Looks like Goth goes mainstream
YSL Pur Black
As you may know, one of the hot new trends in beauty this fall is black lip gloss. I have been seeing this trend since the A/W runway shows in the spring and decided to hold off on establishing an opinion until I tried it myself. Of course everything looks innovative and fresh on the runway, but real life can be another store.
The 2 major purveyors of black lip gloss currently are YSL and Lancome. Lancome created a limited edition sparkly gloss that is only available in select locations- and they only released 450 tubes. Clearly, I was not going to get my hands on that.
I was able to track down a tube of the YSL black gloss at the Phipps Saks Fifth Avenue. I was assuming that something made for consumers would be more on the shear side, not as dramatic and opaque as what was sent down the runway. I was very mistaken.
It is black as night and almost totally opaque. The gloss has really more of lip lacquer feel to it as it is very sticky, like Mac's Lipglass or Napoleon Perdis's gloss. I was thinking it should be more of a balm texture, as that may help with blending. This really felt (and looked) like tar. It is almost completely solid in color. I can see how the black gloss may look good on top of a deep vamp red, as I had seen it in the YSL look book. I stand firm that changing the consistency could make this more versatile. I am happy that YLS did have the guts to put out something this different and didn't "water it down" for mass markets.
Disposable Income: Black Lip Gloss from YSL
Lancome Color Fever in Piha Red
It's hard not to notice that the hottest Fall trend this season is the vampy black lipstick. It's possibly the most difficult look to pull off in the Muse's humblest opinion. Those lucky individuals that can work it are truly something to envy and those who can't pull it off seek another alternative to this sexy look.
In comes Lancome with it's new luxe lip set created by Aaron de Mey, Lancome's new artistic director of makeup. This kit is $48 USD and contains Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red.
The idea of mixing black and red may sound twisted but do take a look at the sexy lip look created using both:
Musings of a Muse: Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black