According to the company website, Wunderkiss is a lip plumping gloss that’s designed to hydrate and plump up your pout in an instant.
By relying on the company’s unique ‘dermaporting’ technology, this lip plumper promises to deliver collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin B3 directly to the skin cells in your lips.
A video on the product’s website demonstrates that Wunderkiss works in two phases: Phase one is the ‘Lip Plumping Gloss,’ which is a collagen gel and hyaluronic acid blend utilized to build up the volume of your lips, while hydrating their surface.
Phase two provides the ‘Plumping Booster,’ which is a concentrated dose of a lip plumping complex that includes vitamin B3 and other ingredients to heat and cool your lips.
To get the right look, the Plumping Booster is meant to be infused into the Lip Gloss using the included syringe at one of three levels: light, medium, or heavy plumping effects.
Will it work, though? That’s what we’ll help you conclude in this article, starting with how it’s applied, since this aspect is promoted to be meaningfully different than many other lip plumpers.
How Do You Use WunderKiss?
The instructions on Wunderkiss’ website indicate that you’ll need to start by choosing the level of plumping you want. There are three levels to choose from (light, medium or heavy plumping), and the company recommends beginning with level one and working your way up as your lips adjust to the active ingredients.
After you’ve chosen your level, the product should be applied to your lips like any other lip gloss, and left on for one to two minutes. As you apply it, you should feel a heating and cooling sensation, almost like a vibration.
At this point, it can be left on to add a natural sheen to your lips or dabbed off and replaced by lipstick. Once applied, the company claims that the plumping effects for your lips will last for hours, and that the product can be applied throughout the day when needed.
Outside of its three-level application, another meaningfully different concept proposed by the company is their dermaporting technology, which we’ll talk more about next.
What is Dermaporting Technology & Is It Clinically Proven?
According to the company website, dermaporting technology is the exclusive property of WunderKiss products, who claims that it allows larger molecules—like hyaluronic acid and collagen, which we’ll talk more about shortly—to be delivered directly into the lips, which lets them better hydrate skin.
Our research found that hyaluronic acid is used for numerous clinical purposes, including speeding up the healing process for surgical wounds and improving skin’s moisture content, when applied topically in lotions and creams.
In the same way, Medical News Today reports that collagen is a popular ingredient for face lotions and creams, since it contains high concentrations of four amino acids (proline, lysine, hydroxylysine, and hydroxyproline) that help the skin maintain its plump appearance.
However, WebMD states that injections are one of the only ways to supplement collagen levels in the skin, as the molecules are otherwise too large to be absorbed naturally—which is obviously where dermaporting proposes to help.
Looking through the science resources provided on the Wunderkiss site, we were unable to find any details about how dermaporting is supposed to help these molecules penetrate the skin, so we can’t speak to its effectiveness. We reached out to the manufacturer for more details, and will be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
However, the company posted the clinical results of their 33-participant study of the product’s lip plumping effects on their website. These subjects, all women between ages of 18 and 62, were reported to have experienced statistically significant results after using the plumping gloss.
Specifically, 30 minutes after using the product, the women showed an average of 46 percent improvement in the appearance of their lips.
What other ingredients are found in Wunderkiss?
Are WunderKiss’ Ingredients Effective?
On the Wunder2 brand website, we found the following list of ingredients for Wunderkiss:
Polybutene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isopropyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Adipate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters Behenate, Hydrogenated Didecene, Menthoxypropanediol, Camphor, Oleyl Alcohol, Flavor (Aroma), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Water (Aqua/Eau), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Nicotinate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Tocopherol
We don’t claim to be chemists at HighYa, so we relied on sources like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Truth In Aging to provide us with direction about the level of clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of these ingredients.
In general, they report that the majority is used as viscosity agents (polybutene, as an example), emollients (isononyl isononanoate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, diisostearyl adipate, oleyl alcohol, and C10-30 alkyl acrylate), thickening agents (isopropyl palmitate), moisturizers (mineral oil), skin conditioners (pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate), and stabilizers (ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer).
As the name might lead you to believe, menthoxypropanediol is a menthol-derived ingredient commonly found in lip plumping products that provides a cooling sensation.
Another potentially active ingredient is dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, a plant collagen-derived substance known as LiPlump that promises to represent a “biological delivery system for hydroxyproline (a collagen amino acid with well characterized moisturizing activity) created by grafting palmitic acid onto the hydroxyproline.”
