Above you can see the range shot for Illamasqua's forthcoming Art of Darkness collection (look for it from the 16th) and it's quite challenging, I think you'll agree. There are lots of wearable bits in the collection though, like some new liquid liners with sponge tips, great loose pigments, a gold body dust and those polishes. They mix up with new primary metallic Liquid Metal shades, and yes, yes indeed, that IS a navy lipstick you're looking at there.
A navy lipstick, well now, that's nothing but throwing down the gauntlet. And so ladies, post-cut, you can see said lipstick, named Disciple and costing €17, on my very own smackers.
I like this about one billion times better than Revlon's granny-chic beige I also tried recently. In fact, I like this quite a lot. It's very editorial, I know. I'm not about to go to work wearing it, but y'know, should the time and place be right, well yeah, I would.
You could also look at this bullet as a mixing medium - a way to darken up a red or pink to give it an edgier look, as opposed to wearing it solo, which obviously most people will not be doing. I may try to work a couple of looks that way but right now I got experimenting a little further and layered the new metallic berry gloss, Hermetic, €15, over the top. The brand's glosses are great actually - thick and pigment-packed, this has a fab metallic finish that really works with this matte lipstick to lift and add interest.
Very roughly applied to the centre of the lips and patted out, there's a close-up below:
Whaddya think? An emo too far or good goth, it's quite nice?
(psst: just noticed my foundation appears to have oxidised and my face is a different colour to my neck. The shame!)