Black Up NBL 04 Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

01/07

Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush
Black Up NBL 04 Blush

NBL 04

Black Up NBL 04 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery plum with strong, warm orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, while the finish was luminous without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” The consistency was slightly drier and firmer in the pan, and I wish it had a little more give/softness so it was easier to pick up an even amount of product onto a brush. As it was, I found a dense blush brush with a larger, flatter edge to be best to achieve even coverage on the cheeks (with less blending required). This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Yristate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Silica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol Dimethicone. (+/-) May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6 Sodium Lake, Red 7 Calcium Lake), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

NBL 04
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Juvia's Place The Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Torch 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Bite Pickled Ginger Amuse Bouche Lipstick
  • Huda Beauty Foxy Lip Strobe

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hey, please look up the history of this company. It is pretty upsetting that they still represent themselves as a black owned business.

Thanks for the link! I wish there was more clarity from a legal standpoint as in terms of the back story, there seem to be a lot of pieces missing but definitely need to look more into it (I have heard a lot of horror stories from small businesses – both those who have willingly sold, those who may have been forced out, those who sold but regretted, etc. and it can be complex so I wish there were legal documents available or an ongoing suit to refer to; none of this is to say it’s false, just that more formal documentation, especially in English, would help!) – my family is herethis week, and as I don’t have any more reviews beyond the three blushes from the brand slated at the moment, I won’t be able to commit the time and energy to do my own research until later but will definitely do so.

Having read these above comments AFTER posting my own comment, I will wait until after Christine has been able to look into this further before I buy from BlackUp. If the allegations are true, this would be highly disturbing.

In reading some of blaqvixen’s posts, it seems black/up is not the only company posing as/fronting themselves as black owned. Sascha is from TT and the owner is East Indian, which is the origin/ethnic background of many TT people. Apparently he does not repudiate being called WEST Indian, which a commentator noted indicates a person of Caribbean descent. Maharaj is trying to become a broader niche company, and does not identify his ethnicity. Fine, but some degree of pretense is implied. The thing I noticed about black owned or oriented cosmetics lines in the late 70s/early 80s is that they were far more inclusive and polyglot, producing far more interesting and varied products than their ‘Caucasian’ counterparts. And they didn’t mind including me, as I loved the deeper, richer shades. I also do not fully understand how Fabrice is no longer at the creative helm of black/up. I inferred he was not the ‘equity’ of the company at the beginning, and that the co is unwilling to discuss the parting of ways. Many companies, like Shea Moisture, rely on the tale of product origin, (Sophie Tucker, isn’t it?) that does not represent the current corporate structure. Not to be snarky, but I was somewhat surprised b/u had not been acquired by Lauder. Vote with your bucks, but I think having strong black MUAs, creative directors, and derm consultants is more important for WOC’s cosmetics than having the financial control. So, to open another can of worms, who has looked up the SEC filing on Pat McGrath? Who owns her company? Everyone here would want greater diversity at all levels of all beauty companies. From concept, through R&D, to the boardroom.

Bloody love replying to myself. It’s like having dissociative identity disorder. Found out zero about her co, but PMcG is putting out a line of matte lipsticks soon, per her site. Psych!

Beautiful color! I’m really loving its luminosity and that it is more of a warm plum. I do have LG Pink Buttercream, so I’m not 100% that I actually *need* this one. But I sure do want it!

It’s a pretty color, unusual. I hate trying to blend out blushes so most likely a pass but will be following this brand and the back story.

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