Back to black


Since summer I have been on the hunt for black lipstick and even around Halloween I couldn’t find one. Every time I went into town I would pop into MAC and Inglot for a look.

So on Saturday when I spotted shade 437 from the Black Swan collection for €15 in Inglot (which I only went into to get out of the rain) I snapped it up! Then ten minutes later in MAC – to my surprise all the staff were wearing black lippy from the new Dark Desires collection. So I just had to look at the MAC Black Knight Cremesheen €20, and try it on, and MAC is really my mother ship for lippy anyway – so within the space of an hour I had bought two black lipsticks. I’m probably covered for life on the lipstick front as I don’t anticipate to get too much use out of them but since Thursday I’ve worn the MAC one twice.

Now in my defence they are different blacks – the Inglot 437 is a matt black and the MAC Black Knight a glossy sheer lipstick with a hint of sparkle. I briefly considered trying to return the Inglot one but I decided to keep it as a matt black was initially what I wanted, rather than a sheer.

I love black and wear a lot of black so I do think it is tricky to get this look right and not look like a teenager going through a goth phase. I hope I struck the balance right and was more gothic glamour than well goth! I wore hardly any eye make up – so just focused on my skin, a bit of blush and the lippy.

I prepped as always with MAC prep and prime, used a black eyeliner as lip liner only around the lip line – usually I colour in all over the lip but I wanted it to be darker on the outside working its way sheerer – so even as it fades off it still looks good. I also think this would layer nicely over a red or berry so I might try that out in the future.

I’m really happy with it and look forward to checking out the Inglot one too and will let you know how that goes!




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