Monday, May 7, 2018

Product Review Roundup -- PUR Soiree Diaries, Pur PRO x Etienne, PUR x Boxycharm, Visionary, and Creator Eyeshadow Palettes

Note: My apologies for the lack of posts last week. I was swamped with work and feeling a bit under the weather, so I needed quite a few naps... which ate into my blogging time. ;)

A few years ago, I bought a PUR Minerals eyeshadow palette on a whim, though I'd never tried any products from the brand before.

I quite liked the palette, and actually still use it to this day.

But despite a pretty positive experience with the brand, I never tried any more PUR products ... until recently.

Over the past several months, I went on a little bit of a binge and picked up not one, not two, but five PUR eyeshadow palettes since the end of last year. Instead of doing individual palettes for each of them, I figured I'd group them all together just to make it a little easier.

PUR Soiree Diaries Palette
The PUR Soiree Diaries Palette is a natural eyeshadow collection that works perfectly for every day. It comes in sturdy cardboard packaging that features a small mirror inside -- the palette doesn't stay open by itself, though, so you'd need to prop it up against something to use it do your makeup.

There are 12 shadows in the palette, which are a combination of matte, shimmer, and satin shades.  They're all very nicely pigmented, though the shimmer or metallic shadows are the richest and most impressive. But the matte formula here is quite nice too -- blendable and not too powdery at all.

PUR Soiree Diaries Palette

From l. to .r: Private Party, Socialite, Gala, Mogul
From l. to r.: Splurge, Stunner, Snazzy, Epic

From l. to r.: Glitzy, Twinkle, Dazzle, Cosmo
 The shade range includes all bronze, taupe, and brown tones, which could work with most skin tones and are ideal for both daytime and evening looks. While I think these shadows are really nice, I will say that the shades are particularly unique, so you may already have similar shades in your collection.

If you don't, though, and are looking for a good everyday, natural kind of palette, this is a great one.

It retails for $34, and is available on the PUR website.

Pur Pro x Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette

The PUR PRO x Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette is one of the largest palettes that PUR makes, including 18 shades that include both shimmers and mattes. The shade range features mostly nude and natural tones, with a deep purple/blue shade thrown in.

Like the Soiree Palette, it features heavy cardboard packaging. There's a mirror on the inside, but it doesn't stay open by itself.  I find the shadow formula to be nearly identical to the Soiree, with the shimmers being particularly creamy and pigmented and the mattes being smooth and highly blendable.

Pur Pro x Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette

From l. to r.: Stripped, Legend, Popular, Penny, Monii, Muddy

From l. to .r: Dreamer, 1988, Adobe, Bossy, Faux, 3AM

From l. to .r: Zenon, Lola, Paradise, Billionaire, Midnight, Galaxy
Again, though, the colors in the palette aren't particularly unique, and they're mostly mid-tone and deep shades, so it can start to look a little muddy if you're not careful. That being said, I think it works well as a supplemental palette to use with other shadows in your collection.

At $42, though, the price may be a little steep for that, but it's worth considering for sure.   You can purchase it on the PUR website, at Ulta, or at Kohl's.

PUR x Boxycharm Eyeshadow Palette
The PUR x Boxycharm is a collaboration between PUR and Boxycharm, and features that just scream spring and summer. The packaging is the same sturdy cardboard as all the other palettes, with 12 shadows inside, but here you get some pretty peachy, pink, and berry tones, with a fun turquoise, black, and brown shades thrown in for good measure.

PUR x Boxycharm Eyeshadow Palette

From l. to r.: Purfect, Nakey, Belle, Squad

From l. to r.: Charmer, Alliance, Bae, ATL

From l. to r.: Duet, MIA, BFF, Boxy Black

Again, the shadow formula is similar to the Soiree Diaries and the PRO x Etienne, with nice pigmentation and a blendable, creamy texture. I think this palette might even perform a little better than the others, though -- couple that with the fact that it's not the same old neutral/natural shades, and I definitely think this palette is a real winner.

It retails for $36, and is available on the PUR website and at Ulta.

PUR Visionary Eyeshadow Palette
The PUR Visionary Palette may be an even better choice if you're a fan of rosy, pink, and warm neutral shadows. It contains 12 shadows in both matte and metallic finishes. While it comes in the standard cardboard PUR palette packaging, what's cool is that the pans are removable, so you could take them out and place them in a freeform palette if you prefer.

PUR Visionary Palette
From l. to r.: Leader, Dreamer, Girl Boss, Innovator

From l. to r.: Optimist, Rebel, Icon, Role Model

From l. to r.: Tycoon, CEO, Idealist, Pioneer
 The shadow formula for the Visionary Palette seems different too -- it's even creamier and more richly pigmented. These shadows blend like an absolute dream, and the color range is just stunning. It's probably my favorite of all of these PUR palettes.

It retails for only $32, and is available on the PUR website, at Ulta, and at Kohl's.

PUR Creator Palette
The final palette, the Creator, is a particularly cool product. First of all, it includes a couple of face products in addition to 12 eyeshadows. Second of all, you can remove the foam insert that separates the pans to create a freeform palette that still has room for you to add other shadows or face product pans (I'm thinking of adding the pans from the Visionary Palette to it, actually).

The formula for the products in the Creator is very similar to the shadow formula for the Visionary Palette. They are so buttery and smooth -- and so very pigmented. The shade range is mostly natural/warm neutrals, so they're not particularly unique but they are still gorgeous.

PUR Creator Palette
PUR Creator Palette with divider taken out

From l. to r.: Writer, Composer, Producer, Teacher

From l. to r.: Painter, Poet, Rock Star, Designer

From l. to r.: Architect, Artisan, Marketer, Actor

Highlight & Bronzer
The highlighter is pretty intense, as is the bronzer (which isn't orange in the least!), so my fellow pale folks out there should definitely use a light hand.

I definitely love this palette, and though it's a little pricey at $42, it's well worth it to me. You can purchase it on the PUR website, Ulta, and at Kohl's.

While I might like some better than others, I really don't think you can wrong with any of these palettes, depending on which color scheme appeals to you most. Given my experience with all of these shadows, I definitely won't hesitate to pick up any future PUR shadow palettes, should they catch my eye.

Have you tried any of the PUR eyeshadow palettes? Which ones are your favorites?

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