Kanebo Sensai Intense Lasting Lipstick

Kanebo Sensai, Intense Lasting lipstickIt was happy coincidence that introduced me to Sensai’s Intense Lasting lipstick, and I haven’t stopped raving about the formula since. (Click here for an introduction to the Sensai brand.)

I find the name “Intense Lasting” to be sort of confusing and forgettable (especially since Sensai launched “Intense Lasting” and “Vibrant Cream” lipsticks simultaneously), but the operative word is lasting.

Intense Lasting lipsticks have no scent. They go on with the same “heavy jelly,” moisturizing feel as Chantecaille’s Lip Chics. But the most amazing thing about them is that the formula — which is not a stain — miraculously bonds with your lips for ridiculously long wear.

On more than one occasion, I have applied this lipstick, gone through an entire day (eating, drinking, licking my lips, talking), brushed my teeth for the night — having forgotten it was on — only to wipe my lips on a towel and realize I’ve just wiped lipstick onto my towel.

For anyone who’s been avoiding bold lip colors because they’re too high maintenance, this product could change your life.
Kanebo Sensai, Intense Lasting lipstick, swatches, 112 Hazemomiji, 103 Usuiro, 114 Kousome, 102 Soubi, 110 Hananadeshiko, 113 Utsuroikiku, 109 Neshoubu, 101 Hitoeume, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The shade names are in Japanese (which I don’t speak), and Neiman Marcus’s website refers to them by number, so I thought it would be easiest to label the photos by number.

112 (Hazemomiji) is flushed peach with gold sparkles. 103 (Usuiro) is a warm pink with gold sparkles. 114 (Kousome) is a muted, slightly burnt/tomato-ey red. 102 (Soubi) is currently my most precious lipstick possession, a screaming orange-red. 110 (Hananadeshiko) is a strawberry red-pink. 113 (Utsuroikiku) is a lighter, sheerer, more-pink-less-red strawberry with a few silver sparkles. 109 (Neshoubu) is warm reddened pink, like a saturated guava, or pink pickled ginger. 101 (Hitoeume) is a cool, bright, Barbie pink with dense silver shimmer.
Kanebo Sensai, Intense Lasting lipstick, swatches, 108 Sakura Kasane, 105 Momo Kasane, 115 Iwatsutsuji, 111 Kabasakura, 104 Kurenainihohi, 106 Matsu Kasane, 107 Urayamabuki, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
108 (Sakura Kasane) is a muted blue-pink, like peonies, or English roses. 105 (Momo Kasane) is a muted, cool, terracotta rose with shimmers. 115 (Iwatsutsuji) is a deeper blue-pink, a violet-rose. 111 (Kabasakura) is a dark strawberry (or warm raspberry) with gold sparkles. 104 (Kurenainihohi) is deeper and jammier, and sparkle-free. 106 (Matsu Kasane) is rose-cocoa with sparkles. 107 (Urayamabuki) is like an old rose-toned photo, rosewood with sparkles.

Intense Lasting lipsticks are $40 each, available exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. In case you get confused at the counter, Intense Lasting is the only one (of Sensai’s three lipstick formulas) where the bullet touches the case.

Neiman Marcus is also offering free shipping at any price with code MARCHFS.

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22 Responses to “Kanebo Sensai Intense Lasting Lipstick”

  • Adriana says:

    So pretty, glad you’re back!

  • Kim says:

    These look beautiful! So glad you are back – you were missed!!

  • Stacy says:

    So nice to have you back!!! : )

  • Hi
    I was just at the sensai counter today and did not know to start- now I can go back with confidence. Have my eye on 103,108 and 109! Marvellous you are back!

  • Wow your description on these has sold me. They sound AMAZING! Missed you!

  • Patricia Cobb says:

    Great to have you back! I keep missing you at Neiman’s Northpark. I have a Sensai blush and can now add this wonderful lipstick. Love your great blog.


  • Deanna says:

    Oooh, I’m going to have to check these out! Thanks Karla! It is super having you back! Balance has been restored to the blogging world :D

  • Charity says:

    welcome back Karla :)

  • NeenaJ says:

    So glad to have you back!

  • Kyllie says:

    Everyone seems very creamy, I like it!

  • Gail says:

    It is so good to have you back. Did you realize how much you were loved? :)

  • gail says:

    I forgot to ask if they are shimmery? I hate shimmery? Can you swatch Tom Ford and Dolce and Gabanna items?
    Please and thank you

  • Beth Maiorana says:

    Hallelujah!! You’re back, and these look and sound fabulous … must try a couple. Hope all is getting better and that you know how glad we are to have you with us again here in cyberspace, Karla. xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

  • Erica says:

    Karla’s back =D Looove this lipstick line too!

  • maryinwonder says:

    no matter how much I love Kanebo and their lippies, none of these colors appeal to me >.<

  • Rachel says:

    What is the finish on the lips? Are they as glossy-looking on lips as on your arm, and do they stay that shiny until they wear off?

  • eleanor says:

    These are stunning! Could you please list the ingrdients?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Sorry, Eleanor, I’ll try to remember to photograph the ingredients list. It’s not yet a habit, but I’m working on it!

  • Alison says:

    I LOVE them! The formula sounds just perfect.

  • So pretty!! I fell in love with 101 and 102!!

  • diana says:

    thanks. got 104 based on swatches. accurate enough that i don’t need to say prayers while waiting for fedex knowing the box will go right back. i will buy more this week. they are a superb formula. well worth the cost. i am a huge ysl fan, and it bears repeating, sensai colors are WORTH THE COST! i’m oc to complain. cannot find a fault. thank you so much for an unreturned product. love ya.

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