The way I see it, a good long lasting lipstick is a must have for all women. My previous go-to had always been Urban Decay Revolution lipstick. It has great pigmentation but did require reapplication throughout the evening. .…enter Lipsense. I began to take notice of all of the press that Lipsense was starting to get. So of course I had to investigate…
What is it?
Lipsense is a patented long-wearing liquid lip color that is advertised as waterproof, smudgepoof and budgeproof. When I say long wearing, I mean it! One of the product’s main selling points is that the color will last up to 18 hours! Whoa. And is not supposed to be drying, like some other long wearing lip products I have tried.
There are over 50 shades of Lipsense. And because the color is layered, combining colors to make unique shades is also totally recommended.
It ain’t cheap. The Lipsense Starter Kit cost me $55.00. This included a Lipsense color, a Gloss (which seals the color in for long wear) and an Oops Remover. The standard cost for the colors are around $25 and $20 for the gloss. The cost can vary a bit depending upon the consultant you are working with.
Suggested application is to begin with clean, dry lips. My consultant suggested I clean my lips before each application with Witch Hazel. At first I thought this was unnecessary. But when I tried this, I was pretty surprised at how much product had migrated to my lips with regular makeup application. Eww.
Layering the product is a must; 3 layers of Lipsense is suggested. When I first tried the Lipsense, my lips tingled quite a bit. But this is expected with first application.
So with your clean dry lips, you apply your three layers of Lipsense. It is suggested that you allow each layer to dry for a few seconds before application of the next layer. Then when your color is dry, you set it with a generous layer of gloss to seal in the color and moisturize your lips.
My experience-zero transfer!
I initially purchased Lipsense in the colors Blu Red and Roseberry.
I decided to try out the Blu Red first because I am always looking for a long lasting lipstick that I can wear for nights out on the town. It took me a little bit of practice to sweep the color precisely without looking like a clown, but I got it down fairly quickly.
The Blu Red was certainly the high impact color I was looking for! After I had sealed the color in, the first thing I did was plant a big wet kiss on my husband. I knew this bold color would surely leave a big, bold streak on my husband’s face. I pulled back and waited for the fallout….but there wasn’t any. I looked up and there was no color transfer at all. EUREKA!
How Long Lasting Is It?
I found this really depended on several factors. First, if I didn’t clean my lips off completely before application, my Lipsense color was guaranteed to break down sooner than I wanted it too. It got goopy a time or two as well. But again, cleaning my lips off completely did prevent this problem. The long lasting wear time also depends upon how often I reapply my gloss. The gloss not only helps to seal in the color but it also protects the color when you eat, drink or smooch your kids. So if I reapplied gloss before I ate anything and was diligent at reapplication every 3 hours or so, I had a solid 8-9 hours of solid wear. And this is really all I am looking for so this was a total success for me.
My Experience-the Good and the Bad
Lipsense actually doesn’t dry out my lips! Rather it seems to moisturize my lips, which is unexpected. It also doesn’t run-it stays put and there is literally no color transfer at all. I can plant a kiss on my daughter’s cheek whenever a want to without concern. Lipsense is totally my current go to for long lasting lip color for any time I am looking for long lasting wear.
On your average day, I like to keep my routine really simple and easy. Using Lipsense doesn’t always fit into that routine. It takes time to apply and you have to be diligent about gloss reapplication throughout the day. So sometimes I’m not interested in investing the time. Also, it feels fairly heavy on my lips. I regularly tend to wear light gloss or lipstain. I’m not really used to the heavy feel.
Removal can also be a pain. I do use the Oops Remover but it takes some doing to take off. Coconut oil helps some but it still takes a decent effort to remove. So that just needs to be factored in when I am going to wear Lipsense.
All in all, I am a big fan of Lipsense, but I would totally be into trying out some other, inexpensive brands as well.