PRODUCT REVIEW: Purely Cosmetic Mineral Makeup

When Purely Cosmetics sent me a vast array of their samples to review for the blog, it took me awhile to get to it. Why? I was busy using my Bare Escentuals mineral makeup like pretty much every else on this planet. And now I”m kicking myself for not using this sooner. Why? it makes Bare Escentuals look like it does n o t h i n g.

To me, mineral makeup was something to throw on when I had nothing important to do. Run erands, the market, the post office, you know, stuff where you want to just throw on your face and be done with it. Swirl, tap, buff. Done. But I would never use it on important days. Like interviews, meetings, clients… why? It just never covers anything like they say it does.

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it’s the same process really. Swirl, tap, buff and viola. Your skin looks amazing and actually evens out skin tones, darkness under eyes, to the point that I really don’t need concealer.. (well, maybe a touch on those dark spots I have on my cheeks..) And the best part? Compliments galore. For days, whenever I wear it, I would get compliments on my skin. The stare down, and the ‘your skin looks really good!” comment. You gotta love that! I finally get the convenience of mineral makeup (swirl, tap, buff!) and the coverage of finally, a foundation. I gotta love that!

Another wonderful surprise? Her Cappuccino loose eye shadow. I wear this thing literally every day… lov lov lov.

I was lucky that I was able to get Robyn, the creator to answer a few questions for me in the midst of making and formulating her colors on mineral makeup tricks that even I didn’t know!

Do you have an amazing mineral makeup trick you can share?

If you want heavier coverage, lightly spritz your brush with Evian facial spray, then swirl it in the foundation and buff. Add any additional layers dry. Or to really set the makeup and let it meld together, heat your brush with a blow dryer after applying your last layer, then buff the warm hairs against your face. This will meld it all together.

But the best trick isn’t a trick. Forget the tapping out foundation into the lid of the jar. If you’re a klutz like me, you need more room to work. If you don’t want beige colored grout, go buy a stack of hamburger patty sheets from a restaurant supply store like Smart N Final. 1000 sheets are under $5. Put a sheet on your bathroom counter, tap your powder onto it, swirl – when you’re finished, just pitch the sheet. Not only does it save your counter, but it’s more sanitary as well. You never want to dip a wet brush into loose powder (or dump any damp powder back into the jar), as the water is a conduit for harboring bacteria growth.

What’s your fav product in your line?

I have a couple of favorites. I absolutely love my Silk & Pearl Powder primer. It makes your skin feel so soft, and is actually very beneficial to your skin. It will hydrate your skin while simultaneously absorbing excess oils. The ingredients contain essential amino acids, calcium, and pearl powder is an “ancient Chinese secret” for healing skin. I even use it at night before going to bed!

My other favorite product is my latest addition: the Cream to Powder Eye Shadows. A Cream to Powder product is one that is firm in it’s container, and is a semi-solid until it comes in contact with your skin – it immediately becomes a powder. That stuff stays on until you decide to take it off! I purposely designed it to be very buildable, as are all of my eye shadows. By being buildable instead of highly pigmented color right off the bat, you can control how much intensity you want.

What makes you mineral makeup so amazing?

I try to meet the needs of most any skin types. My standard line contains only the most basic ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxides, suitable for even the most sensitive skin. My skin smoothing line has silk powder and allantoin, among other things, to minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores, stimulate cell regeneration, and reflects light the most naturally to skin, making it ideal for photography as well. Each formulation contains no parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer), no preservatives, no cheap fillers to bulk up the product, and gives great, long lasting coverage.

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