black|Up Paris Cosmetics
Black|Up Paris Cosmetics is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, it was founded in 1999 by an African makeup artist, and was the first upscale beauty brand to cater especially to Black and mixed beauties. It pairs professional quality products with ease of use, it promises to provide a non-ashy finish and includes makeup, skincare and fragrance. I had heard about this brand for a while, but only dabbled in it recently when I tried and loved the CC cream, reviewed here on my own personal blog. I’ll start with the Contouring Sticks, this is a dual ended stick, think two Stick Foundations merged. One end for highlighting and the other for contouring and comes in five shades. I received shades 3 and 4, I find that the contouring shades are identical and I can use these interchangeably, but the highlighting shades are very different, for this I need shade 3. These blend like butter, the contouring side is definitely the star of the show, I love these. They cost £29 each, and if you know what shade you are in the CC Cream, this is the shade you’ll be in these.
Next is the Radiance Sublime Powder, I thought this would be extremely shimmery on the skin, but it’s quite subtle and adds a nice warm glow. It has a new extra fine texture that blends easily, combining pigment and shimmer, it’s oil free, fragrance free and paraben free. The five shades are designed to match different undertones, I have shade no4 and it cost £26.
The 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette is £32, each palette is designed to work in harmony, and structured around three looks a nude look using the matte shades, a day time look using the colour trio that can then be turned into a smokey night time look using the darkest matte shade. The palettes consists of four different textures, this one consists of one metallic shade, one satin shade, two matte shades and one glitter shade. I love this palette, it’s compact and great for travel, even though it’s structured around three looks, a multitude of styles can actually be created, I have palette no4 out of 5.
Finally are the Mono Eyeshadows which have been developed in a new formula, and come in either a matte or metallic finish. Shade 02 is a light, bright orange shade, which is pigmented and blends beautifully. I’ve used this both on the eyes and cheeks, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, definitely a shade a brownbeauty should have in her stash. Then shade 12, which is a vibrant, light turquoise blue, not an everyday shade, but great for when you want a pop of colour. Again pigmented and blends beautifully, especially for a matte shade. There are 15 shades in total, they don’t have names just numbers, and cost £15.50 each.