Lipsense is a brand that’s making a bold statement in the beauty community right now, especially on social media platforms. Just like LuLaRoe clothing, they’ve gained a cult following pretty quickly. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s set up kinda like the old school Mary Kay and Avon in that you can really only purchase it if you know someone who sells it. I’ve never bought into these things before, but thought it would be good to review since it’s in such high demand. You know I’m always honest, so I’m going to tell you everything I liked, everything I didn’t like, all the details about the actual product, and whether I think it’s worth your time and money.
The product I was sent to review is the LipSense Starter Kit, which includes a Liquid Lip Color, a Moisturizing gloss, and their Ooops Remover. This kit retails for $55 and is essentially everything you would need. They’re all made in the United States and include .25 fl oz of product in each tube with a doefoot applicator. If you just wanted an individual lip color, it would cost you $25. To me, that’s much more than I would typically ever think about spending on a lip product, but these have some insane claims.
According to their claims, the Liquid Lip Color is supposed to last up to 18 hours. They have frost, shimmer, and matte finishes in a variety of different colors and undertones. The shade that I have is called Roseberry and it is a matte finish with neutral undertones. They always recommend layering the gloss over it to lock in the color, so I do think it’s pretty pointless that they have a matte option.
The way you apply this is through a super long process. You need to apply three layers of the lip color while keeping your lips pulled tight, moving only in one direction, and waiting about 20 seconds in between each layer. Once all three layers are dry, you can apply the lip gloss as many times throughout the day as you would like. The actual lip color itself is very sticky, but the gloss is pretty smooth.
I actually really like this color and the way it pairs with my skintone. The picture above shows the application process starting with the first layer, then the second, third, and the gloss. The gloss does come off when you eat or drink throughout the day, but I never noticed any of the color wiping off when I used a napkin. You do need to make sure you bring the gloss with you, though, because every time it wore off I could feel the color on my lips and it was pretty uncomfortable.
At the end of the day, you have to go through another three step process to take the color off. I haven’t used anything else other than their Ooops Remover, which works pretty well. That product alone will cost you $10, but I think it felt exactly like coconut oil. The picture below shows what the color looked like as soon as I applied it compared to what it looked like about six hours later with no gloss. Unfortunately I lost some sunlight, so the lighting isn’t the same but six hours is about as long as I can go before getting anxious from the consistency and running to remove it off my lips.
Below is another before and after picture. You can see it faded a little bit, mainly in the center, and the after picture is also showing it without any more gloss applied over top. It doesn’t come across in the pictures, but one thing I did notice with this is that although it didn’t fade during the day, it did cling on to dry patches and was patchy in the center of my lips. At first, I thought it was because I didn’t shake the color enough. But even after making sure the color was mixed well in the tube, it still did the same thing.
I think I understand the concept behind these products and I can see that the pigment stays on longer than some other stain products that I’ve tried before. Unfortunately for me, I just can’t get on board with it. I don’t like when companies create products that can’t be used in combination with anything else other than their own brand’s items and it’s just too much of a process to keep up with. I’ve mentioned many times before that I’m extremely picky when it comes to the consistency of products on my lips all day and this just wasn’t comfortable. The gloss definitely helped, but it still felt heavy. Adding the hot Florida humidity on top of that made it feel like way too much.
Although this product isn’t for me for many different reasons, I also can't say that I'd recommend it to anyone else. Not only is it difficult to apply and to remove, it burns on initial application, requires too much maintenance, can only be used with other LipSense products, and isn't very easily accessible unless you know a distributor (which actually wouldn't be that difficult because they're literally everywhere now and shoving it in your face). I took a look at their ratings on the BBB and needless to say, they're not very good. Basically, SeneGence just isn't a reputable brand and definitely isn't something I'd recommend you waste your money on.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them for me in the comments below. Have you tried LipSense before? What’s your favorite color?
I’ve been going with lighter colors the past two weeks, so I was wanting something a little more bold and bright this week. The color I’m wearing is Julie G’s Damsel, which is a beautiful classic pink. I got this in an ipsy bag years ago and although I’m not the biggest fan of the formula on her polishes, she has an amazing color selection!
What’s on your nails this week?
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