I love that it's pressed and Taupe has that perfect balance of being nicely pigmented, while also blending very easily on the face, so you aren't constantly at risk of overdoing it. In terms of the actual color, however, I'm a little more conflicted. In the store, I was convinced it was a cool brown, which is why I thought it would make a good contour shade for my pale, slightly cool-toned skin, but on the face, it actually ends up leaning more warm. The base color is definitely cool-toned, but it also has a warm golden shimmer/sheen running through it. While the shimmer isn't visible once it's on the face, it is enough to noticeably warm up the color.
|Pure + Simple Face Color in Taupe, swatched heavily and blended out.|
Did Taupe end up being the perfect contour shade for me? Unfortunately not. BUT it does make a lovely all over bronzer, even on my fair skin. As an added bonus, the face colours are multi-use powders, intended for eyes, lips, and face, and while I've yet to try it on the lips, Taupe also makes a great mid-toned neutral eye shadow.
So, even though it didn't work out quite as planned, I'm not sorry I picked this up. It's always nice to support a local company and as someone who does most of her makeup shopping online, it's also refreshing to be able to do some in-person swatching for a change. If you're looking for quality pressed makeup, without the silicones or other nasties, Pure + Simple is definitely worth a look. My interest is certainly piqued and I fully intend to try more of the brand's products in the future.
Where to Buy: $16.95 from Pure + Simple
Ingredients: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Zinc Stearate, Lavendula Angustifolia Flower Wax, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Butyrospermium Parkii extract, Bismuth Oxychloride, Tocopheryl Acetate. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.