Black Opal Foundation Shades
Over the past two decades, Black Opal has really made a name for itself in the beauty industry. While many cosmetics brands offer a somewhat limited range of foundation shades for darker skin tones, Black Opal specializes in a variety of makeup options for people of color. In fact, since its founding in 1994, Black Opal’s mission has always been to cater to the unique skincare needs of darker skin tones. That mission lives on, even as the company was rebranded in 2017, giving their product packaging a fresh, more modern look. Today, Black Opal foundations continue to be among the brand’s best sellers. Keep reading to learn more about Black Opal foundations.
1Black Opal Foundation Types
Black Opal makes foundations in liquid, powder, and cream formulas, which means there’s something for everyone. If you have dry skin, a liquid or cream foundation is probably your best bet as powder can cling to dry patches and make your skin look uneven and cakey. That doesn’t necessarily mean powder is completely out of the question though; exfoliating and applying a hydrating moisturizer can help remedy this problem. If you have oily skin, then you know that there’s a fine line between a dewy complexion and a shiny face. While both liquid and powder foundations are viable options, you may find the best of both worlds in a cream powder formula or even a stick foundation.
2True Color Skin Perfecting Foundation Stick
The Black Opal True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation comes in a tube, making it easy to apply directly to your skin, then blend with a sponge. This stick formula has a creamy texture that is lightweight but a little more solid than a liquid formula; it works best on normal to dry skin. This foundation also provides Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 protection. The True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation boasts the widest range of shades; there are 16 altogether. If you’re looking for a full coverage foundation with a matte finish, this product is a great choice.
3True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation
Black Opal’s True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation is ideal for all skin types. Its oil-free formula and matte finish help keep shine at bay and minimize the appearance of your pores. It’s important to note that while it is suitable for all skin types, if you have very oily skin, you may have more success with one of Black Opal’s cream or powder foundations. This formula provides light coverage so if you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, this may not be the best choice. The True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation is available in 12 shades.
4Even True Flawless Liquid Foundation
The Even True Flawless Liquid Foundation, on the other hand, is a great option if you want medium to full coverage. This unique formula goes on as a liquid and sets like a powder, providing smooth, flawless coverage. If you want a foundation that evens out your skin tone and brightens your complexion, the Even True foundation is a great choice. The only downside is that this formula is only available in eight shades so there aren’t as many shades to choose from.
5Total Coverage Concealing Foundation
The Black Opal Total Coverage Concealing Foundation is a cream formula that does double duty as both a concealer and a foundation. As its name suggests, this foundation provides full coverage, allowing you to easily conceal acne scars and other blemishes. Although it’s suitable for all skin types, not everyone is a fan of cream foundations. However, you may find that this product is a happy medium between liquid and powder formulas. This foundation is available in eight different shades. For the best results, blend with a sponge or a flat foundation brush.
6True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation
The True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation works best on oily skin. This powder formula provides medium coverage and helps keep shine at bay. This formula is available in 12 shades and features Black Opal’s Shade ID color adjusting pigments which ensure a perfect color match. Its creamy formula goes on smoothly and sets as a powder.
7True Color Mineral Matte Crème Powder Foundation
Last but not least, Black Opal’s True Color Mineral Matte Crème Powder Foundation is another cream to powder formula that’s suitable for dry skin. This foundation also provides Broad-spectrum SPF 15 sun protection. Like the Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation, this product also comes in 12 shades and features Shade ID color adjusting pigments. Keep reading to learn more about the full range of Black Opal foundation shades.
8Black Opal Cool Nude and Cashew Foundation Shades
Cool Nude is the fairest shade available from Black Opal. It is only available in the True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation formula, but the plus side is that this formula is the most versatile: it works for most skin types and provides maximum coverage. Cashew is a little darker than Cool Nude and is also only available in the True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation formula. Cool Nude and Cashew are the first and third shades pictured from the bottom (respectively).
9Black Opal Champagne Beige Foundation Shade
Next up we have Champagne Beige, which is a little deeper than Cashew. For full coverage go with the True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, but if you’re looking for light coverage, opt for the True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation formula. Champagne Beige is the second shade from the bottom pictured here.
10Black Opal Kalahari Sand Foundation Shade
Transitioning from options for fair skin to light skin, Kalahari Sand is the first shade on this spectrum. This shade is available in all six Black Opal foundation formulas, making it one of the most widely available shades in the entire Black Opal line. If this is your perfect match, you have the option to choose any formula you like.
11Black Opal Heavenly Honey Foundation Shade
If Kalahari Sand is a little too light for you, the next shade, Heavenly Honey may be just right. Like Kalahari Sand, Heavenly Honey is also available in all six of the aforementioned formulas, making it all more likely that you’ll find your perfect match.
12Black Opal Rich Caramel Foundation Shade
Venturing into the light-medium shades, first up is Rich Caramel. You can find this shade in five out of the six previously mentioned formulas (it is not available in the True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation). Whether your skin is oily or dry, you’re sure to find the perfect formula in this shade.
13Black Opal Truly Topaz Foundation Shade
Truly Topaz is just a tad darker than Rich Caramel. This is another shade that’s available in all six formulas. You may find that Rich Caramel and Truly Topaz work perfectly as your winter and summer foundation shades.
14Black Opal Nutmeg Foundation Shade
For those with medium skin tones, Nutmeg is the lightest option in this spectrum of shades. Nutmeg is available in all six formulas, so whether your skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find a foundation that works for your skin’s needs.
15Balck Opal Amber Foundation Shade
Next up is Amber, a shade that’s just a little deeper than Nutmeg. You can find Amber in three different formulas: The True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation, and the True Color Mineral Matte Crème Powder Foundation.
16Black Opal Beautiful Bronze Foundation Shade
Beautiful Bronze is the darkest shade on the medium skin tone spectrum. One of Black Opal’s most popular shades, Beautiful Bronze is available in all six foundation formulas, giving you the maximum number of options.
17Black Opal Hazelnut Foundation Shade
Hazelnut is a medium-dark shade that’s available in all six formulas. Whether you need light or full coverage, a matte or velvety finish, if Hazelnut is your shade then Black Opal’s got you covered.
18Black Opal Au Chocolat Foundation Shade
Au Chocolat is a little darker than Hazelnut. This shade may be better suited for those with cool undertones and you can find it in three different formulas: The True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation, and the True Color Mineral Matte Creme Powder Foundation. Au Chocolat is the fifth shade from the top pictured here.
19Black Opal Carob Foundation Shade
Carob is a rich shade of brown that’s available in all six foundation formulas, giving you the option to choose the best foundation type for your skin.
20Black Opal Suede Mocha Foundation Shade
Suede Mocha is another rich shade that you can find in four different formulas: the True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation, and the True Color Mineral Matte Creme Powder Foundation.
21Black Opal Black Walnut Foundation Shade
For deep skin tones, Black Walnut is available in three different formulas: True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation, and True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation.
22Black Opal Ebony Brown Foundation Shade
Ebony Brown is the deepest shade available from Black Opal. This shade is available in a nice variety of both cream and powder formulas, four to be exact: True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation, True Color Pore Perfecting Powder Foundation, True Color Mineral Matte Creme Powder Foundation, and True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation.
23Black Opal Foundations – Summary
As always, the best way to find the perfect foundation for your skin is to try on different shades and formulas. However, if you’re unable to find Black Opal products in stores near you, the company has a Shade ID kit (which you can order online) which allows you to sample multiple shades and formulas in order to find your perfect match. While it can be especially difficult for customers of color to find the right foundation, with their wide range of formulas and shades, Black Opal simplifies the process and gives you more options than many of its competitors.