I’ve always had a soft spot for novelty items (makeup or otherwise) and black lip gloss, to me, falls under that category. We’ve got Lancome Color Fever Gloss in 040 Piha Black (circa 2008), MAC Cremesheen Glass in Dark Outsider (2015), and Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 35 Glitter Black (hauled here when I first started this blog).
I distinctly remember my frenzied search for Lancome Piha Black several years back. I attempted purchasing it off the Lancome website but unfortunately they didn’t (and still don’t) accept international credit cards. I haunted every Lancome counter in the country and abroad. I searched high and low for Piha Black and just as I was about to call it quits, I found it in Faces at The Avenues, sitting all nonchalant on the shelf.
Success! *Cue music* After looking everywhere for this little cutie, I had finally gotten my hands on a tube of my own. I felt like my life was complete! If I died, right then and there, I would’ve died happy! For all you kiwis out there who were wondering, this shade was totally inspired by the black volcanic sands of Piha Beach.
Isn’t she a beaut? I mean everything on this screams luxe! The packaging alone is utterly breathtakingly! I’d live and die a thousand times for Lancome‘s signature Rose! So, so beautiful! Also, the scent on the gloss was lovely!
I was also quite happy when I found a black lip gloss at Sephora and just had to have it. As an added bonus, it had a delightful fruity scent. However, both Lancome’s Piha Black and Sephora’s Glitter Black clearly contain glitter. Not only is the glitter apparent but you can actually feel them on your lips (when you press your lips together). Although uncomfortable, it was understandable, because at the time, the formula on glitter glosses weren’t even expected to be up to par, like they are nowadays.
Which is why I was ecstatic when I found a pure black Cremesheen Gloss while randomly browsing MAC‘s website. The formula on Cremesheen Gloss is one of my favorites as it actually reminds me of my beloved Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (reviewed here). Dark Outsider is described on MAC‘s website as a cream true black. That’s actually perfect for my needs because although lovely the other two were just way too glittery.
I believe Dark Outsider was released in the MAC Punk Couture Collection (2013) and re-promoted in the MAC Veluxe a Trois Collection for Summer (2015). I purchased Dark Outsider (along with a handful of other MAC stuff) from the MAC‘s website around September 2015 and could’ve sworn I’d already blogged about it in a MAC haul post or something but apparently I haven’t… so he we are. Aside from wearing Dark Outsider on it’s own, as it’s actually quite sheer, I figured I could use it as a topper over other lipsticks, to darken them. I’ve been dying to try Dark Outsider over a red lipstick (as well as several other crazy colors, more in that in another post) but I needed to take photos of the doe-foot applicator while it was still in pristine condition (read: un-used) for you guys.
Swatches in fluorescent (read: bathroom) lighting L-R Lancome Piha Black (black with “blue” glitter), MAC Dark Outsider (cream true black), Sephora Glitter Black (black with multicolor glitter). Out of all of them, Piha Black is the darkest as it is the most buildable and although the glitters aren’t as visible on the lips as they are in the tube, you could still feel them. Sephora Glitter Black is just a bunch of glitter in a sheer black base and is not buildable, but you could still feel the glitter on your lips. Both Piha Black and Glitter Black have an extremely subtle fruity scent that some believe could be watermelon. That said, neither scent is juvenile in the least. In fact, I find the smell on the Sephora gloss mouth-wateringly delicious! Dark Outsider is also quite sheer but since it doesn’t have any glitter, it’s my favorite out of all three. It also has that delightful vanilla scent that most MAC products tend to have.
Here are the same swatches, in the same order, in natural lighting.
Finally, here are the swatches, same order, same natural lighting, at a different angle. While I’ve collected the other two as more of a “novelty” item, I believe Dark Outsider (middle) was actually a practical purchase especially since black lipstick and black lipgloss have become more accepted nowadays and aren’t reserved solely for Halloween. I could get some serious usage out of Dark Outsider; on it’s own, or as a topper over other lipsticks, or even use it for an ombre lip. Since it’s got a creme finish and is so sheer, it actually plays well with other lip products. Is it any wonder why I’m such a die-hard MAC fan?