Product Review: Pur Minerals Starter Kit

by Bionic Beauty on 23.Mar.2009 · 3 comments

Bionic Beauty reviews the Pur Minerals Makeup Starter Kit

By now, most makeup fans have heard of the Pur Minerals line. I was actually pretty behind the times since I do not get, nor watch, QVC. But I have tried some of Pur’s lip products, and am seriously longing for their lipstick in Black Amethyst.
Anyhow, Pur Minerals recently gave me the chance to test out their Makeup Starter Kit. Without further ado… my thoughts.


  • This kit is a good buy if you’d like to expand your mineral makeup collection, try a new brand or are brand new to mineral makeup.
  • The pressed bronzer, foundation, and blush make traveling with your minerals easy.
  • The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup works as a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen (SPF 15).
  • All the kit items contain shea butter to soothe your skin.
  • While I’m not a fan of the 4-in-1 pressed powder, I did enjoy using the Marble Powder blush. It’s similar to MAC Mineralize skin finishes, without the glimmer. This created a great flush on my cheeks!
  • I was also fond of the Mineral Glow. It was handy for sculpting my cheekbones, highlighting my nose, chin and even applying it lightly on my eye lids!


  • Contains bismuth so for girls who sweat or live in warm climates this could make your face itch or burn. Bismuth is a bit of a “prickly” mineral that can seep into your pores when you sweat (because they open) and it can cause slight itching.
  • The containers are relatively small.
  • I’m disappointed that there are no mirrors in the compacts. It would make touch ups and/or traveling much easier.
  • The flat top Chisel brush sheds like a dog! I tried washing it a few times and it’s still shedding like crazy. Granted, I might have gotten a fluke. But it is nice & soft and I like the shorter length.
  • The Mineral Glow and Marble Powder (blush) both contain parabens, stearates and coconut oil. Not a big deal, but if you are allergic or have very sensitive skin, please do a small patch test first. Coconut oil is also a known comedogenic ingredient (meaning it can cause breakouts).
  • The 4-in-1 Pressed Powder felt a bit too heavy on my skin. Especially down here in Florida and due to my reactions to bismuth (it was 70 when I tested), I had to wash it off pretty quickly. Even in the short amount of time, I still broke out the next day from my testing.

Essentially, these products did not work out for me, but I realize that there are people who may love them. All I ask is that you be informed on the ingredients in mineral makeup and the reason those ingredients are present.

The Pur Minerals starter kit is $35 and is available in 10 skin tones. Have any of you ladies tried Pur Minerals? What were your experiences?

Full ingredients listing below…
4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with SPF 15
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Inactive Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Silica, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides.

Mineral Glow
Mica, Magnesium Silicate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Bismuth Oxychloride, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Universal Marble Powder in Pink
Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zinc Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica Cl 77019, Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891, Iron Oxides Cl 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499, Bismuth Oxychloride Cl 77163, Carmine Cl 75470.


1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics March 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I really don’t understand why all the mass produced companies feel the need to add bismuth oxychloride to their formulations. It seems to me that these larger companies are more concerned with the visual presentation and tactile feel of a product than they are it’s function and quality. Bismuth is an inexpensive way to bulk up a product, give it that “glow”, and a soft touch between your fingers. Who cares that it can turn colors, or how it feels on your face, and not between your fingers? The same glowy look can be achieved using a more natural ingredient than a by-product of lead and copper processing that irritates many people’s skin. Shea butter sounds all nice and good as well, but by adding it to their products, they now have to add preservatives to prevent/retard the rancidity. Isn’t the whole point of “mineral makeup” to have something that won’t go bad on you, and is composed without preservatives and fillers?

2 Jannie May 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for listing the ingredients. I was sure it wasn’t a “natural product” and am glad I took the time to research before falling for the hype.
Also, I have been using Organic Cocnut Oil on my face almost daily for years, so don’t understand you saying it can cause breakouts. I’d say the coconut oil in this product is tainted by the other garbage included.

Thank you

3 Bionic Beauty May 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Hi Jannie, I am glad you did your research before buying too! It helps so much when there are more makeup options than we can ever try. And there are high-quality, natural options available that are much more affordable too.

As for the Coconut Oil, I use that on my face, hair, body and nails as well. I was just trying to warn BB readers that they should be careful when using any new oil (or any product, for that matter) since everyone’s skin reacts differently. Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil are two of the best. Yet, there are a few people who still get reactions from them. I did at first when using Jojoba because my skin had to detox and adjust to the natural oils; while not having to compensate by over-producing oil everyday. Once my skin balanced, everything was beautiful! That’s also why I recommend most women to test a new skin care regimen/product for at least 4-6 weeks before making deciding if it works for your skin or not.

I also want to welcome you to Bionic Beauty! 🙂 I hope to see you around the blog in the future. Always feel free to comment or email me with questions, suggestions, etc.
Have a great week!

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