I followed my mother into a quirky local café and approached a round table beneath a majestic chandelier, whereby her sister was sitting. Balancing her handbag and a present in one hand, Mum lent down to wish her sister and happy birthday and kissed her on the cheek.
Seeing my mother’s super glossy ruby-red lips, her sister cringed. “Thanks”, she said in a rather sarcastic tone, turning to show the rest of the family seated around the table her face. “Now I have a red kiss mark on my cheek.”
However, to everyone’s complete surprise, there was not the slightest trace of that bold coloured lipstick on her face!
No, I’m not pulling your leg. Nor am I recounting a dream. It is all true! A kiss-resilient, long-lasting glossy lipstick actually exists! Believe it or not, you can eat and drink whilst wearing this lipstick without worrying about it ending up all over your glass, food, face or teeth. Now this isn’t what you would usually expect from most mega-glossy lipsticks. I guess the LipSense formula by SeneGence isn’t like most.
Impressively, the unique LipSense formulation is claimed to be ‘waterproof and does not smear off, rub off, or kiss off and can last anywhere from 4 to 18 hours.’ Furthermore, it does not bleed past your lip line. Although I had previously seen the product online, I had my first tangible experience with LipSense one day when I was chatting to Rae Whitehead from Pout Perfection.
I had just finished photographing her cute little boy and admired the beautiful, glossy lipstick she was wearing. Yeah, I confess, I’m a bit of a makeup addict, but I was especially impressed when the colour remained solely on her lips when she rubbed her hand over them. She told me that she was an independent distributor for this product, which is part of the SeneGence range.
I was curious to try the lipstick for myself, but first I needed to know whether or not the product was tested on animals. Indeed, this is a consideration very, very close to my heart. However, Rae assured me that it was not at all tested on animals and was completely cruelty free and vegan. Hence, I was delighted to hear this and just had to try the lipstick for myself!
So then I had to choose a shade. Now that was a hard decision to be made, considering there are over 70 pretty colours. Of course, you can easily apply these in layers to create your own kustom shade. There are also a number of finishes such as matte, gloss, pearl and glitter. Yep! Even glitter, for those who are also addicted to this magical substance. However, I ended up settling for the ‘Blu-Red’ colour and some glossy gloss. After all, I usually favour the look of a classic glossy red pinup pout.
In due course, I tried this new product on myself with wine glasses, cups of tea and coffee. I also tested it with milo, consistent to the Aussie tradition of two thirds of a glass full of the malt powder and one third milk just to wet it down. I additionally have worn LipSense out to numerous lunches and dinners and also whilst working all day at promo events. Impressed, I subsequently tried it on my own mother and a client of mine for her pinup shoot. Each and every time, I was ever so pleased with the product.
When wearing LipSense, I can honestly tell you that I didn’t need to be so paranoid about constantly checking my lipstick at events, just in case I looked like a clown. It soon became my go-to if I wanted to enjoy a good meal or was working all day and desired some low maintenance lip colour. I noticed that it didn’t even smear all over my face or transfer onto my teeth, wine glasses, bottles or teacups. Indeed, it was an extremely liberating feeling to not be condemned to drinking beverages out of a straw or scrubbing teacups and glasses until hell freezes over.
I found that the product did tingle a bit on my lips when I first used it due to the cosmetic alcohol base. I must admit that my lips were in very poor condition at the time. However, after the first couple of applications, I found that my lips didn’t tingle one bit. I don’t know whether this was because I was getting used to the product or whether it was because the condition of my lips had drastically improved. Nevertheless, I loved the result of the long-lasting lip colour.
The key to the longevity of this lipstick is taking the time to apply it properly and remembering to reapply the finish to protect the colour. It may seem a little unusual to apply at first, as it is a three product process.
The ‘Oops! Remover’ is handy for cleaning lips prior to application of colour. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. However, make sure that you wipe off all of the residue with a wet cotton pad and dry your lips. Once your lips are dry, you then have to shake the colour before using it. I wasn’t used to shaking my lipsticks, so this step took some getting used to (and remembering!)
Although an additional lip liner can be purchased, I found that I personally didn’t need to use one. Instead of lining the lips with any sort of lip liner, I just used the unique pointed tip part of the applicator wand instead. At first this feels a little unconventional, but you soon get used to it.
After lining your lips, you simply fill in the inside. Keeping your lips apart, three layers should then be applied in one continuous stroke; each AFTER the previous layer has dried. Don’t worry, this stuff dries pretty fast! Avoid all temptation to press your lips together until the colour has set and you have sealed it with the moisterising gloss. The colour is also sticky when it is applied, however the finish (such as the glossy gloss) neautralises that and makes your lips feel silky smooth. With the moisterising gloss applied, you can press your lips together as much as you like, without any tackiness! The gloss, is the last step and it is important to reapply as often as necessary.
I noticed when I didn’t reapply the gloss, my colour would slowly wear away at the inside of my mouth or in the corners. I think that the LipSense glossy gloss does transfer a little bit, but it is clear and hardly noticeable. It surely works well at protecting the colour from wearing off, which makes complete sense to me.
Of course, I would advise that you check out the ingredients of these products if you have had any reactions to cosmetics in the past, just to be on the safe side. I’m lucky that I have never had any allergies to makeup and do not have overly sensitive skin. I would just suggest this as a precaution if you are worried about allergies.
Another word of advice I would give is to make sure that you take care of your lips and exfoliate them with lip scrubs. This will basically remove the dead outer surface from your lips so that they are softer and smoother. In doing so, you will enable the adhesion of your favourite lip products to your pout –just like LipSense! I admit that I own well and truly over a hundred different lipsticks from various brands. Currently, there is an entire drawer in my makeup station dedicated solely to lipsticks and glosses. Hence, if you are like me and often use other brands and products on your lips, you may find that such other products may leave a waxy residue that impedes the results of LipSense. Just be mindful that if you do mix LipSense with other products, you may not achieve the optimal results.
Overall, I was truly impressed with this gorgeous lip product and loved the fact that it lasted for many, many hours. If you want longevity with your lip colour, with LipSense, you’ve got it! The product might cost a little more than your average drug store lipstick, but it is surely worth it. The Blu-Red shade is a pinup classic and I really look forward to trying the other colours available, as well as the other long-lasting cosmetic products that Pout Perfection offer.
If you would like to try LipSense for yourself, I would highly recommend getting in touch with independent SeneGence distributor, Rae Whitehead from Pout Perfection. You can even join her team and receive a product discount!
Rae’s mobile number is 0423 006 746 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can check out her facebook page. She even has a special facebook group with member-only exclusive offers. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/188015231565678/
Pout Perfection also promises ‘a satisfaction guarantee’ with your ‘money back if you don’t fall in love with these products!’
SPECIAL OFFER: Furthermore, Pout Perfection has offered all of you wonderful High Heels & Whitewall Wheels readers FREE POSTAGE* if you mention this blog post. Yay!
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Have you tired LipSense yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it. Feel free to leave a comment below.
P.S. If you check out my Instagram feed, I have shared plenty of selfies whilst trialling this FABULOUS product from Pout Perfection. My user name is @mallory_holley.
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