“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Rant of the Week: DuWop Twilight Lip Venom

Those of you who've read this blog for a while know that the overwhelming majority of my reviews are positive. That's because I'm a fairly educated consumer and typically buy what I like, what I'm somewhat familiar with, or something that's been recommended to me. So I was going totally against type a few weeks ago when I purchased DuWop's Twilight Lip Venom. I know it's been around a while and that when it first came out it got a lot of press, but I haven't heard anything about it in forever. All I really knew was the most basic information: that it stung on application and was supposed to plump your lips. Well, I learned a good lesson with this product--I need to research before buying!

Twilight Lip Venom is a watery lip tint that's supposed to make your lips fuller. I was drawn to that claim, as well as the color, a deep blood red. I figured a product that gives you deep red, pouty lips HAD to be good, right? Huh. Maybe not so much. 

First off, it stings when you apply it. I knew this, so I shouldn't complain, but I am complaining, because the whole point of the stinging is that it's supposed to be plumping the lips. Do these lips look plump to you? 

NO! They're not plumped. At all. They're stinging, but there is absolutely no additional volume to my lips in this picture. I happen to have a fairly pouty mouth anyway, but I still wanted more volume and Lip Venom did nothing at all to fix that issue. 

Also, if you look closely at the picture (you might want click it to enlarge), you will see that the inner portion of my lower lip is quite a bit darker than the rest of my lips. That's because even after exfoliating and having what I thought were perfectly smooth lips, the Lip Venom clung to the skin towards the center of my mouth and darkened it more than the upper lip or outer portion of the lower lip. I tried to alleviate this by applying a second coat to the paler areas, but I might as well have been applying water for all the good it did. So I ended up with my normal volume and blotchy, dry-looking lips. Lovely. And they weren't blood red, either. As you can see from the picture, the effect was fairly subtle, which can be good when you want it, but not when you are going for dark red, vampy lips. 

Second, there's the size. As you can see in the opening picture to this post, the container Lip Venom comes in (sorry for the lid being missing, but I accidentally threw it out) is substantially larger than the Lip Venom itself. It's a tiny little vial. At $16, it's not exceptionally expensive, until you realize just how tiny it is. Here's a shot of the product in my hand, to give you an idea of what I'm talking about: 

It's roughly the size of a deluxe spray sample of perfume. Not enough product to justify the money, in my opinion.

Finally, it wears off unevenly and bleeds into the tiny, tiny fine lines around my mouth. I can't stand lip products that bleed, and with this being a stain, once it is applied somewhere, it holds fast and the only way to remove it is to either scrub vigorously or use a makeup remover. Which ruins the makeup around your mouth, so you then have to pull the old foundation brush back out to fix that, and so on and so forth. The pain just goes on and on with this one.

It has a doe-foot applicator, which should make application fairly easy.

However, even with the doe foot, application is still uneven and difficult to control. 

I finally ended up topping the stain with a fairly opaque red Chanel Glossimer, but even that didn't totally hide the patchy finish. It just blurred it a little:

In the end, I was left with lips with no true line of demarcation because of the feathering. They looked blotchy and uneven. They weren't plumped. And the stain wore away unevenly and didn't even last very long, especially for a stain. 

Bottom Line: I cannot recommend this one. I feel that Lip Venom doesn't live up to its claims and cost me a lot of time and effort for very little payoff. Live and learn, I guess. 


Amy said... .

Ugh, this happened to me with a face wash recently! I don't know why I ever let myself buy something that hasn't been thoroughly vetted by others...also, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Your pictures are gorgeous :)

July 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Shannon (Lipstick Musings) said... .

Wow, thank you for the compliment, Amy! I'm so glad you found me!

Yes, this was a definite no-go for me. I usually research unfamiliar lines much better than I did this one, and I paid the price for my impulsiveness. The good news is that DuWop makes a lovely illuminator balm that I'll be reviewing next week, so all isn't lost!

July 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

PerilouslyPale said... .

I hate disappointments! Just like you I'm a very particular and educated customer and tend to know what I like. Therefore most of my reviews end up positive. I should count myself lucky since most of my purchases are online! I've gotten to know what brands/products work for me. Hopefully my narrow-mindedness doesn't disappoint on my blog LOL

July 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Zuzu's Petals said... .

I feel your pain, literally! I could not STAND lip venom on my lips; I used it once and threw it away. If you want a tiny bit of plumping, you might consider trying LipFusion instead. You can often get them 20% off at Skinstore, and ACW usually sells sample sizes for around $7.

July 29, 2011 at 6:05 PM

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