Brand Spotlight Feat. black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer (Review, Photos, Swatch)

Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek of black|Up Cosmetics (see my hot pink smokey eyes and ombre lips), a European high-end brand catering to women of color. As a sequel to it, I thought of providing you with more insights on certain products which you may find interesting.

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

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Just so it’s crystal-clear, my commentary will focus on inherent product attributes i.e longevity, finish, consistency rather than precise color match. After all, it’s hard to rely on online photos when it comes to foundation-matching. Unless it’s a repurchase, I say “old school” is still the best way to shop for foundation: go to the store, consult with a makeup specialist (if need be), swatch at your jawline, then study under different lighting situations.

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

Let’s start with my favorite from this batch, the Matifying Fluid Foundation ($40.50, 30ml 1 fl oz). Available in 18 shades, I got matched by the folks from black|Up with 01, the lightest in the spectrum. If you investigate closely, it seems to be a close match to my neck color (my face is naturally darker than my neck).

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

So what makes this a pleasant discovery then? first and foremost, it’s devoid of chemical scent which is quite common in some foundations I have tried. I like its velvety matte finish, thick consistency but weightless feel, and liquid-to-powder effect. Therefore, I don’t need to set it with a powder foundation, which basically means one less product to use. No, count two; I don’t need to use a face primer because it does an excellent job of priming vis-a-vis blurring my ludicrous pores. It did not oxidize but on the seventh hour, my face turned slightly dewy. 

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

Next is CC Cream Multi-Action ($39.50, 30 ml, 1.20 fl oz). Available in five shades, I received 01, again the lightest in the range (take note, I have medium skin tone). It’s supposed to hydrate, reduce sebum, minimize pore, boost radiance and even out skin tone.

If you’re still oblivious to BB (beauty balm), CC (color correct) and EE (even effect) in the beauty arena, they’re just jargons concocted by marketing geniuses whose mission is to entice us with mind-bending “innovations”. In a nutshell, they claim to be an all-in-one product a.k.a skincare, suncare and makeup neatly squeezed in a tube. Some CC creams I have tried in the past are color-adjusting; meaning, they come out either white or gray then “adjust” to my skin tone as I rub and apply onto my face. Quote unquote adjust because it never did happen. Plus, it made my skin overly greasy and oompa loompa-ish. 

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

This CC cream is not self-adjusting. It’s more like a foundation albeit thinner in consistency compared to Matifying Fluid. It’s a tad darker than my face which was remedied by buffing a lighter powder foundation over it. It’s slightly dewy on application so this works best for women with dry to normal skin. It did oxidize on the fourth or fifth hour (give or take) which turned my face slightly darker but unnoticeable to the untrained eye a.k.a no makeup junkie (honestly I feel like a CIA here talking to you about my blow-by-blow investigation, haha!)

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

Finally let’s tackle Radiance Concealer ($28.50, 0.06 0z). Sold in five shades, swatched below is 01, the lightest (your guess is right if you’re reading this post word by word, haha!). It’s a pen-type concealer which is very creamy. It has medium to full coverage, enough to cover my hideous dark circles (aging what have you done to mah face?). Set with finely-milled powder, it did not melt or turn cakey for all of eight hours.

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch
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Here are the swatches for your reference:

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

Here’s my #FOTD wearing black|Up Matifying Fluid Foundation (unset) and Radiance Concealer (set with powder). Just a coat of mascara and red lipstick (Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Ruby Rush) and I’m outta here.

black|Up Mattifying Fluid Foundation, CC Cream Multi-Action, Radiance Concealer, Review, Photos, Swatch

Curious to try black|Up? enjoy 20% discount with code LOVE15 (unaffiliated link), valid ’til 2/28/15 only.

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15 Comments

  1. February 13, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    The Matifying Fluid Foundation sounds really great, and so does the concealer! It's too bad the CC cream didn't end up being too great overall.

  2. February 13, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I'm always on the lookout for a great concealer, and this one sounds really worth trying! I really need to try this line!

  3. February 13, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I was amazed at the coverage that Jessica got in her post from yesterday, and I wasn't sure if it was from the foundation, the CC cream or both together. I'm always on the lookout for a full coverage foundation so I was eager to read your post today. If you were matched as an 01, I think I will be out of luck with their color range. And how surprising the color difference between the foundation 01 and the CC cream 01. At any rate, I enjoyed your blow-by-blow description of all 3 products!

  4. February 13, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    It looks like it's a perfect match for your neck! That's how I match my foundation too 🙂

  5. February 14, 2015 / 1:19 am

    You're gorgeous with and without! OMG tho that Tom Ford red is every thing…

  6. February 14, 2015 / 3:20 am

    Ooh, I love that mattifying fluid foundation on you. Looks great!

  7. February 14, 2015 / 3:48 am

    I know this post is mostly about the foundation, but your lips! LOVE.

  8. February 14, 2015 / 6:42 am

    Really pretty on you. I'm super curious about this brand, but I'm super fair and they may not have a match for me!

  9. February 14, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    That concealer sounds REALLY great! I'll have to give this brand a shot!

  10. February 14, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    I agree with Destany! I can't stop staring at your lip color! <3

  11. February 14, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    The CC on Black Up is my most favorite, the foundation is good but I have to use a ton of moisturizer for my poor dry skin.

  12. February 15, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    You look stunning! I wish they made shades light enough for me!

  13. February 15, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Your skin looks flawless, and that lip! Gorgeous as always.

  14. February 16, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    It's so great to see others getting into BlackUp cosmetics. I love love love this brand.

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