The battle of the oval brushes: Artis vs PÜR vs Real Techniques

There are 3 brushes that changed my cosmetic life. They are the MAC 224, MAC 217, and Artis Oval 10. I have had a half dozen of the MAC eyeshadow brushes over the course of my life and just one of the magnificent Artis Oval 10. The MAC helps me apply eyeshadows the way I love and the Artis became a Holy Grail foundation brush for me. But then my Artis broke. The handle snapped and it just wasn’t the same. What I love about the Artis is the softness and the way it blends foundation so that it looks airbrushed.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

In my typical way I went shopping and ended up with three brushes by Pur and Real Techniques.

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Real Techniques Blend & Blur brushes and PUR Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush

I purchased a PÜR Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush and promptly misplaced it. I knew it would eventually turn up but when my Artis decided it had had enough of me I wanted an alternative and that’s when the Real Techniques Blend & Blur brushes entered my life. All I could go by was pictures so I didn’t know which size would be the best….which meant I had to buy two sizes. The largest brush is the All Over Brush for Face, Neck + Body Application. The next largest is the Foundation Brush for Seamless Liquid Foundation. At $19.99 (and on sale when I purchased them) I decided to try them both. That’s what a true beauty junkie does after all.

Real Techniques Blend & Blur Foundation Brush and All Over Brush

The Foundation Brush is a wonderful size for my face. It’s smaller than the Artis so I was worried it would be too small but it really is perfect. Not too big, not too small, just right ala Goldilocks. The head is densely packed and so soft that you just won’t believe it. It fits well in my hand making it easy to use. It’s got a curved design whereas the Artis is flat so I had to get used to that. While I prefer the flatness the Foundation Brush is still great to work with. It’s recommended for both cream and liquid foundation though my preference is with a liquid foundation or CC Cream.

Real Techniques Blend & Blur Foundation Brush

The Real Techniques Blend & Blur All Over Brush is also recommended for your face but also for larger areas like your neck and body. It’s wonderful if you want to add some highlighter on your decollete since it just about does the job for you without any effort. I like it for my face too so when one brush is drying (they take a long time to dry) the other can be used. If I knew then what I know now though I’d have stuck with just the Foundation Brush for my needs. Don’t get me wrong, the All Over brush is terrific but I just need the one…. especially since after I bought the Real Techniques the PÜR popped up. (That’s totally typical.)

Real Techniques Blend & Blur All Over Brush

Real Techniques Blend & Blur Foundation Brush and All Over Brush

 

The PÜR Skin-Perfecting Foundation Brush ($28) reminds me more of the Artis brush as it’s a more refined looking and feeling brush. It’s light to hold while the Real Technique brushes are surprisingly heavy (and sturdy). It is a soft synthetic brush that is very versatile since it’s good for applying foundations, powders, highlighters and bronzers on your face or body. Of these three brushes this is my favorite.

PÜR Skin-Perfecting Foundation Brush

Both Real Techniques and  PÜR are cruelty-free and feel absolutely wonderful on my skin but the application with the PÜR brush feels smoother.

One thing to know when you use a foundation brush like these oval ones is that you should apply the foundation onto your face, not onto the brush. You save foundation that way and the product doesn’t get down deep into the bristles. You can apply powders directly from the brush but when you have a creamy product you’ll get a smoother finish without an overload of foundation and you’ll save on the amount you use.

If I could have only one I’d pick the Artis but both Real Techniques and PÜR are great alternatives, ones I’m not sorry about purchasing at all. Have you used an oval brush? Are you a fan?  —  Marcia

Start your year with PÜR Cosmetics for some purely great skincare and cosmetics

There are so many products from #PURBEAUTY that get overlooked in our rush to share the latest and greatest. Since it’s a new year we decided that it’s time to share some of these with you to start the year off properly. We have 5 products that get overlooked but shouldn’t.                                                                     samples

SKINCARE:

There are three steps in the PÜR skincare family. Step one is In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser.

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

“Clear skin starts here. In The Clear is a multi-action cleanser that gently exfoliates with lactic acid, clarifies with tea tree oil and soothes extra oily, irritable and problem-prone skin. This clarifying cleanser calms and cools with lavender, peppermint and aloe vera, and is never harsh or over-drying.”

Step 2 is PÜR Dirty Girl, a great detoxifying mudd masque.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

Marcia says: This is a great mudd masque. It contains Pascalite Clay which really helps to detoxify skin. It’s great for pore cleansing. I get clogged pores which make them look larger than I prefer so using a mud masque is perfect for clarifying them and keeping the ickies at bay.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR uses soothing botanicals along with this detoxifying pascalite clay. It contains Calcium Bentonite to unclog pores and eliminate impurities; Cucumber Extract to soothe and calm the skin; and Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate and renew.

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

It dries down quickly. It doesn’t crack off though it does feel dry once set. You decide how long you want to keep it on – from 5 to 20 minutes. I usually leave it on for 10 minutes.

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

I have to use a washcloth to completely remove it and then follow with a toner like Step 3.

Step 3 is Miracle Mist, to hydrate and set.

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Lisa says: Miracle Mist is a hydrating spray that also helps set makeup. It has over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to pamper your skin. I find that I prefer it for setting mineral makeup over any other type of makeup – it’s pretty impressive for giving a polished appearance, giving mineral foundation and eyeshadow a fresh appearance and extending wear time.

Benefits:

  • Contains over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids
  • Instantly infuses the skin with vital moisture
  • Soothes and refreshes dry skin and hair with fulvic acid
  • Locks down mineral makeup for all-day perfection

If you have extremely dry skin this is a great product. It’s also very helpful for those times when powder makeup looks a little too powdery. If you need lots of hydration and love mineral makeup, Miracle Mist is effective, refreshing, and convenient to use.

