Lipsense. I’m sure you’ve seen the proof videos — ladies taking a finger or two and dragging them all over their lips…and nothing budges. They’ve been popping up in my Facebook feed for months and I’ve been so intrigued. They seem like the answer to all our dreams for a no-budge lipstick. But are they really? Let’s dive in to all the ins and outs of this magical product!
Let’s break it down first. To be able to use the product you have to purchase a color, a lip gloss, and a remover. Without the gloss the LipSense lip color will be impossibly sticky and won’t work. And trying to remove this at night is almost impossibly without the Opps remover. So in order to give this concept a try it costs $55. Or, purchased individually: lip color is $25, lip gloss is $20, and remover is $10. So this is NOT drugstore! 😛 I personally think it’s a bit weird that you don’t save at least a few dollars purchasing as a set…but maybe that’s just me.
The shade I received was Praline Rose
The swatch on my hand was only one layer. These products are meant to be applied in very thin layers, so don’t be alarmed that the swatch barely shows up on my skin. They recommend using three layers to get the truest color and best wear results (See picture below for what three layers looks like). To reiterate: you have to apply three layers — waiting 10 seconds between each coat — and then wait a full minute before applying the lip gloss to seal it all in.
How Does It Apply?
The LipSense lip color product feels very thin and liquidy — almost like you are putting water on your lips. If there are any cracks or dry areas on your lips I noticed that it could burn slightly. Nothing extremely painful, but definitely a little uncomfortable/noticeable. Within ten seconds it seems dry and I felt a slight tightening sensation on my lips. Each layer increases that tightening feel. Once you apply the gloss, though, your lips feel a lot better. Even with it, this is still the kind of lip product that you can feel on your lips all day.
How Long Does it Actually Last:
The claim for these lipsticks are that they can last anywhere from 4 – 18 hours. Now…to me, that’s a very wide range. And 4 hours is still reasonable for many liquid lipsticks… Anyways, for me it easily lasted 4 hours. Once I started eating or drinking it would wear away at the corners and inner rim of my lips. Reapplying wasn’t really an option unless I wanted to completely remove the product and reapply…and for me I didn’t think it looked bad enough for that so I just left it as is. I wore this consistently for a week and could go the whole day with the majority of the product staying in place. Just the corners and inner rim consistently wore off after a few hours.
Something I was not aware of before trying out LipSense was that there is an adjustment period that can take a week or more to go through. It has something to do with your lips being used to waxy lip balms and lipsticks. Since LipSense is a non-wax lip product, with consistent use it will penetrates your lips with true moisture and the wax-junk-buildup in your skin will eventually exfoliate off. Once this happens (can take a week or two) the LipSense product will work the best and staying in place the longest. During this period the lips can look extremely dry and be flaky, which is what I experienced. At the end of a week my lips were starting to look a lot better, but the length of weartime I got with LipSense didn’t change.
Yes and no. I know, that isn’t really an answer, but hear me out!
If you aren’t a makeup junkie and prefer to just have a few staple lipsticks to use…I think you would LOVE LipSense. They have a shade for everyone, and once your lips have adjusted to the product they will last for hours. No more worrying about smudging, fading, or flaking. It really is a fantastic product!
For beauty bloggers, like me — or any makeup junkie — it just isn’t for me. The main reason is because you have to stick to just this line of lipsticks for an extended period of time, to be able to get truely long wear. And if you use other products that contain wax, it will — once again — mess up how your Lipsense lipstick performs. Since I am a beauty blogger…and receive or buy new lip products constantly…I just can’t commit to one brand of lipstick. Using Lipsense alternately with other lipsticks just gives me average wear for a liquid lipstick. And since I don’t particularly like feeling the product on my lips throughout the day, and the pricetag is on the high end of things…LipSense just isn’t for me.
What do YOU Think about LipSense? What is your experience with this product that is quickly gaining ground on social media?
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