After spending a lot of time and money trying to find a foundation that worked for me, I finally found Black Up‘s range of foundations. And let me tell you, when a company has dedicated itself to making products specifically for you, when you’re not just an afterthought, you can tell the difference. But that is a story for another day. Today we are talking about the Black Up CC Cream.
When it comes to foundation, these days I usually don’t need or want a ton of coverage. I hate when foundations look heavy or even worse, feel heavy on my skin. So I’m always on the look out for lightweight, light coverage foundations. I was super excited when the whole BB and CC cream trend started, and I tried out a brand I thought was good quality. I was not impressed with their CC cream because of course they had the one token brown girl shade, which of course was not that great a match for me, plus it didn’t address my oily skin situation.
Anyway when I found out Black Up had a CC cream, i immediately picked one up.
Black Up’s description: black|Up develops the 1st CC Cream targeting dark skin’s specific needs : excess sebum, uneven skintone, unbalanced skin, lack of radiance, dark spots, more or less pigmented areas…
This Complexion Correcting Foundation moisturizes, mattifies, targets dark spots, blemishes, minimizes pores and unifies the complexion of African American skin tones. Its fluid texture offers a lightweight very natural finish.
Use as a makeup primer to hydrate and treat your skin while increasing makeup hold and offering a more even complexion.
5 shades suitable for all black and mixed skins.
Oil Free, Paraben Free, Fragrance Free.
SPF free formula. 100% no ashy finish guarantee because sun filters are made with white base ingredients that systematically turns grey on dark skins.
What I think: This has become my everyday foundation. It is light coverage. I love how lightweight it feels. You could almost forget that you’re wearing foundation. It mattifies, and provides enough coverage to cover minor imperfections, but not very dark spots. I have also noticed that my pores are not as noticeable when I wear this. It does pretty much everything Black Up claims it does.
I use this in two ways
One: I spot correct/ spot conceal problem areas and I wear the CC cream as a foundation. This is great for an everyday, simple look.
Two: I wear the CC cream as a primer and wear the Black Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation when I want fuller coverage or a more flawless look.
It works both ways. It lasts pretty much the whole day and only shows signs of wearing away around my very oily nose at the end of the day. It does not oxidize. It has not broken me out. It does not separate, even in the heat of Lagos. It is a stellar product all around. I love it.
Bottomline: This is a great CC cream for women of colour with oily skin, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants light coverage.
It can be purchased from Debenhams in the UK, Montaigne Place in Nigeria, and from the Black Up website