It’s still summertime, kids – don’t let the back to school displays in stores fool you! It’s still all about bright, beautiful colors, sunshine, and popsicles.

But at the makeup counter, something new and wicked this way comes. I’m hearing the new fall makeup lines will be quite gothy and dark and edgy. Oh my!


Just last week I was sent a few sample items to review, by my friends at Lancome. In addition to their amazing new Fall collection, Declaring Indigo (much more to come on this soon!)

And included in the package was a delightful and unexpected leftover from Aaron de Mey’s Spring 2009 Collection: Pink Irreverence. A special limited edition Color Fever gloss called Piha Black. The description:

“Back by popular demand, Piha Black adds an irreverent twist to the spring collection with its deep black and sparkly, volcanic beach inspired color. Used as a topcoat, the gloss brings a subtle dark intensity and brightness to other lip shades. Use alone for an edgier look.”

When I got the package, I was like – whoa, black sparkly lip gloss? That kind of dark lip look hasn’t even occurred to me since high school when I was a black lipstick junkie. This is so not a look for everyone.

When I announced it on Twitter, the response was instantaneous. Whaa? Pictures, please!!!


So I came up with a look to compliment this black lipgloss. I used the Benefit Cosmetics Smokin’ Eyes kit, MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash mascara, and MAC Style Warrior blush in On a Mission — which is a really pretty plum for brown skin. Fancy all the way.

Then I topped it all off with the gloss — which is more sheer than I expected, and brought out a dark plum in my lips. Added my hot new Coffy earrings by Peace Images, and I was fresh dressed like a million bucks.

Then I took a picture for the people.

Wowza. I did NOT expect the tremendous response I got from this lipgloss!

Overwhelming response — OMG, I love it! Where can I get it? I even wound up inspiring my homegirl Heather Park, who twerked the look with MAC eyeliner. SO inventive, I love it!

Well bellas, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, this limited edition gloss is hardly available for purchase anywhere. One of my Twitter friends was able to get it at Bloomingdale’s, and paid $25. But it’s no longer on Lancome’s site.

BUT! I reached out to my amiga at Lancome, and I’ve got THREE Piha Black lip glosses for giveaway right here on Afrobella!!

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me — how would you rock this black lip gloss?

I’m looking for makeup and style inspiration, bellas. Share with me, and I’ll choose three winners at the end of the week.

Can’t wait to read your responses! May the flyest bella win!

