OVERALL, Style Black puts out an interesting mix of products all that take inspiration from shades of black. There’s such a wide mix of different types of products — from mattenes to mineralize eyeshadows to the new greasepaint stick. I think some will love it, others will be leery of it, and still others will be unimpressed. I’m kind of in the middle; I appreciate the collection for its uniqueness amongst prior MAC launches, and I do like seeing a variety of products. I also like how a lot of the colors coordinate across product types (e.g. Glimmerglasses and Nail Lacquers). If you like mineralize eyeshadows, you’ll likely fall for these (I recommend using them wet!), and if you like jelly-esque glosses, Glimmerglass might catch your eye. My favorite part of the launch was easily the two new nail lacquers (Seriously Hip and Baby Goth Girl)!
Edited: If you want something from this collection, I think you can make it work for you. Not every product is perfect right out of the box/tube, so if something about it calls to you, don’t be afraid to see how it works for you. Use a concealer base (or MAC Lip Erase) to help combat some of lipstick unevenness/application issues; lip liner to prevent intense lip colors from bleeding; sheer glosses over more intense lip color to add dimension; and so on. It’s just a matter of what you’re looking for, whether you want to experiment to see what works best, etc. Personally, I like things to work well with little effort, but that’s just me.
Must-Haves: Seriously Hip Nail Lacquer, Bling Black Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Black Greasepaint Stick Nice-to-Haves: Baby Goth Girl Nail Lacquer, Night Violet Mattene, Midnight Media Mattene, Blackfire Glimmerglass, Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask Skip: Black Knight Lipstick, Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer
P.S. – I will do a review of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Thermal Mask after using both for a week or two I LOVED VAE when it first came out, so if it’s the same stuff… I will love it equally as much. I would recommend snatching both up if you’re leaning towards yes, because I know a ton of people are stocking up on both so sell-out risk seems high!
MAC Style Black: Mineralize Eyeshadows Review, Swatches
MAC Style Black is a deep, dark collection with the rich tones of black as inspiration. Perhaps one item that has likely caught many readers’ attention are the four new mineralize eyeshadows: Young Punk, Gilt by Association, Cinderfella, and Blue Flame.
Young Punk is a deep purple with lighter icy pink-purple shimmer/glitter. When applied dry, it has just so-so pay off, but the color is much more intense when applied wet. When it dries, though, it will fade a little bit.
Gilt by Association is a glittering antique gold with a hint of warmer bronze shade. It has decent color pay off when used dry, but as typical with mineralize eyeshadows, wet is still much better.
Cinderfella is a silver-black. It has a deep black base with a shimmery, silver glitter laced through it. Again, wet is more intense than dry.
Blue Flame is a dark navy blue with silver-blue glitter/shimmer that brightens it. When used dry, it looks more like a sheer blue-black. When used wet, that’s when you see the navy blue shade. It looks very much like the eyeshadow named Blue Flame or the permanent shade Deep Truth.
If you know me, you know I’m not a huge fan of mineralize eyeshadows. The color pay off tends to be below my expectations with too much fall out to bother. These are definitely shades that are best used wet (which you can do with mineralize eyeshadows without fear of leaving behind a wet spot). Using them wet also helps to minimize the fall out issue, which is something that glittery shadows are prone to have (mineralize or not). I like the colors, and I do like the theme of this dark black-inspired base with brighter shimmer to give it color. I’d likely be taken in by them, but I’m not sure these are the ones that’ll get me on the mineralize side of life.
Ease of Use: 7/10
Recommendation: If you’re a mineralize eyeshadow fan, you’d probably like these. If you’re not, these aren’t likely to win you over.
MAC Blackware Glimmerglass, Bling Black Glimmerglass, Blackfire Glimmerglass
MAC Style Black: Glimmerglass Review, Swatches, Lip Swatches
MAC Style Black is a deep, dark collection with the rich tones of black as inspiration. MAC introduces a new lipgloss formula, Glimmerglass, and launches three shades: Blackware, Bling Black, and Blackfire.
Blackware is a sheer gray-black tinged gloss. It is a creamy finish with no real shimmer.
Bling Black is a sheer black that casts a little green from the gold-green-olive shimmer.
Blackfire is a sheer black that casts slightly burgundy, which probably comes from the burgundy-red shimmer.
All three shades are incredibly sheer and not even close to being opaque. The only way to get something more than sheer is to layer with a base lip color or to really slather on the gloss (which doesn’t work well either). It’s a thick, jelly-textured lipgloss with a non-sticky feel. These feel thicker than cremesheen glass and nowhere near as gritty as dazzleglass. I liked Bling Black the most, because I felt like the green-gold cast was different and fun to see.
