Inspired by the unique beauty and nuances of black skin, Black Opal was created by a trio of passionate individuals who combined their talents and experiences to develop the first technologically advanced skincare line for women of color.


From the first product launch in 1994 to the many other innovations that would follow, Black Opal found instant success with millions of women, not only here in the U.S., but also around the world with its state-of-the-art solutions for hyperpigmentation, oil-control, shade matching and more.


As time has gone on, our founders recognize the need for Black Opal to evolve, not only to remain appealing to cherished loyal customers, but also to realize the opportunity that comes with an increasingly diverse world.

Black Opal has become a part of today’s culture. We are a celebration of all tones and we invite all women to celebrate their shade of beauty with Black Opal. With our ever-expanding range of shades, our innovative technology and our own new look, we continue to lead the way in embracing and enhancing multicultural beauty.


Located in the finest retail locations, Black Opal has a rich global presence with customized presentations geared to engage consumers in fun and interesting ways.


2009 – Invisible Oil Blocking Pressed Powder wins Allure Magazine “Best in Beauty Award”

2011 – 2016 – Black Opal partners with major Hollywood studios on movies such as Think Like a Man, Best Man, Sparkles, and Almost Christmas

2016 – Black Opal undergoes a complete repositioning with a new logo, packaging and improved formulas. 

2018 – Black Opal South Africa announces Somizi Mhlongo as the first African man to be a brand influencer for women’s make-up.