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Brecan says:
July 14, 2009, 2:42 pm
I would rock the gloss with a haute smokey eye and a chic black dress and shoes. Ow! :)
Leatherette says:
July 14, 2009, 2:49 pm
I would wear it over my tender tryst lip stain...I think it would look great. When I wear the lip stain I use a combo of neutral shadows for a natural looking eye color with heavy liner and lashes. I also add sheer mauve cheek tint by Bobbi Brown. It's my fave when I'm doing the "no makeup" look!
Tea says:
July 14, 2009, 2:51 pm
I'd either do it with a smokey eye or a natural-inspired eye. It's super fly though!
Cee Cee says:
July 14, 2009, 3:01 pm
I'd would take this black lip gloss & put it with a cute punkish look. Some hot pink, purple & black eyeshadow with a thick line of liquid eyeliner. Blush on the cheeks with the black lip gloss to set it off just right!
echoparkgal says:
July 14, 2009, 3:07 pm
Low key natural eye with lashes. Minimal bronzer on the face and skin. Black lip gloss over golden shimmery lipstick. Darkened red or black nail color. Gold hoop earrings and gold bangles. White dress. Strappy sandals. Possibly a sunhat. I think I just described my Summer 2009 event outfit! All I need is that lipgloss....
tenika says:
July 14, 2009, 3:13 pm
I would rock the lip gloss with a purple smokey eye with a hint of silver lining. I'd put my hair in a mohawk, put on my ivory ankh earrings and cute sandals! :)
Halifax` says:
July 14, 2009, 3:13 pm
I'd wear this gloss on top of a pink lipstick, just to have a bit of colour. The eyes would be either neutral or gold, paired with light peach blush
Tiara says:
July 14, 2009, 3:16 pm
I would wear my fav dress my sisters call it my michelle obama dress because its black and sleeveless with a twisted out fro with a smoky eye not to dark i would have to try diffrent lipsticks to achieve the right color
Dao says:
July 14, 2009, 3:25 pm
I'll apply it on top of my red lipstick for a vampy look. Raor!
Jonez says:
July 14, 2009, 3:25 pm
I would rock it as is. No other make up needed. My luscious lips would speak for itself. P.S. The gloss looks fab on you.
T.T. says:
July 14, 2009, 3:26 pm
Bella!! I absolutely NEED this lip's the lip gloss that would change my life see...there's this young lad that I have had my eye on for quite some time..we flirt often, been on a few group dates, and have even been to lunch a few times alone...well Bella...I think if I have this lipgloss would definitely seal the deal on us..because he would not be able to tear himself away from my pucker!! Pick me and I will send you an invite to the wedding!!! LOL
Megan says:
July 14, 2009, 3:26 pm
When I look at the color of this gloss, I see myself rocking an orange look with it. Orange summer dress, nice gold heels and accessories, and a nice neutral eye shadow with a hint of orange and brown. I think that would compliment that color perfectly!
Bahati says:
July 14, 2009, 3:38 pm
I would wear it with a smokey taupe eye and lots of bronzer on a night out on the town, think little black dress.
jacque' says:
July 14, 2009, 3:50 pm
Bella, I live in the mid-west and I like to be a trend setter. I would wear that gloss as is with a thin black liner on the eye jet black mascara and one pair of thin lashes with just a swipe of a bronze blush with my lovely dreads hangin. pick me pleeeease.
Tricia says:
July 14, 2009, 3:55 pm
I would rock the gloss to work for a chic polished take no prisoners look. Picture it: Orange/White zip back sandals, black pencil skirt, multicolor peasant top, Headbanger earrings and matte brownish red lipstick with this gloss over the top. Fab!
jacque' says:
July 14, 2009, 3:55 pm
As for my style...I would wear my favorite jeans with a purple turquoise black and silver dashiki, black gladiator stilettos, loads of bracelets and my big silver hoops.
Martamique Ngozi says:
July 14, 2009, 4:00 pm
I would want to draw the most attention to my lips on top of my burgandy color splash lip color so I would wear this on a blank face with a light mixture of burgandy and gold eye shadow...with a simple black 3/4 thigh length off the shoulder dress with heels
Hali says:
July 14, 2009, 4:19 pm
