I recently posted a pic of the Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick on my Instastories and got a request to write a blog post on it. You asked, I answered! Stick foundations are having somewhat of an “in” phase in the beauty industry right now, but it’s not a new concept – brands like Bobby Brown and Black Opal have been making stick foundations for years. This particular stick foundation has been on my radar for a couple of years, ever since buying one in the wrong shade some time ago, but this new beauty world attention definitely turned me back onto it.
The Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick comes in a total of 16 shades, from cool pale skinned shades to lovely rich dark shades. I picked up my foundation in the shade Carob, which is a deep, warm-toned brown. I wish it was just a touch more neutral, but once you’ve completed the rest of your face it’s fine.
So what are the claims? The Black Opal website says:
Blur pore appearance, conceal imperfections and achieve natural looking skin with this crème stick foundation. Perfect for highlighting, contouring, touch-ups and seamless full coverage applications, this best- selling formula delivers moisturized, even-toned flawless complexion. Exclusive Shade ID™ color adjusting pigments expertly and perfectly blends for a true tone color match. Velvet Matte finish.
The full coverage claims of this foundation definitely hold true, and the best thing about any stick foundation is that this will considerably cut down your application time. I like to stripe the stick all over my face (once across my forehead and down the bridge of my nose, twice on each cheek, and once along each jawline) and then proceed to blend it in with a densely packed buffing/kabuki brush. As the True Color Foundation Stick has a full coverage formula, a loose to medium-packed brush will not do the job as easily. I also wouldn’t recommend going in with a beauty sponge as your first port of call. If you prefer a sheerer look for your foundation, use your brush first to get an even base, then thin it out with a damp beauty blender.
As the website says, the formula dries down to a beautiful velvet matte finish. But as with all creme based products, it does have a tendency to start looking “dewy” after a little while. Oily girls, we know how that story goes, so definitely lay a mattifying primer down first to avoid any unnecessary shine.
With the wide colour range available, you really can take advantage of using these foundations sticks as a highlight and/or contour. I also have the shade Black Walnut which is a neutral deep tone and is perfect contour shade if you are of a similar complexion to me. I don’t have a highlight shade, but I’m currently using my MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW45 to highlight with this.
The only word of caution I’d provide with this foundation is to pair it as much as you can with other creme based products. I did try to highlight my face with a liquid based concealer after I’d already applied this and it didn’t look as good as when I used my creme concealer. Powders do work well though and I’ve not had a problem setting my face.
Overall, I’d definitely give this foundation a thumbs up. For a drugstore brand, there is a good shade range available in a number of different undertones and you should be able to find something you can work with, even if it’s not a perfect match. It’s also very affordable. I bought this for KES 1,800 at Super Duper Cosmetics in Greenhouse Mall along Ngong Road.
Already have this foundation or adding it to your list? Let me know what you think in the comments!