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9 Of The Best Products From Mented Cosmetics

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If you're Black or brown, you probably know how hard it is to find the *perfect* nude lipstick. KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson created a solution: Mented Cosmetics. They offer a wide range of flesh-toned lipsticks so everyone can find their a flattering shade they can rock without a liner.

The creators of Mented Cosmetics

Mented also makes bronzers, nail polishes, and blushes with your melanin in mind. Sometimes it seems like products for deep skin are constantly being discontinued or understocked, but you can relax knowing Mented will always have your shade.

Here are some of their best products to check out:

1. A creamy semi-matte lipstick that I, quite frankly, can't quit (specifically "Dope Taupe"). The formula is everything and each shade is effortlessly stunning. I gave these to my friends, and they've repurchased over and over again.

2. A lip liner to help your lipstick stay where it needs to be: on your lips. New to lip liner? No problem. Mented created a corresponding lipliner for their lipstick shades.

A person wearing the lip liner in four shades

3. A lip gloss so pigmented, it'll show up *and* show out on your lips without having to pack it on.

The lipglosses

4. An Everyday Eyeshadow palette, because when's the last time you bought a palette where every color looked amazing on you? That's what I thought.

5. And a warm Everynight Eyeshadow palette to take things up a notch in the evening with neutral pinks and browns, more shimmer shades, and a matte black.

The palette and a person with swatches on their arm

6. A deeply hydrating foundation stick that will keep your gorgeous, rich skin from looking dull and ashy.

Model wearing the foundation, a shade swatch, and the foundation stick

7. A nail polish collection, because there's something extremely satisfying about finding YOUR nude shade rather than something several shades too light.

8. A blush for a pop of color that'll actually show up without making you look like Bozo the Clown 🤡.

Pans of blush

9. And a setting powder that's flashback-free and guaranteed to absorb excess oil. This powder also has a brightening effect, courtesy of vitamin C.

The setting powder

Want more products from Black-owned businesses? Check out Cool Products from Black-Owned Businesses, Black Womxn-Owned Etsy Shops, and our ongoing Minority-Owned Business Gift Guide 2021, which features loads of products by Black entrepreneurs that we think you'll love. Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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