02.26.2013
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Total Coverage Spot & Scar Eraser
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$8.95
Category:Makeup > Concealers & Correctors
Last Updated:02.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Housed in a generous-sized tube, this full coverage concealer does a very good job of camouflaging dark spots and patches of uneven skin. The silicone-enhanced formula feels silky and is easy to blend, setting to a long-wearing, water-resistant matte finish that, true to claim, resists smudging.

As for covering scars, this will do that, assuming the scar in question is flat, not raised (as you can imagine, concealing a raised scar isn’t possible, though you can use concealer to reduce contrast between the raised scar’s color and the surrounding skin).

This concealer can look heavy and too opaque unless used sparingly, so be sure to apply less than you think you need, and build from there. If used around the eyes, you will need to prep skin with moisturizer because this concealer’s strong matte finish can magnify wrinkles. It is suitable for use on breakouts.

The shade range is best for medium to dark skin tones, with several excellent colors. The only shades to consider carefully are Beautiful Bronze (this can be too copper) and Topaz (which can look peachy). Carob is a great shade for ebony skin tones.

Note: This missed our top rating because it contains fragrance. There’s no logical reason to scent a concealer; it’s possible the fragrance may delay skin’s healing response, meaning dark marks from breakouts and scars would take longer to improve, and is especially a problem when used around the eye.

Pros:

  • Easy to blend and provides excellent coverage.
  • Long-wearing, smudge-resistant matte finish.
  • Very good range of shades for medium to dark skin tones.
  • Inexpensive and generously-sized.

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance, yet fragrance isn’t skin care and may delay skin’s healing response.
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Black Opal At-A-Glance

Strengths: Affordable; some gentle cleansers; one excellent lightening product; mostly very good powders; deeply pigmented lipsticks; good mascara, though there's only one.

Weaknesses: Almost too many to list! Major issues include pervasive use of irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin and sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA protection; average to poor foundation and concealer textures/finishes; poor eyeshadows and lip gloss.

If Black Opal believes their skin-care products are "what looking beautiful is all about," then this is not a line to be trusted. Creating cosmetics that cater to the needs of African-American women doesn't have to involve a profusion of seriously irritating or, in the case of the sunscreens, seriously incomplete, products. In fact, aside from the name and the somewhat minimal use of African botanicals, nothing about these products is unique to the needs of African-American skin tones. Moreover, no matter what your skin color may be, the basic and enhanced needs of skin remain the same: a gentle cleanser, effective exfoliant, sunscreen, and where and if needed, a moisturizer, all in stable packaging so the products can be effectively loaded with antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin.

African-American skin tones are not without their unique problems, which mostly have to do with pigmentation. But other skin tones, whether related to people of Asian, Latin-American, Caucasian, or other descent, also have to deal with pigmentation problems and uneven skin tones. Even supposing that African-American skin tones do have distinctive needs not shared by any other skin tone, Black Opal isn't the answer, especially considering that the research agrees that is not the case for day-to-day cosmetic care (Sources: Cutis, December 2006, pages 2–19 Supplemental; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, June 2003, pages 139–142 Supplemental). In fact, this line has so many problematic or shortsighted products they raise more questions than they have answers for!

Surprisingly, Black Opal was developed with the consultation of the African-American dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Burgess. Either the formulators behind this line didn't heed her advice or Dr. Burgess isn't informed about how cosmetic ingredients, particularly irritating ones, work on skin, not to mention the need for reliable UVA protection—fundamental information every dermatologist should not only be preaching but also practicing themselves.

For more information about Black Opal, call BioCosmetic Research Labs at 1-800-774-3477 or visit www.blackopalbeauty.com.

Black Opal Makeup

Black Opal's makeup has seen its prominence dwindle in comparison to other, seemingly lesser-known makeup lines catering to African-American skin tones. The fact that Beyoncé Knowles is a spokeswoman for L'Oreal, Halle Berry represents Revlon, and Queen Latifah appears in ads for Cover Girl, probably has something to do with the smaller market share for this once respectable line. Celebrities selling products is big business, and there is no doubt the aforementioned women are admired by women of all ethnicities. Although the major players' ads have increased awareness of these lines for African-American women, Black Opal has continued to offer the same basic assortment of products reviewed in a previous edition of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Almost without exception, their newer items are disappointing, particularly for eyeshadows, pencils, and lip gloss (really).

The one area where Black Opal makes the grade is with its foundations and powders. The foundations offer some authentic shades suitable for women of color, though the formulas tend to be lackluster or, at the very least, not as elegant as what competing lines offer. There's still reason to seek out and shop this line, but based on an overview of the current Black Opal lineup, we think Beyoncé, Halle, and Queen Latifah made smart decisions!

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11.03.2014
Very heavy

Nice concealer but it is thick and heavy. A little goes a long way. I do not smell any fragrance in it.

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