In our series test ride, TZR editors and writers test the hottest new beauty products and share their honest reviews. This week, our beauty editor is testing the new Biological Research Liftkiss.
My first encounter with Biologique Recherche dates back seven years through the brand’s well-known product, Lotion P50. It’s still part of my skincare routine today. When I found out the brand had launched a new lip mask, Liftkiss, I was intrigued. The French skincare brand is known for its powerful formulas that deliver visible results. Unfortunately, you can’t just stop by your local Sephora to pick up its deals (although there are plenty of online retailers).
But if there’s anything I’ve learned from using Biologique Recherche products, it’s that they often create an immediate glow and a noticeable difference in your skin (with consistent use) due to the quality of the formulas. I had to know if the same could be said for the latest launch, Liftkiss Contour and Volume Lips Patch.
Liftkiss is a smoothing and plumping patch designed to add volume, repair lips and promote skin regeneration. As a result, the appearance of fine lines is reduced and lips appear supple and feel more hydrated. In general, lip plumping products are trending right now, with many brands launching a plumping gloss or cream mask. Still, I was excited to try the Liftkiss Patch because it adds volume without the stickiness of a gloss and it can repair signs of dehydration.
Read on for my thoughts on Liftkiss and whether it’s worth a try.
- Price: $26
- Best for: Damaged/dehydrated lips or if you crave a plumping effect
- Your rating: 4/5
- Brand: Biological Research
- Clean/Cruelty Free: No
- What we like: Immediate results, impressive formula
- What we don’t like: Expensive, the plumping effect does not last long
About my lips
My lips are generally hydrated but go through periods of intense dryness during the winter. In this case, I usually put on a good old Chapstick just before bed and save it for the night. I’ve only recently started getting into lip masks and I’m a fan because of the immediate results and extra hydration.
I’m not the only one dealing with dry lips either. According to Dr. Morgan Rabach, MD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology in New York City, “lips have much thinner skin,” so there’s “less of a barrier than other places on the body.” Lip skin [is] filled with blood vessels and [does] no sebaceous glands, so there is no oil secreting naturally in the area. In turn, lips can be more prone to dehydration and damage.
Given the ingredients in Liftkiss like hyaluronic acid and plant sugars, I was hopeful that it might fix some of my existing issues.
What’s so special about Liftkiss?
According to the brand, Liftkiss aims to reduce lip wrinkles and smooth delicate skin, while plumping and protecting against environmental damage. How do you know if your lips are damaged? “Peking, cracking, wrinkling and discomfort are all signs that the integrity of lip skin may be compromised,” Dr. Geeta Yadav, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Science Dermatology, told TZR. . Due to the lack of sebaceous glands on the lips, it is necessary to “frequently nourish with lip balms and other treatments”, she adds.
As for the causes of lip damage, this may include environmental factors such as “sun, wind, or winter air”, “eating salty foods or not drinking enough water”, “licking lips, [which] can dry out the skin of the lips” and “certain medications can cause excessively dry lips, [such as] chemotherapy, isotretinoin, and antihistamines,” says Dr. Rabach.
So what makes Liftkiss special among all the lip masks currently available on the market? On the one hand, it is pre-impregnated with a biocellulose medium, of vegetable origin and biodegradable and with a second skin effect, that is to say that it adjusts and adapts to all types of lips to cover the entire lip area. Dr. Yadav adds that “Biocellulose has long been used for wound healing because it hydrates the underlying skin while preventing water loss.” Plus, the multiple benefits (like plumping and healing) make it unique among the current selection of popular lip plumpers on the market.
The science behind Biological Research Liftkiss
The immediate plumping effect of Liftkiss is due to a combination of hyaluronic acid and hydrating vegetable sugars which make the lips fuller and less dehydrated. The smoothing effect (i.e. reduction of wrinkles) is the result of acmella oleracea extract, red algae extract, tara fruit extract and biopolymers of sweet almond, which reduce wrinkles and create an immediate visibly tightening effect. According to Laure Bouscharain, head of research and development at Biologique Recherche, the red seaweed extract is rich in proteins, vitamins and antioxidants, which “helps retain moisture and promote[s] a healthy skin barrier. On the other hand, tara fruit extract helps with “dryness, irritation, and flaking, leading to smoother, plumper lips,” says Bouscharain.
Acmella oleracea the extract slows down the micro-contractions that affect the appearance of wrinkles around the lips. Bouscharain notes that “acmella oleracea extract relaxes facial muscles and releases muscle tension, ultimately diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Dr. Yadav adds that it mimics the effect of Botox by relaxing the muscles in the same way (without the injections of course). “The result of [this] a specific ingredient is likely to be very minor but can provide a subtle smoothing effect,” she adds.
Additionally, carob seed extract and wakame seaweed extract explain the mask’s regenerative properties that help reduce the damaged appearance of lips and help repair the skin barrier.
How to use Biological Research Liftkiss
Using this lip mask is quite simple – each sachet comes with a smooth patch covered in two textured films that need to be peeled off before use. Using your fingertips, apply the patch to your lips and smooth it so that it is well placed on the lips and their contour. Leave the patch on for 20 minutes, then remove it and rub in the remaining product, massaging the lips. Bouscharain notes that there should be an immediate plumping effect after one use and that you should “have relief from discomfort caused by dryness and irritation.”
My first impression of Biologique Recherche Liftkiss
When I opened the sachet and removed the mask, I noticed a considerable amount of serum remaining in the package, so I used the patch to collect most of the serum before applying the smooth side of the patch on my lips. You can also use your fingers to apply this serum on or around your lips before using the mask. No need to waste valuable products! It took about a minute to smooth out the patch and position it correctly so it covered my lips and surrounding area. After two minutes I noticed a slight tingling sensation which quickly disappeared.
I wore the mask for 20 minutes and multi-task comfortably. There is a slit in the middle if you want to talk but I noticed every time I opened my mouth the mask moved slightly. Luckily, my husband is no longer surprised by my beauty-related shenanigans and barely blinked, but my toddler gave me a sideways glance wondering what I was doing.
I’m usually skeptical of products that promise immediate results, but after just one use, I think my lips felt and looked more hydrated and noticeably fuller. Even comparing the before and after photos side by side, my lips look more defined and fuller. I’d say it’s pretty effective based on my results and the quality of the ingredients.
Should you try Biologique Recherche Liftkiss?
If you notice dehydration or lip damage, this is an effective option that comes from a reputable brand. In terms of the plumping effect, the effect was immediate, however it only lasted about two hours.
I see myself using Liftkiss before a night out or a big event right before putting on lipstick. However, at $26 for a mask, I won’t be using it consistently. There are certainly cheaper alternatives, but none with this long list of ingredients.
Overall, the product was easy to apply, added much needed hydration, and was just plain fun to wear. Above all, I liked that Liftkiss offered plumping, smoothing, and replenishing benefits in one easy-to-use product. If you’re looking for a short-term plumping effect without injectables, Liftkiss could be a great product to add to your beauty arsenal.
Product Name : Biological Research Liftkiss Contour and Volume Lip Patch
Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, hydrating plant sugars, carob seed extract, wakame seaweed extract, acmella oleracea extract, sweet almond biopolymers, red seaweed extract and tara fruit extract complex
Cut: Single-use product (3.5 mL/0.1 fl oz)