Product-analysis: LipSense in Creamy Pink ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

3/15/10

Product-analysis: LipSense in Creamy Pink

So, I’ve been searching high and low for an YSL Rouge Volupte Lingerie Pink dupe. I wanted something that was an opaque baby pink with no shimmer, hopefully with some staying power so I don’t have to re-appy throughout the day. I was never one to mess with lipsticks because most lipstick applications take precise application and that is just asking too much from this lipgloss-only gal. However, I’m liking the subtle definition this color gives and I definitely wouldn’t mind having a lipstick that allows me to do my lipcolor once and forget about it for the rest of the day. If it sounds like a makeup miracle, it sort of is. We all remember when cosmetic big shots like Cover Girl/Max Factor came out with budge proof, all-day lipcolors. It was all the rage. I had one too and while I really liked the concept, I was not at all impressed with the muddy colors and the clumpy results. When my lipcolor started separating, I chucked it into the trash bin and didn’t think twice about it.

Now that I have this baby pink lipstick obsession, I knew I couldn’t count on those lines to provide the color I wanted. I’m no novice when it comes to googling for miracle beauty products. So with my knuckles cracked, I set out to search for this lipstick I envisioned. My search brought me to a brand called LipSense, which is a budge/kiss-proof lipstain. Unlike the Cover Girl/Max Factor version, this doesn’t contain any wax or resin in the formula, rather they’ve suspended a blend of pigments in a base of Alcohol SD-40. Despite the alcohol base, I was very intrigued. I started weighing the pros/cons and decided that having a product that dries and sets for an entire day with the help of alcohol may be a more desirable option compared to applying and ingesting conventional lipsticks all day.
I wanted to find my magic lipstick and LipSense sounded like the ideal candidate. Their wide color range is enough to make any lipstick addict swoon and the collection keeps growing with Limited Edition colors they launch seasonally. Beyond different finishes and shades, I learned that colors can be layered to create an endless number of color combinations. The website swatches bare zero resemblance to the actual colors so pay no attention to that. I was able to find real images of many LipSense colors on the internet and was completely blown away from how updated the color options are (simply google: lipsense colors under Google Image). I love their wide range of Pinks, Berries and Nudes. They have a cult following for their amazing Reds like Blu-Red, Cranberry and Red Cherry (Christina Aguilera and makeup artist Kandee Johnson amongst the fans). But what really captivated my attention was their offering of peaches/corals. I’ve never been a fan of orange shades, but I really want to try theirs! The shades Apple Cider and Summer Fling are so soft and beautiful, they would look amazing on any skin tone.

Looking through LipSense Colors brings euphoria reminiscent of being a kid in a candy store, but I was able to buckle down and focus on a color that I thought could compete with my YSL Lingerie Pink: Creamy Pink. When I received the color, the YSL and the LipSense was nearly identical with 2 differences: YSL Lingerie Pink is actually slightly warmer and LipSense Creamy Pink was laced with the finest gold highlighting dust. It’s definitely not shimmery enough to be called “shimmer”. At first glance, you can barely detect the iridescence because the shade is so opaque it looks nearly matte. Only upon closer inspection do you see the gold dust. Wow, it’s truly a beautiful, unique color (how did I not know about the joy of lipsticks before?!). LipSense Creamy Pink becomes an intense bubblegum pink when you apply 3 layers (as the company suggests for all their lipcolors). But I prefer to wear just 1 layer for a sheer baby pink.
When I tried this for the first time, I nearly fell out of my chair. The formula sets as soon as you brush it on. Being a complete lipstick newbie, I was not prepared and ended up looking like I had the poorest hand coordination because I didn’t know how to blend out the streaks. I later found out this shade is more difficult colors to apply because it’s lighter than my lipcolor. Their more natural shades (like Sheer Berry and Praline Rose) are easier to apply. Anyways, I'm getting better at application by the day and I am really happy with the results. This lipstain is so tenacious that it lasts for an entire day. It is completely transfer-proof so it never comes off on the mug or Boyfriend. After LipSense application, you are to follow and set it with their Moisturizing Gloss. Their gloss feels extremely comforting and plush on but if you are already inundated with glosses, you can use your MAC clear Lipglass or Nars Gloss to set it (just avoid glosses with oils in it because oils can weaken the hold of the lipstain). If you’re not a lipgloss person, they have a Matte Gloss that just sounds so interesting (I’m really itching to try this).

