October 11, 2011

Pur Minerals Natural Knockout Set Review, Swatches, Photos

Over the weekend, I was willing to try out something new….

Imma tell you about what my mates deem a culinary delight, that’d be chocolate covered bacon. My friend Libs is here visiting from London to celebrate our best friend’s birthday and she brought chocolate covered bacon along with her for the trip. Damn you British people are strange folk (kiddin’).

I’m not much for bacon so dipping it into chocolate isn’t going to really win me over here. Seriously, chocolate covered bacon is all kinds of disgusting, no matter how much Libby will preach the bible about it to ya. Of course, she won over everyone but me with it…*shrug*

If you absolutely need to try it for yourself, you can get the non-British variety at Marini’s Candies who sells it in a gift box for $12.95 because pieces of fried pig fat look fancier when it’s in a gold gift box and covered with chocolate. Yay!

In the spirit of trying new things I picked up Pur Minerals Natural Knockout Set, ya know, because I needed to wash the taste of chocolate bacon out of my mouth….


This friendly little set from Pur Minerals is $28 and features two full size products, two mini ones, a brush, and a makeup bag (like I need another bloody makeup bag). At $28, it’s a nice little value in my humblest however some of the pieces proved a little meh so the price tag doesn’t quite even out.

You get:

  • Pur Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Pearl Dust
  • Pur Minerals Mineral Eye Pencil in Hidden Treasure
  • Pur Minerals Spice Marble Powder
  • Pur Minerals Impact + Mascara
  • Mini Kabuku Brush
  • Mini Makeup Bag Wristlet

I wasn’t particular partial to the patent leather makeup bag wristlet myself so it ended up getting tossed into the obscenely large FMBWP (free makeup bags with purchase) pile. What you? You know you SO have the same type of pile!

Personally the kit may we worth a pick up for what I considered the two stars in the bag which were the gloss and marble powder. The Point Plumping Lip Gloss doesn’t really plump but the Pearl Dust shade is a gorgeous natural gold peach that gives lips a subtle kiss of pretty golden peach. I loved this color and thought it worked fabulously with shades like NARS Orgasm Blush. The other item that really stood out was the Marble Face Powder in Space. This was a enticing little mix of dark peach, lighter peach, and bronze-y peach. The shade gives cheeks a dose of warm, rich color that looks like you just stepped in from a sunny day…no worries, it’s not a bronze look at all but more of a blushing peach that looks very natural and pretty.

The downside of the collection was the rather badly performing Mineral Eye Pencil which had a hard time deciding whether it was black or a shade of khaki (it swatches khaki but it applies a muddy brown black). This is a retractable eyeliner sans a sharpener (ugh it’s my pet peeve when these don’t have sharpeners) with a formula that skips and tugs rather badly. I didn’t get a smooth line from this since the formula proved rather dry and it was near impossible to apply on my waterline as it refused to yield color. Secondly, the kabuki brush is very cheap…it sheds, has a scratchy feel, and just the overall presentation was rather poorly done in my opinion. And lastly the Impact + Mascara, well, let’s just say it left no impact on me.

After checking out the glosses from Pur Minerals I noticed this particularly shade wasn’t available, otherwise, I might consider a purchase of the gloss and powder alone.

In the end, I don’t think the kit is worth the price since much of what was inside was a little bit of bust for me. Pur Minerals should consider lowering the price and maybe pairing up the gloss, blush, a nice eyeshadow, and a makeup bag and leave out the kabuki, eyeliner, and mascara….

This one was as good as chocolate covered bacon with some minor redeeming qualities.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Jessica

    “because pieces of fried pig fat look fancier in a gold gift box and covered with chocolate” HAHAHAHA oh Muse you are wonderful.

    I don’t understand why companies provide crappy brushes with their products – how do they expect us to use something that looks only slightly softer than a rake? Wouldn’t it be more cost effective for them to not bother producing something everyone’s just gonna toss? that blush does look pretty though.

    • the Muse

      lol jessica ;-D! exactly….so incredibly annoying grrr! I like the blush and gloss ALOT ;-D

  • Tracey

    Hmm, now I love bacon and I love chocolate but I don’t think the two should ever be combined in any way, shape or form.

  • LipstickChick

    I gotta say, I love this line — it’s a hidden treasure to me, as I don’t often hear it mentioned! Their powder foundation is a HG product for me, many times repurchased.

    (That being said, their brushes ARE ridiculously terrible lol. Then again, I’m not into this line for their brushes.)

    I have and love the Spice blush — granted, the blushes smell a bit odd, but I’m gonna chalk that up to them being mineral-based (that’s my story, sticking to it).

    That gloss looks beautiful! I’m going to have to check this kit out!

  • Winni

    Um, this pregnant woman loves the idea of chocolate covered bacon! Haha. I saw some at Whole Foods last year, but I didn’t partake…hopefully I’ll find it this year… 🙂

  • Logan

    The choco bacon looks kinda awesome. Not sure how it would taste though. Don’t judge but….bacon and peanut butter on top of a glazed donut…epic gluttony XD. It’s really good if your a fan of bacon and peanut butter. It’s savory and creamy and awesome. Granted it’s probably not the best for you but it’s so rich you really only need one donut to get that desired mouthgasm XD or better yet only buy ONE donut so your not tempted. I agree with Jessica but I’m guessing it might come just be their manufacturing (like they might buy it in bulk and it’s cheaper with a brush or something) and it somehow even’s out in the end in cost? Idk I wish they’d just leave them out cuz 99% of the time they are crap and get tossed.

  • Miss_silk

    Oh man….when I saw that Chocolate covered Bacon…it reminded me of “Epic Meal Time” on youtube, where they put bacon in EVERYTHING……

    It all depends on people’s tastes. Like some just like things salty….others…sweet. But some like…both lol

  • Majick

    OMG – had to show my DH the bacon. LOL We have a friend who is a bacon fanatic and I may just have to get him some.
    THanks for sharing!