It’s 7am, and I’m unable to speak. Not because I’m shocked, sick, or simply still asleep (if only), but because my lips are sealed with a see-through plastic mask that promises intense plumping and hydrating in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.
The things I do for work.
In case an internet ban was one of your New Year’s resolutions and you’re not yet aware, Emma Stone won the Golden Globes three times over – she nabbed an actual award (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for La La Land), red carpet (that star-strewn Valentino number) and pre-game stakes.
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Her super-cute getting ready selfie practically went viral, because Emma is wearing a salmon pink, ridiculously oversized lip mask. Behold:
So naturally, when a similar product arrived in the marie claire office the next day, I had to try it (literally had to try it, because my boss made me * hand wave emoji *).
While this isn’t the exact mask Emma Stone has clearly taken a liking to, it’s still a) lip shaped; b) made in Korea, just like Emma's; and c) is designed to plump and hydrate your lips. And there we all were thinking there couldn’t possibly be more than one oversized lip-shaped plumping mask in the world.
The major difference between the two is that unlike Emma’s, the SKYN Iceland Plumping Lip Gel I tried is completely see-through. Which somehow makes it look even worse on:
I expected to feel the same tingling sensation most lip plumping glosses give, but this mask came with zero side effects, both during wear and after. For that reason, it was hard to believe it was working – I like to be able to feel that my treatments are doing their job.
While I can’t vouch for its plumping properties, the mask did leave my lips feeling ultra-soft and hydrated, much more than your average balm. It’s paraben free and packed with natural ingredients, so bonus points for that.
But would I wear it again? If my lips were feeling particularly dry, yes. But don’t worry – I'll spare you the selfie next time.