I decided this year that I want to purchase one product each week from a black-owned business. This is an important endeavor for me because I believe that BOBs are an important pillar in the black community. In a times such as these when retail stores like Macy’s, Sear’s, and K-Mart are fleeing low-income urban areas, it’s critical that we invest in the small businesses around us in order to survive. In fact, I believe that through the creativity and ingenuity of black entrepreneurship, we can ensure that can ensure that the nation’s innercities thrive. We have the power to meet the supply and demands of our own community if we unite in support of each other. This commitment is one way I choose to contribute to the greater cause. #unityisinthehair
The first brand I decided to test is Kerry Kosmetics. Kerry Kosmetics is a fast-growing brand blazing through the natural hair community. The company is based out of Philadelphia. The makeup line consists of lippies (lip colors), eye shadows, foundations and highlighters targeted at darker tones although they look good on every complexion. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews on these products by natural hair influencers that I respect on Instagram and in Facebook groups so I thought I’d give it a try.
What I chose – Purple Rain Luscious Mini Eyeshadow Palette & True Love Luscious Liquid Lipstick
Why I chose it – I picked the eye shadow because the colors on the palette match a lot of of my favorite outfits. I’m a very amateur makeup artist so I figured this was a safe selection. I love purple so I knew I couldn’t really go wrong. Plus the winter weather is getting to me so I want to see bright colors. I decided on the True Love lippie for that reason too; but this pinkish shade is a bold statement for me. I usually wear very dark or neutral lip colors. I intentionally did this because I want to practice blending different shades of lipsticks.
What I liked – The color of the eye shadow and lipstick perfectly matched what I saw on the computer. I was afraid that the resolution would skew it but it was dead on. When my products arrived, I was instantly impressed with the packaging. I had a Curl Friend recently tell that black entrepreneurs need to improve their packaging so I was apprehensive about buying makeup. The products were contained in quality materials that were sealed. It’s durable enough to survive in my purse.
I was very impressed with the ease of application. The eye shadow went on smooth. It felt soft and creamy and it didn’t crumble a lot like some cheap shadows. The colors were easy to blend and it stayed on all day. I love it.
It took me a little longer to decided if I liked the the bright True Love lipstick. I admit, initially I was appalled when I put it on. It really made my mouth stand out in away that I didn’t find it to be complementary with my skin tone. Really. I thought, “Oh, lawd. I look like a ghost!” I just wasn’t used to it. I decided to keep calm and apply some liner. That means I outlined my lips with a burgundy or wine-color lipstick until I got a cute lip liner. (I’m still practicing with that.) One of the ingredients is peppermint oil so it really felt good on my lips. That hits the spot during these harsh, cold Michigan winters.
Another thing I liked about Kerry Kosmetics is the price. The products are definitely affordable. The lipstick was $11 and the eye shadow was $10 (and is now sold out). The items were shipped very quickly too.
What I didn’t like – There really isn’t much that I didn’t like. One critique would be that the applicators do not fit well in the eye shadow box. It came with two but they were just a little too long. Does it matter? Nope. I use brushes. I can’t think of any concerns that I had with the lippie.
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