Seventeen-year-old Kylie Jenner has finally come clean about her much rumored lip injections.

“I have temporary lip fillers. It’s just an insecurity of mine and it’s what I wanted to do,” Kylie explains in a Keeping Up with the Kardashians voice-over. Some people have reacted with shock, attacking the teen for getting lip fillers at a young age, but I don’t think it’s shocking at all. And she certainly shouldn’t be vilified for it.

I had rhinoplasty at 17, and I had multiple friends who got breast implants at the same age. As crazy as it may seem to some people, plastic surgery happens all the time — and teens aren’t exempt. They may be the most vulnerable and insecure of us all, if they have the parental permission and the financial means, you’d better believe a good number of them are going to go under the knife.

Admittedly, it’s unfortunate that Jenner didn’t reveal the truth about her lips sooner. She danced around the subject in various interviews, citing the use of multiple lipsticks and lots of liner as the reason behind her newly puckered pout, but her teenage fans weren’t quite buying it. Many of them wanted to emulate the look so badly that the “Kylie Jenner Challenge” started trending across social media.  The challenge consisted of teens suctioning their lips into shot glasses for up to two minutes at a time to make them swell dramatically á la Jenner. Many participants actually ended up giving themselves painful bruises and blood blisters around their mouths and lips.

Now that Jenner has told the truth about her much-envied lips, it’s important that her fans know all the other options besides lip injections to get fuller lips. You guessed it: I tried out a few. But I can’t recommend them all. In fact, there’s one lip plumping beauty tool I wouldn’t touch again with a 10-foot pole.

CandyLipz is an American company that sells lip pumps intended to give customers their very own Kylie Jenner lips, but even their website warns of side effects including welts, bruising, blood blisters and more. The way it works is actually similar to how teens were using shot glasses for the Kylie Jenner challenge. The company was nice enough to send us three different versions of the pump, one for each member of the editorial staff, but after reading the warnings on the company’s own site the rest of the team backed out. I became the lone guinea pig. Look, I’m not one to shy away from the more painful spa treatments and services, but I’ll admit that this one made me nervous.

The pump’s instructions recommend leaving the device on, i.e. suctioned to your lips, for two minutes. With the photos from the company’s website dancing through my head, I decided 30 seconds would be enough to do the trick. So with Leah on stopwatch and Beth snapping pics, I wiggled my lips into the pump, squeezed, and hoped for the best.

The moment I freed my lips from the uncomfortable pump Beth cried out in horror: “Oh my God!” I immediately ran to a mirror to see that my lips were a deep blue black. Mind you, this was after only 30 seconds, not the recommended two minutes.

Thankfully, that initial bruising was quick to fade. Once my lips were no longer purple, they were in fact extremely plump. Once I applied lipstick, they actually looked amazing so I was feeling pretty good about myself for about an hour.

Then I noticed a purple bruise forming around my mouth. And once it started it just kept getting worse. By the time I left for the day my mouth was the opposite of sexy. Both my lips and my ego badly bruised.

The bruising and discomfort lasted for about two days before going away, and my lips stayed plump for about the first eight hours. Technically the pump worked, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a viable form of pumping up your lips. The pain and discoloration just aren’t worth it.

After that fiasco, it was time to take it down a notch and try out a more reasonable means of lip plumping. I started out by soothing my battered lips by applying ELYSÉE Perfect Pout Lip Volumizing Cream in the morning and at night. The cream looks very thick but when applied it’s very light and airy, absorbing instantly. It quenched my lips and made them supple and smooth, exactly what I needed after putting them through the ringer.

Once my lips were hydrated and happy again, I decided to try Fusion Beauty’s LipFusion XXL, a lip-plumping gloss that gives instant and long term results. LipFusion XXL is infused with InstaPump and Volulip technology. This provides moisture, anti-aging effects, and creates noticeably fuller lips after the ingredients in the gloss deeply penetrate its tissue.

When applied it has a slight tingle to it that I actually enjoy. The results are not as dramatic as the Candy Lipz pump (luckily), but the gloss definitely made my lips looks perkier and plumper after I used it for about a week. LipFusion XXL is definitely a great alternative to a lip pump or injections. The results of this $57 lip therapy are obviously not as dramatic — no one is going to think you actually had injections, they’ll just think you have naturally full bee-stung lips. Which, if you ask me, is preferable.

To add even more oomph to your pucker I recommend using Fusion Beauty’s LipFusion InFatuation Lipgloss or LipFusion Plump + Shine Lipstick. The lipstick contains microscopic lipid spheres that boost the natural lipid content found in lips. They also embed in between lip tissue to build firmness and volume, making lips appear fuller and more youthful. Out of the 12 shades my favorites include Foreplay, pretty bubblegum pink and Tease, a bright and shiny magenta.

LipFusion InFatuation Lipgloss comes in nine shiny shades and works a little bit differently than the lipstick. The gloss actually utilizes a technology that stores lips’ own natural fatty acid for long-term lip volume.

Next time you’re considering injections or trying out a painful pump, I recommend picking up some Fusion Beauty lip products instead. Both products were nourishing and didn’t irritate my lips at all. Even without the lip plumping benefits I’d keep each in my lipstick arsenal because I adore the shades so much, the plumping, well that’s just an added benefit!

LipFusion XXL retails for $57.

LipFusion InFatuation Lipgloss retails for $29.

LipFusion Plump + Shine Lipstick retails for $29.

ELYSÉE Perfect Pout Lip Volumizing Cream retails for $24.50

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