Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review & Application: Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 (pic heavy)

I never understood this design (L'Oreal uses this for their True Match powder lines), because you can't use the mirror without some powder falling. It's just not very practical... I like the typical old-school compact design. They should try and figure out how to make/add in some type of glass that's see thru but can still be a mirror.

L: Swatched on finger        R: Swatched on skin
Shown in Light (2nd lightest shade)

Before and Afters with this mineral makeup
As you can tell, it doesn't give full coverage on my post-acne scarring, but I think it's alright for a powder foundation. I personally prefer the Ecotools Mineral foundation brush for mineral makeup, since it gives better coverage... But with this powder the flat-top brush actually gave more coverage. I'm sure the sponge it comes with and any other sponge would give better coverage than a brush, but I feel like sponges provide a cakier coverage and are one-use, since it's difficult to scrub completely clean.

Product description:
The One-Minute Makeup Miracle!
This is your foundation, powder, concealer, and SPF 15 all-in-one. Free of alcohol, talc, fillers, fragrance, parabens, preservatives and chemical dyes. Beauty - pur and simple.

- Decent coverage
- Finely milled
- Not super powdery
- Less messy than loose mineral powders
- Preservative- and paraben-free

- Mirror compact isn't practical

In case anyone was wondering, when I say decent I mean it's just below good, because I can't say it's good coverage when it doesn't cover amazingly without looking cakey. If you have a lot of acne and post-acne scars like me, this won't cover everything, but it's nice as a light layer of coverage after concealer. I prefer not to wear liquid foundations on a daily basis, so this mineral foundation is really great.
Just an FYI, SPF in makeup really doesn't protect your skin enough unless you apply liberally all over your face, which most people wouldn't do with foundations because it would look cakey. If you're going to be in a sun a lot, I recommend just using a sunblock underneath instead of depending on a foundation with SPF to protect your skin.

$26 for 0.28 oz / 8 g
For mineral makeup, this is better value than Bare Minerals, which is $28 for 6 grams of loose powder. Loose powders are really messy and you always lose some product while tapping some off the brush or just opening the sifter.
I really like that this is a pressed powder.

Overall: A-

Yes, if I ever use up my 2 compacts that I got in the buy one get one free.

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