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Monday, 14 March 2016

black|Up Paris New Products Review!





Hi loves!


So today I want to bring to you some newer product releases from black|Up cosmetics.

I was recently sent their anti-shine powder*, protective primer* and kabuki powder brush* to try and I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by these products.

Let's start with the primer. It comes in a domed shaped frosted glass bottle, with a clear plastic cover and a pump for application. It contains 30ml of product which is a  great amount for what it is. The primer itself is contains SPF 25 which is great for that sun protection. Apparently this is the first of it's kind - a protective primer for women of colour. It appears to be a white cream, which sets clear once worked into the skin. It also has a tacky feeling to it once rubbed in which is great for keeping your makeup on for longer. You only need a small amount of this product as too much can feel a little greasy on the skin. The primer also has pleasant perfumed scent to it, which isn't too overpowering. I would say that this primer worked well for my foundation. It did definitely help to smooth out my skin, however I wouldn't say it's a pore filler, nor would I say it helped to keep my face mattified all day (despite the claims). I still got oily in my t-zone, however my makeup did stay on for a good 6 hours at least.

The next product I want to discuss is the powder. Now when I first received this, I didn't believe it would work for my skin tone - as it's a light almost yellow based powder (shade NPL 01). However when I applied it I soon realised it was more of a translucent powder and it worked well for my skin tone and didn't leave an ashy finish which is great! There are 5 shades in total ranging for a very light powder (NPL 00) to a deep toned powder (NPL 04). This is a loose powder, so be aware that it could get a bit messy. It does have a sifter at the top of the packaging. I'm not sure how much powder is in the packaging, however you only need a small amount during application. I would say that the powder does definitely give a mattified finish and therefore kept my makeup lasting for much longer than if I hadn't used it. Although you will need to reapply the powder throughout the day as I noticed I need to touch up my nose (which is normal for me) a couple of times during the day.

The kabuki brush is perfect for applying the powder. It's small enough to fit the powder packaging and great for application onto your t-zone as it's slightly domed for a more precise application. I was definitely impressed with the application of this brush and how soft the bristles are. It's a great brush for travelling with too!

All in all I was very impressed with the products as a whole. I would definitely recommend them!

To purchase any of the products mentioned please see below:

The Protective Primer (£29.50)
The Anti-Shine Loose Powder (£29.90)
The Kabuki Brush (£27.00)

Speak soon!
Vicky xxx

*All products were to sent to me for the purpose of review, however the opinions I share are my honest thoughts :) 
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