Purely Cosmetics Black Opal

by Bionic Beauty on 09.Jul.2009 · 6 comments

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.

Black Opal cream mineral eye shadow and primer by Purely Cosmetics

A simple eye makeup look using Black Opal

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.

Black Opal cream mineral eye shadow and primer by Purely Cosmetics

Bionic Beauty wearing Black Opal by Purely Cosmetics

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…

  1. It helps lock on your shadow for super long wear.
  2. It helps increase eye shadow color intensity.
  3. 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.


1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics July 9, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for the great review! More Cream to Powder colors are on the way, so stay tuned…

2 Bionic Beauty July 12, 2009 at 10:33 am

Woo hoo! Can’t wait to see the new colors Robyn! 🙂

3 Kirsten P. July 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

“Black Opal” looks like a beautiful color!

4 gio July 10, 2009 at 6:21 am

Thanks for the review. Black Opal looks gorgeous!

5 Yvonne C. July 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Looks great! I really like the creme eyeshadows . I have used Avon brands in the past, with great results. I will definitely try this one. Price is right, and like you mention, it can go from day to nite, it’s all in the method of application.
By the way, must compliment those lashes-lovely!
Have a great weekend!


6 Bionic Beauty July 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

Kirsten, Gio, and Yvonne, It’s SO pretty, isn’t it? And you know what? Black eyeshadows are the IT TREND for fall this year. If you’re into following trends. 🙂 I’m just into wearing whatever suits me and my mood. (hmmm… that makes me want a mood-color-changing eyeshadow. How *cool* would that be?!?)

Yvonne, The lashes are compliments of Dea Bella. I tried their “lash growth” thingy for about 8 weeks. Then I went down to using it about 3 times per week. Now my lashes are huge! Plus, in this photo, I have them all done up with Blinc primer and Blinc mascara (one of my favorites! Grabbed it and the heated curler at PurelyCosmetics as well.). I adore that mascara… 🙂 Oh and here’s my photo progress of DeaBella. I didn’t see many results until after week 10 or so: http://bionic-beauty.com/category/brands/deabella/


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