LipSense: A Brutally Honest Review

Beauty, Reviews
Variety of LipSense tubes

If you open my make up drawer, you’ll see a lot of lipsticks. Red, mauves, berries and pinks in tubes, liquids, creams … you name it. It’s a true United Nations of Makeup, representing brands and shades of all colors, sizes and price points. I don’t really WANT this many lipsticks (or for Liz to nominate me to be on Hoarders) but I simply cannot find one that I like AND will stay on past my morning coffee. I found a L’Oreal shade in a beautiful red, a MAC lipstick in a lovely bright berry and a mauve stain from a brand that I never heard of. But all of them required constant applications throughout the day, and honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that. I can barely find time to go to the bathroom, I struggle to remember what day it is (and, sometimes, I have to double check the year). I’m sure as hell not going to remember to bring AND reapply lipstick throughout the day.

When I first heard about LipSense on social media, it was an immediate eye roll. A friend was selling it. However, the constant demos of people wearing fabulous colors (the reds! the pinks!) and not having it come off finally broke me, so I decided to give it a try.

What Is LipSense?

LipSense is a lip color system that claims to stay on for 6-10 hours straight. Not a typo. That’s 6-10 hours after your initial LipSense application and it promises to last through drinks, meals, drooly baby kisses, office gossip and general life.

Other LipSense claims:

  • Unique, patented product is waterproof and does not kiss off, smear off, rub off, or budge off.
  • Does not dry out your lips – it works to restore the moisture content of your pout.
  • Color lasts anywhere between 4 and 18 hours.
  • LipSense is versatile in that you can mix shades to create a number of effects and custom colors.

How to Apply LipSense

You are instructed to apply LipSense in three layers, and then seal it with the gloss (more on that later). Why three layers? Same reason why you apply your nail polish and multiple coats and then seal with a clear top coat. With Lipsense, the first layer bonds the product to your lip and touches the skin’s PH so it will begin to break down first and the fastest. The second layer is the one that will really show off the color, while the third layer protects the second one from things that can break down the color like friction, saliva and just general life.  Your last step is to “seal” all three layers with the glossy gloss.

I’ll admit that applying LipSense is a bit of an art, and I had to do some research and practice before I could perfect my pout. Learn from my mistakes with these tips:

  • Exfoliate your lips with a scrub or gently rub with a clean toothbrush.
  • Shake the product liberally before applying.
  • Use the tip of your LipSense as a liner, and then fill in your three coats with the broad side of the applicator.
  • Try stretching your lips as wide as possible for a smooth application.
  • Apply THIN coats. This is still a work in progress for me.
  • Use your gloss liberally and multiple times throughout the day to keep the color going strong. You can apply it before and after meals to protect the color.
Variety of LipSense tubes

LipSense is sold in 36 different shades, from nudes to bright reds.

Testing Out the 8-Hour LipSense Claim

I applied an initial application of the Roseberry color at 8am, and it made it through:

  • Two cups of coffee
  • Kissing my family goodbye
  • A cross country flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles

The Cost

LipSense is sold in a “kit”, which includes one color, one gloss and the Oops remover. The kit retails for $55, and honestly, there’s no price break for buying all three at once. Once you have your three-piece kit, you can then add additional colors for $25/pop.

The Pros of LipSense

  • A little goes a long way. One tube of the product is supposed to last 4 months. And for $25 it should.
  • The Glossy Gloss is super-moisturizing. I failed to mention that I’m a bit of a chapstick addict. There was a point in my life where I had multiple tubes and pots on my person at all times. The Glossy Gloss has proven to be my new BFF – it has a super hydrating formula, isn’t sticky and has no taste or odor.
  • I’ve surprised myself with how much I love wearing lipstick now that I’ve found one that only needs to be applied once.
  • You can re-live your childhood by collecting, sharing and trading LipSense colors like they are Lip Smackers.

The Cons of LipSense

  • The formula is drying. It’s a good thing the Glossy Gloss is so dang moisturizing, because the actual color can feel really drying once you put it on.
  • Initial applications can sting. But beauty is pain, right?!
  • It takes some practice to apply. I’ve found slowly applying the color is best, and I focus on lining my lips with the base coat; filling the lips with the second coat; and then either feathering to fill in where needed or adding dimension by layering another shade with the third coat. (Note: this is probably breaking the rules, but it works for me.)
  • The waterline wears off the quickest and can leave you with a bit of a freaky look. I was strutting my stuff while wearing Fly Girl, a beautiful bright red shade. When I finally remembered to go to the bathroom in the afternoon, I was shocked to see that the color on the inner ring of my mouth had totally worn off, making me look like a sad clown.
  • It’s addicting. Before you realize it, you have a collection of varying shades of lip colors and fun glosses (my latest favorite is the pink glitter gloss!).
  • It’s temperature-sensitive. You’re warned not to leave it in a hot car (#asif!) because it could explode.

Our Brutally Honest Verdict on LipSense

Aimee’s Take

I’ve been wearing LipSense in various shades for a few weeks now. Does it work? Kinda. I’ve found that the color really does last a long time, but I’ve yet to have it last longer then 4-6 hours. But that’s still 5 hours longer than any other brand I’ve tried in recent memory. I’ve also developed a bit of a recent obsession, and I’ve grown my little collection from my initial 2 shades of Fly Girl and Sheer Berry to 10 different shades, and I’m only slightly embarrassed to write that number. I would say invest in the Glossy Gloss and 1-2 colors, and go ahead and skip the Ooops eraser.

Liz’s Take

I love my friend, Christen. She’s a badass mom friend, and I’m so thankful for her. BUT when she started selling LipSense, I cringed. I’m a sucker for anything my friends are slinging, but $25 for lipgloss?! You’ve got to be kidding me. I got preschool tuition and diapers to pay for. Plus, I don’t wear lipstick. And then Aimee came into my office with her new lip gloss. And now I’m one of those people posting “Eight hours and going strong with my Beige Champagne!”

Bottom line: It’s time to un-block your friend who’s selling LipSense.

Where to Buy

If you don’t already know a LipSense dealer, check out ours!

Sunshine Foster, Sassy Sense by Sunshine

Christen Chandler, The Perfectly Painted Pout


Brutally Honest Lipsense Review


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1 Comment

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    Krystal Deger
    September 23, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Great post! Thank you for the pros and cons 🙂

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