From left to right: Laura Mercier Lip Plumper, YSL Beaute Vernis A Levres Plump-Up, Chanel Gloss Volume Plumping Lipgloss, Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in 001 Pink and Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss

Laura Mercier Lip Plumper, $48

Functions like a tinted gloss in lending a juicy jolt of colour to your lips. Patience is of the essence here: Laura Mercier says a “slow-burn” effect plumps up your pout over the span of 20 minutes, with your “new” lips lasting another two hours. Offered in four fruity hues, my pick has got to be Pink Pearl, a frosty fuchsia that’s just fantastic when all you want is a flirty flush of colour.

YSL Beaute Vernis A Levres Plump-Up, $49

I love this posh Parisian beauty of a product for its economies of scale – just one swipe more than makes good on the brand’s promise of a six-hour plumping effect. Super fun to use too, with an intriguing “hot-and-cold” dual sensation courtesy of minty menthol and a heat-activating ingredient. Like longwear lingerie for your lips, you can slick it on “naked” or layer it over your go-to lippie to lock in your plumper pout.

Chanel Gloss Volume Plumping Lipgloss, $45

Very chic and very Chanel in presentation; you’ll want to brandish this “branded” beauty in the boudoir. Shot through with a suite of skin-loving ingredients like vitamin E and other antioxidants, plus a blend of botanical oils for a sexy post-shower sheen. The translucent tint-free finish is very versatile, too: Wear this alone, over or under lippie like you would any conventional gloss.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper in 001 Pink, $45

This popular pout-perfecting poultice should be familiar with most beauty buffs, and with good reason, too: Hydrating hyaluronic spheres soothe and smooth your smackers, and the frosty sensation is far more pleasant compared to the painful bite of other products on the market. Bonus: This comes with a deliciously decadent vanilla scent that’s very Dior indeed – we’re all about plumping up our puckers without widening our waists!   

Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss, $32

Industrial-strength and incredibly addictive to use, this subtly shimmery gloss bestows a bracing tingle upon application that’s super “shiok” for those so inclined. Boasts what the brand says are medically proven blood vessel dilators that amplify the natural scarlet shade of your smackers. Packs the poutiest punch in my beauty books, but the tingle may be a tad too intense for beginners. Proceed with caution!

An adapted version of this story was published in the September 2015 issue of Her World magazine.