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Jan 19, 2009

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation Review

I'm generally wary of trying mineral foundations as they all make me rather itchy! Although it goes without saying that I was really a fan of Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup and Urban Decay's Surreal Skin however I do find that I don't use them as much as I would liquid or cream foundations.

I should mention I also happen to be dubious of products that promise me a one minute miracle and 4 products in 1. So be the case with Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation. 4 products in 1 pressed powder that promises me a miracle in under a minute....

naaaaaaaa no way!

Maybe I need to eat my words because I was actually surprised at how well Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation performed. I will mention that the first time I opened the compact I got amazingly annoyed as the product had no sponge, no brush, nothing. At $24.50 USD they couldn't include a brush and a mirror? How irritating! After reading the back of the package where it states use brush to apply I began to get even angrier. I dunno why I was so mad because I honestly never make proper use of a brush or a puff anyway but sheesh at the very least they could have included either of the two to appease my sudden frugal nature.

Turns out your Muse was quite silly...the compact is actually dual sided...oh likey alot now! It has the powder on top and you can flip it over to open the other side which has a deep well, a full size mirror, and a rubber sponge! This was getting better and better. I absolutely love dual sided compacts since they are so handy for keeping powder neat and tidy. So far I was loving the packaging after my tantrum earlier on.

Now the packaging was cool but it was time to test out the formula. Would it offer coverage? Would I be itchy after using it? Turns out that it performs as well as my Physicians Formula Pressed Powder which I adore and in some aspects even better if possible.

The powder isn't particularly silky but it is soft and it blends quite well leaving behind flawless skin. It works as a concealer, foundation, mineral powder, and SPF all in one. Technically the coverage is buildable but sheer so I'm unsure how well it'll perform on skin problems such as acne however it does an amazing job with offering good flawless coverage and brightening up my dull skin. I think it would perform well in concealing pores as well but I don't have terribly large pores so I couldn't say for sure. I was slightly worried about using it under my eyes since I have a problem with powder under my eyes however this worked surprisingly well at offering decent coverage without creasing or aging my eyes. The powder contains an SPF 15 which is great if you're seeking extra coverage after applying your normal SPF treatment.

I haven't tried application with a brush but the included rubber sponge works fab at applying the powder and I actually prefer it over using a brush. It blends easily on my skin however since my skin is going through a crummy dry session at the moment it does look a little bit made up however with proper prepping and priming it looks natural and beautiful on my skin. The product is made with mineral pigment with a base of Shea Butter and Vitamin E which sounded promising for dry skin but no joy sadly, my dry skin really doesn't love it without proper moisturizing prior to use.

It does promise full coverage and it does give quite a good deal of coverage yet applies sheer so it feels like you have virtually nothing on your skin. This is always a plus as we all want to look as natural as possible in regards to makeup.

Relieved is the Muse as it didn't make her itchy as most mineral products do however I do have one minor rant in regards to wear. It wears extremely well but it does need a touch up around 3-4 hours into wear. I normally like my foundations to work overtime and offer at least 6 (if possible 8) hours of wear. I'm not good at touching up unless I am heading out after work so I do like my makeup to wear well and wear for hours at a time. This did need a bit of a refresher after around the fourth hour of wear. Not too bad but I'd prefer a longer wear time.

Is it a minute miracle? I dunno. I think it does a fine job of lightening my face up, giving flawless coverage, and making me look fresh and awake however I'm unsure if I can use this daily as my sole foundation since I'm more of a cream foundation girl but for in between uses I think we'll get on just fine. Whether or not it will do the same for you really is a matter of trying it out and testing for yourself. At $24.95 USD the price is quite right which is always a bonus. The powder comes in a wide variety of tones as well which is more than I can say for most mineral products plus as I mentioned the small price tag definitely appeals.

I'm wearing the powder below with a touch of blusher. You can probably see that I do need a great deal more of concealer under my eyes as they are looking a tad puffy and tired but aside from that I think my skin looks quite healthy and flawless.

All in all I'm quite pleased with my first venture into Pur Minerals and I will repurchase the powder once I'm done with this one and also interested in trying out further items from the line.

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Blogger A. Rose said...

I was raving about this compact foundation a while back and got some of my friends addicted to it. I love it and I even ordered the started kit for my mom. The coverage is great and I love how convenient the packaging is. The only drawback is that it doesn't control oil very well (not for me at least), but a good primer can take care of that. Glad you like it and thanks for sharing! :)

January 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

Aawww when I saw your post title, I was hoping you won't approve this product! LOL Why? because the first time I saw Ren Ren from Makeup Renren used it, I want the 4-in-1 powder and I reached out and email PUR minerals asking them if they ship internationally..i got a blatant NO! lol

Anyways thanks for the review, I think I am surviving not being able to buy this :D I am sure I can find similar products who works the same :D

January 19, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello a. rose!

It's a great compact isn't it!? I was thinking of trying the starter kit myself. I didn't notice oil yet as my skin is so damn dry :P yak! But in the Summer I can test further for that :)

My pleasure! Thanks for sharing your experience with it!

January 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey nikki!

awwwwwww that stinks! Have you tried mua or evil bay ;)

maybe if they get enough people askin' they'll start shipping worldwide :)

January 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

From the pictures it looks like it has a neutral beige possibly yellow undertone. Am I seeing correctly? I ask because I've browsed the Pur mineral makeups at Ulta and under the lights there they looked like they had pinkish undertones and therefore wasn't interested. This was when Pur was a new product there so maybe I need to go back and look again. Anyway, being a powder foundation lover (my fav is Clinique Almost Powder Makeup in Fair) this looks like something I might want to try out. I'm about out of my Clinique and am looking for something new although I may look for something with some shimmer to brighten up since it's January and my skin is looking pretty darn pasty!

January 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi theresa!

Nope you're quite right about the almost pink undertones....It's not so beige or yellow imho!

You should prob look again as they have extended the colors I believe but yes this one as a tiny bit pink to it.

I wish I can get away with powder but it always applies badly on my dry skin ;( With a hint of shimmer you should dry ArtDeco's Glamourous Powder..that stuff is awesome..if you can get your hands on it!

January 21, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

LOL I've tried checking evil bay and so no avail, they don't ship worldwide :) I haven't tried MUA and I'm not keen on MUA :) Thanks for helping though sorry just read your response :)

January 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi nikki!

aw poo sorry hun :(

Good luck, hope you find it soon!

February 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

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