MAC Black Knight Lipstick + MAC Bling Black Glimmerglass
Pucker Up: Black as Knight
As I expected, applying MAC’s Black Knight lipstick does yield better results when used with a lip brush than straight outta the tube. (But it’s important to know that distinction–you want to know just how much work you have to put in to get what you want out of a product.) It took me a solid five minutes to layer the color on, and I felt like I had to use a fair amount of product. I mean, honestly, not particularly dismaying as this isn’t a shade I’ll be reaching for constantly, so I don’t run a high risk of using it up in the next week.
Black Knight will eventually layer and look opaque enough to satisfy most. I do want to note that in my bathroom’s light, unevenness and flaws are very, very minimized. When I stood in the mirror, it looked pretty opaque–even when I shoved my face all up in my mirror’s business. The camera’s flash does accentuate every little flaw!
Black lips are very, very high maintenance. The color bleeds, and it is easy for you to smudge and pull at the color and make it uneven. Just pressing your lips together will create some unevenness, which is a little frustrating! A drier black lipstick would be easier to work with, to be honest. I’d probably recommend MAC’s Black Lip Mix over Black Knight lipstick.
Bottom Line: Apply a thin layer of concealer or foundation (or MAC Lip Erase, which serves the same purpose) to lips. This helps to neutralize your natural lip color and make whatever you’re applying much more pigmented, but it also evens out the surface a little more and adds a dry layer. Black Knight has a lot of natural glossiness to it, which makes it easy for the color to slip and glide, creating that uneven look. Use either a very dark or a clear lip liner all around the edges of the lips to help prevent the intense color from bleeding. Then, apply Black Knight using a lip brush. Layer until satisfied. Be cautious when applying gloss, because the gloss tends to shift the color around in a slip-slide fashion.