As we completed our celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, with the hashtag #adaywithoutwoman, Paula Hayes came to mind. She is a product chemist who founded the Hue Noir brand. She has successfully blended science and technology to develop high-quality makeup for women of color who have different skin tones, ranging from fair to deep. I had the pleasure of sampling the Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick, the Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss, and the Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow from her product line.
Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick is true to its name. Hue Noir sent me their Flirtatious color (eggplant purple), which has a rich pigment. This lipstick provided me with moisture without the need of applying Chapstick before the lipstick because the product was blended with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba, and avocado butter. Product retails for $25.00
The Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss is my favorite gloss on the market and is worth $20.00. Unlike other brands, this lip gloss did not leave a tacky residue on my lips, and the sangria color that they sent me gave me a silky finish and subtle color. This product also had ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba to keep the lips nicely moisturized.
The Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow was the product that I chose to wear to my event because it delivered twice the pigment and flattered my skin tone. This product retails for $22.00.
I enjoyed having this product at my Power and Beauty Event. Hue Noir brands represent women of all shades. Before going to Sephora to look at their brands, please check out Hue Noir for their fantastic product line.
You probably recognized this product from the first episode of “Insecure” when Issa Rae was trying on several colors to wear on the night of her birthday. I must say that I had an Issa moment; when looking for the right pigment to compliment my 80s-themed velvet black dress to wear to the Power & Beauty event, I tried various colors they had sent me such as Rum Punch, Blackberry, Jamocha and Star Apple. All of the colors were beautiful, but I decided to go with Star Apple for the occasion. No worries; I know I will be wearing the other colors to an upcoming girls’ night out, day party, brunch, or date night.
I quickly gravitated towards the product because of the homage they pay towards the Carribean culture and the wide variety of pigments they offer in their product line. This brand alone dares you to stand out and be confident in your skin. Just like their highly priced competitors’, their product goes on smoothly and leaves a rich pigment on your lip. Unlike their competitors, House of Uni pays close attention to the ingredients they put in their products making them environmentally and health conscious. Check them out before going to the MAC counter to purchase lipstick. Their products retail for $9.00 on their website.
I hosted my first annual Power & Beauty Event on February 26, 2017. Power & Beauty was designed to celebrate Black owned Beauty Brands. Attendees had a chance to receive Style and Beauty tips from The Classic Cue segment and receive products from our Beauty Sponsors. Special thanks to House of Uni, Hue Noir, Oyin Handmade, Koils by Nature and XOXO Sugar Cosmetics for sponsoring my event. Blog Post coming soon!