Last year, I discovered matte liquid lipstick (albeit late) and I loved it: for the most part, one application in the morning meant all-day lip color, with maybe one or two touch-ups around mealtimes. I loved knowing I didn’t have to worry about my makeup, something that, I think, is a huge priority for a lot of us. But matte lipstick isn’t infallible: often, oily food will turn it blotchy and it’s hard to wipe off evenly. I mean, I didn’t think there was anything better, but then I heard about LipSense.
I first heard about LipSense via my sister, who swore by it. It’s basically a two-step, long-wearing lipstick product: one tube holds the actual pigment, and another tube (bought separately) contains a topcoat, or sealant, that prevents the lipcolor from budging, feathering, or fading. The wear can be anywhere from 4-18 hours, and the whole system is meant to improve the health and moisture of your lips, provided you never wear any other lipcolor. 😉
I received the Blue Red shade, the Oops! Remover, and the gloss sealant topcoat. So! For the first time officially wearing this product, I decided to put it through the Taco Test: I went out to dinner for tacos and monitored the lipcolor to see what happened when I inhaled carne asada and carnitas tacos with plenty of hot sauce. Here is the before and after:
HELD UP! The topcoat “sealant” faded to nothing, but the lipcolor remained, as bright as ever. The LipSense does have a rigorous application process, however:
How To Apply:
- On dry, clean lips, apply product in one fluid motion from one corner of your bottom lip to the other. Do not swipe back and forth (this is important!)—only one way, and only once.
- Let that coat dry for 5-10 seconds.
- Apply color in one fluid motion on your top lip (I do half my top lip at a time) and allow to dry, also for 5-10 seconds.
- Repeat steps 1-3 three times, until you have three coats of color on your lips.
- I do: One swipe on my bottom lip, let dry. One swipe on half my top lip, let dry. One swipe on the other half of my top lip, let dry. THREE TIMES.
- Yes: it’s a lot of work.
- FINALLY, apply the sealant, or “gloss.” The gloss should prevent the color from: a. feeling sticky and b. smudging at all.
That’s it! 😉 The application is super high maintenance but the payoff is worth it: even though the gloss faded off, the color did not move or feather, and it only faded so imperceptibly that I’m confident I’m the only one who noticed. The gloss DOES feel like gloss though, and it WILL transfer, but the actual color won’t.
Some Other Pros & Cons:
- Pro: Stays put all day, TRULY.
- Pro: The colors are very nice, and they have a whole range of colors for different undertones, skin tones, and preference.
- Pro: The sealants come in half a dozen different finishes as well: pearl, glossy, matte, etc. So there’s something for everyone. I received the shiny gloss, but I would have preferred the matte finish.
- Con: It has a very strong chemical odor, even though it claims to be natural.
- Con: It’s not a low-maintenance process: the whole thing will take at least five minutes. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is for applying lipstick!
- Con: You have to buy the Oops! Remover or you’ll be left scratching your head as to HOW you exactly get the lipstick off when you want to!
- Con: The only way to buy these is through a licensed distributor, and I’m pretty sure the company is a pyramid scheme. :O
To sum up, I love the Blue Red and the fact that this passed the extremely difficult Taco Test, but LipSense won’t become my everyday lipcolor. It’s too fiddly to do every day, but this may just be my preference; I prefer to be as simple as possible during the week, and doing my basic daily makeup and finding an outfit is more than enough work for me!
However, LipSense is almost indispensable for events: weddings, parties, even like, a typical weekend summer barbecue, because you can eat anything you want and never have to reapply your color (just your gloss, if you want!). I will definitely keep using this product, and am even going to purchase the matte gloss “sealant” to diversify my red-lip looks. 🙂 And I may even buy a few more colors, and mix and match!