“ Brand: Black Up / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Fluid „
As a mixed-race women I have always found it impossible to find foundation the same colour as my skin. I find that most ranges that do have darker shades assume that your skin is very dark (which isn't always the case if you have a white parent) and that it is an odd shade of dark orange.
Black up is a range which is designed specifically for black and mixed-race women. It has a range of 14 shades which cater for light sandy skin tones to very dark. As the brand is designed specifically for black and mixed-race skin tones it doesn't have that yellowy-orangey colour that a lot of darker foundations do. My skin is described as a "café-au lait" colour and I get number 2. I recommended it to my sister who is a couple of shades darker and she gets number 3. There isn't that much difference between our skin tones but as there is such wide variety of shades it is possible to get a perfect match. I also like the way the refer to the different shades in numbers 1-14 rather than giving each one a stupid name.
The foundation gives a really smooth even coverage that lasts all day. It looks really natural and doesn't cake and I find I don't need to wear powder over the top as it isn't greasy like some other foundation, although you may need to if you have particularly oily skin. It covers up imperfections really well but doesn't look at all fake. I am really pleased with it!
The only official UK stockist for this Debenhams where it costs £28. This is quite a lot for a foundation but it lasts a long time as a little goes a long way. My first bottle lasted about 5 months with pretty much daily use. I managed to get a second bottle for 99p from eBay so it's worth keeping an eye on there and stocking up if you spot any