I have tried many a version of mineral makeup; from drugstore to high-end brands. Being a gal that’s now in her thirties with some eye wrinkles (Where the heck did those come from???), acne flare ups, and dry skin patches, my skin just ended up looking like I had caked powder on it with most brands. The dry skin would be accentuated and the minerals would settle in my eye wrinkles. I have sensitive skin, so I really want to like mineral makeup.
All my worries evaporated once on I met Robyn, the founder of Purely Cosmetics. She’s such a friendly person, listened to my skin woes, and patiently taught me about what actually is good for skin and what isn’t and how to properly apply mineral makeup.
Purely Cosmetics went on like a dream. Since I really hadn’t put my heart into mineral makeup in the past, I also got a flat-top foundation brush from Robyn. This brush is a wonder. I can’t seem to do anything wrong when it’s in my hands! It’s soft and keeps me from having clumped makeup deposits.
The biggest difference when I applied the Pure Silk Mineral Foundation was the feel. My skin felt soft and airy. My breakouts were covered but you could still see the real me under my makeup! The photo above is of me in the midst of a full acne breakout. Looks pretty smooth, right?
I ran outside to sweat a bit since my other issue with previous mineral makeups was found during sweating. Once my pores would open, something would react with my skin and cause extreme itching and burning. Not so with Purely Cosmetics. I didn’t feel a thing.
On the second day, I stayed inside in the dry AC to check if it would suck the moisture out of my semi-parched skin. By the end of the day I was even babbling about how this foundation didn’t dry me out to my neighbor (a lawn care ‘manly-man’) and other guy friends.
In short, I have found my must-have makeup. I still wear my tinted moisturizers occasionally, but I don’t feel the pull to them I had before. My little jar of Purely Cosmetics (I use the California Blonde color since I’m pretty pale) has a place of honor in my makeup case. I am extremely indebted to Robyn for creating such an amazing product.
I also tested Purely Cosmetics’ Silk & Pearl Primer (for Normal/Dry Skin) – This provides a fantabulous primer under mineral makeup application (photo below). Use your standard face lotion, top it with the Silk & Pearl Primer, then follow with your makeup. The primer helps control face/oil shine while not allowing the environment to dry out your skin, minimizes pores, and prevents the makeup for settling into any creases (i.e. wrinkles). I typically do not use primers since I’m a “out-the-door” kind of gal, but w-o-w. This product is very cool, and worth it’s weight in moolah. Oh, and there’s also a all Silk powder Primer and Normal to Oily version as well. Definitely 2 thumbs up from Bionic! ($18.50 for a *huge* 10 gram jar)
So now I have another Bionic all-time favorite to add to my pretty small list: Milani eyeshadows, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear mascara, Herbaria Soaps, and anything by Purely Cosmetics. It’s actually a pretty small list and quite an accomplishment to make it to my “loyal following” level. Thank you, Robyn!
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Stay tuned for eyeshadow looks I’ve been wearing using Purely Cosmetics’ cream-to-powder and loose pigment shadows!
Full ingredients listed below:
Silk & Pearl Primer – silk powder, pearl powder,mica, carnuba wax, allantoin.
Pure Silk Mineral Foundation – mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, silk, zinc oxides.
Brush and foundation primer photographs are the copyright of Purely Cosmetics and are used with permission.
FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.