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My Honest LipSense Review

There are so many LipSense Reviews on sites like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. It seems like LipSense is everywhere right now. If you’re wondering what LipSense is all about, here’s my Lipsense review…

Note: You can order Lipsense by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/KLWJtnOkgbb02Gpy2 Include your information and the LipSense you want. Free shipping in the US.

I first tried LipSense over 10 years ago – long before most people had heard of it. The packaging was a bit old fashioned and I was skeptical. Still I was convinced enough to try it even though no one else I knew had. The closest person who sold LipSense was almost an hour away from me. Today I know a lot of people who sell Lipsense. LipSense has become a huge makeup trend and it’s everywhere now. Even celebrities wear it.

Lipsense Review

When I was younger I wore less makeup. As you age you need more definition because over time your lips can lose volume and color. It’s especially important for me to have lip color when I’m on camera. I try never to have a picture taken of me when I’m not wearing lip color. Lipstick can literally change how people think of you. One study found that people perceive photographs of women who are wearing makeup as healthier, more likely to be hired, more attractive and more confident.

Another study found that people took 250 milliseconds to rate a woman with makeup as more attractive than those without makeup.

This morning my husband looked at me and remarked, “you must’ve slept well – you look well rested”. I laughed because I was so tired. He’s never said that before. The only change is that I had some residual LipSense on from the day before (it stays on!).

You want to look your best and lipstick or lip stain as LipSense calls it can make a huge difference in how you look because it makes you look more polished. LipSense goes on like a gloss (but covers like a lipstick).

What is LipSense?

LipSense is a pharmaceutical grade lipcolor made with pure pigments and botanicals. It’s a natural, premium quality lip stain and gloss combo that looks like lipstick but goes on like gloss. It’s very light so it doesn’t seem like you’re wearing anything. But what LipSense is most known for is that it lasts 4 to 18 hours (depending on the color and your personal eating and other habits). It is made by a company called SeneGence.

LipSense is waterproof. It will not come off on your glass, your husband or boyfriend’s collar, his lips, or anywhere else. Once you put it on it stays. I have never had it shear, clump or come off. It really does stay on all day. I’ve even worn it to bed and woke up the next morning with lipstick still on the next day!

You can get get it in over 50 shades along with various glosses from shimmer, to frost and matte. You can create thousands of combinations and looks by layering colors. Senegence comes out with new shades and limited edition shades colors so there’s always something new.

My LipSense Experience

I bought LipSense from the famous Leta Greene. If you ever meet her look at her forearm. She puts various colors on in thick stripes to demonstrate how the colors stay on and to help you match your skin tone for the perfect color. She added a few swatches to my arm, like this:

LipSense colors I have
LipSense colors

Later I was at a department store and since I was heading somewhere, I wanted to get the color off. I stopped by a makeup counter and asked the sales lady if she had a makeup remover cloth. She got me one and watched me try to remove it but it wasn’t coming off. She couldn’t believe it and finally asked, what is this stuff?? I told her it’s LipSense and I was just trying it out but it’s supposed to be long-wearing. Right then I knew this was exactly what they say it is, long lasting lip color.

It just wasn’t worth the effort unless I wanted to impress. I remember my stylish friend took me to her very stylish friend’s house. She handed me some lipstick and told me to put some on. I did. Having great looking lips makes every outfit look better. The problem with lipstick is it doesn’t last. Put it on and an hour later it’s off again. Once i tried Lipsense loved it so much I threw out my other lipstick.

Before LipSense I didn’t like to wear lipstick except on special occasions. I hated how drying it was and how it comes off on everything! The shea butter and other ingredients are moisturizing. The more you use Lipsense the more hydrated, smooth and soft your lips get. So far I’ve only tried the regular gloss and the shimmer. I look forward to trying the matte to see how it performs.

I have so many shades now. I’ve got a red that I wear if I want to be a vixen – just kidding, but really it seems to do something to men. I get a lot more looks and stares. Once I wore it in public and got hit on by a stranger while my husband was off getting his food. I could’ve had a lunch date (I guess the man missed that I had a sleeping baby in a stroller next to me). I also have a very dark (almost black) color that I use for Halloween or to darken some of the lighter colors that don’t show up as well on my skin. LipSense is great for costumes or dress up.

