Pur 4-in-1 Skin perfecting powders face palette

The Pur 4-in-1 skin perfecting face palette came in the November Boxy Charm. Even though the review only went up yesterday, the box actually arrived last Friday so I was able to add a few items to my makeup bag this week, most notably this palette. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Mimsy, didn’t you do a Pur 4-in-1 review before? Yes, I reviewed the foundation from this line. And as a reminder I absolutely hated it. I had a sample tube and for some reason it just did not work out for me. It highlighted my pores and lines without a primer but then it didn’t want to work with any of the primers I tried.

This palette however is a different story. It is from the same line but I had much better results.

The palette as you can see has four pans.Starting on the left is the pressed powder, then the bronzer, blush and highlight at the end. Now when I apply the products, I start with the bronzer, then go to the blush, followed by the highlight and then top off with the powder. So that is the order I’m going to take you through the products.

So first up, the bronzer. First off with this bronzer, choose your brush carefully. Or at least choose it based on how you want to apply the product.

With the bronzer, brush choice matters

I picked up a densely packed bristle brush the first go round with this bronzer and had deep dark brown on my face as a consequence. It came out highly pigmented and while it did blend in, it took a while to blend. With a looser fluffier brush, I was able to dip into the pan, apply lightly and build up to the shade I wanted. This is one of those products where the tool does make a world of difference. Now if you are going for a more dramatic contour like bronze look with your bronzer, you could achieve it with the dense brush and if you contour your nose, I would suggest getting a smaller densely packed brush to use for contouring the nose. If you want to start soft and build up. Go with the fluffier bronzer brush. The bronzer is highly pigmented. Once I got used to that, i really ended up liking it.

Because the bronzer came out so strong I was expecting the blush to do the same thing. It did not. The blush applies lightly and has to be built up a bit. It required a second adjustment on my part but after that I found I really liked it. It is a lighter pink shade that works for my edging into winter skin and blends out really well. It is just not extremely pigmented. As I would rather build up my blush rather than have to work to tone it down, I really ended up liking it.

The highlight is a nice gold shade that blended into my skin tones well and gave a light glow to the skin. Is it my favorite? No. I have highlighters I prefer over this one. However it is a decent highlighter and if I put this palette in a travel bag and forgot to add a single highlighter seperately to my travel bag, I wouldn’t have a problem just using the one in the palette. It isn’t one I would reach for on it’s own, but it is not one I would avoid using.

To finish off the look was the powder. To apply it I used a flat top powder brush rather than my super fluffy one. Mostly because if I tried to use my super fluffy one I would have gotten bronzer mixed in with the powder. The flat one fit better given the size of the pan and it worked well with applying it. I liked the powder. Is it a powder I would reach for on its own? Probably not. My favorite No. 7 perfecting powder is a petter formula. However it is not one I would avoid either. If I pulled out this palette I would not feel the need to pull out a seperate powder for the makeup bag.

Just foundation on the left and all the products applied on the right. I didn’t go heavy on the makeup for most of the week so the difference isn’t that dramatic.

I would probably use the bronzer and blush on their own, while I wouldn’t pull the powder and highlight. That doesn’t mean those two pans of product are bad, they aren’t. They just aren’t my favorites. However as a palette I could pull this out of the dressing table, put it into my makeup bag and not have to add other products. And that my darlings is the reason you get a palette. It is so that you can get multiple products in one thing without having to gather up a bunch of products.

As a palette, this works. I really enjoyed using it and would enjoy using it again. While I broke it down by pan, when I reach for this I will plan on using all four of the pans in it. It is rare that I can actually say that about a face palette and I have to say I am very pleased to have this in my collection.


Kenia Ontiveros Beauty: The Set and Define Kit: A review

While this week featured a return of a previously reviewed foundation, The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation to be exact, this week’s make up bag had a brand new face palette in it.  I used the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit that came in my July Boxy Charm Premium.  It is an interesting palette as it has a white/translucent powder, a setting powder, a highlighter, contour, dark contour and bronzer.

The Mattify Powder went on well and worked as a pretty good face powder.  My issue was the pan size.  While the pans are fairly good sized they are located rather close together because they are in a palette. The palette is six inches by four inches in case you are wondering.  Each pan is an inch and a half square.  Generally, this is a good sized pan. 

Top row Swatches, Mattify, Set, and Highlight (L to R)

Unfortunately, my usual powder brush likes a little more space to spread out. When I dipped it into the Mattifying powder it picked up the mattifying powder as well as some of the setting powder and the contour powder.  So I had to dig out a smaller powder brush and use it instead.  I think I ended up using a blush brush.

 I know that sounds a bit whiny, but each morning I kept reaching for my regular powder brush out of habit, then had to change it out.  In addition, because I was using a blush brush, it looked like a blush brush and I occasionally grabbed the brush I was using for blush instead of the one I was using for powder. It was a bit of a mess and it kinda threw me off.  With face powder, I generally stick to products that are in their own compacts. And with this I realized why.

I like face palettes generally, but I generally stick to the blush, bronzer highlight and contour palettes.  I’m not sure I like the powder in there. I think for traveling it might be nice so I wouldn’t have to pack separate powders, although I generally pack a powder compact in my purse anyway. It is something I travel with and something I just generally add to my purse in case I need a touch up.

I know that’s sort of a long winded way to say the mattifying powder was okay, but not really good enough for me to get over my annoyance and want to reach for this palette. 

It wasn’t helped out by the setting powder either.  While it too is an okay powder, it came up slightly yellow on my skin tone.  It’s a good product, just not my color. 

I am however in love with the highlighter. It is quite frankly the star of the palette.  While it is pink toned when first applied, when blended, the highlighter gave me a subtle glow that seemed more golden in tone.  It was a really nice subtle highlighter that is perfect for office wear or a nice night out.  Not that I’m going out much, but it worked really nicely on my zoom calls. If they sell this highlighter individually, I would consider picking it up to add to my collection.

The bottom row: Contour, Dark Contour, and Bronzer (L to R)

The contour, dark contour and bronzer, not so much. The colors are nice in the swatches but on the skin I found them patchy and hard to blend.  They wanted to stay exactly where I put them when I applied it.  Where the brush touched down was their new home. So I ended up with lines that just weren’t blending out.  I ended up using my foundation brush to try and blend them out, essentially using the foundation left on the brush to sort of erase the contour and bronze. 

Which isn’t really the point.

This palette retails for $42 on the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty site.  In the hand it feels more like a $20 palette. In the end usage, I am keeping it for the highlighter (because I really love the highlighter) and will probably use the Mattify powder every time I pull it out.  It will be a ‘you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat’, scenario where if I want to use the highlighter I need to make myself use the powder.  That way I’ll at least use two of the six products in the palette.  Although I think on those weeks, I’ll take my regular powder brush out of the bathroom so I can’t accidentally grab it.

Normally, I would post my eyeshadow palette of the week review next, but to be honest even though I pulled an eyeshadow palette out to use, I didn’t use it.  I kept things very simple this week.  My morning makeup looked like I was attempting some sort of speed record. My makeup bag ended up very lip product heavy while my eyes mostly got a dash of mascara, admittedly I really liked this week’s mascara.

I think I might have used a different lip product each day.

So there will be no eyeshadow palette review this week. (There will be a second unrelated post up in its place though).

And my makeup bag review will feature a lot of talking about my lips. For those as lip product obsessed as I am, enjoy, and for those not, fair warning and all apologies. But next week my schedule resumes something approaching normality. So no super speedy makeup. Which is good for me because this week I also had a new eyeliner I really wanted to try but didn’t get around to. So next week, the eyes have it.

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