Two Black Women Just Purchased Black Opal

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Beauty staple Black Opal has always been one of those beauty brands that we thought of as Black owned, but it never was. Until now.

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After 25 years, the brand created for women of color is now officially owned by women of color: Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack.


“We are delighted to own Black Opal, a company created almost three decades ago, to address the makeup needs for people of color,” said Rogers in a recent statement. “Rooted in its exceptional product quality and unparalleled knowledge of skincare for highly melanated skin, Black Opal is known for its superior ingredients and high product efficacy. Together, Cheryl and I are looking forward to creating even more innovative products and continuing to grow the brand globally.”

Rogers, who is a former White House Social Secretary, now serves as CEO of the brand, Mayberry McKissack, a sales and marketing expert, will serve as president.

Black Opal was originally founded by Nikos Mouyiaris, who owned Mana Products. He cited his Jamaican wife Carol Jackson Mouyiaris as inspiration for the makeup line. Industry sources estimate Black Opal’s annual retail sales at $10 million, with key products including its True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF15 and Even True Pore Refining Gel cleaner.

“Our goal [is] to stay true to the founders’ passion,” said McKissack. “As we continue to grow the company and bring high-quality products to the market, we also plan to focus on creating a positive impact in our communities.”

According to WWD, the new owners will now also focus on creating more talc-free products, and skincare products addressing such issues as hyperpigmentation and brightness, etc.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.