My Thoughts on LipSense

Back in August, I decided to give LipSense a try.  It had been on my radar for awhile, but I was waiting til I could see it in person.  My friend has this wonderful boutique back home, Charmed, and another girl I went to high school with has a display in the store where she sells her LipSense.  It was great because I could see the colors in person and try a few testers she had.  I went for it and bought a starter set which included the gloss, a color (Caramel Apple) and the remover.  Included in my purchase was a little Tips & Tricks sheet that told you how to apply and what to expect (i.e. what any tingling met, if your lips got really dry, that type of thing).  Super handy!


I started wearing it pretty religiously.  I had heard from my friend that if you are an avid Chapstick wearer (like me!), then your lips would probably get dry and cracked at first.  This was your lips getting used to the new formula and once you got passed this stage, then you would have even better and smoother lips.  And if your lips got dry, to reapply the gloss.  I did experience this and while it wasn't my favorite thing in the world, it passed and I could feel like my lips were better overall!  I also loved the fact that it really does stay put.  By the end of the work day I would sometimes need a little more at my water line, but that wasn't everyday and even with a little bit of wear, I still felt like it looked really nice.  It doesn't get on things, which is great, although I do not understand when people wipe their finger across to show no smudge, because if I were to do that, I would have gloss all over my finger.  Maybe I just wear a lot of gloss?

I did feel there were a few cons.  First, it is a bit pricey.  I know some people spend a lot on lipsticks, but I do not.  Most of what I wore before was just from the drugstore, or freebies.  I get that you are paying for the quality and the staying power, but I still wish it were a little less.  Which brings me to my next con - variety.  At $20 a pop, I am not going to buy a whole slew of colors at once that I can pick and chose from depending on my outfit, mood, etc.  I picked Caramel Apple for my first and while I love it, I find myself wishing for something that is a bit less bright and more neutral.  I haven't made it back home to get a different one and I am a bit nervous about making a purchase sight unseen.  Not to mention, the inventory is constantly changing and I don't think you can have a specific color ordered for you, because it all depends on what your distributor gets.  I think...I don't really know all the ins and outs, it's just kind of what I have noticed on social media, and kind of what my friend told me at her store.  Also, I felt like I HAD to wear LipSense all the time because I didn't want to stop, then start again and have to go through the whole acclimating process.  I actually did stop, but have since started again and luckily, getting used to it wasn't too bad.

Overall, if you want a staying color, I would suggest LipSense.  It definitely lives up to the hype in that regard.  Although, I will say that I have also heard Sephora makes a long-last lip stain that is less than LipSense - has anyone had any experience with that?!

For me personally, I will probably make another LipSense purchase next time I am home and able to check out the colors.  If you would break it down, I think the cost is totally justifiable when you consider how long it lasts (both the container and the actual product).  I still have plenty of color left, and while my gloss is on the low side, I have worn that (even without the color) every day since I purchased it.  So, even though I do think there are some cons, I feel that the pros (staying color, softer lips) out weigh the cons for me.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on LipSense (or that Sephora stain I mentioned earlier)!

Linking up with Annie.     

12 comments

  1. Ive been using it for several months, I really like it! It's fun to mix the colors and I also love just wearing one of the glosses on days where I just want a little color.

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  2. My second cousin just started selling this but I've never tried it!

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  3. Heard great things about the product, just have never tried it.

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  4. This was such an awesome review, after always hearing people rave about it, it's nice to hear how the whole process went. How long did your lips stay dry??

    carly, CBH

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  5. It is nice to hear an honest review weighing the pros and cons. I'm also not usually one to spend a lot on lipstick/gloss, and I didn't realize that you had to wear it consistently for your lips to stay acclimated. I'd also be interested in checking out the Sephora stain.

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  6. A friend of mine sells LipSense, and I wanted to support her, so I bought some! Truth, I love the color - it's beautiful, and I love how long-lasting it is! I also, however, dislike the cost. It's a looooot of money for a little tube. That said, I don't wear it often enough for it to be repurchased often either. Love your thoughts!

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  7. I've tried it out, but didn't like the tingly feeling. But I did love the lasting color <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. I didn't have the issue with the dryness like everybody else has, thank goodness, but I did keep a thick coat of gloss on all the time. I do really, really love it because it stays on so well but the price point is too high in my opinion. I think they would do way better if they would just lower it a little bit. I've always been a drugstore makeup girl!

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  9. I have never tried LipSense. My (and all my girlfriends) choice for a long lasting lip color is CoverGirl Outlast 24hr Lipcolor. It is a lip stain and gloss. Stays on all day and is under $10!!! Try it out!

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  10. I definitely got great results with my lips feeling a lot softer but I still did not have the lasting color everyone raves about.

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  11. I agree - it's pricey stuff! I liked the long wear, but it didn't last nearly as long for me as I'd hoped. I really like the color Aussie Rose for my lighter/neutral shade so you'll have to look into that one.

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  12. I love this post! I just started using Lipsense a few weeks ago and am loving how long it lasts, but it is definitely a little on the pricey side. I tried something neutral for my first color because I'm not really a lipstick person, and I love it!

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