No matter how much you know about me, there’s probably two things that are a no-brainer: 1. I am obsessed with my baby girl. 2. I LOVE lipstick. It’s definitely my top favorite makeup item, and I probably own at least 75 tubes of it – no joke. I should count sometime, now that I think about it. I love almost all lipsticks, but matte liquid lipstick is my jam. It lasts for hours and doesn’t transfer – win, win. A friend of mine knows how real my lipstick obsession is and asked if I’d be interested in trying LipSense® and doing a blog post review on it. Abso-freaking-lutely! So here is my 100% honest, unbiased review of the product. If you’ve ever wondered about the product or considered buying it, I hope this helps!
What is LipSense?
According to the website, LipSense® is the premier product of SeneGence and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. As the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off! Create your own color palette by combining colors from over 50 shades.
Where can you get it?
LipSense® is only available when purchased through an independent consultant, like my friend.
What makes it different from regular liquid lipstick?
It is a two-step product: the first step is the actual lipstick, and the second step is a clear gloss that seals the color. All of the claims swear that it stays on your lips until you take it off, or generally between 4 and 18 hours. Both products come in a tube and look and apply like a gloss.
How do you apply it?
For best results, apply to clean, dry lips. I like to exfoliate my lips before applying, which removes the dead skin and leaves your lips soft and clean, which makes for a better lipstick application. (I use this lip exfoliant.) First, shake the LipSense® lipstick, remove the wand, and scrape off any excess product into the tube. Apply one layer of the color to your top and bottom lip and allow to dry completely (about 30-45 seconds). Repeat two more times. Once completely dry, apply a layer of the Moisturizing Gloss. You can read the detailed instructions here.
Pros v. Cons (based on my experience):
Let’s start with the pros:
- It definitely lasts a LONG time. I apply it in the morning before work (usually around 8:30 a.m.), and it’s still on when I wash my face at night (usually around 8 p.m.).
- It doesn’t transfer when I kiss my baby or hubby, when I drink my coffee or from a bottle of water, or I eat ANYTHING.
- The tube lasts quite a while. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and usually use it once or twice a week (because I can’t commit to the same lip color more than that), and there still seems to be plenty left.
- There are more than 50 colors to choose from.
- In addition to all the colors, they also offer a variety of finishes (Frost, Matte and Shimmer).
- It doesn’t crease, cake or fade in the center of your lips like most liquid lipsticks do.
- The gloss isn’t sticky like a lot of glosses, which I really love. I like to blot after applying it so there’s no glossy “residue” left on my lips.
- If your lips start to feel dry or you like the glossy look, you can apply the gloss as many times over the course of the day as you’d like.
- They make an Oops! Remover ($10), which is kind of like a magic eraser for your lipstick. Perfect if you mess up, go outside of your lip line, change your mind about the color once you put it on, or need some help removing it at the end of the day. Kind of a brilliant idea!
Now for the cons:
- You have to order it from a consultant, so if you need it in a pinch you can’t just run around the corner to your nearest beauty store and pick it up.
- Because you can only get it from a consultant, you don’t get to see the colors in person and test them out prior to purchase (unless you’re meeting with one in person).
- It’s fairly pricey. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe a tube of lipstick is $25 and another $20 for the gloss, and I don’t think you get the same results for the lipstick without the gloss. I’m used to paying $12-25 for lipstick, so this is definitely on the higher side. BUT, like I said, it lasts a long time and you only need one application per day.
- To some, the large variety of color options can be a bit overwhelming (but I like it!).
- After a day or two of using it, I do notice my lips feeling and looking pretty dry. I’m not sure if I just have a weird reaction or what, but I can only wear sparingly because of it.
- It kind of has a chemical smell and slight “burn” when you first apply it. It’s not painful or uncomfortable, but it’s definitely a unique sensation for applying lipstick. (I also kind of like the smell.)
- It’s multiple steps which seems annoying, but it’s really not as daunting as it sounds.
Would I recommend it?
I would! Especially if you are looking for makeup for a special event (wedding, prom, photo shoot, etc.), or if you hate having to reapply your lipstick throughout the day. I wish I would have known about this stuff on my wedding day! My poor hubby had lipstick all over his face by the end of the night :). If you’re not a huge lipstick wearer but want a good staple lipstick, I would say this is a good option for you. It’s likely worth the investment if you’re not an obsessive lipstick junky like me … I can’t justify spending that much on lipstick when I know I’m going to buy another brand/shade/type in the next week or two. BUT I would certainly buy this in a second color! The color I’m wearing in these pictures is Sazzy Z and I really like it! It’s a beautiful cool-toned neutral, everyday color that I think pretty much anyone could pull off. I always receive lots of compliments when I wear it!
Have you tried LipSense® before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! I’m curious to see how my thoughts and reactions compare to others. If you’d like to try it for yourself, contact my Instagram friend @TheLipFox! She’d love to help. (Unfortunately the original friend who sent this to me is no longer actively selling the product.)
(Also yes, my eyelash is coming off the corner of one eye. That’s what happens when you’re cheap and don’t want to use a new pair so you use a pair that you’ve already worn three times and has a ton of glue caked onto the strip. Don’t judge me. #HotMessExpress)
Disclaimer: I received this lipstick complimentary in exchange for this post, which including my honest thoughts and opinions based on my personal experience. All photos are my own and belong to me – please do not use them or repost without permission. Some links embedded in this post may be affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small commission of any purchase made through them. This mama’s gotta buy LOTS of diapers, yo!