Our reading of the current medical research and clinical studies on Google Scholar indicated that the active ingredients most often promoted on Wunderkiss’ website (collagen, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin B3), have been extensively studied for their benefits for skin.
However, it’s important to note that ingredients are generally displayed from the greatest concentrations to the least, and ‘hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid’ and ‘soluble collagen’ are near the end of the list reported for WunderKiss. Tocopheryl acetate, another term for vitamin E, is also in the bottom third of the ingredients list.
Could Wunderkiss’ Ingredients Cause Any Side Effects?
These same sites also revealed that there might be side effects associated with using WunderKiss, although the vast majority related to temporary redness and skin irritation, and often for those who are especially sensitive.
Regarding Wunderkiss specifically, the blogger Two Happy Magpies revealed that she accidentally dropped some of the formula on her leg, and it resulted in a burning, itching rash that lasted through the night.
For this reason, we think that it’s important to be extremely careful with this product and to only apply it to your lips in the quantity recommended by the manufacturer. If in doubt, be sure to speak with your dermatologist beforehand.
How Much Does WunderKiss Cost?
WunderKiss is sold through the company website for $19.99 with free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee.
At the time of writing, the website also advertised a ‘Wunder2 Perfect Night Out Combo’ special, where the serum, WunderExtensions (a volumizing mascara), Wunder2 Perfect Selfie (compact mirror) and the Wunder2 Cosmetic Bag could be purchased for $44.90, a 40 percent savings off the regular price of $74.90.
What Do Users of Wunderkiss Have to Say?
While there weren’t any reviews from verified buyers on the Wunderkiss website, we were able to find several third-party review sources online.
On Amazon, the serum had 88 reviews at the time of publishing and averaged about 2.3 stars. Some users reported that they didn’t notice much of a difference in their lips when they used the product, and that they expected more dramatic results for the price.
Others mentioned that it took them a while to figure out which level of plumping to use, but that once they did, the product worked better than other lip plumpers they had tried.
A review blog from TwoHappyMagpies revealed that Wunderkiss succeeded in making her lips bigger and glossier, but that the tingling feeling lingered longer on her lips than she was comfortable with.
However, she didn’t find that the plumping effects lasted more than an hour at a time, and she consequently found herself reapplying the gloss throughout the day. She also noted that the gloss made it impossible for her to kiss, which she found to be an unfortunate side effect.
What Beauty Products are Similar to Wunderkiss?
Our research into lip plumping products found several that are similar to Wunderkiss.
The Physicians Formula Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail is advertised as an instant way to plump up your lips and add a light shade of pink in the process. Like Wunderkiss, this product contains collagen and hyaluronic acid and is designed to provide a long-lasting plumping effect.
However, there isn’t a way to control the level of active ingredients to change the level of plumping. On the product website, this gloss retails for about $4.89.
Another product that makes similar lip-plumping promises to Wunderkiss is N.Y.C. New York Color Big Bold Plumping and Shine Lip Gloss. This product is advertised as a non-sticky, lightweight formula that creates lips that are up to 50 percent plumper, similar results to what Wunderkiss showed in their clinical studies.
Unlike Wunderkiss, which is completely clear, this gloss comes in an array of shades and retails on the website for about $4.
Our research into lip plumping products showed us that most of them made similar claims about the effectiveness and contained the same active ingredients.
However, Wunderkiss’ advertising material differentiates the product from the competition by claiming that its plumping effects will last, even if it is wiped off. Also, that being able to adjust your desired plumping effect creates flexibility.
Our Consensus: Who Can Benefit from Using Wunderkiss?
Though we didn’t try this product for ourselves, our research revealed that Wunderkiss contains ingredients that are on par with its competition in the world of lip plumping products. This way, it’s reasonable to believe that this gloss is likely to work as well as other plumping products on the market.
Further, several online bloggers found that many users noticed a difference in the plumpness of their lips after using Wunderkiss, but few noticed much of an improvement beyond what cheaper lip plumping products provided.
For this reason, it might be worthwhile to do a cost comparison of different products before choosing the one that’s right for you.
Wunderkiss separates itself from the competition by allowing you to control exactly how much of the plumping ingredients you add to your lips, but some reviewers on Amazon noted that they found this step to be messier and more difficult than they wanted to deal with for their daily lip gloss.
If a little extra time spent on application is worth the flexibility for you, Wunderkiss might be a lip plumping product for you to try for yourself. Just make sure you don’t spill it on your leg.