Esho Sculpt Review

Esho Sculpt is a lip treatment created in collaboration with Deciem and Dr. Tijion Esho, cosmetic doctor. Sculpt is a treatment with actives and peptides sold as an alternative to invasive lip fillers. This product claims to encourage lip volume in minutes and over the long term, as well as enhance shape and tone. Sculpt can be used in conjunction with another Esho product, Drench, to encourage hydration, which I have also used.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Tripeptide-29, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Methyl Nicotinate, Stevioside, Isosorbide Disunflowerseedate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Copernicia Cerifera Wax, Aroma (Flavour), Hexapeptide-3, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa Flower Extract, Commiphora mukul resin extract, Swertia Chirata Extract, Ornithine, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Trehalose, Urea, Allantoin, Levulinic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycolipids, Phospholipids, Lecithin, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium metabisulfite, Sodium sulfite, Sodium Chloride, Ethoxydiglycol, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Methyl nicotinate produces redness and inflammation of the lips for a short time by causing capillary dilation and an increase in blood circulation. Stevioside is a sweetener from the stevia plant. This product has amino acids and sugars.

This is very sweet-tasting, fruit-flavored (guava I believe) that I think would have been better in mint or at least less sweet, and I don’t particularly want glucose and fructose by my teeth.

Esho sculpt
Top photo – before; bottom photo –  3 minutes after application. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but all around the lip got red up to the nose and there was a slight increase in volume.

I’ve been using this for 4 months, morning and evening. On my first use, I put too much on and then made the mistake of touching my tongue to my lips which then went a bit numb. My lips got quite red all along the lip line and up to my nose and my lips felt wind-burned. On subsequent uses I applied less, but the redness still occurred up to my nose and my lips felt wind-burned, albeit less so, and over time my skin got used to it. It was nothing I couldn’t handle and not a deal-breaker. The initial maximum redness, slight volume increase and wind-burned feeling lasted about 5 minutes and the lips went back to normal after about 15 minutes.

Sculpt absorbs quite quickly and then leaves a dryness. Deciem recommends using Drench over Sculpt for “additional hydration,” to me implying that Sculpt would be a bit hydrating, which I didn’t find to be the case.

Top photo – before; bottom photo – results after 4 months

I was actually very surprised by the after photo, as I saw no results in the mirror, but after 4 months there is increased volume, uniform color and nice shape. My results are more subtle than other before and afters that I’ve seen.

It seems the partnership between Deciem and Dr. Esho has ended, and the Esho products will not be continued through Deciem; perhaps Dr. Esho will continue the formula and sell the lip treatments. If so, I would purchase Sculpt again.