Alright, Champagne Dreamers, I just have to say that I am pretty impressed with my progress on my “8 Brands I Want To Try In 2021” project. Granted, this is shopping which I am VERY good at, but I’m not always very good at sticking to longterm projects. I’ve tried things like the 30 Days of Beauty, 30 Days of Halloween, etc. and I’m always lucky if I make it to double digits! But we’re heading to the end of March, only the first quarter of the year, and I’ve already checked off half of the brands on my list: Lucky Bunny Cosmetics (Envy and Greed palettes), Terra Moons Cosmetics (single eyeshadows), Makeup By Mario (review coming soon!), and now Blaqe Cosmetics!
Blaqe Cosmetics is a black-owned makeup brand and I have been trying to get my hands on their Blaqe Power palette for a long time. It’s a gorgeous collection of bright colors with a few neutrals thrown in to round out the selection. Unfortunately (for me…not for them!) the palette is super popular and every time I check the site it’s sold out! Not that long ago I had heard about a restock, and while I wasn’t able to get the original palette, I was able to get my hands on the Blaqe Power 2.0 palette, a collection of pinks, peaches, and reds!
(photo from the brand website of the original Blaqe Power palette)
I’m definitely planning to keep an eye out for the original and I’ll be sure to post a review when I pick it up, but this review will be looking at the 2.0 and I’m not at all mad about it. The brights in the original palette are fun, but the 2.0 palette is a more cohesive color story and the shades are absolutely the kinds of shades that I love to use!
The packaging of these palettes is fantastic, featuring a Black Power fist design. I know that some people don’t like oddly-shaped palettes, but this one is not as hard to managed as some other shapes, and the palettes is very thin, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. The problem for me, as a reviewer, is that it’s hard to come up with clear “rows” to swatch, but luckily if you turn it to the side you get roughly three groups of three shadows, so I was able to work through it. That’s not a concern for anyone not doing reviews, and the shades are clearly labeled so it’s easy to find the shade you want if you’re following a tutorial or something.
The palette didn’t stand up on its own without the cover open, so I used a cell phone stand for the picture; that caused it to look a little shorter than it actually is since it’s photographed at an angle. You can get a better sense of the shape and size in the photo above where it’s open and photographed straight on. All of the shades are named for leaders and icons in black history.
For swatches, I used the Kaleidos Tone Activator primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting with no flash, and the bottom photo is under the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Janelle C, Madame CJ, Christina J
Janelle C is a bright fuchsia matte. This one was a little tricky with a brush – you can see that the finger swatch is darker and more consistent – so for this one I would recommend patting it on and not overblending as the brush tends to wipe it away and make it appear a bit patchy. Madame CJ is a gorgeous baby pink shimmer. The shimmers in this palette are creamy and have a great metallic shine to them. This is a lovely shade and it’s very consistent. Christina J is a light petal pink matte, a little sheer when first applied but can be built up. This one might benefit from a white base if you really want the pink to pop, but it has a nice presence even without it.
L to R: Marsha PJ, Annie M, Eunice WJ
Marsha PJ is a rich browned red matte, very deep and rich. It applies very nicely and blends out cleanly at the edges. Annie M – good gawd! I know that this is a pink palette, and that I love pinks and should be obsessing over the pinks, but this peach shimmer shade is so pretty and feminine and everything I need in my life. It has some silvery reflect and it’s the same creamy formula. This is a really great peach shimmer! Eunice WJ is a bronzy brown shimmer with some golden tones, definitely leaning more warm.
L to R: Sara S, Beverly J, Tracey N
Sara S is a gorgeous Barbie pink shimmer shade with a nice metallic reflect and some strong blue undertones. Beverly J is the only shade in the palette that really flopped for me. It’s a bright red matte, but it just doesn’t work well with a brush if you use swiping motions. To get the most out of this shade, I would recommend using tapping motions, and I think a white base would also help punch up the color. Every time I touched this with a brush, it just became more sheer and patchy. Even the finger swatch was fairly uneven. I think it’s workable, but if you are a ride or die blender, this one will give you trouble. Tracey N is a bright coral pink matte, and this one performs beautifully. It has solid, opaque coloring, but it can also be blended out very easily.
I’m pretty impressed with my first purchase from Blaqe Cosmetics. In addition to my 8 Brands video, I also mentioned them in my Black-Owned makeup Brands sequel video, so they’ve been on my radar for a while, and I’m glad that I finally got the chance to check them out. I love the message of these palettes, I love the inclusivity (two of the shades are named for queer and trans icons, Marsha P Johnson and Tracey Norman), and I love the quality of the eyeshadows overall! Definitely be on the lookout for more reviews to come – I’ll be keeping my eye on this brand for sure!