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If you've been following me for any period of time, you probably know that I love me some lip color. The brighter and bolder, the better! Like most lip color lovers, the bane of my existence is lipstick fading. After a day of seeing moms and talking a lot, I tend to lose a good amount of color on the inside of my lips, while the outside still stays - I get that weird ring around my mouth. When my friend and fellow blogger babe Beth of The Mama Journey asked me if I wanted to try and review LipSense by SeneGence, I was intrigued. I had heard of it, but I didn't know a lot about it. After reading up on it, I decided to take Beth up on her offer.
So what the heck is LipSense?
LipSense is touted as budge-proof, smudge-proof, kiss-proof lip color. It's available in a wide variety of colors (over 50 at last count!) that you can use alone, or mix together to create custom shades. There are also a number of glosses that can really change the way a color looks. You can add sparkle, gloss, a hint of color, or go matte. Each LipSense lip color is $25.00 and the glosses are $20.00. However a little goes a long way since you don't need to reapply as frequently as a traditional lipstick or gloss.
Is it really that great?
Beth sent me a LipSense Starter Kit, which included Glossy Gloss, Oops Remover, and a lip color. I chose Fly Girl, a bold warm red color. Go big or go home, right? She also included some helpful tips and tricks to applying it. I was eager to put it on and try it out. As someone with sensitive lips (the wrong long-wear lip color gets my lips dry and peeling for days), I was a little nervous about how I would react to it.
Per Beth's instructions, I made sure my lips were dry, clean, and free of any product. I gave the tube of Fly Girl a good shake and began to apply. It did burn a little bit at first because of the alcohol in it, but it was no worse than any lip plumping gloss I've tried in the past. The rabbits foot applicator made it easy for me to outline my lips, and then I began to fill them in. I put each layer on in the same direction, in one swipe if I could, and didn't go back and forth. After keeping my lips apart for a few seconds between layers, my mouth was a gorgeous shade of red. The lip color feels tacky even after it has dried, but that's where the gloss comes in. It's thick, but it didn't seem to be as sticky as a typical lip gloss.
I put some on and went out for dinner with my family. I was pleasantly surprised to see that no color transferred on to my cheeseburger (quite a feat) and that there was no fading. I kept it on for the rest of the night, only reapplying the gloss if I felt like it had all been wiped/gone away. I've purchased a few more colors from Beth and have been equally pleased with the way they feel on and how long they last. There is definitely a learning curve to getting the color on right! With that being said, here are a few tips and tricks that I learned along the way.
Tips and tricks
- Make sure your lips are dry, clean, and free of any product. If your lips have any lip balm or product on them, the lip color won't adhere to your lips properly and won't last as long.
- Give the tube of lip color a good shake. I'm talking like 15-20 seconds. I noticed more tingling from the alcohol if I didn't shake the tube enough.
- It helped me to outline my lips first using the narrow part of the appliicator. I used the Oops Remover to clean up any errors.
- Apply the lip color in the same direction, as moving back and forth while the color is still wet can lead to some patchiness. Try to apply in one swipe.
- Use thin coats of lip color. If you use thick coats, it takes longer to dry which can lead to some patchiness. This is especially true of the dark colors.
- Reapply your gloss throughout the day to ensure long wear and to keep reapplication of the lip color to a minimum.
- A Neutrogena Transparent Facial Soap bar is the best way to remove the color at the end of the day.
The bottom line
The bottom line is that I really liked it. Like way more than I thought I would. I was skeptical about this magic no budge lip color that wouldn't destroy my lips, but in my experience, it lived up to the hype. While there is some patchiness to the dark colors, I was pleased at how easy it was to use and how well it stayed on. Reapplying the gloss every few hours wasn't a huge deal to me. The price point of the items is comparable to a high end lipstick you'd find at Sephora, but it ends up cheaper in the long run because you don't use as much. Plus I get to support a mom and friend. I absolutely loved that it did not destroy my lips like so many long wear lip colors do.