blackUp Primer, Powder and Mascara


Sleek is the only makeup brand geared towards Women of Colour that I’ve tried. Whilst blackUp has been on my radar for many years, it’s only recently that I was presented with the opportunity to try their products. Set up in 1999 by a makeup artist, blackUp is a Paris-based brand known for its range of professional-quality makeup that is developed to answer to the specific needs of darker skin tones They have everything from foundations available in a vast shades, textures and shades, to bold, rich & highly-pigmented colour collections. When the chance try their Perfect Matifying Primer, Anti-Shine Loose Powder and a Volumising and Lengthening Mascara in blue was offered to me, I have to be honest and say I wasn’t expecting anything groundbreaking. It saddens me to admit this, but more often than not, brands and products made specifically for WoC tends to be lacklustre. However, it is with great pleasure that I share the fact that blackUp exceeded my expectations.

I mentioned above that I’d heard a lot about blackUp - their lipstick in particular are constantly raved about. Well, I think their whole range should actually be raved about. The Volumising and Lengthening Mascara is actually pretty incredible. My eyelashes are full but lack length - I was impressed with how this mascara managed to increase the volume already there, whilst giving me the extra length I desired. I’m not one to opt for bold coloured makeup, so I was worried about using this electric blue mascara. To my surprise though, it wasn’t as ‘look at me’ as I thought it’d be. I can’t seem to stop reaching for it. It honestly become my daily go-to mascara. For everyday wear I use a coat of it before adding my usual mascara.

My face is really sensitive. I am always cautious to try new products due to fear of reacting. The last primer I tested out for brownbeauty led to a really bad break out. This time, my worry was heightened due to this previous experience and the fact that I’d never tried blackUp before. Regardless, I tried it out and with great joy I can report back that I suffered no break out. In fact, I’d go as far as saying this is the best primer I’ve ever used. Everything it promised was signed, sealed and delivered. From the first day I used it, I noticed a difference and so did everyone around me. I was showered with compliments of how great my face looked. With only two pumps, the translucent, gel like formula worked well in putting makeup in place, giving a matte, flawless finish.

Anyone out there looking for a replacement to the ever sought after Ben Nye Powders, I can tell you your search is over. blackUp’s Anti-shine Loose Powder is as fine and matifying as the beloved Ben Nye variants. The silky and ultra fine loose powder gives a velvety matte finish whilst perfecting your complexion and holding your makeup in place. With five shades to choose from, darker skin tones can avert that yellow undertone other ‘banana’ powders give.

blackUp Perfect Matifying Primer is priced at £28.50, the Anti-Shine Loose Powder is £29.90 and the Volumising and Lengthening Mascara at £20.50.

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