I vividly remember my first experience with a lip plumping gloss. I had no idea that the one I purchased would turn my lips an unflattering shade of very irritated red within a minute—I couldn’t get it off my lips fast enough! Only when I wiped it off, I ended up getting it outside of my lip line, which inevitably led to a red blotchy mess around my lips. I was one hot mess. Not long after, Bare Escentuals released their BUXOM lineup of lip plumping glosses, the Big & Healthy Lip Polish. It had more of a cool, minty tingle that still stimulated my lips, but it kept my lips moist and comfortable. At the time, Big & Healthy redeemed the entire lip plumping category for me, because it gave a similar effect—only it was a kinder, gentler lip plumper.
Fast forward to 2012. Now BUXOM has expanded the line of shades to include Big & Healthy Lip Creams; the same great formula, only it lacks shimmer and offers a more creamy finish. You almost can’t lose! I tried out three of the shades—Creamsicle, Mudslide, and Cherry Flip. And like the original Lip Polishes, the Lip Creams are a win.
You’ll be able to tell Lip Creams and Lip Polishes apart due to a frosted finish on the Lip Cream tube component. These have a standard doe foot applicator on the wand, and glide across the lips with ease. My lips feel very moist when I wear the them, thanks to moisture binding hyaluronic acid. (In certain grades, hyaluronic acid is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.)
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Creamsicle, Mudslide, Cherry Flip
The Lip Creams give an incredible glass-like finish while making my lips feel like little pillows. I do find that the mint flavor (which is what is stimulating the lips) can hang around for a while, so if you’re sensitive to things like that—this may not be for you. It’s not unpleasant, but trust me—you’ll know it’s there.
These are basically the same formula as the original Big & Healthy Lip Polish, only the Lip Creams don’t have any shimmer. Other than that, I don’t really see much of a difference. I find these to be very hydrating, they leave a nice cushion-y feeling on the lips, and the staying power is about average. If there was one thing I could change about the Big & Healthy Lip Creams, I’d tone down the mint flavor/fragrance.
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