Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation Review On Dark Skin With SPF 15 + Swatches (Suede Mocha And Black Walnut)

black opal true color creme stick foundation review

Left – Suede Mocha; Right – Black Walnut

This Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation review is long overdue since I have been using this for almost 2 years now. Black Opal makes some of the best products for women of color and I’ll remain loyal as long as they continue making great products and I do have several products from this brand and want to own more. I will be trying the lipsticks/lip glosses next.


This creme foundation housed in a portable stick can make camouflaging problem areas on the face that much easier. This Broad-Spectrum SPF15, hypoallergenic formula protects skin from UVA/UVB damage. It delivers the maximum coverage for perfect, even skin tone. It won’t clog pores and blends smoothly to give you the flawless face you’ve always wanted. Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free.


Active ingredients (sunscreens): Octinoxate 7%, Octisalate 5% and Titanium Dioxide 2%

Inactive ingredients:

black opal true color creme stick foundation

Though this product is definitely not the best foundation out there, it was love at first sight (first try?) when I initially used it and I immediately went out and bought a backup. Stick foundations are my go to even though I still like and use liquid foundations including the Black Opal True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation.Cream foundations are just so much easier for me to use whether I’m trying to go all out with my makeup or when I want a simple look.

I do have better liquid foundations than this Black Opal True Color Crème Stick Foundation but 8 times out of 10, this is the one I reach for. I rarely reach for my mineral foundations which technically would be the easiest to use but there is just something about stick foundations that I can’t resist.

While I love the Black Opal True Color Crème Stick Foundation, I wish the color selection was better especially for dark-skinned beauties. They do have a nice color range for women of color but it could be so much better. Right now I am stuck between suede mocha (reddish undertones) and black walnut (neutral undertones). See below.

Black Opal stick foundation review

Suede Mocha top and Black Walnut bottom

If suede mocha was about half a shade darker, it would be perfect for me but I make it work because my face is the darkest part of my body and suede mocha helps to make the difference less obvious but I still wish it was the right shade for my face.

Black walnut which is the darkest shade in this range would have been great for the perimeter of my face which is darker than the center of my face but it unfortunately is the wrong undertone for me.

I have cool undertones and the neutral undertones of black walnut just leave me looking gray so I rarely use it. It doesn’t even work for contouring.

I wish there was a shade between suede mocha and black walnut but this hasn’t stopped me from getting the most out of suede mocha and having a backup.

See other shades for this stick foundation in comparison to the two swatched above to find yours,

black opal stick foundation swatches

Image source – @cocoaswatches

Black Opal True Color Crème Stick Foundation Review

I usually “draw” this foundation on my moisturized and primed face and the best way I have found to blend this out is with a damp beautyblender. The crème formula is just too dry to use with a brush or even a dry sponge although you can still use these tools if you prefer.

It is also important to take your time to blend this foundation. If you need more coverage, you can certainly add more product to the areas that need more coverage but be careful because using too much product can turn this mask-like.

It also provides good coverage over dark post-acne marks but I do usually end up adding a bit more product for more coverage over these dark marks as needed. This is a medium to full coverage but as I said, using too much product makes it look like a mask so I like to stick with medium coverage.

I then usually set it lightly with the Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder in deep or my current favorite which is the L.A. Colors Professional Series Loose Powder or some other powder.



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After some additional makeup

Summer foundation?

While some people don’t like this as a summer foundation, I personally love it in the summer because most of it stays put during the heat and sweat which is why I use it almost each time I wear makeup during the summer months.

Oily skin friendly?

Some people with oily skin like mine hate this foundation. This crème formula is probably not the best for oily skin because unless you use a great primer that controls oil, this foundation after a few hours mixed with oil just looks and feels terrible. Without a good primer, it seems to make oily skin look worse. Do keep it mind that when you first apply it and blend it out, it leaves an almost matte finish.

My solution is to use a great primer and although I use various primers, my personal favorite is the Milk of Magnesia “primer” (yes I know all about the problematic pH issues with MoM but it’s staying in my arsenal because nothing else works better for oil control and I only use it on few occasions anyway).

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After 3 hours using DHC Velvet Skin Coat primer (which is one of my better primers)

When I use my MoM as a primer I definitely don’t need to blot as much and even when the oil in my skin starts to seep through the makeup after a few hours, it gives me a slightly dewy look that I like.

Worsens acne?

When I first got this Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation and used it for a few days, I started noticing that I was breaking out. I didn’t want to believe that it was this amazing foundation but I stopped using it and sure enough my acne cleared. I tried using it again about two weeks later and my breakouts started again so with a heavy heart, I put this away.

Unrelated to this, I started using hair, skin and nails pills in an effort to grow my hair and for some reason after a month of using these pills, I decided to try the Black Opal Crème Stick Foundation again and I was surprised when I did not breakout and haven’t since as I have continued using these pills.

I don’t know whether the biotin, vitamin A or vitamin E in these pills which are great ingredients for skin helped prevent breakouts or if it was something else. I also had the same experience of no breakouts when I used MSM powder.

I say all that to say that this foundation may cause breakouts so that is something to watch out for. Although it does state that it is hypoallergenic, it doesn’t state that it is non-comedogenic (pore clogging).


  • If you don’t use too much, this Black Opal True Color Crème Stick Foundation gives such a beautiful finish which also photographs very well. My skin just looks amazing after applying this stick foundation.
  • Easy to use even when you need more coverage.
  • Relatively inexpensive.
  • Great color selection for women of color.
  • Great summer foundation for me. It doesn’t completely collapse in the heat and sweat.
  • Contains SPF (including the physical sun block Titanium Dioxide). The melanin in dark skin gives extra sun protection (about SPF 10) making this additional SPF 15 in this foundation enough for darker skin tones.
  • Lasts a long time. I’ve only now started using the backup after almost two years even though I still have some product left in the first tube that I can dig out if I wasn’t too lazy to do so.


  • If you are heavy handed with this foundation, it will look like a mask.
  • Although there is a great color selection, I really feel like it could be better in terms of shade range and undertones.
  • Not for oily skin unless you use a great oil control primer.
  • Not long wearing. It lasts between 6 to 8 hours before it starts to separate. While the primer used can help with wear, it’s still not a long wearing foundation.
  • Settles into fine lines and can emphasize large pores like mine unless you use a great pore minimizing primer.


Despite the cons, I love this Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation and highly recommend it because it gives my skin such a great air-brushed finish and I will continue to use it.

Although I want to try the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation next which has great reviews with the stick foundation being my favorite formula, this Black Opal stick foundation is still a great product and much more inexpensive compared to the former even though I wish it were long wearing.

Rating 8/10 (mainly because it’s not long wearing and need better shade selection for the darker shades though I absolutely love it)

Buy this at blackopalbeauty for $9.95



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