Earlier this month, I won a contest and, here is what I got…
The contest was sponsored by Purely Pleasures. I got to pick out three mineral shadows of my choice. And the elf brushes and the Lip Lush were added bonuses.
‘Lip Lush’ come in two choices: original and peppermint. I picked peppermint. Every single ingredient in this lip balm is one that I know. Here’s from their description:
Ingredients: (All organic)
Original & Peppermint: Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.
Peppermint Only: Pure Peppermint Extract
My ‘Lip Lush’ is right in front of me, in my desk drawer, I use it that much. It is very smooth, glides on and the peppermint is as minty as a York Peppermint Patty. (However, less fattening.)
Two elf shadow brushes. These are my first elf brushes and now I know what the rave has been about. Truly, I adore these two. And, I certainly would know a thing, or hundred, about makeup brushes…
And the shadows next…
One shimmer and two mattes. I picked 3 shades that I felt would compliment each other.
I think I did quite well.
The shimmer is called ‘Innocence’ (#17). It is a dusty rose shade with just a hint of taupe. Works as a shadow highlighter, as I hoped. I also found it was nice as a light-handed cheek highlighter. I used a huge brush for a quick sweep over the apples of my cheeks.
This is ‘Closet Freak’ (#52). A smudgy, browned-out purple, this matte color is as super pigmented as the other two shades.
And last, is ‘Gunmetal Gray’ (#50). An incredibly pigmented matte gray, leaving no question that this is going to be bold on the eye.
This has never happened to be before: I swatched these three dry and then wet and there is hardly any difference. ‘Closet Freak’ and ‘Gunmetal Gray’ look the same. Even though they are matte, I figured foiling it would intensify the saturation. So, have a look for yourself…
Sunny day in the shade.
Maybe that is part of its uniqueness. You don’t have to foil them to get deep color. I am, with that, deeply pleased with the application. I like pigmented shadows and these were no exception. It doesn’t take hardly any powder to get transference. On the downside, the jars have no sifters so there is spillage; a bit messy.
Click on over to Purely Pleasures Cosmetics website to see the rest of their products. The prices are very competitive. The ‘Lip Lush’ is $2. The shadows are $4 for 3 grams. There is a monthly color that is $3 for 3 grams. A set of 4, only $15. A set of 8, just $28. The website also shows these different sets with recommended color combinations. Really helpful if someone isn’t confident on picking their own combinations.
Purely Pleasures has a gamut of products that are all natural (no chemicals from a lab), not tested on animals and, mostly vegan. If you are wanting to try out beauty products from an all natural indy company, I suggest you try Purely Pleasures Cosmetics.