Deck the Eyes with Pur Minerals

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

 PUR MINERALS has a limited edition DECK THE HALLS set right now that you absolutely don’t want to miss. This was sent for testing and I’m in love with it and will most likely pick up another one. The price is ab fab at $12 and the products are just as fabulous.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Inside the DECK THE EYES SET you’ll find a deluxe size Big Look Mascara. A full size is .17 oz (and $20) while this one is only slightly smaller at .12 oz. You’ll also get a liquid eyeliner that is exclusive to the set and is full size.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

BIG LOOK MASCARA is fabulous on if you love to lengthen and define. It is totally non-clumping. I just get long, lush looking eyelashes with this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

To make this mascara even better, it’s formulated with Argan Oil. So while you are looking great you are conditioning your lashes at the same time. It’s a beautiful dewy look and it does NOT smudge. The last thing you need is smudging, only a raccoon looks good like that. This is the type of mascara that looks good on a daily basis yet you can build it up for some extra oomph. I’m so happy to have discovered this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

The surprise in Deck the Eyes for me is this Liquid Precision Eyeliner in Black. Pur Minerals doesn’t have a liquid eyeliner in their regular line-up so this is the only place you can get it for now.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

This Precision Liquid Eyeliner is water resistant. I need an eye makeup remover to cleanse. I love the point since I can get it as thin as I want or I can use it for a more pronounced eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

I mostly use liquid eyeliner these days and this one is finding its way into the daily rotation. It’s a true winner.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Deck the Halls makes a wonderful stocking stuffer or gift of any size. The price is totally amazing at $12. It’s available at on Pur Minerals website and possibly at Ulta stores (not online though). Pur Minerals currently has a nice gwp going on with a purchase of $35. Lisa recently reviewed the Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio which is $24 and gorgeous.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Then there’s the great Pur Minerals You Better Not Pout Lip Gift Set ($32).

You Better Not Pout

You Better Not Pout

You can’t go wrong with any of these sets but buy two of the LE Deck the Halls or you’ll regret it. — Marcia

*Deck the Halls sent for editorial consideration

Pür Minerals does NOT test its products on animals.

Liquid Precision Eyeliner: Aqua, Glycerin, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Carbon Black (CI 77266)

Big Look Mascara: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, PVP, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Nylon-12, Stearic Acid, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Steareth-20, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Lisa’s new and improved top ten primers list

I wrote my original ‘Top ten primers‘ post back in 2010, a few years after my primer obsession began. Finding an excellent primer was life-altering for me because for the very first time my makeup actually lasted all day.  I’ve always had strange skin, products don’t last long on me at all – I put blush on and an hour later, it’s completely gone.  For a long time I thought there was nothing I could do about it – until I found a primer that actually made my makeup (and most happily my blush) last a whole day.  I think I bought every primer on the market for the next few years after that. I have owned and used so many different primers I am ashamed to put a number on it. 

Lisas top ten primersThis list is a long overdue update of my personal choices for the top ten primers – each one is unique, they all have their advantages, and they are all excellent.  Which primer I choose is determined by the condition of my skin that day, my skin tone, and the foundation I am going to use. (A side note – I was astounded by the price increases when I updated them!)

My top ten list is not in any particular order – these are my top favorites, but they are all equal in terms of play time they get.

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

1.  Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer ($68)

The earlier version, called The Sensual Skin Primer, was actually the primer that began my obsession.  I used it one day and could not believe how vibrant and fresh my makeup was 10 hours later. The new version is even better – I use the Normal to Oily one.  The texture has slip but it doesn’t feel extremely silicone heavy.  It dries quickly to a satin finish.  It keeps makeup on like no other.  There are some drawbacks, though – it is an expensive item, so expensive that it hurts to buy it.  I tend to use this on special occasions only to try to make it last as long as possible.  And while I love the hygienic pump bottle, it drives me crazy that I never know how much I have left.  Regardless, I will never be without a bottle – and a back up.

Grand Central Beauty Skin Perfecting Primer

2.  Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER ($68)

I like to say that the only time I have ever been wrong was that one time I thought I made a mistake.  Unfortunately, in reality I have been wrong on a few more occasions than that…and I was completely wrong about the S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER.  While it has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein, I initially thought it worked better as a serum than a primer…totally incorrect.  This is a kick ass primer.  It keeps makeup looking totally perfect for 12 hours.  Every time I use it I think, “How could I have been so wrong??”

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

3.  Reviva Labs Makeup Primer ($19.50) This is absolutely one of my favorite primers of all time.  It has silicone, but it isn’t super thick.  I find that it works best if I apply the primer and then let it sit for about three minutes.  It has a slightly wet texture at first that will collide with your concealer and foundation application. If you wait a few minutes it dries down to a beautiful finish that helps concealer and foundation apply and wear perfectly.  It does everything a primer should do:  makes skin super smooth, allows even application of concealer and foundation, and increases longevity.  

Pur Minerals green_primer

4.  Pur Minerals Colour Correcting Foundation Primer in Green ($31):

This is the primer I reach for when I’m broken out.  The green color balances out redness from acne, broken capillaries, and rosacea.  It doesn’t make me look like an alien – the green transforms into a beautiful, even skin tone color.  Less is more with this primer. You don’t need much to neutralize redness and create a perfect canvas for foundation.