How would I rock this black lip gloss? I would rock this lip gloss to class on any given day. I would pair it with my normal daily make up regimen which consist of bronzer, gold eyeshadow and pink blush. The black lip gloss would add a cute and subtle edge to my day to day look.
Carla says:
July 14, 2009, 4:31 pm
I would rock this lipgloss with nothing but black eyeliner and mascara, my hair pulled back in a beautiful puff and maxi dress with metallic sandals and a Cleopatra-style serpent bracelet. How hot is that??!! PS: Did you know that YSL sold a black lipgloss last year? It's available on and the name is Gloss Pur Black. It looks black in the tube but is a wonderful dark plum color on the lips. Absolutely gorgeous!!
Digital Tempest says:
July 14, 2009, 4:40 pm
I don't know why, but I see this going well with a rockabilly-type look. I'd rock a fro-hawk with dramatic black liner, with a Pink Ladies type jacket (yes, like in Grease 2, y'all-LOL)over a black bandeau top paired with a pair of pink pumps to match the jacket.
Kweenie says:
July 14, 2009, 4:43 pm
I would rocks this on a clean face with just my CoverGirl Volume Blast mascara on the eyes, and the black lipgloss over a semi-matte plum L'oreal or MAC lipstick! :)
Miko says:
July 14, 2009, 4:49 pm
I've been off work since Dec 31st(was in a car accident)I'm in therapy and ready to get out in the world now. I only wear gloss, that's it and this would help me get reintroduced to the world!!! Need something hot to help heat up the cool Chi Town weather we've been having.
Christen says:
July 14, 2009, 4:51 pm
I'd rock it with Bobbi Brown Black Plum eyeliner and some false lashes. A natural looking blush like sweet as cocoa Really Simple outfit white v neck tissue tee, grey blue skinny jeans, peep toe booties and big hair and some funky silver earrings
Jenni says:
July 14, 2009, 4:54 pm
I belly dance & I would love to put that color with a dramatic cat eye. Since my costume is red, having a sheer black lip color would be unexpected and a bit mysterious.
Katrina Samuels says:
July 14, 2009, 4:55 pm
I am still in the try it out stay of my makeup madness. I see that a lot of the makeup lines are going dark. Wasnt interested until you showed the proof. My hope would be that it looks like that on me. Love your blog
paradisebird says:
July 14, 2009, 4:57 pm
ohh, make a berlin sista happy,please. i would rock it like la baker would have probably done and as a hommage to her. fishnet stockings, black peeptoe stilettos, black pencil skirt and one of these sexy white blouses with three buttons open and 3/4 sleeves. short red finger- and toenails make up- sultry eye with my beloved bobbi brown shimmer wash shades and eyeliner, thin-medium eyebrows with a high arch, stain my lips with a matte red and put the gloss on top of hair-of course sleek waves to honour la baker with a puffy bun. did i already mention the fabulous vintage leopard-print clutch i saw recently? it would go perfeclty with this...
Shandra says:
July 14, 2009, 5:16 pm
This gloss would be a hit with my "grey cashmere" look. Grey eyeshowdow with gunmetal eyeliner. A light hand with silver plum blush. Hair pulled back and my large black pearl earrings.
Starchild says:
July 14, 2009, 5:26 pm
I would rock this ligloss with my big-a** 'fro and plenty of attitude. 'Nuff said! :-)
hypnotic says:
July 14, 2009, 5:36 pm
i had it since last's cool im over it now
AzizaW says:
July 14, 2009, 6:25 pm
Oooh! My skin would be soft and semi-matte with just a touch of a matte brown contour to emphasize the cheekbones and an orangey blush to add a lovely glow to the skin. The eyes would be bare except for a bit of warm brown shadow to contour the eye, sleek winged slate gray liner, voluminous falsies and a strong filled-in brow. I would slick my 'fro into a high sleek puff and don this cute Jibri swing dress , and add some chunky accessories. And now for the pièce de résistance- Piha Black would be slicked over a burnt-orange creme lipstick. Very simple but definitely stylish!
Krys says:
July 14, 2009, 6:25 pm
I'd like to try it layered over a scarlet lipstick with a neutral eye. Sexy-classic.
Kathy says:
July 14, 2009, 6:28 pm
This black lip gloss is so different from anything I own that I feel I just "Gotta have it" It would look great with a smokey eye -perfect- Love your site-thanks for keeping me updated in this small little town I live in -Kathy
Shana says:
July 14, 2009, 6:29 pm
