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When it comes to make-up, I'm a mostly disinterested novice but once in a while I will have a go with a bit of lippy. One product type which caught my imagination a few years ago was lip 'plumping' products. I don't have thin lips but who wouldn't fancy looking a bit more like Angelina Jolie once in a while? I've tried several types from the scary ones that make you feel like you rubbed chillies on your lips and make them flare up like an excited baboon's bottom, through to the more bearable but typically ineffectual ones. I was sceptical that the Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Repulpant Shiny Lip Plumper would be particularly impressive but I got it at such a fantastic price (less than £5 compared to a standard price of around £17) and I liked the colour so it wouldn't matter if it didn't deliver on the fat lip promise. The product arrived in a classy looking brown shiny box and inside the product is packaged in a flexible transparent tube with a golden cap. The product is dispensed through a good quality brush applicator and all you need to do is give the tube a light squeeze to push the product into the brush head. At first - or if it's cold - it can be quite stiff so take care not to push too hard or your expensive lippy will be wasted. Once you can see that there's product in the brush, you simply brush it onto your lips. Colour number 2 - 'glossy plum' - is a nice reddy purple plummy colour which is better suited to brunettes than blondes and probably pretty shocking on a redhead. It's very close to the natural colour of my lips. The product contains sun protection but doesn't tend to stay on for more than a couple of hours so I would suggest to not rely on it for protection unless you have the patience to keep topping it up. Once applied it has a slightly minty taste and a very light sense of tingle which starts after a few minutes. In texture it's a bit sticky but not badly so and I don't have to worry too much about going out in a high wind and getting hair stuck to my mouth. My lips feel well moisturised but not particularly plumped-up when using this.
Instantly fuller, super-shiny lips / Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Repulpant Shiny Lip Plumper is an ultra-shiny coloured lip gloss for instantly redefined, plumped-up and deliciously pampered lips / The precision applicator brush makes fast and practical work of applying the colour / A divine sensation of freshness is deposited on the lips thanks to mint essential oil for a really yummy result! SPF 10 / Directions for use: Apply Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Repulpant Shiny Lip Plumper generously, either alone or over a lip pencil, directly with the brush or your finger /