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The first time I ever applied a lip plumper, my pout felt like it was on fire and a ring of red lined the perimeter of my mouth. It was a troubling experience, to say the least, and I swore to myself I’d steer clear of similar formulas from then on. Trauma aside, I might have to make an exception for The INKEY List’s Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm.

I say this because shoppers swear the lip plumper does not cause a burning or tingling sensation—a rarity for this product category. Not only does this gentle formula increase the volume of your pout by up to 40 percent in four weeks, according to a study the brand conducted, but it also hydrates and repairs. 

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6 percent Tripeptide Complex makes lips appear fuller over time, while 6 percent Ultra Filling Spheres use hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and smooth any lines on your pout. So if fine lines and creasing are things you’ve been trying to remedy, this lip balm is right up your alley. 

In terms of how the balm looks on the lips, it adds a clear, glossy finish that works great on its own or on top of your fave lip color.

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Now swiping on this lip product doesn’t yield immediate results. You’re going to want to continuously apply the plumper (at least three times per day, as instructed by the brand). Here’s what shoppers have to say about the results:

“I absolutely love the lip balm. Definitely made my lips appear bigger after a couple of weeks [of] use. Would recommend to anyone who wants the plump look without the tingling sensation,” one wrote. 

Another five-star reviewer raved, “I’ve used this for a few weeks and I can defo feel that my lips look fuller and more plump.”

As for its other incredible benefits, another shopper wrote, “I just started using this lip balm but instantly feel more that my lips are more hydrated and they stay hydrated for longer than when I use other lip products. Feels like skincare for my lips so I use it at the end of my morning and evening skincare routine now. Excited to see the plump results after a bit more time.”

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There you have it, folks: The Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm from The INKEY List delivers increased hydration and fullness to your pout—and fast. It’s hard to find a lip-plumping product that also offers skincare benefits. However, this option helps maintain a healthy skin barrier and retain moisture instead of causing uncomfortable tingling or irritation.

Grab the plumping lip balm for $13 at The INKEY List and Sephora, but also note that the brand is having a secret sale on its already affordable best-sellers (I’ve included a few of them below). Get the most popular INKEY List products for 20 percent off for a limited time.

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