I used this product years ago and although I no longer use it, I feel compeled to do a review. Although this is marketed to women of color, it can be hard to find a match. The undertones in these shades are very strong-meaning overtly yellow or red. any attempt at neutrality (rich caramel) comes across as muddy. My complexion is tan with neutral undertones, not too much red or yellow. For reference, the best match I have found at the drugstore is Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation in N& Classic Tan.
So Truly Topaz was a tad too dark, and far too yellow. Rich Caramel was a tad dark as well, and too muddy looking. Although I wore Truly Topaz for a while, I finally realized it was off. The texture of the foundation is a thick and creamy and it goes on smooth. It can get oily in the T-zone very quickly, and it can look greasy if you have oily skin, as I do. However, it worked wonderfully on my best friend, whose skin is dry. The wear time was not long for me, and I had to reapply throughout the day. The coverage is easily full, but the product is so versatile that it can be sheer to full, or anything in between.
I received lots of compliments on it, but they were from makeup novices...so, consider the source. I think this is definitely a winner for dry skinned women, if you can find a shade match. Finding a match should not be hard. My skin is just hard to match. If your skin is not too oily, and you want that "beat face", then these foundation sticks should be a good starting point. They did not work for my skin type, but this is an excellent product.
This is my HG foundation been using it since forever, I did use mac full coverage for a while, tried graftobian HD ( too greasy) but went back to this. this foundation will give you a flawless look, covers blemishes/hyperpigmentation, and very versatile as far as coverage for lighter coverage swipe less for full coverage (which i prefer) swipe more, works great year round, even in summer, just set with powder ( i use ben nye mojave line). its available almost everywhere including your local BSS which is always a plus when i run out. Usually 8-10 bucks stick last AWHILE. Compliments galore!!!!! for my sisters wedding a professional celebrity makeup artist did her makeup, when i walked in she asked me what foundation i was wearing i hesitantly said Black Opal, she then proceeded to show me her stash of black opal and told me she uses it all the time and luvs it. Get it and try for yourself ;)
I love this foundation stick!! Been using this for 5+ years It goes on so smooth and the color nutmeg is my perfect match! When I just started using this I use the beautiful bronze but some how I looked too dark so I switched to the shade above it and perfect!!. It last me all day but I have to touch up every 3-4 hours because I live in jamaica where its very hot and I sweat a lot so I don't mind. I've stopped using this every day just around my dark areas, then I just dust the black opal loose powder, and I look natural for work or when I'm running errands.
Dries quickly to a velvet soft finish.
Convenient, easy to use.
Can be used as a concealer on the days u want light coverage.
Can last up to a year.
Price is reasonable.
Doesn't make u gray or ashy.
It has spf15
It last a great while
I think it breaks me out.
Can't be worn every day even though it has spf as it clogs pores.
Can't be worn over moisturizer as it can turn greasy.
Does oxidize a bit.
Does have to be set with a powder.
I will forever love this foundation as it unless they change the formula.
I am loving this foundation!!! For the longest time I used Sue Devitt foundation because its super lightweight and moisturizing, but I've also used Giorgio Armani, Lorac, Smashbox, Clinique, Laura Mercier, Mac and more. I now use a mix of Black Opal Stick Foundation in Hazelnut and Mac ProLongwear NW45. I love how the Black Opal color is so vibrant and rich. The stick makes it so easy to apply on your skin!!!! I place it on my skin and then blend it with a moist flat top brush.
I have dry skin, so I always moisturize with Ponds lotion and then Johnson's baby oil gel. Afterwords I put this foundation on and it looks so smooth and effortless! I love that its a medium to full coverage but it doesn't look or feel super heavy. And it looks great in photographs. No ashiness, no gray cast in pictures. Just a beautiful, rich brown shade. This is the most inexpensive foundation I've ever used on my face, I never use drugstore foundations, and yet this is one of my favorite foundations I have ever used!!!
While stalking the shelves of the Rite Aid next to my office as I regularly do, I came across this little gem...
After quickly MakeUp Alley-ing and You Tube-ing it, I realized it was something I absolutely needed in my life.
Let me tell you that this is BOMB DOT COM!!!
Full, flawless, impeccable coverage!
I bought three shades. Kalahari Sand, Truly Topaz and Hazelnut.
When I use the 3 shades, it gives me that perfectly contoured/highlighted 3 dimensional face.
This foundation is multi functional as it serves as concealer and foundation.
I wear the lightest shade as a concealer and highlighter, which BTW does not cake up.
The last two shades work as foundation and contour.
The packaging is a convenient twist up tube which allows better dispensing control.
The lasting power on me is an entire work day and then some...approximately 8-8!
Please note that you MUST prime and set this product as it can transfer and crease if you don"t.
The finish is dewey, but with a setting powder can be semi-matte. This has not irritated or broken me out.
