Let me start out by saying that Randee Strand Artistry does not represent LipSense, nor are we distributor’s. I’ve been asked once or twice about a product called LipSense. I have purchased several colors just to try it out. In my experience, there are quite a few positive and negative aspects to the product.
LipSense claims to be a “smear-proof, water-proof, budge-proof, kiss-proof, long-wear lipstick. It’s lasting abilities are a result of Senegence’s patented super-adhesive lip color formula, a multi-layered lip color process, and sealing ‘top coats’” (aka glosses).
Here are my positive thoughts – They come in a variety of colors to choose from. It does last for a long time versus regular lipstick. You must use a gloss to seal in the lip color, but they come in several finishes. Matte, glossy, glitter, shimmer, or an opal finish are your options. Since you have to put three coats of color on, you can layer different LipSense colors to come up with your own shade.
Here are my negative’s – Even combining several colors, I still couldn’t find a color to match my favorite lipstick. The product is very drying and crumbles when I wipe my mouth after I eat (it contains cosmetic grade alcohol and I was told that this is part of the natural exfoliation process that occurs when you first start using LipSense, and it eventually stops once the formula has removed all the dry skin/build up from wax-based products). However, it continued to be an issue even after using it quite a few times. I still have to use my own lip liner since they only have a few of their long-lasting colors. You must apply three coats and let it dry, and then apply one of the glosses to seal in the color, so it can be a bit time consuming. LipSense “Oops Remover” doesn’t really work, so leftover color is extremely hard to totally remove. As with many Mary Kay reps, LipSense sellers can tend to hassle you and use the “hard sell” method to pressure you into buying from them.
On a side note, some people complain about their lips burning when they apply the colors. It does have a very strong effect when I apply them, but to me it isn’t so severe that it’s painful like some people claim.
Needless to say- if you are already in love with them, then I say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. If you aren’t, you need to decide if you want to spend $25 per color, plus the same for at least one gloss since it is required to “seal” the color onto your lips.
Either way, this is just my two cents on these products. Hope this helps you figure out if it’s right for you.