Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review (2023) solid audio and design

The Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick comes with innovative and interesting design.

Huawei sent its Nova 9 smartphone to Europe last month, along with a new Watch GT3 and Huawei Freebuds Lipstick TWS headphones. The audio accessory has a cool new look that really looks like lipstick, so we got a pair to see if it does more than just look cool. Huawei’s earphones only come in one colour, which is somewhere between Rojo and Cornell. There are hundreds of colours of lipstick in stores, but Huawei only offers one colour for its earphones Inside, the earphones are the same as the Freebuds 4.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Description

They have an open ear design, a standard length stem, and the same amount of battery power in each bud (30 mAh) and 410 mAh more in the case. This one is different because of the color and the way the case is made. The case has two parts: the bottom part has the battery, one magnet, and holes for the stems. The top part is just a passive lid with an extra magnet to make a tight seal.

You also need to look to make sure you are putting the lid on the right way. If you don’t look for the visual clue, there’s a 50% chance you’ll put the lid on the wrong way and it won’t go all the way down. As we have already said, the buds themselves are familiar, and like the Freebuds 4, they tend to fall out of your ears when you move quickly. However, when you’re sitting still, they’re pretty comfortable for long listening sessions.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Pros and Cons


  • Cool and distinct design
  • Solid audio quality
  • Premium finish and build quality


  • ANC can be a little lacklustre
  • Design can sometimes make them tricky to spot
  • Expensive

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Specification

Weightbuds: 4.1g each • case: 84.5g
Controlsswipe, tap, press-and-hold
Battery lifebuds: 4h (ANC off), 2.5h (ANC on) • case: 22h (ANC off), 14h (ANC on)


Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review

As soon as you open the box for the Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick, the company starts to play with your senses. When you open the box that these earbuds come in, a light scent comes out. It’s not a strong smell, and it fades over time from the box, but it adds to the feeling of elegance when you first smell it.

The Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick case looks like a normal lipstick case at first glance. So much so that when my daughter carries them in her purse, she often grabs the FreeBuds Lipstick case instead of her lipstick. But the case is a little bit bigger, measuring just over 2 3/4″ tall and just over an inch wide. Three of the long edges are rounded, while the top and bottom are flat.

The fourth edge is flat and has a gold stripe going up it. Near the bottom, the word Huawei is etched into the gold stripe. On the bottom, there is a USB-C charging port, an LED indicator light, and a small function button. It gets a lot of fingerprints because the black finish is shiny. When the Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick is opened, it gives off a sense of style. The bright red earbuds are held in place by gold-colored holders. The top of the inside of the case is angled down at the front and back. This shows more of the earbuds and makes them easier to take out of the case. Between the two eartips, you can see a small indicator light.

When you take them out of the case, you’ll notice that they look like AirPods. They are lipstick red and have a long stem with a thin, tapered earpiece that doesn’t have any eartips. At the bottom of the stem is a silver piece with charging contacts that are just barely visible. The end of the point is oval and has a black speaker grille. On the outside of each stem is a small oval grille for the active noise cancellation. On the inside of each eartip is a circular speaker grille and a black sensor that can tell if the earbud is in or out of your ear.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Features

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review

These earbuds have two ways to cancel out noise: General and Cozy. I liked both modes, but neither one blew me away. Some of the background noise on the bus, like announcements and the engine, was drowned out by General mode, but I could still hear people talking if they were right next to me. I use the Cozy mode less because it lets in more noise, but I liked using it in a coffee shop while I was waiting for my order because I could still hear my order while blocking out the music playing above.

It also worked great at the office, blocking out just enough noise so I could concentrate but not so much that I couldn’t hear a coworker talking to me. Even though they weren’t everything I had hoped for, the FreeBuds Lipstick have better ANC than the 1More PistonBuds Pro, and I think there is a big difference between the active mode and the ambient mode.

