Monday, May 25, 2015

Review -- pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette

I'm an impulsive makeup shopper.

I can admit that.

I decide to buy items on a whim all the time -- even when I don't really need them, even when I'm not in a shopping mood.

But usually, there's a method to madness, which means there's a brand I've been dying to try or a lipstick shade I've been thinking about for a while and I decide to bite the bullet on the spur of the moment.

The pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette was definitely an impulsive buy, but there's really no rhyme or reason behind it.

I've heard of pur Minerals, but I've never been particularly interested in trying the brand.

So the reason that this palette wound up in my bag on Ulta's website?

The photos looked pretty, plain and simple.

(And I mean, there's this amazing rose gold shade that would make almost anyone whip out their credit card so I can hardly be held responsible.)

And as my introduction to the world of pur Minerals, I'd say the Secret Crush Palette is a pretty great ambassador for the brand.

I'm really enjoying it.

The palette comes in a metal compact that's kind of a rose gold color. It features a decent size mirror on the inside and comes with a small brush that's actually pretty good for packing on color (though the head is a little big so it doesn't allow for much precision).

pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette

pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette
It contains eight shadows -- Whisper, a matte ivory with subtle silver microglitter; Lust, a pale matte beige; Passion, a metallic copper; Muse, a metallic bronze; Infatuation, a metallic golden brown; Admirer, a metallic golden taupe; Rendezvou, a matte chocolate brown; and Rumor, a matte black.

pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette

From l. to r.: Whisper, Lust, Passion, Muse, Infatuation, Admirer, Rendezvou, Rumor

All of the shadows are nicely pigmented, and the formula of the metallic shades is particularly impressive -- it's smooth and is easy to apply and blend. The matte shades are also quite nice, though they're a little drier in texture.

I'm absolutely obsessed with Passion because copper-y shades are one of my favorite things in the world. I wear it both on the lid and in the crease, and it works beautifully both ways. I'm also a big fan of Admirer, though all of the metallic shades are quite nice.

My one complaint about the palette is that with the exception of the two pale highlight shades, there really aren't any light lid shades. I've worn all of the metallic shades on my lid, but the look is definitely more intense that my usual everyday makeup because they're all mid-tone or darker shades.

But maybe that's just me -- if you have medium or darker skin, it might not be an issue at all.

Still, for $32, I think this is a really nice palette.

You can find it at Ulta and the pur Minerals website.

What do you think of the pur Minerals Secret Crush Palette? Have you tried any of their other products? What would you recommend?

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