Ease of Use: 9/10
Recommendation: Gloss fiends will likely enjoy this non-sticky new gloss from MAC. They’re not the best in value relative to other MAC glosses, but they’re not out of line with other competing brands.
MAC Style Black: Lipstick/Mattene Review, Swatches, Lip Swatches
MAC Style Black is a deep, dark collection with the rich tones of black as inspiration. Included in the launch that’ll hit stores on the 24th are two mattenes, Midnight Media and Night Violet, as well as one lipstick in Black Knight.
Midnight Media is a near-black, creamy semi-matte lip color that goes on semi-opaque. It’s a red-toned or burgundy-toned black. It appears mostly black on lips, but there’s a bit of a burgundy punch that keeps it from going monotone. I don’t recommend applying this without a lip brush — it is not forgiving! (My lip swatch is evidence of thus.)
Night Violet is a burgundy-wine shade with a creamy, semi-matte finish and goes on mostly opaque. It doesn’t bleed nearly as much as Midnight Media and is much more forgiving when you apply it directly from the tube.
Black Knight is a slightly creamy, monotone black with a glossy sheen. It’s a cremesheen finish, which can be drying at times, but this one didn’t feel that way to me. I had a terrible time getting this to apply even remotely evenly. Up close (as in the lip swatch), every flaw is enhanced. I assure you it looked relatively even in the mirror. I’d probably pass on this and just use Bat CCB on my lips (but I gotta double-check the safety on that).
Out of the three, Night Violet is the most wearable, and then Midnight Media is more wearable than Black Knight, because it has that reddish tone to it. I don’t personally love any of the three, but I do like Night Violet enough to own. If you don’t have any black lipstick, Midnight Media isn’t a bad way to go.
Ease of Use: 7/10
Recommendation: If you love yourself dark and vampy lip color… this is for you!
MAC Style Black: Cream Colour Base & Greasepaint Stick Review, Swatches
MAC Style Blackis a deep, dark collection with the rich tones of black as inspiration. With it, two cream colour bases (kind of like a cream eyeshadow, but it’s really a multi-tasking product), Black and Bat Black; as well as a new product — the greasepaint stick in Black.
Cream Colour Base
Black is a solid, creamy black with a slight sheen but no shimmer.
Bat Black is a creamy burgundy-black with more burgundy than black and a glossy sheen.
Cream Colour Bases can be difficult to work with. If you find that a lot of cream-based products crease extremely easily on you, these may require more work than you’d like to do to get these to work on you. Be sure to read any safety precautions that may come with these, too, for areas that you shouldn’t use these products on. I like lighter colored CCBs, because I like to use them on cheeks and lips more than I do on eyes.
Black is actually a purple-black with just a little bit of shimmer when you look at it up-close, but the shimmer wasn’t noticeable when I applied it on my eyes. I found that the greasepaint held up better on my waterline than my lower lash line, as it actually migrated and smudged a bit on the lower lash line but is still on my lash line about two and a half hours later.
Ease of Use: 7/10
Recommendation: If you like CCBs and need a dark base, try these two. If you like intense black liners, you may consider the greasepaint stick, but it’s not entirely smudge proof.
MAC Style Black: Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches
MAC Style Black is a deep, dark collection with the rich tones of black as inspiration. In the launch, there are three nail lacquers: Nocturnelle, Seriously Hip, and Baby Goth Girl.
Nocturnelle is a creamy, glossy opaque black. There aren’t any subtle nuances really, it’s really just black. This is a repromote, so check your stash before you buy.
Seriously Hip is a green-toned black with gold-green-olive shimmer. This is insanely pretty, and it coordinates with Bling Black glimmerglass. It goes on opaque in two medium-thick coats.
Baby Goth Girl is a red-toned black with reddish-purple shimmer. It’s dark and fall, but the red-purple shimmer is gorgeous over the black base. Like Seriously Hip, it goes on opaque with just two medium-thick coats.
All three lacquers are intensely pigmented and go on opaquely with minimal effort–no special tricks or techniques required. They have a glossy finish, and Seriously Hip and Baby Goth Girl have shimmer whereas Nocturnelle is a cream. These are really quite stunning, and I love these much more than the shades from Nail Trend F/W, actually. Nocturnelle is your standard glossy, creamy black–not a must-have–but the other two are on my list of must-haves.
Ease of Use: 8/10
Recommendation: If you don’t have issues with MAC’s formula and you don’t mind a splurge, Seriously Hip and Baby Goth Girl are both great picks!