plumping ingredients like mustard sprout and wild berry extracts (weird, I know, but they seriously work). Smooth it over dry, clean lips and let it do it things for 10 minutes—you'll be left with softer, fuller-looking lips by the time you take it off.
Dhs47, shop now
Best lip plumper for sensitive skin: SkinMedica - HA5 Smooth and Plump Lip System
If you have sensitive skin that truly can't deal with irritants, try this gentle two-step system. Each tube contains a blend of five different types of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring molecule that has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water—to give your lips a gently plumper, fuller, and hydrated finish that will never irritate your skin.
Dhs102, shop now
Best lip plumper for longterm results: GrandeLips - Hydrating Lip Plumper
This ultra-shiny gloss, which comes in seven shades ranging from apricot to hot pink, uses plumping plant extracts and hyaluronic acid to not only give you immediately fullness, but, according to in-house studies, a long-term increase in volume and firmness after using it twice a day for 30 days.
Dhs99, shop now
Best lip plumper for shine: Charlotte Tilbury - Collagen Lip Bath Gloss
IMO, nothing makes your lips look better than a high-shine gloss. That's why I am obsessed with this moisture-laden formula that's filled with mustard sprout extract (to plump) and marine collagen (to hydrate), all without the sting. And, this one-shade-fits-all (similar to Fenty Beauty's Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer) looks gorgeous on virtually everyone.
Dhs129, shop now
Best lip plumper gloss: Dior - Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss
Not only does this sweet-smelling gloss (which comes in six high-shine and two shimmer-spiked shades) give a plumping effect right after applying it, but after four weeks of continued use, you'll start to see smoother lips all day long, thanks to its collagen and marine-based formula. It's also a favorite of Bella Hadid, which, hey, I'll take it.
Dhs125, shop now
Best lip plumper balm: Buxom - Powerplump Lip Balm
Since I started wearing Invaslign, my lip color choices have been very limited (apparently, red lipstick doesn’t look great on clear mouth trays?!). But this sheer-pink hue wears comfortably without feeling sticky or greasy. The formula is also pH reactive—meaning it'll subtly change colors after you swipe it on to transform into a custom shade.
Dhs108, shop now
Best affordable lip plumper: Sephora Collection - Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss
I’m always here for a cheaper dupe. And apparently, this $12 Sephora gloss (which uses sunflower seed oil, ginger root oil, and peppermint oil to plump) is equally as excellent as Dior’s iconic $34 Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss. For lighter skin tones, try the Universal Volume shade (shown here), and for darker complexions, try the XXL Nude shade.
Dhs75, shop now
Best holy-grail lip plumper: Du Wop - Lip Venom
Fact: This gloss is the O.G. lip plumper, thanks to its tingle-inducing ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and wintergreen—all which increase blood circulation to your lips. Just brush it on, wait 60 seconds, and see your lips gently fill out.
Dhs75, shop now
Best lip plumper serum: Natura Bisse - Diamond Lip Booster
Wanna feel rich? This super fancy lip serum contains a mix of antioxidants, vitamins, and omega 3s for a luxurious splurge that really does plump your lips. Even better, you can apply it before and/or after lipstick for a subtle sheen.
Dhs400, shop now