Hi Pandas! I have seen a lot of black lipstick being used in editorials lately and with some different makeup looks, so when I came across Rimmel’s Stay Glossy Lip Gloss ($6), I though a black gloss might be interesting and maybe easier to wear.
Black Diva is an interesting gloss. The packaging is okay; I wouldn’t call it the most aesthetically pleasing but it does the job, and you can see the dark black color through the clear tube. The gloss has a medium rose scent, so be warned if florals aren’t your thing. The gloss isn’t sticky and feels nice on the lips, but it applies kinda patchy.
The wand may be the cause of the patchiness. I have never really encountered a wand like this before. This is a side profile of the wand. From a front view it just looks like an elongated doe foot, and even though the tapered tip is good for precision, the long applicator almost spreads the gloss too much, making it patchy.
Here is a swatch of the gloss. You can see it has a black/grey color and is very shiny. This is one pass of the wand.
Here it is on my lips. I tried hard to even it out, but even with precise and layered application, you can still see my natural lip color (which is quite dark) shine through. I will admit, it is an interesting look, but not something I would wear out and about. I was hoping for a more opaque black look, but I think I will have to turn to an actual black lipstick for that.
Overall, although I find the formula pleasing to wear, Black Diva is patchy and hard to work with. Unless you are looking for a mixing medium to turn other lip gloss shades darker, I would stay away. Try some of Rimmel’s other glosses instead.