Since I've gotten to know them, I've now learned that Pur Minerals has been known for years for their environmentally friendly and cruelty-free mineral based products. Mineral makeup differs from conventional makeup in that it contains high contents of natural minerals as opposed to "synthetic" chemicals and the theory is that this makes mineral makeup healthier and less irritating (you can read more research that I did on this topic here). While the actual proof of these claims is debatable, what isn't is the quality of Pur Minerals' products.
Recently Pur Minerals was kind enough to send over one of their latest collector's sets, the Love Your Selfie kit, a face, lips and eye palette containing all you'd ever need for your travel and everyday makeup needs. This palette contains 8 limited edition eye shadow shades, as well as Pur Minerals' bestselling mascara, lip gloss, bronzer and blush.
Price & Packaging
In terms of value, the Love Your Selfie palette is a steal at $39. Other similarly sized eye shadow palettes by Pur Minerals cost $38 on their own, plus you get an almost full sized mascara (0.12 oz vs. 0.17 oz full size) and the included lip gloss is actually slightly bigger than the regular size (0.14 oz vs. 0.11 oz)!
The Love Your Selfie palette comes packaged in a self-contained, magnetic lid case that flips open to reveal a mirror and included tutorial inserts with two types of looks. While I liked the convenience factor, I found the mascara and gloss tricky to remove from the case without turning the whole thing upside-down.
Pigmentation & Wear
As I've reviewed the Pur Minerals Big Look Mascara, Mineral Glow Bronzer, Savvy Blush and Afterglow Highlight before, I'll mostly be concentrating on the eye shadows today.
The Love Your Selfie eye shadows are a mix of mattes and shimmers, making it super versatile for a variety of looks:
- Exposure - a matte vanilla
- Fade - a matte sand
- Filter - a shimmery rose
- Photobomb - a glittery maroon
- Flash - a shimmery peach gold
- Capture - a matte light tan
- Sepia - a matte chocolate brown
- Closeup - a matte blue-black
I'm currently feeling super sick so I didn't bother taking any selfies, which is tragic considering this is a selfie palette, but trust me when I say that these shadows were really very easy to work with. Each shade had good color payoff and were very blendable. One thing to watch out for though is that the colors aren't exactly true to pan, as can be seen when comparing the pan photos to the swatch photo below. Many of the colors are much darker on the skin than they appear in the pan, so a light touch is needed when applying to ensure you don't over-apply color. Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the quality of the shadows as the mattes weren't chalky and the shimmers didn't have tons of fallout. If you're looking for uber dramatic colors and finishes, then this palette isn't going to be for you as I see Pur Minerals as targeting more the low maintenance makeup wearer who just wants some decent color options and not too "scary" looking shimmers.
Most of the colors here fall into what I'd categorize as the warm neutrals range. Photobomb and Closeup are perfect for achieving that smoky eye, while Capture and Fade are great transition shades.
Worn without primer, I did experience some creasing by the end of day, which is normal for me.
|Pur Minerals Love Your Selfie eye shadow swatches: Exposure, Fade, Filter, Photobomb, Flash, Capture, Sepia, Closeup. Swatches done with two swipes.|
|Pur Minerals Mineral Glow Bronzer, Savvy Blush and Afterglow Illuminating Powder|
Buy - I think this palette would make a great gift for someone who is looking to build out their makeup collection. It's not interesting enough to fire up the imagination of a makeup whore like myself, but for "regular" people it's got great value and a good range of shades to suit most any occasion.