My LipSense collection
My Lipsense collection

How to Buy Lipsense?

Here is how you buy. You can glam up a color by adding a gloss that has glitter or choose a matte gloss for less shine. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t allow online sales where you have a shopping cart (which would be easier for all of us!).

If something is not in stock (some colors are super popular and they do sell out fast!), I’ll let you know the wait time as best as I can. There is a flat $4 shipping charge, plus tax but if you order 2 or more I waive the shipping so shipping is FREE.

LipSense Cost

The individual colors are $25 each. It’s very similar to MAC and other high brands, but LipSense lasts all day long, has way better ingredients (wax free, lead free, gluten free, not tested on animals) and lasts four times as long (6 months if used every single day) than a regular tube of lipstick!

Step 1: Choose your color(s)

Here are the LipSense colors. If you don’t see a color you want I can suggest an another color that will match as closely as possible. I like Blu-Red for a classic red and Beige Champagne or Luv It for everyday wear.

36 Lipsense Colors
Step 2: Choose a gloss(es)

Gloss is what keeps your color on and makes it last. You can change up your look with gloss – here are the kinds you can choose from.It’s really important to have enough. I usually have at least 3 – one for my purse, for the car and by my bed.

Lipsense Glosses
Step 3: Choose Oops! remover (optional)

The Oops remover will help you take LipSense off your lips when you want. It’s especially important if you order a red or a darker color because mistakes show up more easily.

Step 4: Fill out this form and I’ll invoice you, you submit payment through PayPal or Square, then I’ll send out your order! You will get a tracking link so you know when your LipSense will arrive. It’s sent in a padded envelope. Please email me with any questions grocerybike @gmail.com or ask in my Facebook group. Note that the invoice will be from “Publicity Spark” which is my overall business name. Senegence (the company that makes LipSense) doesn’t allow sellers to sell directly through an online shopping cart, so that’s why I have the form.

LipSense Prices

If you’ve never ordered LipSense, I recommend a Starter Kit which includes a color, a gloss and Ooops remover.

A starter kit is 1 color, 1 gloss and 1 remover for $55. Otherwise, colors are $25 each and glosses are $20. They last so long. I actually had one (Precious Topaz) last for over a year.

LipSense Starter Kit

Wear Test

I’ve been wearing LipSense for years and it’s passed the wear test. I find it to be completely kiss-proof, smudge-proof, and waterproof as long as I apply it right (it takes a little patience but it’s worth it). It lasts through my day, including through eating, talking, kissing and everything else. I do notice that if my lips are flakier or dry (as in dry skin, not the opposite of wet) then the color doesn’t last as long. It’s there long after I forget that I’m wearing anything on my lips. Sometimes I panic because I can’t feel anything, then I check and yay, it’s still there!

It’s super important to reapply the gloss whenever you get dry. If I don’t do that then the color starts to slough off. To make it last longer you can apply the gloss right before you eat to create more of a barrier between the food. That helps to minimize fading. Another tip is for the “water line” or the part of your lip close to your gums that stays wet. Literally dry that off with a dry washcloth and then apply.

How to Apply LipSense

Lipsense application has two parts, the base color which is the color, and the gloss which is the finish. Some of the glosses have color but it’s hardly noticeable. Sometimes I do wear it alone though. Like doing your nails, you have a top coat or color and a top coat that protects the color.

  • Step 1: Shake the bottle and blend the color to clean, dry lips. Always shake first. You MUST have healthy lips! Otherwise you may need to exfoliate them first – you can do this with a toothbrush. You can use coconut oil (or any non colored lip product that doesn’t contain wax). Put some onto your finger and then dip your finger into sugar and scrub. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2: Apply a thin layer in one direction. Start at your cupid’s bow and trace each side. On the bottom lip, apply in one direction from corner to corner. Let it dry.
  • Step 3: Apply the next layer and allow to dry – apply up to 3 layers of the same or different colors to create the look you love.
  • Step 4: Apply gloss to seal in the color and add shine or shimmer. Or, go for a matte look.

