Buxom makes some of my favorite lip products, so when there’s a new launch I get pretty excited to try it out. They’ve been on the lip plumping scene for a long time, and by now, Buxom has gotten pretty innovative with their plumping pout game. So of course, when they reached out to me to try their new PillowPout Plumping Lip Powder (powder!!), I was all about it.
The line is available in 10 shades of semi-matte nudes to bold berry tones, delivered by a sponge applicator. The plumping feature was very different than their other products; It lacked the typical tingling sensation, but made my lips appear to be fuller. with the powder filling in the creases.
I have to say I love this new design. It’s so much more sophisticated in the semi-matte finish, but it didn’t dry out my lips. While I absolutely love the glosses, they rub off on my husband whenever I go to kiss him. (We actually have a running joke because he can tell when I’m wearing Buxom. His lips start to tingle, so he blots with an over-exaggerated effect, and says “Buxom: my lips look pretty, don’t they?” He cracks me up. So while I can’t bring myself to ever leave the gloss, the new PillowPout semi-matte powder is kind of a game changer, bringing us all into a higher level of refined adulthood. And it’s surprisingly hydrating too.
I tried out two colors, both in the nude – berry tones. Cuddle Me is a nude that went perfectly with my lips, which was a perfect test of the plumping qualities of the product alone. While it didn’t give me Kardashian-like injections (NO!!!), it did give a moderate plumping effect.
The next color, Darling Dolly was a more vivid berry tone, which popped against my skin. I had used a makeup wipe to take off the previous color, which had a bit of alcohol in it, so this application didn’t go on as smooth since my lips were a bit drier. So I’d recommend using a bit of lip balm or before application since it’s semi-matte. The Darling Dolly went on opaque, and was buildable. While the nude was more fool-proof the Darling Dolly required a lip pencil to smooth out the lines, but it gave a bombshell finish.
Overall I think this has become a top contender of my new favorite products. I definitely didn’t know what to think of “lip powder”, but I’m sold on the idea. From the plumping qualities to the hydrating surprising creaminess to the for real adulting semi-matte finish, it was all there in a smartly packaged product.