OCC Skin Primer

5.  OCC Skin Primer ($27.50):This is a really cool primer.  Not only is it great for the face, but you can also use it as a lid primer for mineral eyeshadows.  It’s unlike most primers.  You HAVE to shake the bottle before squeezing some out – and then be careful when you do, because it has a thin, liquid consistency.  Once applied, wait until it dries because it applies quite wet, but does dry down to a super smooth, satiny finish.  And boy does makeup stick to this stuff!

Paul and Joe Protecting Foundation Primer

6.  Paul and Joe Protective Foundation Primer ($32)

This is, by far, the strangest primer I have ever used.  And I love it.  It has an SPF of 30.  It’s also super watery – it must be properly shaken before squeezing the product out.   It has a very thin consistency that dries down to a satiny finish.  It also has super fine, really tiny microshimmers in it, which gives skin the best natural looking glow.  The primer looks really yellow, but it goes on colorless – aside from the glow.  Makeup lasts and lasts with this primer.  I find that I reach for it when I am using very matte, oil-inhibiting foundations like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation because the microshimmers counteract the flatness.

Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil

7.  Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil ($76)

I have a love-hate relationship with Cle de Peau.  Some products I adore and will buy despite the exorbitant price tag.  Other products I can’t stand, and I get offended at the price of items that do absolutely nothing for you.  This primer, however, is well worth the price.  At the same time, I get the sample sizes at the counter when I can…they are great for travel and give several weeks of use. This primer is a thick, creamy lotion.  You don’t need a lot of it – a little goes a very long way.  In fact, if you use too much you will get a distinctly white cast to your skin.  Use the right amount and it sinks into your skin nicely, leaving no white or greyish cast.  Skin is super smooth, lines are filled in, and makeup goes on beautifully and lasts all day.  Pores look smaller and it lessens oil production throughout the day.  Get a sample at the counter before investing, but I’ll bet once you try it, you’ll want the full size version.  I love this under cream foundation.

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer

8.  IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum ($38)

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup. This is just what I need for perfect makeup when I have dry skin.  I have gone through two bottles of this and am halfway through my third!

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti Aging Primer

9.  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42)

This primer comes in an opaque airless pump which keeps the product integrity and effectiveness safe and sound.  It does everything a great primer should do – it reduces the look of pores, creates a satin finish for easy makeup application, and it keeps that makeup in place and reduces fading throughout the day.

Ingredients include Alguronic Acid, which ramps up the anti-aging quotient. I am thrilled that over time it actually improves my skin – but I am even more thrilled with the immediate results of perfectly primed skin. And, of course, not looking like a sad clown with melted makeup at the end of the day is a huge plus!! The Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer has a beautifully lightweight texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. While liquidy, it dries quickly and truly makes that beautiful canvas you need to happily play with all the rest of your cosmetics art supplies.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

10.  Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7)  So this is a bit of a cheat…it’s not a face primer, but it is such a fantastic eye primer I had to put it on the list.  If you like pigment eyeshadows, you need this.  If you have oily lids, you need this.  Heck, it’s only seven bucks…try it out!  A tiny dab makes eyeshadow not only cling to your lids for dear life, it also brings out a vibrancy you never knew the eyeshadow had in the first place.  I think of my Pixie Epoxy as liquid gold.

The biggest difference I notice between my original list from five years ago and the one I have now (beside the price increases!) is the addition of primer/serums.  Primers don’t just prime anymore, they also treat the skin.  Most people probably only need or want one, maybe two different primers.  I happen to be just a *little* obsessive about makeup, so my collection is extreme – but if you are looking for a primer, I am sure you can find something perfect for your needs on this list.

Ok ladies, what is your favorite primer?  Is there another amazing primer out there that I just have to try??  There’s always room for one more!  – Lisa

Makeup Wars – heavenly foundations

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This week the Makeup War bloggers have decided to take on foundations again. It’s not a new subject for us, or any bloggers, but since we are such fickle pickles most of us change our minds more often than the typical pickle. I have a box filled (or overfilled) with foundation, BB Cream and CC Cream. Choosing which to share was actually easier than I thought since I looked at my vanity and saw 6 bottles and tubes that I’d been switching between for the last several months. So that’s what you see here (along with my laundry room!).

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

There are 3 foundations that have been in heavy rotation. These are the items I’ve used the most in January especially.

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation – I recently reviewed this and to be honest it’s been on my face almost constantly the last few weeks. I’m crazy about the finish of this foundation. It’s the fullest of the three I’m sharing but it’s not so full that it’s mask-like. It covers my imperfections beautifully and lasts wonderfully even in the harsh weather we’ve had in Michigan. I can’t get over how much I like it. I have new items to review but I don’t want to put this away.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation – I need to write a review of this soon. This is the lightest weight, sheerest of the foundations shown but some days that’s exactly what I need. You can build this up to give a fuller coverage though. It’s a beautiful luminizing finish. It comes in 6 shades and it’s only $14.99.

