Many of you have heard about a lip product called Lipsense. Ever since it showed up on my radar, I wanted to try it out. All of the claims that I had heard made it sound like some magical liquid that would last on the lips for up to 18 hours, not budge at all, and would not fade throughout the day. As a person always on the hunt for a long lasting lip product, this seemed like a dream come true!
This is why it took me so long to actually try it out. Could a product actually last for 18 hours? Was it really budge, coffee, food, kiss proof? What’s the catch?
And then, one of my good friends, April Vernon (who is a distributor of Lipsense and used to be my neighbor), reached out to me. In exchange for my 100% honest review, she would send me a tube of color and gloss, both of my choice! (I highly encourage you to check out her website! You can even join her Facebook group from there!)
Not only was I over the moon (ask my husband if you don’t believe me!), but I was determined to give the most detailed review that I could.
This being said, I was not paid nor sponsored to create this content. I received the product in exchange for my 100% honest opinion and Lipsense review, which is exactly what you are getting.
10 Days of Lipsense Review
Before my package arrived, I did a ton of research. I realized that the product will make your lips go through an exfoliation process that would make my lips shed the dry and gunked up skin that had built up from waxy products and residues. With this in mind, I devised a review day of 10 days in which I would wear the product 10 days in a row to power through the exfoliation process so I could give an honest review of Lipsense and not be bogged down with how the exfoliation process would affect the color and longevity.
Many of you saw my Snapchat story the day I did the first impression and wear test. And then for about 5 more days, I judiciously wore the product and exfoliated my lips day and night to speed the exfoliation process.
And then I got sick and stopped wearing makeup for a few days. This is the main reason this review is so late. I wanted to uphold my deal and actually wear Lipsense for a full 10 days. I extended my own due date and powered through, taking notes of what I observed, and posting pictures of the color both before and after meals, etc. Here’s what I found out, broken down in pros and cons. I also recorded a video of my review that I posted down below.
How This Review Works
Everything that I’m going to say about this product had been derived after my lips went through the exfoliation process. I am not including the exfoliation process in either the pros or cons since it is its own process that is a result of using the product. It is a given process that the company informs you of via booklets before you actually use the product, so I felt it shouldn’t be considered a pro or a con (even though I think I mention it in the pro section of the video below).
It is really long-wearing!
As long as you reapply* the gloss, the color isn’t going anywhere! I spent several long days at all-day training, getting my classroom ready, meeting with my teaching team, etc. These days would last up to 10 hours, and my color wouldn’t budge. I followed the tips that April gave me (reapply the gloss before and after eating), and my color truly could have lasted up to 18 hours. Now, I don’t wear my makeup that long. When I get home from a long day, I immediately take off my war paint and put on some comfy jammies. However, I could totally wear this not only for a long day, but it would last into a long night as well.
The pigmentation is crazy bold!
As you can see in the picture above, the color on my lips (Kiss for a Cause) is the exact same color in the tube! This is with the required 3 coats of color, but I saw this pigmentation even with just the 1st and 2nd coat! Not only is it super pigmented, but the pigment does not fade, either! The color you see is the color you get with this product.
Lipsense is really moisturizing!
Just like the video I linked to above said, once I got through the exfoliation phase, I haven’t needed to reapply any lip balm or chapstick. This is a big deal for me because you all know how dry my lips are! They are constantly peeling and cracking. I was really worried that since the color part of Lipsense is alcohol based my lips would go nuts and be super dry and painful. The lip gloss that I got (Bougainvillea) is so moisturizing that I haven’t had a single problem with my lips being dry at all. Sometimes, I’ll just wear the gloss without color just because of how silky and hydrating it is!
It really is kiss, coffee, tea, smudge proof!
My husband can testify; I landed smooches on him constantly for the first few days of trying it out, and both of us were amazed that it didn’t transfer to him or smear all over my face. At the end of the video below, you can watch me attack the color with my finger to see if it would come off, and the only thing that did was the gloss!
Once my lips cleared the exfoliation process, applying the color to my lips buuuurned. I was expecting a tingle at most, but it really did make me uncomfortable during the application. Of course, once I applied the gloss, the burning went away and didn’t come back, but I always have to steel myself a bit before I apply it in the morning since it is always so alarming. I have read that this burning will actually go away completely over time, but it has not done so for me as of yet.
The pigment tastes terrible.
You are supposed to apply three layers of pigment and then seal it in with the gloss, but if you miss a spot or the gloss wears off during the day, the pigment on the lips will make your tongue want to shrivel up. It’s bitter and a tad alcohol-ish. It was not something that I thought would happen with this product, so when I tasted it the first time, it really did alarm me. Of course, if you cover all of the pigment with a layer of gloss, you won’t taste a thing, but when the gloss does wear off, the taste will sneak up on you.
You have to reapply the gloss.
Now, when I first heard of this product, I was not aware that the gloss was the main thing keeping the pigment on your lips. I thought you could apply the color and gloss in one go and be set for the rest of the day. Oh, no. If you don’t keep reapplying the gloss, your pigment will not last and your color will start to come off. I thought this was a little hassle-some considering that I was hoping for a miracle product that was a one-and-done. Sadly, that is not what it was. (But, then again, is there really such a thing outside of tattooing your lips???)
My Final Thoughts
I was actually blown away at how Lipsense performs on the lips! It does not matter how much you talk or drink or eat; as long as you protect the color with the gloss, your lips will stay perfect all day!
Yes, it burns on application, but I am willing to put up with 2 minutes of discomfort for a perfect lip look that is basically bullet proof! The same goes for the taste. I now know that if I can taste it, I need gloss ASAP. So, I guess tasting it is a gift in disguise even if it does taste like an acidic old penny. And, yes, it might be a little tedious to constantly reapply the gloss, but I only say that because, as a teacher, I won’t always have time to whip out my tube of lipgloss and reapply. The gloss really is super moisturizing and feels wonderful on the lips, so the con wasn’t about the gloss itself, rather, it was for the need to reapply it. And, once again, I’m willing to put up with this to achieve a bullet proof lip look.
This product has performed better than every single long-wear lip product I’ve ever tried! You guys know how extensive this list can be. It is super long lasting, is good for the lips, and, as long as you maintain it, will last you far longer than you would need in a long work day.
I’m giving it:
I would have given it a full 5 stars, but, even though I said I would tolerate the burn and the taste, they are still relatively unpleasant.
Would I recommend? Yes! In fact, I recommend that you all try it at least once. From what I understand, Lipsense distributors can offer sample sizes that you can try out before you buy a full sized product. (Try emailing one!) I know that it is about $25 a tube of color, but, if you think about it, liquid pigment like Lipsense will last for many more applications than stick lipstick, and the good stick lipsticks can cost up towards $20-25 anyway. So, you may actually save some cash in the long run!
I’m actually planning on getting another color or two for when school starts in a couple of weeks! That’s how much I loved this color and review process!
So, this has been my 100% honest Lipsense review. If you saw something that you have a question about or would like to say something about, please comment down below! I love hearing from you!