Dona plumping lip balm by System JO - review by Shanna Germain

Pretty, But Where's the Plump?

While this is a great, softy scented, long-wearing lip balm for regular wear, it falls very short in the lip-plumping department. If you're looking for something to make your lips feel soft for long periods of time, this is your balm. If you're looking for actual lip growth, I recommend a pass on this one.
Good as a regular lip balm, nice light scent.
Doesn't plump, no SPF.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review


According to the name of this product (Dona Plumping Lip Balm), I would expect that you would want to use this when you were hoping to give a certain fullness to your lips. Sadly, I can't say that about this product (see notes below about plumping).

What I can say is that if you're looking for an everyday (or rather, every night, since this lip balm doesn't have any sunscreening elements as far as I can tell) lip balm, this would be a fine choice.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

This balm went onto my lips in a fairly thick, creamy manner. It's less firm than a traditional chap stick and less greasy than most of the glosses. It reminded me of some of the natural lip balms that I've picked up over the years, where it gives a thick layer of protection that stays a fairly long time.

It doesn't seem to harden and crumble off as some balms can, but it is thick enough that it will prevent most lipsticks from staying if you try to put some color over it.
    • Creamy
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

The flavor/scent I tried was Camu Camu (I had to look it up), which in this case is sort of a light citrus (lime, maybe?). Overall, the scent is very light and the flavor is almost unnoticeable. While I enjoyed the scent, I wasn't sure it had any sort of aphrodisiac qualities to it (but that's so hard to quantify).
    • Light smell
    • No taste


The product lasts a fairly long time, I think because it's so thick. So as a general lip balm, it works fairly well (again, without SPF, so it's better for indoors/night wear).

However, the lip-plumping elements seemed non-existent. There was no tingling (which is what I've usually noticed with products that claim to boost my lip size), and there was definitely no change in the way my lips looked. For me, this is actually a benefit, because I don't particularly like the tingling sensation on my lips, but for a product that claims to plump lips, this was a serious flaw.
    • Long lasting
Follow-up commentary
I still use this -- the smell is nice and is growing on me more -- but I still haven't found that it does anything fantastic to my lip size!
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • Forever17
    thank you no plump huh
  • PeaceToTheMiddleEast
    Sorry to hear it did not plump and you did not feel a tingle. I did with the Goji Berry one. Maybe because I don't use lip plumping balms all to often but I did feel it with the Goji Berry. Thanks for the review!
  • SecretToyLover2
    Thanks for the review. It could use a lot more detail. Anyhow, I'm sorry this didn't plump! I had high hopes for it. The SPF... Why would they forget that?! Darn.
  • sweetiejo
    thanks for the review, i totally agree i got this stuff and found it very blah.
  • Nirelan
  • deltalima
    Did the price go down on these? Anyway, thanks for the review! I got what I thought was Goji Berry but it was mixed with peach melba, yucks.
  • yarii
  • lukymami
    thank you for the review, it was helpful
  • 0letitgrow
    Much appreciated!
  • beloved princess
    Thanks! Looking for an actual plumper. Very helpful.
  • Fawkes
    Is it worth the $5 without the plumping effects?
  • Maximusx
    Thanks for your review!
  • Allison.Wilder
    Aww, I just placed an order for this. I hope I get some plump!
  • saunders1971
  • Pudyqat
    Good review
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