Lancome Teint Miracle – I’ve had this particular bottle at least 3 years but it’s just as good as ever. I know some people wouldn’t keep it that long but as a blogger I am constantly switching and testing. Yet I come back to Teint Miracle often. If I’m asked about Lancome this is what I recommend too. It’s available in an amazing 31 shades so there’s something for everyone here. When I first reviewed it (January 2012) it was available in 16 shades. They’ve since doubled the amount of shades and raised the price $6. I will most likely rebuy this with the right gwp some day.

Makeup Wars Foundations - CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

Makeup Wars Foundations – CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

My BB creams are all put away for now but 3 of the CC Creams I have are still playing a big part in my rotation. I use these often when I’m in a hurry because they contain skincare elements and SPF but I also use them because I love the finish of them.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream has been mentioned by me so often that you are probably tired of the repetition. But when something is this good, it’s worth me telling you over and over. As much as I love this brand and want to recommend it all to you, this is my absolute favorite product from them. This fickle pickle has told you other products were her favorite but this is the true favorite. When I first reviewed it was summer, now it’s winter and it’s still just as wonderful.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is my newest CC Cream and it’s another winner. This only comes in 4 shades though. I was sent this in Fair to review but it’s still a little dark. The solution for me is to take some of my tarte maracuja concealer and mix them, about 1/3 concealer to 2/3 IllumiKate. That color works and I have this beautiful glow that has SPF 50. Look for a full review very soon on this.

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another favorite that works for me year round. I’ve worn this in all seasons except spring and my skin loves it in all of those seasons. The consistency is mousse-like and spreads so easily.

This fickle pickle is officially declaring these 6 products her favorite foundation picks. But don’t be surprised to hear of more later though since I have a few more products to review for you. Fickleness can be delightful!! Have you worn any of these 6? If not which would you most want to try? — Marcia

Please read what these other lovely ladies have decided to share with us. Sharing is caring!

Other Makeup Wars articles can be found HERE.
*some items sent for review purposes

Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush get some love, side by side

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals is a cosmetics line that is famous for what it’s products DON’T have – you won’t ever find any Parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, or Hydroquinone in their products.  What they do have are excellent mineral-based products that perform, and are affordable to boot. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about two Purmineral best sellers:  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and the Chisel Brush.

Lisa’s Side:

I’ve been a huge fan of Purmineral’s 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($26) for years. In fact, I haven’t been without one of these babies in my stash for the past six years.  This pressed powder makeup is one hard working compact, tackling four different jobs:  it can be used as a concealer, as a foundation, as a finishing powder, and as sun protection.

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Pretty compact!

The coverage is medium, and it’s very natural looking. It doesn’t make skin look dry, nor does it settle into fine lines – I think because there’s no talc in it. In fact, it has shea butter in it which makes it a much creamier powder foundation than most. It really ‘melts’ into your skin, doing an especially terrific job of covering any red areas.

Pur

Sturdy, thick compact

My only complaint about this terrific 4-in-1 foundation is that it seems to go so fast! I find that I hit pan relatively quickly, but then I just go back to Ulta and buy myself another one. This really is one of my favorite powder foundations ever.

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4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush Medium

My shade is Blush Medium, which works perfect for my somewhere-in-between-light-and-medium skin tone.

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Blush Medium swatch

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Blush Medium swatched again

Pur Mineral 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

Purminerals 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

The finish is matte but with super tiny shimmers which give the skin a great glow. I have long adored the Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and I highly recommend it.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

 Marcia’s side:

Now that Lisa has sold you on Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation you need to know more about the Chisel Makeup Brush. This brush is great for the foundation but it has other uses, especially with Pürminerals Pressed Blush and Specialty Powders.

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

It’s so easy to use the Chisel Makeup Brush with the foundation or other products. Pürminerals calls the method the “3D” method – Dip, Draw, and Dust.

DIP the brush into the powder foundation and pick up the amount you need, I swirl it around on the powder.

DRAW circles on the lid to remove the excess.

DUST on the foundation in downward strokes to get a flawless finish.

A pristine brush will look like this:

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

Here’s what the brush will look like when you have the foundation on it:

 

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I advise washing the brush before you use it. It’s a little bit scratchy at first but washing it in something like J&J Baby Shampoo or a mild cleansing product that you’d use for your brushes takes away that feeling. The brush is stiff, it needs to be since it has to pick up the product and blend it on your face. But once washed it becomes soft and easier to use.

This duo sells for $40 and the pressed powder foundation is available in 10 different shades. Buying these together is a savings of $10 since the brush retails for $23 and the foundation for $26. A bonus is that if you order from the Pur Minerals website you’ll also receive a free palette (there’s a choice of 3 at checkout!!). We don’t know how long this bonus lasts but it’s a winner. One of the choices is the Beautiful Creatures palette that I reviewed here. If you are in the market for a new foundation put this Pür Minerals duo on your list.

*samples sent for review

BREAKING NEWS: On Tuesday June 25th this duo is on Hautelook for the amazing price of $15 and not only that but you get a blush with it. Total steal and the perfect time to buy this. Hautelook keeps things on sale for 3-4 days but often sells out.