Free LipSense product was provided in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As usual, I only share products I love!
I once had the most amazing shade of lipstick! I went to a swanky little makeup boutique downtown to be pampered and have my face “done” for my wedding. They used a color I would never have considered but it was perfect! Of course I lost that little tube of lipstick and never had bothered to learn the brand or color. So I’ve spent the last few years buying lipstick in hopes of finding that perfect shade once again but instead being disappointed every single time.
Then my friend Lisa asked if I was interested in trying LipSense.
“YES! Find me a new lipstick to love!”
With a little help from an old wedding photo and a lot of help from Lisa the lip expert I am now sporting Bella. A color I would never have considered and I’m loving it!
But let’s be honest, if you’re like me you are asking 1 question.
What in the world is LipSense?
LipSense by Senegence is said to be a smear-proof, kiss-proof, water-proof, sweat-proof lipstick collection that uses a patented super-adhesive lip color formula. The formula consists of 2 elements: multi-layered lip color (from an extensive list of over 70 shades), and a top coat (also known as gloss)!
All products are vegan and cruelty-free and contain cosmetic-grade alcohol. Alcohol serves the dual purpose of ridding LipSense products of any bacteria that may build up in the tubes as well as exfoliating your lips and removing build up that remains from other products. (Check out number 3 below for my opinion on the revitalizing effects of LipSense).
But is LipSense really as great as it sounds?
What does it take to LOVE your lipstick?
Finding the perfect shade of lipstick is only the beginning of the battle. We expect a lot more out of our lipstick than simply adding a pop of color to our face! (True story- I used to work with a lady that told me almost daily, “You could really use a little color” being that I rarely wore lipstick and went with a neutral when I did. We won’t talk about the shade of hot pink she used to color herself!)
I have 4 requirements for loving lipstick:
1- The Perfect Shade (duh!)
Obviously you know I’m loving “Bella” and it just may be one of those lip colors that works for anyone! Don’t believe me? Lisa is probably exactly opposite of me on the color wheel but she can pull Bella off with her red hair, too!
For more colors you could love check these out! I’m a huge fan of all the IRL (“in real life”) pictures that show how diverse the colors are. I looooove the Precious Topaz. It was actually the color I found myself naturally inclined to try (before I started hunting my elusive wedding shade!)
2- Live a Long Life
I have 3 super smoochable kids and a hubby that has perfected the air kiss so he doesn’t end up wearing my lipstick. Obviously I want kisses from my crew but none of them seem to be a fan of wearing my lip prints so staying power is a MUST for my lipstick and LipSense has it!
In fact Senegence claims LipSense has an 18 hour life. That may be true. All I know is I was so anxious to try my new lip kit that I put it on one morning when my entire agenda consisted of dropping the Lees at school then heading to CrossFit. And because I put on my lips I also felt like I needed some eyes. And then my hair needed some work. (If you give a mom some makeup!) Anyways, I was all dolled up and headed to CrossFit knowing I would end the WOD with runny mascara and smeared (or absent) lipstick…
Or not. (My selfie game plainly needs work but my LipSense is here to stay!)
Did you know it is IDEAL to wait 18 months between having kids so your body can properly recover? Yeah, neither did I – so I’ve spent the last 4 years as a human incubator and milk cow. One of the lingering effects of alllllll the trauma is my very reptilian, scaly skin! I’m a dedicated user of chapstick and gloss but lipstick leaves my lips dry and peeling. Not a cute look no matter how pretty the lip color! LipSense sells many glosses to be applied over your lip color, keeping your lips shiny, fresh and moisturized. I’ve been using LipSense for 3 weeks now and have not dealt with dry lips since I began using LipSense glosses, even with the cold snap we’ve had here in Georgia!
Honestly? The gloss is what really sells the color for me! When I first applied Bella I was a liiiiiitttttllllleeee apprehensive but once I finished it off with the “Glossy Gloss” I loved it!
I haven’t tried any other glosses but I am thinking the “Matte” gloss will be my next choice.
4- Grab Attention
I call this “The Mom Test”. Growing up I would walk downstairs and my mom would either like what I had on or she would say something like, “is that what you’re wearing?”. Nooooo… nope- definitely not. I just thought I would put this on BEFORE I got dressed. Thus began “The Mom Test” that I now measure all hair styles, makeup, and outfits against. (Please note, while this is called The Mom Test it works with most females!!!!)
You could send an awkward selfie and ask what your tribe thinks of the color but you’ll end up with a generic response like “nice!” In the world of texting we all know that may be a lie. So you may have to be a little sneaky. Wear something new around your mom/friend and wait for the response. A positive acknowledgement like “that top is cute” or “I like the new lipstick” means it’s a keeper, but if there is no acknowledgement (or something along the lines of, “is that what you’re wearing to…”) it’s a no go!
Well- I had this whole plan for trying out LipSense on my mom while I visited last weekend but I ended up with cold, rainy weather and nowhere to go so makeup never made an appearance. On the way home I decided to put a little Bella on my lips to try it out sans makeup and promptly forgot about it. I made a spur of the moment stop at Target and ran into my buddy, Jessica. We hugged, chatted, and moved along. A few minutes later I get a text from her saying, “I’m so impressed you had on lipstick! I love it!!” Bella, you passed the test!
Clearly, LipSense has surpassed all my expectations!
So tell me what you think? Have you tried LipSense Lipstick? What color is calling to you?
The Precious Topaz, Beige Champagne, and Praline Rose are all on my “MUST TRY” list!
LipSense is an MLM (multi-level marketing) company so you will need a distributor so give my favorite redhead a holler! (Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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