Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lipsense Review (Not a Distributor)

I've heard a lot about Lipsense, mostly from SeneGence distributors that I know, but also on social media platforms. As you know, I'm a big lover of liquid lipstick, but I'm pretty picky about it because I want something that's going to last and that looks good and that I find to be good quality. Lipsense is advertised as being long lasting, everything-proof (waterproof, smudge proof, coffee cup proof, etc.) but I was of course sceptical, especially considering the price.

The basic starter kit, which includes a lip color, gloss, and remover costs $55, with additional lip colors being $25 and additional glosses being $20, and a new tube of the remover at $10.

When I first met with my own distributor, I was able to do a trial run on the lipstick before I commited to purchasing it to see for myself how well the product worked. I put on one of the lip colors and then had several swatches of several other colors on the back of my hand. I also had several of my questions answered about the products.

So they're long lasting. 4-18 hours of wear, but as I've used it I've found that it can last even longer than that.

They're Vegan and Crulty Free.

They're GMO, Led, and Wax free.

It's 98% natural products, and they can tell you exactly what's in them.

This lipstick has a shelf life of 2-3 years after being opened, and 7 years if left sealed.

The color doesn't transfer, but the gloss does (except for the Matte Gloss).

1 tube of Lipsense is the eqivalent of 4 tubes of another lipstick (according to the company/distributor, I haven't tested this out myself)

After testing out the product, I was more sure that I would like it. I placed an order for a starter kit plus an additional lipcolor, and then I waited... I think that's really the hardest part. Because it's sold by individuals, they typically don't have a full stock of all of the colors on hand to sell you right then and there, they wait to get a certain amount of orders in and then all of the products come in together. So it's a bit of a waiting game.

What I ordered were the colors Caramel Apple and Fly Girl with the Matte Gloss. I personally prefer a matte lip, and I didn't want to have to reapply the gloss because the other types of glosses do transfer, and I chose the lipcolors that I did because I wanted a nice everyday color and I wanted a bold, special occasion color. 

So the gloss is something that they really emphasize the importance of, and after trying it myself I understand why. It's needed to seal in the lip color and to increase how long the color lasts. And, without the gloss, the lipcolor remains sticky, which isn't very comfortable to wear. I chose the Matte Gloss becuase I didn't want there to be any glass transferring, however you have to apply a liberal amount of the matte gloss for the color to stop being sticky.

Below I've put the photos of the Caramel Apple color when I first applied it and what it looked like at the end of the day. I took these photos on my phone so they're not the greatest quality, but you get the point.

First Applied

At the end of the day
So as you can see in the photos, the waterline of my lips did wear off my the end of the day, but the lip color remained primarily intact. When my mouth is closed it's hardly noticable, I could really only see the wearing off when I would smile or talk. I've found with this lipstick that, at least for me, it only comes off of the waterline of my lips and not on the dry parts of my lips. I occationally will reapply to those areas, however it's normally the end of the day by the time that happens so I don't need to reapply.

Overall, I seriously love this lipstick. I have never had a lipstick that has lasted this long, especially not with my typical food and beverage habits during the day! It's also really satisfying to surprise people by drinking out of a can or a Starbucks cup and having nothing transfer. With my typical lipsticks, they'd only last as long and as well as this one if I didn't eat or drink anything, and if I avoided touching/licking my lips throughout the day (which I have a habit of doing, and may also play into why it doesn't last nearly as long on the waterline of my lips). 

This lipstick is really challenging to get off, which is why they've formulated a remover that is the best way to remove the lip color. I've found that the remover works the best if you put it on and leave it on for a few mintues, and then remove it with the lip color. Letting it sit for a while allows it to do a much better job at breaking down the color so that it can be removed surprisingly easily considering how long lasting the lipstick is!

I'm quite the lipstick lover, I've posted about my favorite lipsticks on this blog before, and I have to say that this lipstick knocks those out of the water! I'll certainly be getting more of these in the future!

What do you think about Lipsense? Have you tried any of the colors before? I'd love to know what you think about this brand!

I'll see you on Thursday.

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