Lipsense: The Review!
My friend, Tiffany, is da bomb. No seriously. She is. Remember that time I taught a theatre camp? She’s the reason I did that. So, when Tiffany fell in love with LipSense, I took notice. She posted on social media about it like she’d met the love of her makeup life.
Now, I get why.
Teadra Mitchell, one of my readers and an all around fun chick, contacted me in August and asked if I’d give Lipsense a try. Remembering Tiffany’s response to it, I immediately said yes. I’m not good with choosing colors, so I left that up to Teadra. The color she sent was perfect. It’s an outstanding red called Fly Girl. Very me.
I waited a while to write my review, because I wanted to wear Lipsense for several weeks and give a full account of its durability, ease of use, and if it’s worth the price. Spoiler alert: It is.
Lipsense is a long wearing lipstick and gloss. It’s made by Senegence. They sell a full line of skincare products, perfumes, and makeup. I’m reviewing their lipstick line, Lipsense.
So what is Lipsense? It’s a non wax, long lasting, liquid lip color with an amazing sun blocker. I read somewhere that it’s like wearing clothes on your lips. That’s just how much coverage you get from the sun. Senegence says it lasts for four to 18 hours. The company offers a money back guarantee if you don’t like it.
Let’s talk price first. You need three products to make this magic happen- color, gloss, and remover.
Total cost of this is $55. Color is $25. Gloss is $20. Ooops Remover is $10. I know, I know. That price tag is shocking, but (a big but) it’s economical. Once upon a time, I was a frugal living blogger. I don’t throw out the word economical lightly. I’mma break down the cost like this. I’ve been wearing Lipsense for a month now. I have two colors. (I’ll tell you about the second color in a minute.) I’m nowhere near to putting a dent into any of these products. I don’t wear lipstick every day. I figure this amount is equal to about six tubes of wax based lipstick that don’t last all day or four of those lip stains that don’t stay on all day either and do nothing for hydrating your lips. So, yeah. The price is right.
Two thinks I questioned when I tried it for the first time: a tingling sensation and the application.
- My lips were tingling. That’s not a bad thing, but it caught me off guard. I contacted Teadra for the low down on why that was happening. Lipsense bonds with your lips, so a strong, meaningful relationship unfolds. Okay, that’s true, because I do love my Lipsense, but what I mean is my lips were dry because I only ever used wax and paraffin based lipsticks. That tingle I felt was the cosmetic grade SD alcohol evaporating from my lips and leaving the color behind. That alcohol also helps keep bacteria and other grossness off my lips. Once I wore the product for a few days, that tingling was gone. I used the lip gloss (necessary for application) on days I wore no color and my lips were all kinds of lucious and moisturized.
- I fumbled through the application process the first two times. Most of y’all probably have a strong lipstick application game. I thought I did too, but there was a learning curve here.
So, how do you apply it? Note: This is an easy, quick process. Don’t think it’s an ordeal. I’m a little flumbly, goofy, so I imagine other folks get the application process faster than I did.
- First, I exfoliate my lips. I started doing this when I got out of the shower or after I brushed my teeth. You can use the Lipsense lip balm, but I haven’t purchased that yet. I’m using coconut oil and sugar. Yep. You read that right. I dip my finger into a small container of coconut oil, then into a small container of sugar and scrub my lips. Your lips have to be completely dry when you apply the lip color, so I do this and then, put on my makeup. I should note that I’ve read you can also use a dedicated toothbrush to exfoliate. I haven’t tried that yet, but I plan to do this when I’m applying makeup away from home.
- When I’m through putting on my makeup, I blot my lips with a tissue to make sure they’re completely dry.
- Then, I shake up that magic tub of color.
- Now, here’s the part that tripped me up the first few times I used the product. The color application. Like I said, there’s a learning curve if you haven’t perfected the art of applying lipstick. Apparently, after over 30 years of wearing makeup, I hadn’t. It’s okay. I gained a new skill and that skill is sexy lips. Bam!
Application: Start at your cupid’s bow and draw down to each corner of your top lip. One layer. Don’t go back and forth. If you need more color to complete the first layer on your top lip, dip the wand back into the tube. Now, do the same on your bottom lip. One layer. Pro tip: My first go, I didn’t fill the water line on my upper or lower lip. Make sure you layer your lips like you would with your old wax based lipstick. My trick (and you probably already do this) is to use the wand like a lip liner and then, go back and fill in the waterline to get complete coverage.
Let that first layer dry completely. This will only take a few seconds, but make sure it’s completely dry. Apply a second layer. Let dry. Apply a third layer if you want a deeper color. My experience was, if I didn’t apply the third layer, the color didn’t last as long. Let dry.
Once the color is on, you have sticky lips. I don’t like sticky lips. Apply the gloss. That’s key. You can reapply the gloss throughout the day. It wears off. The color doesn’t. I use the Glossy Gloss, but they have tinted and shimmery glosses as well. I haven’t tried those yet.
Remember that remover? The Ooops Remover? I had to use that a lot the first two times I tried to apply the color. Again, I wasn’t as adept at applying lipstick as I thought I was. You can quickly remove mistakes and reapply. Just don’t do several coats of the color at once. It’s really like painting your nails. You wait for each coat to dry before you move on to the next or you risk smudging.
How long did it last? The first time I wore it, my color lasted for 18 hours. 18 hours! With each additional use, I’ve averaged between 12 to 18 hours. Now, I don’t normally need my lipstick to last that long. To remove the lipstick (and isn’t that crazy that you need to remove the color after it’s been on for 12 to 18 hours?!), just use the Ooops Stick.
This is me after I first put on Lipsense (color is Fly Girl):
This is me about 14 hours later:
Four hours after that, when I was washing off my makeup, I had to use that Ooops Remover to take off the color.
That’s it, y’all. That’s everything. Once I had those steps down for applying the color and once my lips were exfoliated, I was all in for Lipsense. I like it so much, I ordered another color two weeks later. Teadra sent me stuff for free and then, I paid for more. That’s the most powerful testimony I can give a product.
This is Caramel Latte, the color I purchased.
Lipsense comes in a huge amount of colors. I’ve included a partial list at the end of this post.
You may know someone who sells Lipsense. And that’s cool, but if you want to try the product after reading this review, you’d be a super sweet person by making your purchase with Teadra Mitchell. She’s a great person. We all understand the struggle of a hustle and I’m supporting Teadra with my business. I hope you will as well. Her distributor number is 404223. You can like her Facebook page or join her Facebook group. (I recommend the group.) You can also follow her on Instagram. Her phone number is 678-451-6076. Email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to become a distributer of this awesome product, so I can get a discount. I mean, I might sell it and all, but my motivation is to get more colors at a discount. There’s this Jump Start Program that I wanna do. If you wanna do that too, contact Teadra.
Fun facts you oughtta know about SeneGence products:
No animal testing.
No animal by-products.
Use of naturally reoccuring ingredients.
All products formulated with FDA appoved ingredients.
Made is a pharmaceutical grade manufacturing facility.
Made in the USA.
Most products are gluten and GMO free.
Lipsense contains no wax or lead.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by the company, its affiliates, or representatives.