Moving on to the companion app, I was impressed with how many customization options it gave me. I could change between ANC modes on my own and change the controls that went with the gestures. Because the touch controls work well, I didn’t have to use the app as often, which made using them easier.

You can also play around with the EQ settings. But you can only choose between Bass boost, Treble boost, and Default. There is no way to change the sound manually. Even though I would have liked more choices, I liked the Bass and Treble modes and thought they worked well with the sound. You can also check the battery on each earbud and the charging case, which I like because earbuds like the Sirius Pro don’t let you know how much power your device has left.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Control

Both headphones have touch pads in their feet that can be used to control them. From my perspective, this is a less useful solution than putting the touch pad on the headphones. In this case, using a touch screen was harder and less comfortable. Still, it’s better than not having a touch pad at all on the headphones.

As for the shortcuts themselves, double-tapping will play or stop the song. The same motion can be used to answer or end a call. But if these preset options don’t work for you, Huawei AI Life lets you set a double-tap to skip songs or wake up the voice assistant. You can also set different gestures for each handset individually.

There is also a tapping and holding gesture that is controlled by the ANC and can also be used to reject an incoming call. You can also adjust the volume with the headphones by sliding your finger up or down on the touchpad. If you try to turn active noise cancellation on or off by touching the device, the headset will tell you if the feature is active or not. But the headphones don’t make a sound when they are connected to a phone or computer. I can only hear them when I put them in my ears.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Sound Quality

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review

When I first used the Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick to listen to music, I was very upset. They sounded thin and hollow, but that was because they didn’t fit right in my bigger ears. On default mode, when I pushed them in and held them in place with my fingers, the sound was rich and pretty well-balanced. I used the AI Life app to turn on and off the Bass Boost and Treble Boost EQ effects, and the earbuds responded in kind.

I ended up leaving it on Bass Boost to give the music a little extra kick, and I was happy with the sound quality, even though I had to hold the headphones in my ears. On the other hand, my daughter didn’t have any problems with the sound and said they sounded good. I wasn’t surprised because the earbuds fit well in her small ears.

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick: Battery life

Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review

In terms of battery life, the FreeBuds 5 are the same as the FreeBuds 4. Each earbud has 30 mAh, and the case has 410 mAh more. The specs say that the buds can be used to listen to music for up to 4 hours without ANC and for up to 2.5 hours with ANC (at medium volume). In turn, the charging case will give you up to 22 hours of battery life without ANC and up to 14 hours with it you can buy this product directly from Huawei’s Store.

So, an hour of listening to music at high volume (90–100%) with the ANC turned off uses up 35% of the charge. In this case, the earbuds will last a little less than 3 hours. So, you can be sure that 4 hours will pass if the volume is cut in half. The buds can be charged in the case in about an hour, and the case will take the same amount of time to charge over the wire with or without the buds inside.

Final Words

I was surprised by the Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick because I thought they would be more about style than function. I think the design is creative and interesting, but I don’t think it will be appealing to everyone, which is a disadvantage.

Even though the ANC mode could be better, it still did a good job and worked well for me in most situations as long as they weren’t too loud. Overall, I liked the sound quality because I think these earbuds picked up on a lot of details and subtleties that cheaper earbuds miss. The Bass and Treble modes made some songs sound even better.


How do I pair my Huawei FreeBuds lipstick?

Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your phone or tablet, and then touch the name of the earphones in the list of devices to pair and connect to them. See Pair the HUAWEI FreeBuds and FreeLace Bluetooth earphones for more ways to connect them.

How good is Huawei FreeBuds 4i?

They are very comfortable, can last for most of a day on a single charge, are water-resistant to IPX4 standards, and have decent active noise cancellation for the price. All in all, the FreeBuds 4i are a nice pair of affordable ANC headphones that look good.

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The Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick surprised me, as we definitely expected them to be more style than substance. We think the design is innovative and interesting, although I don't think they will appeal to some target groups, which is a drawback.Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick review (2023) solid audio and design