Finally An Eyeshadow Palette For Darker Skin Tones

Do you ever get stuck in a makeup rut? That’s what I found myself in when it came to eyeshadows. I had been using the same two shadow palettes for a while and I needed, as well as wanted, to change things up. 

Before I headed to the store I did some research online to find an eyeshadow palette that had colors that would work on darker skin. I think eyeshadow palettes are great, but sadly I discovered many of the ones from drugstore brands were a waste of my money.

One of the biggest issues I have with many drugstore eyeshadow palettes is many times I can’t use half of the colors because they’re so light they look like white chalk on my eyelids.

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So to avoid that happening again and having to buy multiple single eyeshadows, I really centered my research around palettes that were made for darker skin. That led me to the drugstore brand Black Radiance.


Black Radiance is a makeup brand that is formulated for women of color. This gave me high confidence that I could find what I was looking for here which I did. I found the Black Radiance Eye Appeal Shadow Palette.

There are three versions of this palette - Bold Browns, Ebony Nudes, and Berry Vibes which is the one that I bought. I originally was going to buy Bold Browns but the only one in the store that day had broken shadows so I went for what was my second choice - Berry Vibes.

What the eyeshadow claims

“Black Radiance Eye Appeal Shadow Palette is a luxurious collection of 12 silky, ultra-pigmented shades in matte, pearl, metallic and shimmering finishes to create endless day to night looks. The long lasting formula strokes on smoothly and blends beautifully. Each palette features captivating colors to create a multitude of chic to seductive looks.”

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How it applies and wears

I’ve been able to wear all of the colors in the palette. Even the lighter shades! They don’t show up as chalky on my skin which is amazing and hasn’t been my experience with other eyeshadow palettes from other drugstore brands.

All of the shades in the Black Radiance Berry Vibes palette feel soft and silky going on and there isn’t a lot of fall out. The colors blend well together and while the color does fade a bit throughout the day but not to the point where you can’t tell that I have shadow on. Also, after a normal 8-10 hour day I don’t have the creasing I’ve had after wearing other shadows for that same length of time.

A few application tips

After wearing this palette for a while I’ve determined a few tips for applying the shadows

Definitely wear a primer or concealer on your eyelids to create some tackiness for the shadows to stick to. This is something I’d recommend when wearing any eyeshadow.

Pat the eyeshadow on versus swiping as you get a more intense color that way.

Build up the color. If you aren’t sure how intense you’d like the brighter or metallic colors to be, start with a little bit and then build it up in layers.

Enhance the color. If you use a damp eyeshadow brush you can really enhance the shades in the palette.

Mix and match. Pretty much every color in the palette looks good with the others so don’t be afraid to wear multiple colors at once.


Final thoughts

Right now the Black Radiance Berry Vibes Eye Appeal Palette is my favorite eyeshadow palette because it has such versatility. I can create a neutral, everyday look or a look with more pop all with the same palette.

Several of the colors are pretty pigmented which is great because for some looks a little goes a long way. I do wish though some of the lighter shades weren’t so light. It would be great if brands would create palettes solely for those of us with deeper shades.

I also like the size of the palette because it fits perfectly in my toiletry bag so it’s easy to travel with.

Because I’ve had a good experience with the Black Radiance Eye Appeal Berry Vibes Shadow Palette I’d like to try the other two palettes in the collection. I may even try out some other Black Radiance items.


Which Black Radiance eyeshadows have you tried?



Finally An Eyeshadow Palette For Darker Skin Tones Finally An Eyeshadow Palette For Darker Skin Tones Reviewed by Leah | A Relaxed Gal on 06 March Rating: 5

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