Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Quintessential Transforming Lipstick for Fall: Revlon Black Cherry

Yes, this post is pretty much a testament to my ever lasting love towards Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry ($7.99 for 0.15 oz/ 4.2 g), which I've had in my stash for about three years now (see my previous review here). Every fall, I dig it out again, and marvel at its uncanny ability to transform any other of my lipsticks into that perfect mulberry shade that's eye-catching, but acceptable for everyday wear.
Obviously, on its own and at full strength, Black Cherry is a vampy shade that looks a bit intimidating, especially on my fair skintone. It's also not my absolute favorite formula to wear at full opacity as it can get a bit patchy and uneven. However, paired with another creamy lipstick, it performs very well. It increases the depth of any given shade and adds a purpley plummy tone, which I've been quite partial to lately. It also prolongs the wear of the other lipstick; it stains the lips when worked in really well, and layering lipsticks always makes them last better anyway. I usually put down a thin layer of Black Cherry first, patting it into my lips, and then top with a lighter shade - but I've tried it the other way round too and both work.
L-R: Revlon Black Cherry swatched heavily then blended out, Revlon Black Cherry layered under Inglot no. 58
The idea to write about Black Cherry again came about as a result of boredom and slight dissatisfaction with lipsticks in my Project Make A Dent and Project Pan. The only cold season-appropriate lipstick that I included in my Projects was Inglot Gel Lipstick no. 58, a pinky berry shades. For most of my lipstick-wearing life, I'd loved any and all shades of pink on myself, but lately I'm not really that into them. Enter Revlon Black Cherry, and I'm back to loving the Inglot lippie. I also like layering Black Cherry with Chanel Rouge Coco in Monte Carlo, a warm sheer red, that's also in my Project (that's the combo I'm wearing in the face shot).
If you've been scared of rocking your Revlon Black Cherry or any other deep vampy shade in your stash, I say give it a go layered with another shade of medium depth. It does take minimally more time and effort to use two lipsticks instead of one, but I do think it's worth it. Which lipstick shade have you guys been reaching for lately?


  1. Dear Monica, you are a true beauty :) this shade looks lovely on you.
    My deepest shade is Lust for Life from ILIA, a tinted lip conditioner. I like to wear it a lot in fall and winter. Black sherry looks great.

  2. Ooh, good idea Monica! I should try this with my MAC Bing...I've figured out how to wear it on it's own (well...I pair it with a berry lip pencil to lighten it up, but still), but I find I still don't reach for it as much. I'll have to try it layered under other lipsticks themselves and see if I find myself using it more! I've had it for too long and I think after this season I might have to toss it, even though it's not nearly finished...

  3. I love a good vampy berry and I wear it bold! It doesn't matter if it's the tropics here. LOL! I've been reaching more for nude-ish lipsticks though. I reach for Tom Ford Indian Rose every single day for the past few weeks because it's a dark enough nude that it doesn't wash me out. I can't do real nudes unless I amp up my eye makeup and I've only been wearing eye liners lately (if at all!)
    I think a really vampy shade will look great on you too, Monika. I think the contrast against fair skin is gorgeous!

  4. Wow, I like that tone! I think it's very useable and not as dark as the lipstick looks in the packaging.

  5. I like this idea and never thought to layer Black Cherry over another lipstick! Though I do tend to layer and mix up lipsticks if I'm in the mood for experimentation ... often in the hopes of achieving the exact same I'm after. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's off the mark. Must have a play around with Black Cherry combinations now :)

  6. It looks beautiful on you! I think my favourite one is Clarins Royal Plum and I want to buy Chanel Rouge Noir finally!

  7. I have to admit that I am quite new to layering lip products - I began with the simple gloss over lipstick idea, then I added in some lipliner and I've been loving the effect on my lips!