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Is Pur Minerals Epic Illusion Contour Kit Worth Its Epicness?

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There appears to be an invasion of highlighting and contour palettes the past year or so.  Choosing one is hard because many of the colors you might not even use or they just look too drab.  Also, if the highlighting and contouring aren’t done properly, it looks like total disaster on the face.  And, even if you do use those palettes, in real life lighting the colors can look awfully like dirt.  But, in the sea of all these palettes, there is a one which will shape, glow, and color your face.  It is by Pur Minerals.

The Palette



Pur Minerals Epic Illusion Contour Kit caught my eye because not only is it reasonably price at $28, but for the average beauty consumer and for anyone in their mature years, this is a great highlighting/contour/bronzer palette.

Size


For size, think of it as a travel palette.  The colors may not be the full size swirl-a-blush-brush-around one, but are more eyeshadow size with the intent of finishing the actual colors.  Face it, nowadays, to really keep makeup for a long time is not feasible.  Finishing a product should be a goal nowadays because of the lack of preservatives or the lack of long lasting ones. 

The Colors


The palette holds six colors which is about the reasonable amount the everyday person can interpret in a palette, I found.  If you have more, you kind of get confused and end up probably using just one or two colors.  This one you can use all 6.  The colors consist of a set of satin mattes and soft pearls of highlighter, bronzer, and blush.  No major stark contrasts like some highlight contour palettes I have seen and no major flat dry mattes.  These powders will actually enhance dull skin tones or just add soft color to mature skin. 

The top row consists of very wearable satin colors: Unreal - soft flesh tone beige (highlight), Fable - satin honey brown (bronzer), and Bluff - rose pink blush.

The Swatches


The bottom row are the pearls which will not add any harsh shimmer, just a soft glow without emphasizing any of the fine lines of mature skin.  Legendary is a pearly golden peach pink glow (highlight), Fiction is a pearly caramel (bronzer), and Mauvelous is a pearl rose mauve.  Any one of these can be used not only as what they are labeled to be, but they can be used as soft looking natural eyeshadows.  All these colors are wearable for anyone.  For dark skin tones, these will become varying degrees of highlights and neutrals instead.

You might notice there is no taupe color contour.  I have mixed feelings about the no taupe in the palette.  I would have liked a taupe because it would really complete the palette YET I find many people misuse the color when it comes to contouring in real life and real everyday lighting situations.  These colors alone do not contour but they provide shape to the face to enhance and not distract which is what makeup is in everyday life!

What is my conclusion to the Pur Minerals Epic Illusion Contour Kit?  The disadvantage is the size of the colors which may be a problem for a big fluffy blush brush.  Yet, nothing is impossible and the colors can be applied easily with a smaller type face brush.  The advantages are plenty.  The size is just perfect for travel or for the purse.  Yes, the entire face can be done if you are a makeup minimalist, all colors can be used as face colors and eyeshadows.  The texture of the powders have a smooth creamy powder consistency which makes them great for mature skin.  Also, nothing is glittery, shimmery or over the top.  The price is also perfect at $28.

Ingredients

Blush:Mica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, May contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) 

Bronzer: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearolyl Stearate, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77981), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), CI 77499) 


Highlighter: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearolyl Stearate, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77981), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), CI 77499)


XOXO,


Olivia

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