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MEGA Black Lipstick Review

Posted on: January 2, 2014

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Today I will be reviewing these 6 black lipstick/lip products. These make up my entire black lippie collection thus far, ranging from my earliest Halloween costume makeup to cosplay to everyday lipstick.

I love a good black lip. It adds a pop of color when paired with light, pink eyeshadow or ties together a fiery red and black look. I wear it to school, on Halloween, to cons, to meetups. It’s pretty common for me these days. Unfortunately, as you know, finding a good lipstick with staying power and vibrancy is difficult.

To start out, let’s discuss the biggest no-no in black lipstick

Fantasy Makers (by Wet n Wild) Black

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(Both shown above cost somewhere under $3)

This is what they sell at Publix and temporary Spirit Halloween stores for small children to smear on their faces. I bought this when I was ten. I wore it with my “Elphaba” costume and then later, in desperation, for Karkat.

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At best, it was a fine grey along the bottom of my lips. It was never fully opaque and would rub off quickly, leaving a yucky line of black crud just outside my lip line. .5/10 do not buy

The other lipstick in the above picture was a random no-brand one I found on an end cap in Walgreens once but never again. It was slightly better but still sticky, ineffective, and not worth the money. 1/10

no name brand (ahahaha the horror)

I’m going to jump over to the Sally Girl Lip Color in Witchy Woman now.

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This thing is TIIIINY. It was 84 cents at Sally’s Beauty Supply so I said “Why not?” It stinks though. It flat out refuses to go on my lips. It’s a pale grey, with almost more the consistency of a cheap chapstick lipbalm. It’s nourishing, I’ll give it that, but it certainly is not a true black lipstick. For under one dollar, however, it was worth a shot. 0/10

When it comes to black lipsticks, you don’t necessarily need to drop big bucks, but if one is so cheap it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t going to work. I’ve found more success in the $2-$6 range.

Next! (Hot Topic) Blackheart Poison Kiss lipstick

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When you think black, Hot Topic makes sense, right? So that’s where I tried next after Fantasy Makers wasn’t cutting it. This one is listed at $5 on their website.

I really wanted to like this one. The packaging was prettier than other lipsticks I owned. It seemed like a hit. At first, it applies relatively evenly but requires some serious coaxing to get it across my entire bottom lip. It looks fine for about 20 minutes before it fades and rubs off, leaving residue.

On its own, it’s several steps nicer that others, but still doesn’t have staying power. 5/10 (on its own)

However, it layers nicely with, say, black lipgloss! With a bit of gloss to cover the areas the lipstick just couldn’t cover, I was able to achieve a nice, shiny and long-lasting combination. 7/10 (combined with other products)

Now, luckily Rimmel came out with a Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Black Diva

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I bought it at Walgreens for $5 (It seems that Target currently lists it for closer to $3. Many stores carry the Stay Glossy line but do not stock the black color. I find it interesting that they chose to include black, as it is an anomaly among the various pinks.)

On its own, the gloss is streaky and too wet to keep sticky. Application is messy and it does not coat the lip evenly. 4/10 (on its own)

But, of course, combined with a proper lipstick, it works pretty well. I rarely re-apply the black lipstick underneath and just refresh the look with more gloss. 7/10 (combined with other products)

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Finally, my new favorite

Wet n Wild Fergie lipstick in Pagan Angel

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I love these names. They bring out my almost-nonexistent babybat. I bought this one for under $4 at Walgreens. Now, for shades of pink and red I HIGHLY highly highly recommend the $1.99 Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks. They are very drying but highly pigmented. The glossy shine wears off quickly but leaves a strong, matte color behind. They last a looong time but I need to hydrate a bunch in-between wears. I own several of them and use them every week just about.

So when I saw Wet n Wild had a new black lipstick, I was sold. (I see the hypocrisy here, as Fantasy Makers is by the same company, but there is a difference between the cheapo costume makeup and the proper lipstick lines meant for mainstream use)

The Fergie cosmetics are a little pricier than the basic lippies, but the quality continues to impress me. I’ll write more at length once I’ve used this one more, but the few hours I spent wearing this one, it felt and looked as consistent as my usual favorite pink lippies.

The packaging is understated but classy. I don’t like how large the surface area of the lipstick is as I tend to be messy at applying. (I usually go waaay outside my lips and then wipe it all off) But it doesn’t feel as drying as the Megalast but just as pigmented.

It takes a few layers, but even the first swipe was a darker, thicker black than the Blackheart lipstick.

9/10 (I don’t want to give it a solid 10 yet because it has yet to go through all the different tests- eating, drinking, a night at a party, etc…. but I expect great things from it based on my past positive Wet n Wild experiences.)

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