I am SO ready for this dark lippie invasion! I would rock the gloss with my hair a dark dark black and spiky on top, black porcelain doll skin with a nude eye a la dita von teese, complete with the cat eye wing tip, a slight highlight to the cheek with a peachy brown blush, a black tuxedo shirt with the collar popped open to the breast with a statement bib necklace, pencil skirt and a dark green clutch with sky high dark green court pumps. LOVES IT! Good luck to everyone!
TeeBee says:
July 14, 2009, 7:02 pm
This is absolutely intriguing! I would SO rock this over red lips to tone down the brightness that most reds emanate in conjunction with my skin tone. A bronze/pink shimmer eye with soft brown liner (top lid only) and mascara, and soft pink blush will ensure that the lips will dominate the face. This look, with my favorite white linen/black floral cocktail dress (tea length, a-line, with a clavicle-gracing neckline: imagine 50's homemaker-sophisticate), paired with my single-strap red stilettos and red mini clutch will be perfect for an evening garden/rooftop party. Hair: my newly cropped, coily natural and the only other accessories will be my wedding ring and a smile that would be the only thing that could further enhance the look!
dee says:
July 14, 2009, 7:04 pm
I could rock it a few ways: 1)Shimmery pale gold eyeshadow, thick(almost Amy Winehouse)black eyeliner, mascara, Orgasm(peachy pink) blush, Piha lipgloss; wearing a short black empire waisted dress and black flats Or 2)Silver eyeshadow, thin colored eyeliner(blue maybe) lengthening mascara, plummy blush, bright magenta lipstick, piha lipgloss layered over. Hair pulled back as face is the focus. Sleeveless black or white top, floaty knee length skirt. 2 inch silver heels with my flats in my bag.
yaya526 says:
July 14, 2009, 7:07 pm
Love this lipgloss. I'd keep it casual. I'm the queen of denim, So i'd keep things simple yet sexy. I'd fluff my hair into a puff and hold it in place with my favorite mulit-colored scarf, I'd wear my ridiculously large siver hoops and a cute black tank. Dark denim destroyed jeans and a my favorite green wedges along with my favorite (also huge) black leather bag and I'm just about done. I can't wear much make up( my super oily skin+Louisiana heat=hot buttered mess), but I think the gloss paired with the overall look would speak for itself.
bella says:
July 14, 2009, 7:25 pm
OK I don't normally comment during a giveaway, but Aziza - GASP at that DRESS!!! I love it. Thanks for introducing me to Jibri!!!
Shell says:
July 14, 2009, 7:40 pm
First, you look really pretty in the picture. I rock it with one of my beautiful red tops, black dress and heels. I would do my eyes with a hint of bronze. I let those lips do all the talking for me.
Carolyn Randolph says:
July 14, 2009, 7:40 pm
I would pair the dark lips with a cybernetic cat eye. So, I'd do a neutral lid using bare essentials Queen Tiffany (a slightly sparkly taupe color working from the lashline--heaviest application--to brow. I would do a cat eye using black liquid eyeliner on the top lid and finish the eye off with a tourquise blue/mint green smudged line along the waterline. Finally, I'd add just a hint of Nars "crazed" blush onto the apples of my cheeks and finish the look with the goth lips.
kumquat says:
July 14, 2009, 7:46 pm
Eyes: Black mascara, black eyeliner, lilac eyeshadow Face: No other makeup Hair: Pulled back in a severe bun. Fingers and Toes: Hot Pink Outfit: Gray skinny jeans and a hot black top. And that's how I would rock the Phia Black:)
Quel says:
July 14, 2009, 8:46 pm
I would wear it with a fresh, natural matte face, groomed natural brows, a natural pinkish brown powder blush and tons of black shiny mascara by Clinique on upper and lower lashes. That's it. I have big lips, and with black gloss, my face beat would have to be all about the lips.
AzizaW says:
July 14, 2009, 9:05 pm
@ClaraHallow121: Thank you!I'm so glad you liked my idea :) @bella: Isn't Jibri fabulous?!! The line is stylish, moderately priced, well-made, AND the designer customizes. This is sooo rare in the plus-size world. I can't wait to actually make an order. The swing dress would look so cute cinched at the waist with an obi belt.
vb says:
July 14, 2009, 9:37 pm
