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Review | Black Up Contour Stick

Black Up contour stick comes in a double sided black tube. The highlight on one end and the contour on the other. Each side rolls up and down as a stick foundation would, this makes it easy to apply straight form the tube on large areas. Because the tube is quite thick I need to use a brush for smaller areas like my nose.

Black Up contour stick is available in 5 shades shades from super fair to dark.
In my opinion Black Up contour stick’s best feature is how easy it is to blend. It has a very smooth creamy texture that blends almost instantly leaving velvety-powder finish. This is not a concealer however so to get proper coverage you will need to build a few layers but that’s not a problem for me as I use it to highlight and contour and not for coverage. One down side to it 2 in 1 feature is that you do not get to choose each shade. For instance I wanted a darker shade for my contour but had to stick with no.3 because the highlight that came with no.4 was practically my skin tone

Swatches of the Black Up Contour stick in #1-4 left to right

Black Up contour stick retails for N7,050 here in Nigeria and $41 in the states. This is pretty steep considering how much product you get (4.5ml). I wish we got more product in each tube. I’ve had mine since April, after using it about twice a week I have already run out of the highlight shade. In each tube you get a little over and inch of product, both ends combined!

Black Up is distributed by Montaigne Place in Nigeria. You can also shop Black Up from their official website, Debenhams or Nigel’s Beauty Emporium.

This product does exactly what it says it will. I love the texture and how easy it is to blend. It highlights and contours without feeling heavy or making you feel like you are caring the weight of the world on you face. For a cream product so creamy and blend able it also dries down pretty matte, not complete matte but closer to matte than greasy or creamy which is what you would usually expect for a products of this texture.
So bottom line, do you need this product? If you have a generous budget and need a good highlighting and contouring product this is definitely a good choice. Even beginners will be able to blend this is seamlessly. On a budget however this is probably not for you as it it pretty expensive.

Have you tried this? What are your favourite highlight and contour products?




  • Dobzi fingers
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 7:52 PM
  • Unknown
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Did you find that it tends to slip and slide across your face? Setting it with powder helped, but not completely. Or am I applying it with the wrong tool? A beauty-blender

  • Stella
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Thanks Ada, will reply by our email in the morning *covers face*

  • Stella
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Not at all oh, I apply typically it straight from the tube or with a brush down my nose then blend with a duo fibre brush or damp beauty blender. I set it immediately with loose powder that I pressed in with a puff or dry beauty blender.
    I might have said maybe you used too much but that can't be it cos I pack it on (as in the pictures above). Sound like it may not have been set well so may be try pressing in your setting powder

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