I don’t do much shopping in Ulta these days (mine doesn’t carry most of the green brands shown on their site) but I was in there recently on my birthday to check out the new releases from Juice Beauty (and bummer, they did not have them in stock nor does my store carry any of their makeup anyway). PUR Minerals was near by so I gave a look at their most popular product, the PUR Minerals 4-in1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation with SPF15. I had heard some good things about it in reviews and was pleased to find the ingredients were fairly clean. The packaging is very unique and cute as well, with a clear case that the pan sits in so you can see just how much you’re really getting. Sooooo, with all that said I had to try it out!
PÜR Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 in “porcelain” • $28 – 0.28 OZ
Porcelain: Active: Titanium Dioxide 17.0%. Inactive: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mannitol, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Ferulic Acid, Lactic Acid (L), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Retinol, Ceramide AP, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aqua, Glucosamine HCI, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Magnesium Carbonate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
[This contains bismuth oxychloride. Although it’s harmless, it’s physical crystalline nature can cause irritation, itchiness and redness in some people. I have never experienced irritation with this ingredient so I’m okay with using it and I like the glow it gives in certain products.]
HOW I APPLY IT + MY thoughts
Before makeup application I always begin with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. I wash my face with the Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser, then apply my Bee Naturals Eye Balm* on my under eyes and moisturize with the Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion. I apply this foundation using my Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush (had this brush for years and still holding strong, great inexpensive brush!) I swirl into the pan about 3 times depositing just the right smallish amount of powder and apply it by first making downward strokes before buffing it into the skin. This just ensures I don’t get a stamp of powder onto my cheek. I apply to half my face doing one layer and when I’m finished with the first layer I’ll go in with a tiny bit more foundation where needed.
I’m REALLY happy with this foundation. Porcelain is the lightest shade offered and it appears darker and more yellow in the pan than it does on the skin. Although the shade name is porcelain, it’s not pink but more of a neutral tone which is perfect for me. The best thing about pressed foundations is how much quicker it is to apply, as opposed to loose powders. Especially with my flat top kabuki brush, it’s so quick and hard to mess up an application. This foundation has buildable coverage and has never looked too powdery or cakey where adding more powder for coverage. When swatching the powder with your finger it feels a bit dry, but on the face it doesn’t appear dry, flat or too matte. It gives a very subtle glow and looks even better and more glowy when it’s settled into the skin. At the end of the day I don’t have much of an oil shinethrough with this foundation, but I might be able to attribute it to my skincare routine which has really balanced my skin’s oil production. Something that I really appreciate about this foundation (and most pressed foundations) is that there is very little powder fall out when applying it with a brush. Pressed foundations tend to be heavier due to the binding so you don’t have a cloud of powder flying off the brush and floating around your face and you’re not breathing so much of it in. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a clean and accessible pressed powder foundation that has great coverage, quick and easy to apply, and that looks beautiful and glowy on the skin!
Side note: There seems to be something strange going on on PUR’s end when it comes to this foundation. I purchased this at Ulta and in the past (last year) when reading reviews for this I read them on the Ulta site, all very positive and happy reviews. After buying this and trying to research it on their site, the comments are full of unhappy customers saying the formula has changed and they are wondering why they no longer carry lighter shades. My local Ulta had the full range of shades which is how I was able to get Porcelain. The ingredients list on the PUR site is very minimal and completely different than from the list on Ulta, which is the list I posted here and it’s the list on my foundation box. I don’t know if I bought an older version that my Ulta was still carrying, or if PUR’s site is not up to date. I also don’t understand why their site hasn’t carried the lighter shades for many months. I recommend purchasing this on Ulta so you can be sure to get your shade, and I would check the ingredients list in case it is different from the one listed here.
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