Purely Cosmetics has done it again- the brand new Black Opal is a cream to powder eye shadow that also doubles as a eye shadow primer/base for duochrome, iridescent or darker shadows.
First, let’s talk about Black Opal on it’s own. In these pictures, I used Black Opal to create a very simple day look. Don’t think you can wear a black shadow during the day? Think again. Using a light hand and a soft foiling brush (I used Sonia Kashuk’s small concealer brush with taklon bristles from Target), I blended Black Opal across my entire upper eyelid and softened it into the crease.
The bits of glimmer in Black Opal help bounce light around your eyes which actually increases brightness! And like all Purely Cosmetics cream-to-powder shadows, Black Opal is slightly more firm than you usually see in a cream shadow. I actually prefer this consistency since PC’s shadows don’t melt, slide or crease. They set quickly and turn to a powder feel on your lid as soon as they are applied. It makes blending much easier.
Now, the second use for Black Opal- as a primer. You basically apply Black Opal in the same manner I mentioned above. Except this time, you layer a duochrome shadow on top.
Duochromes are shadows that appear one color in a certain light and flash to another color in other light. It’s a really cool affect. The reasoning behind adding a black base under a duochrome shadow is…
- It helps lock on your shadow for super long wear.
- It helps increase eye shadow color intensity.
- It really brings out the nuances and flashes of color in duochrome shadows.
I’ll have some upcoming looks that include Black Opal and various duochrome eyeshadows. So stay tuned!
In the meantime, grab your own super-versatile Black Opal from Purely Cosmetics for $12.95. It’s a HUGE pan, so you’ll have this eye shadow/primer for years to come. Just be sure to wash your brushes at least once or twice a month to keep your shadows lasting their longest!
Black Opal ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Silica, Silk Powder, Boron, Methyl Behenate, Iron Oxides, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene/Methacrylic Copolymer, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vitamin E. May contain: Ultramarines, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Kaolin Clay, Titanium Dioxide.