Let’s get this straight, right up front. I am not a mineral makeup girl – but not for lack of trying. A few years ago, one of the first things I ordered from QVC was a starter kit from Bare Escentuals. I got it, apparently didn’t use it right (I think I didn’t buff it enough, but whatevs), hated it because it looked funny on and itched like the dickens, and sent it back. So, many years go by. Mineral makeup has become all the rage. I figure that I must have done something wrong, I clearly am missing out on something, and I need to be convinced to try it again.Enter Ms. Robyn on twitter. (*You guys know how I love me some twitter folk.) Robyn runs an independent business called “Purely Cosmetics”, and that is exactly what it is – purely milled cosmetics that doesn’t contain “bismuth, talc, micronized minerals, or other skin irritants”. We got to chatting and after she found out a bit more about my skin, she was generous enough to send me out some products to try, including some color products, along with the foundation.
I am not a "powder your nose" kinda girl
Well, bad news first. I am still not a mineral makeup girl. *BUT*, this is not for a lack of trying and helping on the wonderful Robyn’s part. First, we found a combo of foundations for my color. Which was great, and even buffed in fab. However, it itched. *sigh* Luckily, she had included some of her Silk & Pearl Powder Primer. This primer went on silky smooth and made a great base for the foundation. It also cut the itching down tremendously. But, it was still there a smidge, which was just a smidge too much for me. Boo.
However, her color products are amazing and don’t cause me a lick of trouble. I use her Nearly Nude eyeshadow as a base very often and love her Hint of Pink blush as a great pop of sun on my cheeks. Her bronzer is a bit much for me, but I gave it to my bestie who swears by it. (*She has hit the bottom of her jar and continues to swirl in hope some more magically appears some morning. Ha.) I know that she has also added a new finishing powder called Diamond Powder Perfect Finish that has been used by Hollywood Make-up Artist, Melissa Street in HD and it filmed amazing.
And if I haven’t used enough positive adjectives, let me talk about her customer service. It is just superb and far superior to the big brands in all ways and shapes. She is willing to help online via twitter, via email and ships your order almost instantaneously – you get your products just stupid fast. I cannot say enough about this lady and her company, except to say that she is passionate about her products and her business and you can tell it instantly when you speak with her.
Her prices are comparable to other brands, and she creates special palettes/colors, too. In addition, she also has other products she believes in, that are not by her, in her store. So, be sure to wander all over her site to see all the great things she has available today.