Can I just say how much I love Black|Up Cosmetics? Seriously, their products are high-end, perform well, colorful, fun, and pigmented. Their products are a makeup artist or enthusiasts dream. Just imagine how I felt when I received the reformulated Black|Up Mono Eyeshadow and Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil to try out – ecstatic! Keep reading to read my thoughts and to see the fun look I created using them.
Black|Up Cosmetics describes their mono eyeshadow as…
“Ultra-pigmented formulas in pure and intense colours for a perfectly even and incomparable make-up result!”
The Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadow is currently available in 15 shades, 10 of which are metallic, and 5 of them are matte. For review, I received two of the matte shades: OAP02M (orange) and OAP11M (vibrant blue).
You’re probably wondering how well the Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadows perform, right?
Well, I was impressed by how pigmented the Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadows are. It took very little work, and no [white] base was needed in order to make the colors pop; however, I did use a primer to secure its staying power. And surprisingly, on my complexion, the colors showed true to color, which is sometimes hard to pull off, especially without using a white or light base. Both shades blended with ease.
The matte orange Black|Up Cosmetics Mono eyeshadow was my favorite of the two, as orange anything complements brown skin well. The blue was also pretty, and for me, a bit much for everyday use, but, I would definitely pull it out for a party or girls night out.
Next, we have the Black|Up Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil. These pencils work double duty having the ability to work both as an eyeshadow and eye pencil. I received the Black|Up Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil in KS03, which is a beautiful, pearlescent, vibrant blue.
The Black|Up Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil glided on smoothly. It stayed in place throughout the time I wore it, and like the eyeshadows, they, too are packed with color.
To create this look, I did the following:
- Blend the Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadow OAP02M (orange) into and above the crease
- Apply the Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshdaow OAP11M (vibrant blue) to the lid and blend upwards
- Using a pencil brush, apply a dark brown eyeshadow to the crease, and blend. *I used the brown from the Black|Up Cosmetics 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette*
- Line lower lash line with the Black|Up Cosmetics Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil.
- Apply mascara or falsies.
On my face, just in case you’re wondering, I used the Black|Up Cosmetics Contour Stick, sublime powder, and blush. I LOVE their sublime powder. Oh, and on my lips I have on their orange matte lipstick that I reviewed last summer.
The Black|Up Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadow can be purchased at http://www.blackupcosmetics.com for $20.50/0.07 oz. The Black|Up Waterproof Smoky Kohl Pencil is available in 10 vibrant shades for $18.50/ 0.04 oz.