Reapply gloss every time your lips feel dry or every 4-6 hours.

how to apply lipsense

Here is a video that demonstrates LipSense application:

What’s Good

  • Number of colors, there’s something for every skin tone and taste (this is one of the biggest selling points, no one else has near that many colors)
  • Non toxic
  • Hydrating
  • Although it covers completely, the color goes on lite, like a gloss
  • The gloss comes in clear, colors, glitter and matte to change up your look
  • It never clumps around the bottle or on your lips, but it’s smooth and flawless
  • Unlike lipstick it cannot get broken and doesn’t dry or flake unless you don’t reapply the gloss
  • Lightweight​ and easy to carry in your purse or pocket
  • Won’t melt if you leave it in the car or in the hot sun – lipstick can make a huge mess!

What’s Bad

  • The packaging is dated and ugly. Who cares? Though I’ve heard they’re redesigning it and I’m happy but I’d use it anyway
  • There’s a slight burning when you first apply Lipsense because it has a little alcohol in it to keep it sanitary
  • Like lipstick, Lipsense had a smell to it but it’s not bothersome – no lipstick smells great but I wish it came in fun scents!
  • They discontinue my favorite colors.
  • As a distributor you can’t let people buy LipSense online except through the company website.

I did however find LipSense on Amazon, here…

LipSense Liquid Lip Color, Roseberry, 0.25 fl oz / 7.4 mlLipsense Bella
Lipsense Aussie RoseLipsense FIRST LOVELipsense Blu-Red

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is it Safe for Kids?

Today I let my 5 year old daughter wear LipSense (Kiss for a Cause which is a hot pink color) for her dance performance. It’s still on after the performance and afterwards for the photos. She always wants to wear my makeup and I won’t let her wear lipstick because it smears and gets everywhere. Sometimes I let her wear one of the lighter pink shades because it’s just enough color to be pretty and not too much for a little girl.

Oh, and that time my daughter and her friend used LipSense to paint their whole face for FUN? I used the Oops! remover and it took it off.

LipSense is also perfect for the pre-teen or teen.

Q. Is LipSense safe?

The Cosmetics Database gave the ingredients in LipSense a score of 3/10. It’s non toxic and has botanicals. There are no toxic ingredients.

lipsense ingredientsLipsense Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Silicone Quaternium-3, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Orchis Morio (Orchid) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Urea, Glucosamine HCL, Trideceth-12, Sodium Alginate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN: Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Cocconia Indica Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Pearl Powder, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract.

Q. Is LipSense Toxic?

In addition, LipSense has NO lead or artificial wax. It is also Gluten-Free & Kosher.

Q. Does LipSense dry your lips?

If you only apply the color then yes. But if used correctly, with gloss then your lips will not be dry and they’ll look dewey. As I get older and because I live in a dry climate, I want as much moisture as I can get. I only feel dry if I don’t apply gloss. In addition, I appreciate any cosmetics that are anti-aging to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, especially on my lips.

Q. How long does one Lipsense tube last?
One tube of LipSense lasts about six months if you use it daily.

Q. Are there any Lipsense alternatives?

I haven’t come across any yet. If you do, let me know.

Q. Does Lipsense tingle when you apply it?
Yes, it does have a slight burning sensation when you first apply Lipsense, because of the alcohol that keeps it germ free. It goes away quickly though. Note: some people may be allergic to this or any cosmetic. The sting has never bothered me. It goes away when the color dries.

Q. Is LipSense vegan?
Yes, all of LipSense Shea butter glosses are vegan (no animal emulsifiers or animal by-products).

Q. Is Lipsense tested on animals?
Nothing sold by Senegence, including LipSense, is ever tested on animals.

Q. Does Lipsense have sunscreen in it?
LipSense provides a natural shield from the sun that is like an SPF 15. Rather than a chemical shield LipSense helps create a mechanical cover for your lips.
If you try it, you’ll understand why so many women go crazy about it. It’s one of those products (like my skin care) that once you find, you never want to change.

You’ll panic if your gloss starts getting low and stash a few extra in the car, coat pockets and purse just to make sure you don’t run out. You’ll know what I feel like when my favorite color is running low. You can’t live without it.

I’m sorry for making you into a Lipsense addict. Just make sure you clear some space in the bathroom drawer to hold your collection. At least it doesn’t take up as much room your shoe addiction!

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