Product Type: Lipcote makeup
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Member Name: Nik-Nac
Advantages: Cheap. Readily available. Seals lipstick and prevents feathering.
Disadvantages: Smells of chemicals. Stings when put on. Makes lips dry.
I recently received in my Glossybox a full sized sample of Lipcote. This is not a product I'd usually try as I'm more of a lipgloss than lipstick kinda girl. However I also received a lipstick in my box and thought fate must be trying to tell me something. Lipcote is meant to seal lipstick and make it last longer. It supposedly also stops lipstick from feathering. I applied the lipstick (a very glam pink if you must know!) and opened up the box to use Lipcote. The first problem was that the instructions were printed inside the box, making it very difficult to read exactly how to apply the product. It looked reasonably simple however, with a glass vial of clear liquid and a brush inside. I guessed all I had to do was brush it onto my lips.
Upon screwing open the lid however the whiff of chemicals hit me. This smells much more like a nail polish remover than anything intended to go onto your lips. Pretty unpleasant stuff - so much so that I read the packaging again to make sure that using it on the lips was its intended use. You are supposed to brush a thin line of the product around your lips before brushing the rest of your lips with the product (you should blot excess lipstick off first) Already having put on the lipstick I decided to be brave and put the Lipcote on. The awkwardly written instructions told me that it was working when I could feel tingling. TINGLING MY BACKSIDE - MY LIPS WERE ON FIRE! (get your minds out of the gutter)
This hell lasted about six seconds before my lips went back to normal. The lipstick didn't look any different for having applied the Lipcote but pretty soon my lips felt dry and looking into the mirror I could see some of my lipstick had clumped together (even after blotting!) After I got rid of the clumped lipstick the Lipcote made my lipstick stay put much longer than I've previously experienced with lipsticks. I'd reckon my lipstick looked perfect for about five hours without having to reapply. I did put it to the test too: eating, drinking, pursing my lips, brushing my teeth and kissing my boyfriend (and my cat!) I didn't even leave a stain around my mug when I was having a cuppa.
As far as this product goes it does work at sealing lipstick and it does stop feathering. I've tried it with the few lipsticks that I own and have found that it doesn't alter the shade of lipstick. It does dry out lips and having used it on several occasions I can say that the tingling does seem to get less painful - probably because you know what to expect, but it's still not a pleasant experience.
Lipcote is fairly inexpensive at around £3.70 for 7ml in most chemists. It's a handy product, especially for bright shades of lipstick that are prone to fading in the middle and leaving you with a bright ring around the outside of your lips. I probably would recommend it if I wore a lot of lipstick, but if there was something similar on the market that was reasonably priced I'd definitely give that a go instead. It should last ages too since it keeps colour on for hours so at most you'd have to apply it two or three times a day. I would not use the product everyday though due to how dry it made my lips. They needed a really good lip balm after to make them feel soft and hydrated again.
Summary: Does what it says, but using Lipcote is not very satisfying.