Review of Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder by gardenia1980
This is my absolute HG powder of all time!!!!!! I'm caucasian, so not Black Opal's target demographic, but hot damn is this stuff amazing!!!!! I had never heard of it before MUA and was skeptical to say the least. I have the absolute oilest skin of anyone I have ever met, and I'm 25 - not exactly a teenager anymore. Before, I would literally have to blot my face with Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing sheets like every 20 minutes to keep a matte face, my face would start to oil up within 5-10 minutes of applying foundation and powder in the morning. I even went on Accutane (as did my father) just to get a year's relief from the oil production.
Switching from the heinous L'Oreal TrueMatch foundation and powder helped only a tiny bit, and I moved to Revlon Colorstay (original) foundation, but was still using the TrueMatch powder. In the past, I've tried every cheap and expensive blotting powder known to man and NONE of them worked.
This powder, over Colorstay with SoftFlex foundation, is an absolute miracle, I swear on all I hold sacred. I totally disagree with previous reviewers who have said it doesn't keep the oil at bay much longer than other powders. For the first time in my life (aside from my foray into Accutane) I have flawless matte skin for the entire morning. I then blot VERY thoroughly with C&C sheets (going through 3 or 4). But here's where it's amazing, although of course your face will continue to produce the same amount of oil (i.e. when I do blot i still have to use a lot of sheets) you can't see it through the powder. Even when it's time to blot, it's much much much much less shiny than before. Now it's more of a glow, whereas before it would literally look like I was sweating.
I repeat the C&C blot, touch up concealer, powder - routine about 2-3 times during the day, and I have flawless matte skin the entire day. I really cannot say enough about this powder, if they ever discontinue it I will go off the deep end.
About the color, I am somewhat tanned, when I was paler it seemed a shade too dark on certain areas of my face. I now apply in a very specific way which works every time. I heavily powder/press firmly on all areas EXCEPT under the corners of my lips and the "smile line" areas. Only very very lightly on those spots, otherwise your face might look slightly mis-proportioned - hard to explain.
I then top with a very subtle blush, then matte bronzer on the forehead, temples, nose (lightly), bridge of nose, middle of chin, cheeks back to the temples, and neck. Then I top that with a pop of really bright pink blush very very lightly applied. Perfect!
This powder and the above regime looks absolutely amazing in pictures, and I am usually the most unphotogenic person roaming the planet.