Today we are going to be focusing on the independent brand Black Moon Cosmetics.
Black Moon are a US based cruelty free and vegan company that launched in September 2015 during the Harvest Moon no less. A company still in it’s infancy there are currently four liquid lipsticks available at Black Moon though they do have four more coming out very soon on February 21st. Keep your eyes peeled for those. Let’s discuss!
Might as well get this out of the way first since it’s definitely what you’ll first be focusing on! The packaging is actually the first thing that made me gravitate towards this brand. Not surprising really, I mean just look at it! The box itself is a work of art with hand drawn illustrations that feature a woodland, a crescent moon and some playful jellyfish. This has to be the nicest packaging I’ve ever seen a makeup product come out of so much so that I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. Whoever designed this deserves a high five and a piece of cake.
Now onto the lipstick packaging itself. Firstly, I love that you can see the colour that’s inside at the bottom of the tube. It looks nice and it saves you having to faff about with unscrewing the product just to know what colour your working with. The gradient feature is also lovely and lends to the mysterious gothy vibe Black Moon are going for. On the lid of the tube on one side you see the Black Moon logo and on the other side the cheeky jellyfish is back. I don’t know what jellyfish have to do with it but I love it.
Left to right – Libra, Deranged
Libra – The nude of the Black Moon family. On the website they state that this shade is complimentary on all skin tones and I’d have to say I agree. I was really on the fence about purchasing this shade because nudes can be tricky but it works fine for me. I think this colour looks different on everyone but on my pale skin this is more of a dark browny nude as you can see in the swatch above.
Deranged – A deep burgundy red perfect for Autumn or those days when you want to rock a vampy look. This is a lovely colour but it does not apply completely opaque like Libra does. As you can see in the swatch above this colour is a bit more patchy. This can take a bit more working with than the other shade regardless it is such a beautiful colour and it doesn’t take much to get a gorgeous finish.
The vanilla cake scent makes these a pleasure to apply every time.
The moussey formula of these lipsticks reminds me so much of the Ofra liquid lipsticks that everyone (including me) loves so much. These are described as liquid to matte with 5+ hours staying time and I’d say that’s a fair statement. These do not dry down completely like some matte formulas so they will transfer colour when eating, drinking, kissing etc. For me these lipsticks can last all day. You will of course lose some colour from eating and drinking but not to the extent that you have to reapply. The formula of these is very comfortable to wear and not drying in the slightest. On the website it states that the formula is vegan, paraben and gluten free and enriched with vitamin e and antioxidants. I don’t have a bad word to say about them.
Top tip – For the best results before working with any lip product but especially a liquid formula ensure that your lips are free of any dead skin and hydrated before applying any product.
Final thoughts – This is a beautiful independent brand that I really look forward to seeing more from. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys liquid lipsticks or brands with a bewitching unique style.