Lipsense: Why it's all the rage
Many clients have been asking me to sell makeup, so here is my first makeup product for sale: Lipsense by Senegence.
A friend and fellow esthetician was constantly talking about it and trying to get me to try this product called Lipsense. I had heard many people talk about it but wasn't clear why it was so special. I didn't have much interest in it until I had clients asking me about it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Senegence International claims,
" LipSense is the premier product of SeneGence and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. As the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off! Create your own color palette by combining colors from over 50 shades."
I'm very skeptical with products out there that claim the unthinkable, but for my clients' sake, I decided to give it a try.
-Although it is kind of pricey for a lip product, it is comparable to high end name brands such as Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Dior. The difference among these would be that the product lasts longer, still a few dollars cheaper, and the color itself will last longer on the lips.
-It smelled weird, like alcohol. Mainly because one of the ingredients is alcohol denate (which we will come back to).
-It made my lips tingle. I wouldn't say burn, beacuse it didn't hurt, but it did in fact tingle which I found to be quite questionable.
-The application process although very detailed, was easy.
-The color was gorgeous
After wearing it all day and trying to test its smudge-proof/budge-proof ability, I realized it actually worked. I understood why everyone loved it. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but when I do, I don't want to have to "touch up" my lips constantly after I have something to eat or drink, or want to kiss my husband on the cheek. I'm a no fuss kind of woman who wants to look presentable without trying too hard.
What makes it last so long? Why does it make my lips tingle? Alcohol denate is the answer. Is it safe? The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel found this type of alcohol to be safe to use in cosmetics and can be found in many cosmetic products in the U.S. It's an astringent that is known for its drying properties. This is what makes the color stay so well and what makes your lips tingle.
After 3 applications of the color, you seal it with a gloss. This helps seal in the color and moisturizes your lips so they don't feel dry and sticky (like they do after the color is applied). This is a very important step if you want your color to last all day and be comfortable. You can apply the gloss as much as you'd like throughout the day. The gloss contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter which is super moisturizing, but it also has titanium dioxide which, if you remember in my previous post, is a type of sunblock.
Does it do everything it claims to do? Yes! I was amazed at how easy and true to advertisement it was- kiss-proof, smudge-proof, budge-proof, and any other proof you might be able to think of. Broadway in NYC seems to agree. They have recently announced that Lipsense will be the official lipcolor for Broadway. Pretty cool huh?
Is it natural? No, but nothing that stays for 18 hours is going to be ALL NATURAL. However, I don't see any reason why one should not be ok with wearing it. Some people may want to stick with all natural and organic products, which I totally get and support! This product may not be for you. I will say that I'm very picky about what I put on my skin because my skin is so sensitive, but I have not had a problem with this product.
So that's it! I decided this would be a good product to start selling and so far my clients have received it well. Since Lipsense is so popular, some colors are hard to order because they sell so fast! I post frequently on social media- letting you know what I have in stock. Have any other questions? Put them in the comments below and I'd be happy to answer for you!