(If you missed my initial LipSense review and want to check it out, click here. Be warned, it is VERY lengthy!)
April 11th, 2017 update: I have gotten several questions regarding my lip care routine, and have made a post dedicated to this topic. If you would like to know about how I care for my lips, click here.
In my initial review of LipSense, I mentioned that I wanted to try it out using different gloss to see if it would still work. SeneGence says you must use their glosses and colors together as they are formulated to work together. But let’s be honest – what else are they going to tell you? There is nothing wrong with that; it is the goal of any business to make money and one of the ways they can do that is to have products that “must” be used together. But sometimes it is not really so necessary.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE my LipSense! At the time of writing my initial review I only had my starter collection (1 color, 1 gloss, 1 remover). While my stash is still quite small, I now have two glosses and three colors. (I will get some swatches done another time, if y’all are interested. Let me know in the comments below.) My wish list remains rather enormous. I. Am. Hooked. But I am also not exactly swimming in money. The LipSense colors are absolutely worth the $25 price tag given the long wear and the amount of uses you get from a single tube of color. But the gloss gets used up much more quickly, as it is applied more often. I love ya LipSense but with my limited spending money I have a hard time justifying $20 per gloss if it is not TRULY necessary.
So on a recent trip to walmart, I zipped through the cosmetics department for some gloss. (I have a ton at home including I kid you not the ENTIRE “Glossaholic” line from Hard Candy – but that does me no good when I am several states away!) I was surprised at how few lip gloss choices there are on the market right now. What glosses are available are mostly of the highly pigmented meant-to-be-your-sole-source-of-color variety. I saw only four clear glosses and a handful of sheer colors. Which was a bummer. I chose Rimmel’s Stay Glossy clear gloss. It was about $4 so about mid range for drugstore brands.
Yesterday morning I applied my LipSense color as usual, then topped it off with the Rimmel gloss instead of LipSense gloss. And guess what? It worked just fine! It sealed the color on the same way the LipSense gloss does. I can not be sure of exactly how long the color wore, because later in the evening I just honestly stopped thinking about it. The last time I checked it, it had been on for about 10 hours and still looked great. I personally consider this plenty sufficient to be able to say it wore almost as well when sealed with the Rimmel gloss as when sealed with the LipSense gloss. It did not wear quite as well, but to still last a solid 8~ hours? It will definitely do in a pinch!
So my personal verdict here is that yes, other glosses can indeed be used in place of the LipSense glosses. It is worth noting, however, that not all glosses are created equal, so I am not saying ANY lip gloss you want will work. There are likely some out there that won’t do the job. I would say to look for thicker formulas that use either doe foot applicators (like the LipSense does) or brush applicators, and look for hydrating formulas. Thinner glosses may not work, but you won’t know without trying so if you are not sure just give it a go to find out. (I recommend testing on a day you will just be hanging out at home.)
Now, an exception to this is the LipSense Matte Gloss. This is one of my newer purchases and I absolutely LOVE it! It is a bit of an oxymoron, Matte Gloss. But the “gloss” bit I think just implies that it is the “gloss” step of the application process of LipSense. Matte Gloss does go on with a satiny finish initially (very slight shine to it) but in a few minutes it sets to a great lightweight matte finish. I have not seen another product like this available so I am going to say if you want matte lip color as opposed to glossy, the LipSense Matte Gloss is worth the $20. It seems to last longer than the Glossy Gloss as well, so between that and the lack of a cheaper alternative it is easier to justify the purchase.
So ladies, if you love your LipSense but have a tight budget, you can save on the gloss by opting for cheaper drugstore glosses to top off your lip colors! If you have the funds to be an all-LipSense-products lady that is awesome – I am NOT trying to cause any sort of trouble with this post. Just I have such limited spending money for non-essential items like cosmetics, and I know others are in the same boat, I just wanted to share that if you can’t always justify the $20 LipSense glosses, it is possible to use cheaper brands and still get great results, even though SeneGence says you “have” to use the LipSense gloss to seal the colors.
Until next time. Xoxo