Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Illusion Gloss

If you was serious color payoff, Lipstick Queen products are the way to go. Lipstick lovers rave about the lip stick shades, and now the line welcomes Big Bang Theory – Illusion Gloss to the collection.

Lipstick Queen Illusion Gloss

This gloss aims at using the right ratio of shimmer to shine to create the illusion of plumper lips (it is not an actual lip plumper) and is available in the following eight shades:

  • Time – shimmery golden nude
  • Expansion – shimmery pale pink
  • Space – shimmery grey pink
  • Infinite – shimmery pinky peach
  • Black Hole – shimmery deep wine
  • Creation – shimmery rose
  • Cosmos – shimmery ruby
  • Energy – shimmery bright red

I gave a tube a try and the color payoff is amazing. This is a well tinted gloss, yet it is not sticky and does indeed have a great shimmer to shine ratio.

Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory – Illusion Gloss (SRP $20) is be available at all Barneys New York stores, Space NK, Henri Bendel and online at


Prana Plumping Diva Lips

I love lip plumpers, but it is no secret that I think most of them don’t really work. I just still love them because I like the bit of tingling sensation that they give and many of them are still really nice glosses. Well, once in awhile one comes along that actually seems to work too, and then I get really impressed.

Prana Plumping Diva Lips gloss has a particularly strong sensation to it, and when I tried it I did get some actual visible plumping from it that lasted for a decent amount of time.

Here is a bit on it from the company literature:

Vitamin-based stimulants enhance circulation and produce the lush fullness. Collagen-enhancing Centella Asiatica helps lip stay naturally plump, instead of thinning with age – a nice long-term improvement. Age repair comes from quartet of peptides including blockbuster Matrixyl 3000®, and an infusion of Acmella Oleracea extract, one of newest anti-aging discoveries. This member of the isobutylamide family may be the most potent way to erase and prevent fine “expression lines” on the upper lip. And finally, Plumping Diva Lips also contains Octyl Methoxycinnamate, considered the best zinc oxide sunscreen available.

Overall, the gloss from this one is also quite nice. It is very shiny and there is no stickiness. The addition of sunscreen is also a nice touch. I don’t have a photo of this one, but it is a fairly standard sized tube with a sponge applicator. Diva Lips runs at $36 for a .23 oz tube at the Prana website.


Great Holiday Lip Gifts from DuWop

DuWop Venom Rocks! icon Is a set of three limited edition shades of DuWops popular Venom lip plumper. This is a great, under $25 gift for a lip gloss aficionado.

The DuWop Kiss Case in Pink contains the following products in coordinating, complimentary shades:

  • Liplingo (Pink): a sleek palette with satin matte lipstick and four gorgeous gloss options
  • Mini Venom Gloss (Lantana): a tingly lip gloss with the feel of DuWop’s famous Lip Venom
  • Duet Gloss Highlighter (Flora): gorgeous shimmery lip gloss on one end, an all-over face highlighter on the other
  • Liptone (Melody): smooth, creamy retractable lip pencil

The Kiss Case is also available in Nude iconicon

Update: Beauty Addict looked at the DuWop Venom Rocks kit in the store and reports that it is rather tiny. I had not seen it in person.

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