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The new black is for your lips

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur Black claims to be transparent yet intense. So forget those notions of chalky black-lipped goth high schoolers. Gloss Pur Black attempts a delicate display of “the depths of black” with a sparkle-free shine formula. The potion is said to drift from plum to ebony depending on how it is applied – feather light or rich and bold. The limited-edition product already sold out online, so you'll have to wait to find it at YSL counters this month.

Supplies are limited for the $28 gloss – a quick check earlier this week of the YSL counters at SouthPark's Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom came up empty. Saks, Bloomingdale's and Barneys stores nationwide, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in New York City and select YSL boutiques are also expected to carry the product.

If you can't get your hands on the YSL gloss, in November look for a set from Lancome that includes a Color Fever lipstick in Piha Red and a Color Fever gloss – Piha Black. This will also be a limited-edition set, priced at $48, with just 500 available in the U.S.

The idea with this set is to layer the deep red with the somewhat translucent black gloss. It gives your lips a surprisingly vibrant but simultaneously leathered appearance.

Find it at, at Bloomingdale's in New York City and the five Lancome boutiques (New York; Short Hills, N.J.; Santa Clara, Calif.; Brea, Calif.; and Dallas).

Debra Bass, St. Louis Post-Dispatch