When I went to Inglot this wasn't on the wall of lip stuff. As I was trying the AMC Lip Glosses on, I had the sudden inspiration to try them on over black. I searched the wall for a black lip color, but couldn't find one. Good thing I asked the saleswoman! She helped me find what is, hands down, my new favorite black lip color.
Inglot's lip pencils are nice thick pencils meant to give all over color to your lips. Number 35 is a beautiful matte black. In fact, it's hands down one of the best black lipsticks I've ever tried.
The fact about black lips is that they can be really hard to manage. They bleed and transfer like no other color. The worst part is when they inevitably seem to wear away RIGHT in the middle of your mouth so that there's a little bit of visible pink in between your lips. With this pencil, though? Not a problem.
Even with a heavy application of gloss:
There are some things you should know about this, though. It's more drying for me than the average matte. You're going to want to put a gloss or balm or something either over or underneath, because after application even my lips (which always seem to feel naturally moist and comfortable) felt Sahara dry. This pencil is also far from creamy. There was a bit of tugging on application.
Also, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, this wasn't with the other lip stuff. When I asked the Sales Associate if Inglot had black lip color, she pulled out a little display of four-ish different blacks and showed them all to me. Let me just say, I love when a classy place has some great alternative options for its customers. MAC has its Black and Blue Lipmix, but only in Pro stores, which is hellishly inconvenient for its more dramatic-minded consumer fanbase. In fact, the saleswoman had some great suggestions for pigments and things that I could mix into their black gloss to make some really pretty blues, which was refreshing and exciting for me.
- Incredibly long wear (unless you eat oily food). No visible fading after eight full hours. It may have gone longer if I hadn't decided to take it off. Gloss lessens the wear a bit, but it still goes strong for about 6 hours, which is nothing to sneeze at.
- Unscented. No scent whatsoever. This is great news for those who are sensitive to these things.
- Rich, dark, long lasting color.
- Doesn't transfer and doesn't do that weird thing black lipsticks do where they just seem to wear away in between your lips. Ick.
- Tugs at lips a bit.
- This is in pencil form!
This was $11.00 in the Inglot store, though I can't find it in their online shop. They do have other colors, though.