Now that you know about these skincare items there’s a set that you can get to try them all out. It’s a PÜR Skincare Starter Set at ULTA that is only $29 and contains Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser (0.5 oz.), Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer (0.5 oz.), Miracle Mist Hydrate & Set (1.0 oz.), and Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque (0.5 oz.). A great way to start a new year and refresh your skin.
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PÜR Skincare Sampler Set

PÜR Skincare Sampler Set

COSMETICS:

Lisa says: While Marcia is getting her skin care on, I am getting my makeup on with PUR Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin and Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy.

Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin ($21): This is my go-to mascara. I only need one coat for tons of drama. I love the separation, the fullness, and the length – plus this jet black mascara doesn’t smudge. I also love how my lashes are soft, not stiff, which I think is a much more attractive look. Do lashes really look as good as false eyelashes like the claim? Not really, but they are as close as I’ve ever gotten with a mascara. This is a real winner.
Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy

Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy ($18):  I love this lip gloss. It has wonderful slip without being sticky, and the color lasts a nice long time. I think Glitzy has just enough shimmer to make my lips look bigger without looking like I am trying too hard. Isn’t Glitzy a gorgeous shade? There are seven more shades available and I swear I want every single one.

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Marcia says: One last cosmetic item that just never gets talked about are Perfect Fit eyeshadow trios. There are a dozen different trios to provide beautiful colors for your eyes. Whether you like greens, browns, purples, or brights there’s a set for you. I have Wild Child which fits into my cosmetic life perfectly.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

I buy too many neutrals so having this purple toned trio is a great change of pace and a reminder of why I wore purple on my eyes for years and years. With built-in firming ingredients and light-diffusing mineral spheres, each shade helps create a velvety smooth, crease-free finish.  My new favorite way to wear shadow is to use the darkest shade buffed smoothly onto my lid, take the middle shade from the lid up into the crease, and apply a highlight shade on my browbone. Wild Child fits perfectly. I love the lighter purple to give the illusion of lift. I use the highlight shade too in the inner tear duct. This is just right to give me the cool toned purples I like.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

We hope to be back with more PÜR and some of their newest products but we’re happy to remind ourselves why we like the brand.

PÜR is sold at ULTA as well as their own website and Kohls. Samples sent for consideration, affiliate links in use

Did you ever have a secret crush? Pur Cosmetics has the best Secret Crush for adults

Pur Minerals Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

Pur Minerals Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

What are your memories of your secret crushes? When I received Pur Cosmetics Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette for review my memories came back in full force. Back in high school I had a crush on several boys but one in particular was on my mind all the time. He was a year or two ahead of me and he didn’t know I existed. I made it a point to walk by his classes and his locker all the time but I doubt he ever saw me. My crush finally dissipated after he graduated and I found someone else to crush on. Two years ago I went to a reunion and there he was! My sister knew who he was and told me to turn around. OMG, my heart was pounding.  But what I saw was a balding man with a gut too big for his frame. Crush truly dissipated and gone forever.

It’s been replaced with the gorgeous Pur Cosmetics Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette now and I’m finally being noticed! This palette is like a crush come true. 8 beautiful shadows with 4 of them being metallics. My secret is out and I’m in love.

Pur Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

Pur Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

The 8 shadows range from matte to a light almost invisible shimmer to metallic hues. The matte shades are good but not exceptional since they don’t have an even pigmentation to them. But I’ve never been a huge fan of matte so I may not be the best to judge. What does stand out though are the metallic hues since they are outstandingly pigmented and long lasting. They are not to be missed.

Pur Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

Pur Secret Crush Eye Shadow Palette

From left:

*Whisper an ivory shade with just the smallest amount of shimmer to it. The shimmer doesn’t have fall out though, it just gives this ivory shade some interest, especially on the browbone.

* Lust has a slight pink undertone and a matte finish

* Passion is a stunner especially if you love rose gold. This is probably the shiniest of the metallics

* Muse is a chocolate brown that’s shimmery but not sparkly, it is close to metallic but not quite

Whisper, Lust, Passion and Muse

Whisper, Lust, Passion and Muse

* Infatuation has a metallic finish and is warm bronze

* Admirer is another metallic and this one is more of a neutral brown

* Rendezvous is a matte that is a neutral to cool brown

* Rumor is a charcoal with a matte finish

Rumor, Rendevous, Admirer, and Infatuation

Rumor, Rendezvous, Admirer, and Infatuation

I’ve been wearing Secret Crush several days a week because there are so many possible combinations. Today for example I wore Muse on my lid with Lust on the browbone. We went out for dinner so I added Rumor to create a cat eye and smudged it over my Pur Minerals Double Ego eyeliner in Tasmania. Saturday night we went out with a group and I got to get dressed up for a change. My EOTD consisted of the stunning and sparkly Pur Eye Polish in Satin (light pink) with Admirer in the crease and some of the matte Rendevous blended into the outer corner. I felt terrific in the combination.

brush in the Pur Secret Crush eyeshadow palette

brush in the Pur Secret Crush eyeshadow palette

I have to mention the brush in this palette since it’s surprisingly nice. I rarely even remember that an applicator has come in a palette since I’ve never counted on them before. But this brush is not only usable but one that you’d use often. It’s wider than most palette brushes and applies the shadows evenly plus it’s great for blending. A definite asset.

The shadows in Pur Secret Crush last so well on me. I love that I have no fallout when I apply these and that they make it throughout an entire day (with an eye primer of course) without fading. Plus the sturdy palette is perfect for traveling.

Even if you’ve never had a secret crush, you still have time to have one with Pur. I won’t tell what’s making you look so great but I’ll know. — Marcia

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