The ladies at work compliment my skin when I wear this which is a good sign that I got it right this time! LOL.
I will continue to purchase this :)
Oh mah gawd! Why the hell have I been shelling out all this doggone money for MAC, Estee Lauder and other higher end foundations?! I could have gone to Wal Mart and gotten this wonderfully thick and pigmented FULL COVERAGE foundation a long time ago for $9! This is my first day wearing this but I had to stop by and update you ladies on the wonders of this stick foundation. I love this much more than the IMAN version as this is thick, pigmented and Hazlenut is perfect for my NW45 complexion. I wear Rich Cocoa in Estee Lauder Double Wear for additional reference. Hazlenut is a tad darker than both of the previous colors I mentioned but richer and a bit redder also. I love it. A little bit goes a very long way with this stick foundation. I set it with MAC Blot Powder but will be using a primer underneath from now on as this is a bit oily. Anyway, will report back after a few weeks of wear.
** UPDATE 06/20/2013** Oh yes! I have been wearing this foundation every day. I cannot wear it without a primer, I use the Hard Candy skin perfecting primer and this lasts all day. When I tried to use it without one this would slide all over my face as I am very oily. I draw several lines in my face after priming and use a MAC 190 foundation brush to work it into my skin. Lastly, I dust some Black Opal pressed powder on top - the one with some pigment and I only have to blot twice throughout the day. This is wonderful. The price, the coverage, the ease of application, the easy travel factor... I could go on and on. I look so glowy with this. Will continue to wear this and repurchase once I run out.
One night while surfing You-tube I came upon a review for this foundation, The makeup guru raved about what a great full coverage foundation it was. So off I went to purchase it.
It's cheap I paid $8.99, it comes with a ton of product a little goes a long way.Its packaged in a black plastic tubular container. You can twist up and dot around on your face and blend with brush or sponge.
Its creamy and gives you full coverage. The foundation gives you a velvety flawless complexion. I ask my boyfriend what he thought after I put some on , he asked "did i have anything on". that made me smile. You don't need an concealer unless you want super coverage. I notice a lot of ladies complained that it would melt off their face and get everywhere or It didn't hold up in hot weather.
This is how I got it to work for me. I wore this foundation in 100 degree weather and I have the oiliest skin. The key is to use a face Primer. I used Mac face primer let that set for about 2 minutes. I dotted the foundation on my forehead , cheeks, nose and chin. I buff the foundation into my skin with a Sigma F82. After that here is the important part SET WITH POWDER! I used Mac mineralize face powder and dusted two coats on to make sure i hit every spot on my face. I was out about for 8 hours and blotted twice. The foundation still looked just as good when I left the house. So this has been my go-to foundation going on 2 weeks and I'm in Love.
I absolutely love this product because it matches my skin perfectly. I have very oily skin and even though this product produces a lot of oil, I have finally found perfect primers to help control it. My problem? Oh boy, this product has no staying power. At all. It dissolves into oblivion leaving my face with all the concealer I put on, in other words, a clown. I will probably only use this foundation if I'm going somewhere quick to act like I don't "have any makeup on". I give it no more than 3 hours tops.
- Buildable (light to full coverage)
- Great colours
- Easy to blend
- Flawless finish
- Awful makeup smell, that doesn't fade (sort of smells like playdough)
- Transfers so easily
- Breakouts (NOT for daily wear, my skin revolts after wearing this)
Overall - best finish out of any foundation I currently have and the best colour match I wear a MAC NW45 (not a perfect match or even close) and I wear Beautiful Bronze in this.
I purely wouldn't buy it again, because it gives me breakouts.
This foundation in the shade carob is my exact shade. I don't have a major acne problem but I do have discoloration on my cheeks....I also have a few scars from pimples that came up during that time when I didn't know how to take care of my face. My skin is also oily.
Pro: excellent coverage....blends easily...gives me a natural but flawless finish
Con: it tends to be oily and it tranfers....transferring is something that happens with a lot of make up that I have tried so i don't worry 2 much about that. Touching your face, especially with hands that are not clean isn't good for your facial skin anyway so I just try not to touch my face....but anyhow, the oiliness is really not an issue once I have primed my face with milk of magnesia...when I put the black opal over that, it literally soaks alllll the oil out the foundation an just gives me a matte finish....not ashy but just a fresh look...and it lasts all day. I am usually out and about in the day then I just go straight to work at night and I just need to blot my nose, apply a little powder and my face is good as new. I try not to apply to much or it looks cakey. A little goes a long way. I usually set this with Mac studio fix powder and then put black opal oil absorbing powder on my nose just because it gets super oily there. I love the stick because I just wind it up and swipe it on my face...I don't have to touch it at all unless my brushes are dirty and I have to use my fingers. It was $20 here in Barbados so that's a little less that 10 US....great price for such an amazing product. Will most definitely repurchase!