A Black Lipstick for Black Friday: MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick Goes on Sale for One Day Only, November 29

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MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick

Wearing MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick ($15), coming Friday, November 29, exclusively to maccosmetics.com

Take heed, shopaholics! If you plan to dive headlong into the Black Friday fray next week (November 29), steer clear of anyone roaming retail halls with a ravenous twinkle in their eye…

Case in point:

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick


I know this because it’s a lesson I learned the hard way (of course). Years ago, on a dark and stormy November night…

OK, not really, it was daytime, and the weather was fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ But it was during a particularly vicious Bebe sample sale in South San Francisco. A woman with this exact same look on her face walked up to me and pulled a skirt I was holding from my hands.

Shocked, I stood there with my mouth agape for about five silent seconds before my cavewoman instincts kicked in. I was about to run her down and stab her with one of my knitting needles (I’d been standing in front of the store for hours to get into the sale, during which time I finished knitting not one, but two, scarves). Thank goodness I came to my senses and refrained.

So yeah. Watch out for those hard-core shoppers, man! They don’t mess around…

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick

Hautecore Friday Lipstick in all its gothy glory

Hopefully, online shopping won’t be that traumatic this year. If you plan to do any cyber-shopping on November 29, swing by the MAC website, because that’s when and where the new MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick goes live.

MAC Hautecore Lipstick

Hautecore all up in yer grill

The brand-spankin’ new matte black lipstick will be available exclusively online that one day only.

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick Swatch

A swatch of Hautecore Friday on my NC42 skin

MAC calls it their first true black matte ever — something to consider if you like looks that are outside the box.

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick lip closeup

Wearing two layers of Hautecore Friday without any lip liner

I think black lips can look really, really cool, especially if you dress the part with hair and clothes that echo a moody vibe.

That’s what I tried to do today… I’d hoped Hautecore Friday would be an opaque jet black that I could scare my neighbors with, haha!

MAC Hautecore Lipstick

And ya know, it is pretty dark, but I wouldn’t call it true black. On me, I see a deep, blackened purple.

I also expected it to be a flat matte, but I see a hint of shine.

It’s still neat, though. I definitely like how smooth it is, and it’s not as patchy as other black lipsticks I’ve tried.

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick box

When I wear it to walk Tabs/freak out the neighborhood children later today, I’ll probably line my lips with black eyeliner first to tone down the purple…

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick box

So what could one wear with black lipstick? Lots of things, but I turned to Lorde’s Tennis Court video again. In the vid, she wears a striking matte black lip, but the rest of her makeup is stripped down and minimal. Here’s another version I recently tried.

MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick


If I wanted to make Hautecore Friday a dramatic focal point of my look, I’d keep the colors on my face very neutral, do some light contouring, and finish with a single bold element on my eyes, like big lashes, thick brows or cat eye liner (but not all three, because that might be too much).

I would probably also dress up my skin by doing something formal, like a full-coverage foundation and matte powder, because on me, I feel like dramatic lips like this can look unfinished, or a little off, if my skin looks too casual.

Hautecore Friday goes on sale Friday, November 29, for one day only, on maccosmetics.com. Knitting needles not required.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Alison M says:

    If you had been wearing Hautecore the Bebe b*tch never would’ve messed with you. Lipstick really does solve all problems.

    I love that you knit! I crochet ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s something about makeup junkies and yarn….
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  2. fancie says:

    I’m not sure how I would react to a shopper like that lol. That’s just crazy! However, Hautecore looks beautiful on you! I can’t wait to get my hands on this lippie so I can see how I like it. It’s looked really good on everyone I’ve seen so far

  3. buckycatt says:

    Karen & Tabs – I would really like to know the profession or job of someone that can wear black lipstick to work. MAC Cyber is about as dark as I would dare to go!

  4. Icequeen81 says:

    I like it

    btw I was just online on you tube and found this :Archie’s Weird Mysteries

    is this maybe something for you? watching it at the moment

  5. hanna says:

    This lip is very cool.
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  6. Elle says:

    Oh wow. I think that’s precisely why I stay away from crowded department stores during mega sales. Having been wounded by the plague of Jerky Holiday Customers during my stint at a bookstore, I definitely learned to just get outta the way. I’m very even-keeled overall, but guuuuurl, don’t get in my way with shopping…especially if it’s something I’ve been looking for!

    I still have the Black Knight (errrr is that what it was called?) Cremesheen from a while back. I do like how this looks on you though!

  7. Vanessa says:

    Are you kidding me? I can’t believe how cool (and cute) this looks on you. You can really pull off dark lips <3

  8. Karen, I don’t know how you do it, but black lipsticks always seem to pull the perfect shade of violet on your lips. Maybe it’s that they’re not totally opaque, or your complexion is pulling off some sort of witchcraft, but either way: it looks super badass.

    I love! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  9. Vineetha says:

    I shoud get atleast one black lippie now. Just to see how it will look ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  10. I was afraid of the balck in teh tube but goshh u pulled it effortlessly!! the cleaner face with balck Outfit will go best with it!!
    Now I also want to grab one soon.. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. Nicole says:

    Pure Heroine.

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  12. Chaitra says:

    Only you can carry off something like this so effortlessly. So beautiful! I still cringe to wear a bright red! ๐Ÿ˜
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  13. Danielle says:

    It’s because of incidents like those why I always do my Black Friday shopping online! I just started wearing darker shades like mac diva but your review makes me want to try black lipstick now.

  14. Amy says:

    This looks amazing on you Karen! Neither black nor matte, but perfect!!

  15. Sylvia says:

    I’m pretty open minded when it comes to lipstick shades but I don’t know if I could ever do a black lip. I’d love to pair this with other shades to vamp them up though!
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  16. lola says:

    already picked it up online! 10:30 PM Thanksgiving!

  17. Nia says:

    Already sold out online!

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