Trib Tested: Buxom Full-om Lip Polish
The claim: For kisses that’ll keep them coming back for more, this sheer, high-shine lip polish creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, supple and protected, ensuring your smoothest moves ever. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Comes in 100 shades.
Cost: $19 each, or $59 for a roulette box set of 15 minis
I‘m a big fan of shiny glosses that are long-lasting and easy to apply. Buxom lip polish delivered on both fronts, with just enough of a sticky texture. I loved the “plumping” action, as it added a nice finish without being too extreme. I found the darker colors to have just the right amount of drama, while the lighter shades were glossy with just a hint of sparkle.
T he name is kind of a misnomer. It’s a lip gloss, with all the good and bad things that entails. Calling it a “polish” made me hope for a dry, but shiny, effect, and that’s not this product. It transfers onto cups, straws, napkins and scarves just like other lip glosses.
Back to the good things: Buxom’s colors are great. I tried a clear gloss, a medium mauve-ish tone and a darker berry shade. All three worked with my pale skin. In the tube, the product shows glittery, but on your lips, it doesn’t make you look like a teenager.
And to continue the not-aimed-at-teens trend, instead of the fairly standard bubble gum-esque scent and flavor, Buxom went with an in-vogue hint of caramel. That’s another major plus in my book, along with the moisturizing elements.
What didn’t work for me, though, was the tingling, plumping effect. For me, the plumping never happened, but the tingling went on for hours until I wiped it off. No exaggeration. Hours. Even when I applied it over a lip balm.
B uxom lips, but a puny beauty budget. The struggle is real.
I loved the shades that I tried: Julie, a “juicy watermelon,” and Karen, a “confetti pink.” (Of course, I looked to see whether there is a shade named Jill. There is. It’s described as a “magenta tease.” Ahem!)
The gloss went on thick, but not tacky. I loved the refreshing tingling and caramel scent that accompanied every application, which I found to be less frequent than with other glosses. It survived an hour of errands and breakfast of a grande pumpkin spice latte and Frosted Confetti Cake Pop Tarts. (Don’t judge.)
My lips certainly looked more voluptuous and were soft and supple after the gloss wore off.