Amazing New Makeup From black|Up Cosmetics, Mehron and GrandeLash!

I love trying brands and products that are new to me. I have recently received cool makeup that I haven’t tried before for my honest review.

Below are some of my new favorites.  They include luxe products from a French company for women of color, high-performance foundations and powders, and  natural products to enhance lips, lashes and brows.

Black|Up is the first upscale beauty brand dedicated to women of color. The Paris-based line is known for its range of professional-quality makeup that is developed by women of color and answers the specific needs of darker skintones.

Black|Up Perfect Matifying Primer ($44 USD) — The Perfect Mattifying Primer leaves skin with an even matte finish and it helps to reduce the appearance of pores while it controls excess sebum. Formulated to minimize and smooth the look of pores, it leaves a long-lasting matte finish on even the oiliest of skin types. It leaves skin feeling velvety-soft and smooth for superior makeup hold that lasts all day.

Black|Up Volumizing Lengthening Mascara ($24 USD) — Let lashes look longer and thicker in just one stroke for an ultra-glamorous effect. This non-clumping formula is enriched with intense, innovative black pigment, coating all lashes with deep, intense color that stand outs on any complexion.

Black|Up Lipstick ($23 USD) — This collection of addictive shades looks radiant on lips upon application. The panoply of irresistible colors range from bright nudes to deep black through candy pink, poppy red, and vibrant coral. The unique, highly pigmented formula dresses up lips with an intense veil that covers evenly and reveals color on lighter to very dark skins perfectly. The lips stay comfortable and the color impeccable for up to eight hours.

What I think:  The primer is so nice.  It’s really light and leaves a matte finish that is not drying at all.  My makeup looks fresh all day with use.  The mascara leaves my lashes lush and long, and it is very pigmented.  It works well day or night.

My favorite product is the lipstick.  It is moisturizing and fairly long lasting. The color above is Color 4 satin golden brown.  It is on trend and so pretty on.  There are 30 soft, bright and dark colors to choose from

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Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream Contour & Highlight Palette 12 Shades ($79.95 USD) — 12 Color Celebre Pro HD – Most Popular shades of Celebre Pro HD in a Lightweight ECO Friendly Packaging that is ultra portable.  Includes shades: LT1, LT2, LT4, ME1, ME3, ME4, MD1, MD2, MD4, D1, D3, & D4 

Celebré PRO-HD Makeup Foundation is the result of collaborative efforts by the chemists in Mehron’s product development lab along with input from a select group of highly acclaimed makeup artists. It is an oil-free and fragrance-free cream makeup that delivers satin-smooth, buildable coverage that is non-greasy and great for all skin types. It contains powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E, pomegranate and aloe vera that help soothe the skin.

Mehron ProColorRing Neutralizer ($16.50 USD) — Created to meet rigorous standards and artistic demands, the ProColoRing Neutralizer offers consistent, creamy coverage. Based on the color wheel principle, any underlying skin tones or discolorations can be neutralized using these five colors: Lilac Suede, Mint Buff, Tawny Amber, Soft Peach and Fawn Pink. Unlike traditional neutralizing products, we have used skin tones in our formulation to avoid whiteness in the base. 1oz. 

Mehron Celebré Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder ($14.95 USD) — the perfect luxurious matte finishing powder. Made of French delaminated talc that is transparent, offering no whitening, keeping your colors bright and true. It improves slip and adhesion and offers lubricity. This ultra-fine powder provides the finishing touch that perfects and sets makeup for a healthy, flawless coverage.

What I think: Together, all these products create a flawless face.  The ProColorRing takes some experimenting with, but covers dark circles and red spots so well!

My fave is the finishing powder.  It leaves my complexion smooth and makes my pores appear smaller.  It also is not drying it all.


Grande Naturals Products
Grande Naturals Products

GrandeLASH-MD ($64.95) — Let’s face it; sweaty, smudged mascara is not a good look.  Skip mascara on steamy summer days without forgoing the full lash look with GrandeLASH-MD ($64.95). A lash-enhancing serum, GrandeLASH-MD improves the appearance of the length, fullness, thickness and darkness of lashes in just 4-6 weeks.

GrandeBROW ($79.95) — Who needs makeup when you have full, polished brows?  Prevent a makeup- meltdown and give sparse brows a boost with GrandeBROW ($79.95). A proprietary blend of vitamins, peptides, amino acids and conditioning ingredients work to promote thicker and fuller brows in 6-8 weeks. Vitamin E and Magnesium work together to help activate dormant follicle to provide new fullness to the brows.

GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper ($26.95 USD) with active Ingredient Volulip™, gives you an INSTANT plumping effect within 3-5 minutes that lasts for hours. Additionally, with continued use, GrandeLIPS gives your natural lips the appearance of fuller, more voluminous, more youthful lips in 30 days. Results may vary.

What I think: I have been enjoying using the Lip Plumper.  It tingles a bit, but it gives a nice shine and plumps well.

The GrandeLASH does condition and make lashes appear darker, as does GrandeBROW.  With continued use, I hope to see more growth as well!

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What new makeup are you loving right now?  Leave a comment and let me know!




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