Pucker Up: Almost Black Lips - Glitzy Midnight Media

MAC Midnight Media Mattene + MAC Blackfire Glimmerglass

Pucker Up: Glitzy Midnight Media

Again, applying MAC’s Midnight Media Mattene does yield better results when used with a lip brush than straight outta the tube. (To reiterate:  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.) Like Black Knight, this color took about five minutes to layer on to my satisfaction, but it never quite gave the color opaqueness I was after.  It always looked a little faded.

Everything that can be said about Midnight Media, I already said in my Black as Knight post (which is right below this one, so I don’t want to just regurgitate it).  It is necessary to point out that Midnight Media isn’t a true black lip color; it is near-black, but there is burgundy in it, which is noticeable.

I liked this combination better, because I felt like both products worked well together.  The burgundy-ish tone from the mattene was emphasized and played up by the red shimmer in Blackfire.  The glossiness of Blackfire helped to minimize some of the imperfections of the mattene alone.  (Seriously, totally exfoliated my lips right before putting it on — why so clumpy?)

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.  Midnight Media isn’t totally opaque, so the concealer base will help the color pop more. 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 Midnight Media 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.

See progression

MAC Midnight Media Mattene

MAC Midnight Media Mattene + MAC Blackfire Glimmerglass

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

hm, i’m not sure how much i like this one… kind of reminds me of when i went through my ‘goth’ phase, and would look in the mirror after i ate, to see black lipstick half there, half not.

I wish the Mattene were actually *matte* – not that I really wear black lips or anything, just in principle, I was excited at the idea of a matte creamy black 😛 This does look nearly wearable for a night out…

i the looks with the gloss… i know it might not suite a lot of ppl put for those of us with darker skin this is a great fall lip …. i’m def getting both items to recreate this look

I’ll have to try it to tell you for sure, but I imagine it looking like Night Violet… but glossy and with tiny, tiny specks of shimmer. I don’t think it’d be a huge difference in color, more like finish.

lol! Same here, Mica. Even if I had an occasion (e.g. going to a fancy restaurant), I’d be scared about how it’d look post-meal!

I would probably layer it with a more opaque base because Midnight Media is definitely too sheer. Sheer on sheer would really show the colour sinking into the lines of the lip, since neither Midnight Media and Blackfire are really buildable.

Yeah, I know what you mean, Lorna! I think if you just want to wear a black lip for Halloween, you’re better off just getting cheaper stuff!

I think it would look better with one of the cheap black lipsticks you can get for Halloween. They actually show up black black. This year, I’m buying a few then mixing some up in jars with some glitter. Jeez, thanks to this collection, I’m gonna have a whole ton of homemade black glittery stuff…yikes.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!