After working a nine to five during the week days and taking care of the kids, I live for my weekends! I would kill it with that black lip gloss. Let me explain... After making sure my locs are curled and laid to the side in a low, but oh-so-elegant ponytail, I would whip out my lbd, complete with my thick leather belt, tied at the waist. And, of course I would be high-steppin' with those tricked out stilletos, black and silver with the accompanying clutch with the buckle in the shape of a half moon. My makeup is quite simple, but still fierce enough to compliment my outfit. Sheer bronzy foundation (been using my facial steamer, so my skin is looking pretty clear), black catty eyeliner, brows and eyelashes darkened just a bit, and the piece de la resistance-deep, scarlet red matte lipstick with... black lip gloss bringing it all together. Hit the Fox (Tampa's best jazz club) and nobody can tell me a thang (I'll send pictures that will leave you speechless!)
Sandy K says:
July 14, 2009, 10:01 pm
... with a smile and a smoky eye.
Robyn B says:
July 14, 2009, 10:17 pm
I'm having a Amber Rose moment so i would wear the gloss with my tye dyed leggings that I just got from American Apparel & tunic pulled together with a wide belt. Black & white 5 inch BCBG heels. Hair up in my signature curly afro puff. Maybe hoops that I design or maybe some simple but sexy studs. No blush, gray/blue tone eyeshadow, tons of Maybelline black mascara,and the black gloss would go over my pink Chanel lipstick. Yes pink, I told you I was having an Amber Rose moment. =) Peace!
Decorative Diva says:
July 14, 2009, 10:21 pm
I would totally wear a bright hot pink or fuschia eye with this black gloss :)
BMR says:
July 14, 2009, 10:51 pm
Hmm, while my first instinct is to wear it like you did, I think I would use it either alone with the lip gloss being the only piece of makeup being worn or I would do a bit of a contradiction-a bright eye color and rosy cheeks with the black lip gloss. Which would probably look a bit bad but I would definitely try it out to see how it looked. Never know, it could look good!
Nina says:
July 14, 2009, 11:14 pm
I saw this and it made me think Warrior Princess. Eyes: Silver eyeshadow and cat-like liquid eyeliner Cheeks: Natural bronzing powder Lips: Phia of course! Perhaps a silver glitter gloss on top but not too much. Hair: Locs piled high on head in a ponytail Ears: My Warrior Earrings Neck: bare Ring: Warrior Ring I've been meaning to make. lol. Arm: bold Kalimba cuff Top: Cute black strappy V neck tank from H&M Bottom: fave jeans Shoes: strappy silver sandals. YES!
mel says:
July 14, 2009, 11:16 pm
well first off this gloss looks great on you, i will soon be doing the BC, i was looking for something to update my look & to compliment my new hair as well, i do believe this gloss is it, i feel this gloss along with my new hair will give me the confidence boost i need to pull off a totally new look for me, i have not worn much make-up in the past , really want to , just not sure where to start, but i know a rocking lipgloss should be kept in everygirls bag, so please pick me, thanks , please post more pics.
mysskay says:
July 14, 2009, 11:59 pm
Well at first I was intimidated by the volume of comments. I consider myself to be in the low maintenance end of the high maintenance girls. I do wear make-up, I like to switch my look up and I will spend money if the product is of high quality. But I won't do it at the expense of my priorities and I do try to create a look that complements my natural features in a way that is timeless and appropriate for the occasion. I am about 14 days away from ending my transition and finally rocking my natural hair. So why not a better time to freshen up and try something bold yet, classy (as it appears from your pic!). I love simple pieces that make a statement. I like my hair and clothes to 'say something'. I'm hoping to use the Piha Black lip gloss as a topcoat to compliment my choice of lip color for the the subtle dark intensity and brightness that you mentioned above. I will wear a simple black eye liner (MAC powerpoint) as I am allergic to eye shadows. The rest of the look will be finished with some fly earrings and maybe my first frohawk or twist out! Because I can't wear eye shadow, I'm always looking for a lipstick/color that can have people thinking I do wear a full face of makeup! Either way I think it's great you take the time to do this for us, considering you already have yours and don't need to. Looking forward to more in the future (sad I missed out on those leaf earrings - would love to see a Yvette Crocker give away). And congratulations to you on all your recent endeavors :o)