As for the effect I was looking for, this is a winner. I apply it the same way I do with the YSL (lipstick on the outskirts of lips; a hint of berry lip tint in the center). It defines and highlights like my YSL Lingerie Pink does, except it stays on the entire day and I never have to re-apply (please don't look too close; I'm still working on my application skills ;P).
While I do prefer the look and feel of bare lips for an everyday look, I’m beginning to understand and appreciate the allure of lipsticks. Is there anything you've learned to love recently? Tell me about it, perhaps you'll start a lemming!


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20 comments:

Kim Loewen said...

i 've looked into this in the past but wasn't sure if it'd be ok for my lips. thanks for posting the ingredients that really helps.

did you see any pretty nude colors?

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Kim,

Are you looking for a cream or shimmer? I've heard amazing things about this shade called summer fling- a pale, warm pinky nude with no shimmer :)

Farmgirl

Zi said...

cool blog
xoxo

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Thank you!

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

Lovely lipstick shade! Well i know it doesn't sound very plausible but i recently discovered the eyelash curler and i don't know how i was able to live without it. Also, about 5 months ago i started using wet black loose powder eyeshadow instead of liquid eyeliner and fell in love with it. I need that line on my eye no matter what!:) Pencils fade by the end of the day and don't have much precision and liquid eyeliner can look too harsh. With the loose powder, if it looks too harsh, I can always smudge it with a cue tip!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Lady Rosenred,

Thanks so much for sharing! I love loose mineral shadows too, they're extremely versatile. What brand do you use?

Farmgirl

Anonymous said...

That a lovely pink color....do you know how matte their matte lipgloss is?....I have never heard of matte lipgloss

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi there,

I know, doesn't it sound intriguing? I'm hoping to try this soon, I'll report back here when I do!

Farmgirl

Lady Rosenred said...

I had a Coastal Classic Creations which I lost and i replaced it with a Fyrinnae. They're pretty much the same, the first was more pigmented but I'm pretty sure the second is cheaper. Sample sizes last me forever. Or until they get lost:P

Dee said...

I had a friend who try this, she said it stung, does it sting?
love your blog, btw :)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Dee,

Thank you so much! The only thing I experience is a cooling sensation when it was setting, no stinging whatsoever.

I have heard that though, it is due to microscopic cuts/abrasions that some people already have on their lips. My tip would be to apply olive oil to the lips nightly to heal dry lips and strengthen delicate skin. Hope this helps!

Farmgirl

Dee said...

ok that makes alot of sense, thank you!!!

Yellow n Pink Creations said...

you sold me on it! I have been searching long and hard for a coral 50's style coral and I plan to purchase one of these so that it can last!

thanks!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Yellow n Pink Creations,

Oh they have AMAZING corals! Let me know which color you choose ;D

Farmgirl

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Yellow n Pink Creations,

Oh they have AMAZING corals! Let me know which color you choose ;D

Farmgirl

*~kAy~* said...

interesting how the color stays like that.
I like using lighter colors than my lips and they usually don't show up very well or fade away really easily :P

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi Kay,

Very true about lighter colors fading away, this is why Lipsense is so amazing. I love the look of pastel colors but they have such poor staying power and loses their "punch" of color so quickly, this product fixes that.

Farmgirl

Lillian said...

HELLO,

Have you heard of OCC Lip Tars? Just found out about these products and they reminded me of you and how you have been looking for pale pink color without the harsh ingredients. I am so sure you'll find what your looking for in their website occmakeup.com. I haven't tried them yet but check out all the YOUTUBE reviews. I'm about to order right now lol.

Lilly :)

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Lillian,

Funny you mentioned OCC, I was looking into a color a few months back and they were sold out of the color I was interested in. Thanks for the reminder, I'll look into it again :D

Farmgirl

Karla Bonwitch said...

I have been searching long and hard for a coral 50's style coral and I plan to purchase one of these so that it can last!