This $13 Formula Is Your Shortcut to the Lip-Gloss Filler Trend

POPSUGAR Photography | Ariel Baker
POPSUGAR Photography | Ariel Baker
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I'm going to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of experimenting when it comes to lip-gloss formulas. I had a vitamin deficiency years ago that manifested in my lips looking and feeling pretty uncomfortable, so I tend to stay away from formulas that make my mouth tingle. So, no surprise: lip plumpers are not my thing.

Still, Nyx Cosmetics recently released its new Duck Plump High Pigment Lip Plumping Glosses ($13), and the colors caught my attention immediately. The range of neutral shades include peach and terracotta tones, while the pops of colors are bubblegum pinks and bright corals — all hues that I can never quite get enough of.

Slight trepidation about what the plumping sensation could feel like aside, I couldn't wait to get the colors on my lips, so I picked up the one I wanted the most, the shade Apri Caught, and decided to try it out. Read ahead for my full review.

About the Nyx Duck Plump High Pigment Lip Plumping Gloss

  • The Nyx Duck Plump lip glosses come in 17 shades.
  • The brand offers one transparent shade and 16 others with high-pigment finishes.
  • The plumping sensation is caused by a ginger-root extract used in the formula.
  • The lip-gloss formula is vegan.

What I Like About the Nyx Duck Plump Lip Glosses

Though I typically prefer more translucent glosses that just add a hint of color, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the higher pigment load in this formula. This made the gloss look more like a lip lacquer, and it was nice to have the option of not using a lipstick under it.

How to Use the Nyx Duck Plump Lip Glosses

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Though it doesn't boast a traditional formula, this lip gloss is like any other, so I followed my normal lip routine. I first lined my lips using my favorite lip pencil: CTZN Cosmetics's Lipstroke Waterproof Lip Liner ($18) in the shade Cinco. Just to keep things true to my routine, I dabbed on a bit of a concealer mixture that I DIY'd to use as a lipstick and blended the two. For the final touch, I added the Duck Plump gloss to my lips to create that gorgeous warm-toned nude shade that I love.

What to Consider Before Trying the Nyx Duck Plump Lip Gloss

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Though the plumping sensation doesn't start immediately, when it does, you won't be able to ignore it. It's not necessarily painful, so it's nothing that I couldn't handle, but it is strong — so that's something you may want to keep in mind. Additionally, the tingle doesn't go away for about 10 to 15 minutes, so prepare to bear the heat for a little while.

I will also say that the gloss did actually plump my lips, so if that's the effect you're after, then this gloss works great to achieve results. It's a bit hard to capture on camera, but I could tell when I smiled — my mouth looked like day five after a fresh round of lip filler when they are still a bit swollen but in that really cute, pouty way.

Where Is the Nyx Duck Plump Lip Gloss Available?

The Nyx Duck Plump Lip Gloss is available at,, and on the brand's website.

Rating: ★★★★