Ashley S. says:
July 15, 2009, 1:04 am
My 21st Birthday is coming up in one week! WOOOOOOOO! HAHA. I'm looking for something on the sexy side, I would rock this with a sexy smokey eye, silver, hints of black in the eye, nothing too much, I don't want to distract from the sexy black lip. lol
ceciline says:
July 15, 2009, 2:28 am
hmmm i love lancome lipglosses and the idea of a black shimmer is making a bit nostalgic for my senior year in college (x years ago) where cyber by Mac was a big deal on Mary J & Hyper on Foxy. I like the way it looks on your Bella, I have to mix two colors to make it my own so i am imagining maybe a soft pink sheer to start or my kiehl's lip balm in mango and one swoop of the lancome in black and keep it moving. No liner just depth for the lips - that would be hot!
Josey says:
July 15, 2009, 8:51 am
I was in Sephora last week and tried some black lipgloss. I can't remember the maker but it was a major brand. I don't like advertising but if you really want black lipgloss, hit up Sephora.
Norjunma1 says:
July 15, 2009, 10:24 am
1)A thin line of Urban Decay cream eyeliner smudged into the upper lash line. 2)Shu Umera Black V false eyelashes. (Trust me. Yes.) 3)Iman Posh blush (light hand). 4)That hotter-than-hades Piha Black lipgloss!!! 5)Slicked back ponytail. 6)My favorite black boat-neck T-shirt dress, purple tights, ang black sky-high heels. 7)One word: Bannaners.
Angela says:
July 15, 2009, 10:37 am
I would make the lipgloss the focal point. But a smoky eye (with dark and light gray and maybe chocolate brown) seems perfect with extra thick and long lashes. As far as the outfit goes, you can never go wrong with the perfect little black dress with beautiful stilettos or maybe flat gladiator sandals. All of the looks I have read sound great!
gina says:
July 15, 2009, 11:02 am
Well, seeing as I'm an office drone, I'd wear this with a bit of dark purple liner (top lids only)(probably the new UD liner)in the lashline,just NARS albatross for highlight on the cheekbone, and rock the lipstick very sheer - just enough to make you wonder if it is what you *think* it is. Edgy but still work-appropriate.
TinaB says:
July 15, 2009, 11:23 am
I'd rock it with a natural face and let the lipstick be a star all on it's own.
Calming Corners says:
July 15, 2009, 3:15 pm
I would try it. It looks amazing on you btw! xo, CC
Tammy says:
July 15, 2009, 4:00 pm
I would go pink glam with this gloss. I would do a pink eye shadow (a custom color called blue flambe that I love) with gold accents. Mascara is a must to make my lashes super long and lush along with an indigo eye liner. The black gloss would be a great finishing touch to complete a very glam and trendy look.
flygyrl72 says:
July 15, 2009, 7:18 pm you've discovered black lipgloss, eh? I use a near black one from some beauty supply place out here & I love the blackberry stain effect. It's great! Will have to look out for the Lancome one....
jennifer says:
July 15, 2009, 11:10 pm
I would wear the gloss with a black smoky eye.
BK says:
July 16, 2009, 3:16 pm
this gloss is definitely hot.. not too harsh for me to try a deeper color Hmmmm Just some bronzer sparingly on my face, black mascara with the gloss to stand out on my lips.. hair freshly washed with coconut oil and some curly pudding to make my curls pop and shake my fro and go!
Kwana aka OrangeStar616 says:
July 16, 2009, 3:33 pm
I'd do a blackened silvery eye liner, mascara and the Phia black gloss over a pink matte lipstick... Goth Cyber chic in an instant....LOL
A_Dejean says:
July 16, 2009, 7:29 pm
I know this is late but has the Piha Black on sale at their site.
natrulyo says:
July 16, 2009, 7:49 pm
I would wear it with a bronzy eye like MACs Amber Lights or Coppering. As an after thought, I wonder how it would look over NARs Funny Farm lipstick?
bright sol says:
July 16, 2009, 10:46 pm
I was in Sephora and found another black lipgloss by Kat Von D.(I think, the tattoo chick, thats her name right?) Its a beautiful color! Thanks for putting it out there, I would have never thought.