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.
1994 Black Opal launches the first technologically advanced, doctor-recommended, mass market skincare line for women of color with the introduction of Advanced Dual Complex Fade Gel
1994 Black Opal debuts in Europe by launching in the Netherlands
1996 Black Opal targets acne with the launch of its Blemish Line anchored by Blemish Control Gel.
1997 Black Opal Color Cosmetics launches at mass merchandisers throughout the US.
1997 Black Opal launches its Men’s Line, with Minnesota Viking Quarterback Warren Moon as the spokesperson.
1998 Kenya becomes the first country in Africa to welcome Black Opal
1998 NY Liberty center, Kym Hampton, is named spokesperson for Black Opal skincare
2006 Black Opal introduces its Moisture Care System with products that treat both face and body.
2007 ESSENCE Readers select Oil-Absorbing Pressed Powder for a "Reader's Choice Award".
2009 Black Opal introduces a breakthrough Hydroquinone-free Fade System for international markets.
2009 Invisible Oil Blocking Pressed Powder wins Allure Magazine "Best in Beauty Award"
2009 Black Opal signs on as the Official Cosmetics Sponsor of Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant
2010 Black Opal invigorates its fade category with the introduction of the Maximum Strength Plus line with Bio-Intensive Skin Complex and the Sensitive Skin line with Bio-Affinity Skin Complex™
2012-2014 Black Opal awarded over $200,000 in scholarship money through “True Beauty Model Search”
2011-2016 Black Opal partners with major Hollywood studios on movies such as Think Like a Man, Best Man, Sparkles, and Almost Christmas
2017 Black Opal undergoes a complete rebranding with a new logo, packaging and designs.