Product Type: Lipcote makeup
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Luscious Lips for Longer with Lipcote
Member Name: hcafclaura
Advantages: Cheap and works well
Disadvantages: Does not last when eating or drinking and tastes strange
This month I was lucky enough to win a couple of prizes from a competition Glamour magazine ran in May. One of my prizes was this, Lipcote's lipstick sealer.
I do wear makeup on a daily basis, but I am not the type of person who constantly reapplies their lipstick. It goes on once in a morning before I leave the house, and usually that is it unless I remember to reapply at some point during the day.
I tend to wear the same lipstick everyday because it took me a long time to find a colour I really liked. The lipstick is not an expensive one, and only stays on my lips for about an hour before wearing off.
I had heard of Lipcote in the past, and had actually won it previously, but never really tried it properly as I have only regularly started wearing lipstick in the last couple of years.
The idea of Lipcote really appeals to me as somebody who cannot be bother to be constantly reapplying lipstick and I could not wait to try it out.
The product comes in minimal packaging. It is contained within a small rectangular cardboard box which is pink in colour. On two sides of the box is the Lipcote logo. On the third side is ingredient information and contact details, and on the final side some information about the lipstick sealer.
"Give your lipstick staying power!
If your lipstick is more like lipslip, you need Lipcote. With it's original, long-last formula, it'll keep your lips looking luscious and kissable all day long. No wonder it's used by millions worldwide- including professional make-up artists and celebrities. The No.1 Lipstick Sealer stops lipstick staining and feather".
Strangely, directions for use are written on the inside of the packaging, so for first time users of the product you will need to rip the box open. It is near-on impossible to do this without tearing the box right across were the instructions are making reading them very difficult. Luckily, using Lipcote it is not rocket science.
You need to apply your lipstick as you would usually before blotting with a tissue. At this point you can either apply another coat of lipstick for longer lasting results, or if you want just get straight on with the Lipcote. The directions say you should apply the lipstick sealer around the outer lips first before filling in the bits in the middle.
The Lipcote itself is packaged in a small transparent container with a screw top red lid. To those unaware of the product it may look like nail polish as the packaging is very similar. The brush is also the same as used with nail polish for easy application.
The product itself is colourless. It has quite a strong smell which reminds me of vodka strangely.
I found Lipcote was very easy to apply. It does feel strange at first as I am not used to apply a product to my lips with a brush. However it really is very simple to do, and takes just a couple of seconds.
Initially my lips felt a little sticky, but this disappeared within seconds. The lipstick I use is not particularly glossy, but having used Lipcote I was left with a slight sheen. Other than this, the lipstick sealer did not affect the lipstick at all. I thought it may alter the colour slightly, perhaps making it appear darker, but this was not the case.
For a few seconds after application my lips felt tingly. This was not at all painful or uncomfortable as it sometimes is after using one of the lip pumper products. Lipcote say the tingling sensation means the product is working.
I applied my lipstick, along with the Lipcote first thing in the morning, and my lipstick was still visible at lunch time. For a cheap lipstick that usually wears off within an hour I was very impressed.
I have used the product on several occasions since, and results have been equally good. I have found the product works perfectly until eating or drinking, when it separates and looks a bit of a mess. It begins to rub off in little bits and looks pretty gross. It also doesn't taste very nice. I never noticed this until I came to eat, and it did make my food taste strange. I would recommend removing lipstick with a makeup wipe before eating, both to prevent the disgusting taste and to stop it turning into a bit of a mess.
Lipcote Lipstick Sealer is priced at around £3 for 7ml. I was expecting such an innovative product to have a much larger price tag and was surprised and just how cheap it is. I have used the product a few times now and the bottle still looks completely full, so I have a feeling Lipcote will last me a while. Having said that, when it does eventually run out I will definitely be replacing it, and it is now a must for my handbag!
Summary: Great value for money product