Blackup Cosmetics, the first luxury makeup line for women of color is now available on Sephora.com and select Sephora stores and we’re here for it. What we’re not so thrilled about is the fact that it might no longer be black owned.
Cosmetics lines that cater to Black and Brown women aren’t new. Black Radiance, Shea Moisture, Black Opal, Iman and Covergirl’s Queen collection are just a few brands that dominate the black makeup scene in the drugstores.
BlackUp Cosmetics, however is the first luxury cosmetics line that offers an array of beauty options for black women. According to their website, “BlackUp was founded in 1999 by an African makeup artist, and is the first dedicated upscale beauty brand to magnify black and mixed beauties.”
However, there has been some contention about whether or not BlackUp is still a black-owned business. It has been reported that founding African make-up artist, Fabrice Mahabo was wrongly booted from his own company. A timeline, created by Blaq Vixen Beauty details the events that led up to his mysterious exit:
The black beauty community has been singing the praises of BlackUp cosmetics for years. Keep in mind that this line may not be for everyone. As a luxury brand, the prices range from $12.50 for nail lacquers to $43 for foundation; lipsticks are priced at $23.
For more on Blackup check out Maria Antoinette’s review and demo:
Do you think you’ll try Blackup Cosmetics?