Product Review: Pür Minerals Pür Radiance Illuminating Powder

Pur Minerals Pür Radiance, 8g, US$23.50
Pur Minerals Pür Radiance, 8g, US$23.50

I never bought into the whole mineral makeup fad, partly because I don’t normally wear foundation anyway. All I need is a translucent finishing powder to give my skin a nice glow and polished look. I bought this from Shoppers Drug Mart for CAD$26.00 before my trip to Disney, hoping it to be my go-to one-step makeup. It was nicely priced, and talc free, and promised to be ‘the look of love in a compact’. What can go wrong?

Well, I was surprised how pink this looked in the compact. I didn’t mind it at the time of purchase; I had bought a jar of Maquillage (Shiseido) jewel powder in a light pink shimmer and it was Über flattering. But then again, most Japanese makeup does it right when it comes to the amount of pigment in a finishing powder. You don’t want to look like you just ingested something your body is allergic to.

Unfortunately, that is the case with this powder. It isn’t too pink, but it does look slightly pink on my skin, which is fair with yellow undertones. The texture is not bad – it’s not drying like a traditional talc loose powder feels on my dry skin, so I actually liked how the product felt; but it was just too pink. It made me look like I had minor allergy to something. My skin is already naturally two-toned – my face is always a little redder than my white neck, so this just exacerbates it.

The size of the glitter particles in the powder is also a concern. On its official website this has such an overwhelmingly positive review overall; but on makeupalley.com, it managed to get a 2.2 out of 5, one of the lowest ratings I have seen on any given product being reviewed. Most of the complaints were about the glitter as well. It was not subtle (LORAC does it a million times better) enough to give the skin a ‘soft’ kind of glow.

That said, this isn’t going to waste, because I now use it on my cheeks as a base for my blush (it isn’t pigmented enough as a blush, but could pass for Stila’s Kitten shade). It isn’t a bad product by any means – but a little misleading because you really cannot use this as your overall finishing powder because it’s just way too glittery (especially with flash photography). You can use this to highlight parts of your face but you won’t want to use it all over. I still love the feel of the powder and will probably try the other Pur Minerals products, because they are cruelty free and talc free.

Ingredients:
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Butter, Boron Nitride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491/CI 77492/ CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470

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