Is it just a fad, or is it the best thing to happen to beauty products since waterproof mascara? Read my unpaid, Completely Honest LipSense Review to find out.
This may come as a shock to readers who know me in person because I am so not into makeup and beauty products. I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup, and I’ve especially never been into lipstick. So how does a former lip balm-addict feel about LipSense?
I’m glad you asked.
My Completely Honest LipSense Review
LipSense is liquid lip color. It comes in a variety of shades and textures that are perfect for mixing, matching, and building your own custom colors. LipSense lasts between four and 18 hours (that number is much closer to 18+, in my experience) and restores moisture to your lips.
One thing I love about LipSense is that it naturally shields lips from the sun. Because it’s a non-wax liquid that protects the skin of your lips from exposure to elements, LipSense actually makes your lips softer with use.
When you’re first getting started with LipSense, you need to buy three products: a lip color, a gloss, and a remover. To apply the product, you put on three layers of color and finish with a layer of gloss.
Um, I actually wear it?
I never wore lipstick much for two reasons: my lips were always too chapped for it to look right and I didn’t have time to reapply several times throughout the day. LipSense solved both of those problems.
The product has healed my formerly-chapped lips. Part of that is some special secret of the LipSense formula, and part is because I make sure to apply Glossy Gloss when I’m not wearing a color.
The other huge positive of LipSense is that I can apply it before school and my color lasts all day. No lipstick- even more expensive brands- has ever lasted that long for me. Maybe that’s partially due to how smooth my lips are now.
I almost forgot the best thing about this stuff: it doesn’t rub off! I can kiss my kids and my husband, drink water, eat, wipe my lips; LipSense doesn’t budge. I’ve tried other lip color that promised the same thing, so I was skeptical. LipSense really doesn’t come off, and that’s coming from someone who is not careful about my lip product.
Here are a few other things I’m loving about LipSense:
- Since the product goes on in three layers, you can combine different colors to get different results. I currently own just three colors- Summer Sunset, Apple Cider, and Pink Champagne- but I can layer them to get several different looks.
- People have strong feelings about direct sales companies like this one, but I love the opportunity to support friends and family who are trying to make a little extra money. I’ve purchased my products from my cousin Brittany who, like J and me, is a teacher. Now my sister-in-law Ashley is selling, too, and I’m excited to support her.
- Every product has a satisfaction guarantee; if you aren’t satisfied- even if you just end up not loving the color you chose- you can return your purchase for a refund.
There are only a few cons to this stuff. First, it’s a little bit of an investment. You can get a decent tube of lipstick for less than $15, but a LipSense starter kit- a color, a gloss, and remover- will cost $55. As someone who’s pretty frugal, that price was tough for me to get past.
Once you overcome your price objections and realize LipSense isn’t expensive compared to competitors, there’s a bit of an adjustment period. My lips peeled and my color flaked for the first several days I used the product. I was assured this is normal, as LipSense helps exfoliate and undo damage caused by using waxy lip balms. Nevertheless, I spent a few days wondering if I’d made a big mistake with my purchase.
Also, most LipSense distributors are individuals without the means to carry samples. This means you don’t often have the ability to try out your colors before purchasing. Your LipSense rep can provide you with a ton of photos of people wearing each color, though, so you can get a good idea of how it looks on someone with coloring similar to yours.
Lastly- and this really isn’t too big of a deal- removing LipSense at the end of the day takes a little work. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering how long-wearing and smudge-proof the product is. Even using remover and a wet cloth, it still takes me a couple minutes to get all the color off each night.
March 25, 2017 update: a sweet high school friend told me she uses Neutrogena’s transparent facial bar soap to remove her LipSense. She simply wets a Q-tip, rubs it over the bar of soap, and uses the soapy Q-tip to remove her LipSense. I tried it and it works like a charm. One less LipSense negative! Thanks, Kristina!
I highly recommend LipSense. Whether you don’t care for lip product or you wear color every day, this stuff is worth the price.
If you want to purchase, or if you just want to learn more, make sure you join my cousin Brittany’s Facebook group; she’s got a ton of helpful photos and videos, she’s great at answering questions, and she’s offering FREE SHIPPING to anyone who places an order while the giveaway is going on!
Whether you’re a LipSense virgin or a dedicated fan, be sure to enter the giveaway below! Brittany is generously giving away a starter kit- or two colors, if you already use LipSense- to one reader.
LipSense Giveaway from Everlasting Lips with Brittany
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