Worth it or nah: Black Opal Shade ID Kit

The hassle of buying makeup online

Buying foundation online  can be a doughting experience, especially when you’re not sure how well it will match your skin. I’ve have bought the wrong shade several times which is a reason I like higher end foundations as I’m able to try it out before buying. But that all changed when browsing the Black Opal Beauty website. 

I did some research online for info on the Black Opal shade kit, but I personally have not found any other posts regarding this, so I figured, why not see for myself and share it on my blog! And there, I decided to try out their Shade ID Kit.

Front and back of foundation shade samples
Front and back of foundation shade samples
 What you get in Shade kit

The kit comes with three foundation cards: two cards with True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15 shades  and one card with True Color Pore Perfecting Foundation. Each card has 6 foundations each. Since I already have a liquid foundation that I love (Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Golden Almond 6.75), I only tried the stick foundation sample.

contents of shade kit
Contents of shade kit
Which shade am I?

 Based on the chart here, I figured I’m likely either Amber, Beautiful Bronze, or Au Chocolat.  Unfortunately, Au Chocolat was not included in the kit (likely since it’s such a new color). I know for a fact that Nutmeg was way to yellow on me when I tried it several years ago.

When testing my jawline, the best color match for me was Amber. But after letting sit on my skin for around 2-3 hours, Nutmeg appeared to oxidize (became more orange) and become darker than Amber

Black Opal foundation stick swatches
(from top to bottom: Black Walnut, Carob, Hazelnut, Beautiful Bronze, Amber, Nutmeg)
Choosing color and product

When browsing for products in Au Chocolat, potential color match, I could only find the stick foundation, for normal to dry skin, and the Mineral Matte Creme to Powder foundation, which is meant for normal to oily skin. I’d prefer a full on powder, but I’m willing to give the creme to powder a try  since Au Chocolat is a potential match. When browsing products in Amber, I was able to find pressed powder, which I will surely try. 

What I liked about the kit

 I really liked that fact that I didn’t have to fully commit to a full size product and I was able to try multiple shades. I really enjoyed that the shades and undertones vary and could match a multitude of deeper complexions. My only issue is that not all shades were available in kit. 

Just so you know

Other companies offer shade kits to help you find your perfect match without committing to a full size (you  can find shade kits from BlackUp Cosmetics here). 


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