A Real Product Review from a NON-Consultant
**This post has been updated with new info in 2019! Read all the way through for discount info!**
Okay, so you’ve probably heard all the hype about a product called LipSense that’s making waves across all social media right now. You’ve probably heard people talking about it or even know someone who sells it! To be honest, I come across so many makeup products that I didn’t really give it much of a second thought.
BUT I have a lot of friends that come to me asking about product suggestions, and it seems like at least a few times a week I’ve had someone ask me if I’ve tried it! ALRIGHT THEN. You twisted my arm. My curiosity got the best of me, so I tried it! So here you go friends, a 100% honest LipSense review from someone who does NOT sell it! (This post is NOT sponsored.)
My lovely friend actually started selling SeneGence products (the LipSense parent company) and was kind enough to let me try some out. I had heard that this lip stuff wass supposed to be one of a kind, so of course I wanted to test it!
The LipSense itself is like a little kit. You purchase the colors in a tube of regular-looking lip color, and then you purchase a gloss, which acts as a top coat and sort of seals it. They have tons of different colors ranging from nude to bright and bold. The glosses actually come in different finishes too, including glossy, pearl, opal, etc.
I had no idea what color or “top coat” to choose since I’d never even swatched the stuff. But I knew I wanted to try something bold just to see if it truly had staying power! So I went all out and opted for a shade called Blu-Red!
It’s funny because I do like bold lips, but I usually wear a more subdued color. Red is not a color I own. But I really wanted to see if it could truly last as it claimed! And I opted for the “glossy” gloss for a shiny finish! Might as well go all out!
Directions were very specific: “Apply to clean, dry lips. Clean with witch hazel and a cotton round or a warm washcloth.” I didn’t have any witch hazel around. But I figured I’d better exfoliate before I put it on, so I used my e.l.f. cosmetics lip exfoliant that I mentioned in this post and then patted dry once finished. Then, the directions say: “Apply three layers. With lips parted, place applicator on lip beginning at the outside corner and spread in a fluid sweeping motion to the opposite corner of the lip without lifting the applicator. DO NOT swipe back and forth. Let each layer dry for about 5 seconds before continuing. Do not rub or smack your lips together.”
Okay, so this intimidated me. Not gonna lie. I was afraid that if I did anything wrong that it might never come off, haha. Luckily there’s a remover for it! More on that in a minute. I followed the directions exactly. Upon first layer of application – not gonna lie – it stung a little. It could have been because I’d actually just scrubbed/exfoliated my lips, but I read that it can be typical at first. I actually did not feel it the second time I wore it.
Time for step 2! Directions say: “Apply Lipsense gloss. Cover entire area of Lipsense color. Now you can rub your lips together as much as you want.”
Without the gloss, the lip color feels dry and matte, sort of like a stain. The gloss is thick and feels good on. It’s very moisturizing, hence the name “Moisturizing Gloss”.
So now, the real test: How did it hold up? I put the Lipsense on in the late morning – a little before noon – and wore it all day and evening. I was told to apply the gloss often and as needed. But to be honest, I only put more on two more times and I never felt like my lips were too dry because I could always feel the thick gloss still there, even after my meals and everything! I actually wore it until about 11:30p.m., and while the color wasn’t quite as bold (maybe because I hadn’t glossed as often), it still held up wonderfully!
AND…you can actually rub your lips…HARD…with your fingers and it will NOT move. Like at all. Here’s a little video snippet taken at 11:15 p.m. after wearing the color for almost 12 hours! (Note: You may have to log into Vimeo to see it.)
As for the color, it was prettier than I imagined! I was a little scared to wear it out. Honestly, the idea of red lipstick and keeping teeth free from color scared the bajeezles out of me. Also, I like to steer clear of any colors that tend to give the illusion of yellowing teeth. The blue tones in this shade of red actually seemed to make my teeth look whiter, so I absolutely loved that!
I think I may try the Pearl gloss next to tone down the color a smidge, but overall, I thought it was fab!
However, there was one more step to this that freaked me out. With a color this bold that doesn’t budge, how would I get it off? Luckily they have another product called Oops Remover that was quick and painless! I think that there are some other oil-based products that will remove this easily enough, but this product did not disappoint – and left my lips feeling good afterward.
So let’s summarize – my favorite things about this product are:
- Staying power – it truly does what it claims to do! I’ve never seen another product do this before. Super impressive.
- Color was fab and stayed true – gave the illusion of whiter teeth
- Gloss felt great on – always felt moisturized. Didn’t feel the need to over-apply.
- Never had to worry about the bright lipstick rubbing off on my teeth!
So what are my cons/my dislikes of this product overall?
- Not in love with the packaging – no biggie. Who cares because it does what it says it will do?!
- It’s a bit pricey. It’s true. The lip kit isn’t the cheapest. BUT I have regular lipsticks in my collection that could be contenders – and they definitely do not last like this.
Final thoughts – would I purchase this? Yes I would. The main reason I’d purchase would be for a special event or a wedding. If I were getting married, I would absolutely buy LipSense for my wedding day. I wish I had known about this stuff was when I got married ten years ago! Between cake in the face, kissing the groom all night, toasts, food and lots of photo taking, I was worried all night that my naked lips were going to look weird in pics. I would have loved this then! It would also be great to have on vacations or even just to go swimming.
Am I ready to give up all my other lippies for just LipSense? Well, no. I’m a makeup junkie, so I could never give it all up for one brand! But I will say that I will want to reach for this first in the instances mentioned above!
Now that I’ve tried a bold color, I’m going to purchase a more natural-looking color to try for everyday (work and such). So that will be fun to test!
2019 Update to this post: I’ve gotten 2 new LipSense shades recently – one very natural one, and one with more color to show you! I purchased Caramel Apple, and y’all – this one has to be my fave of all three that I own so far! It’s perfect for any occasion, and is the prettiest pink with a hint of red! I am absolutely Loving it!
And my friend Ali gifted me a color called Sugarplum because I wanted something very subtle and neutral to wear to work! How pretty is this color?! It has little flecks of glitter in it! I love it – so subtle!
If you’re curious as to the color selection or want to find a consultant and give it a try, then check out my friend Ali’s Facebook Group, Ali Cat Cosmetics ! She will answer all of your questions if you go to her website right here! She has a FAB Instagram account where you can peep all of her products. Want 5% off your order plus free shipping? Use code “kymakeup5” and she will give you 5% off – but you must order through THIS FORM only. It’s a great deal because this stuff is almost never on sale!
Have you tried LipSense? If so, what’s your favorite color and gloss combo?