11 July 2013

Pure + Simple Face Colour in Taupe

Pure + Simple is a small Toronto chain of holistic spas that also manufactures their own skincare and makeup lines.  I've worked literally down the street from one of their spas for over a year now and it's taken me all that time to actually make it into the store.  When I finally did, I knew I wanted to try something from their makeup line and was leaning towards the blushes, which Nicole from EcoChicBeautyDiva has raved about many times, but by that point, I felt like I'd already rounded out my blush collection pretty well with my DIY blush experiments.  Instead, what ended up making it's way home with me was their Face Colour in Taupe, in the hopes it would end up being that ever illusive, perfectly natural-looking contour color.  


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.


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.


7 comments:

  1. What a lovely find! My skin is tan and leans on the warm side, so fingers-crossed it would suit me as a blush :) Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. You're welcome! I think it would look great as a blush on more tan skin :)

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  2. This looks like it would make a great eyeshadow - in the crease and under the lower lash line. It's a really pretty shade from the pics you have shown. :-)

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    1. It does! I love using it in the crease especially :)

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  3. I would probably use it as an eyeshadow coz I never contour. My face is already too thin and 'shadowy' :(

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    1. I can't imagine that, lol:) My face is fairly round, so contouring makes a big difference...once you figure out the right colour of course! It does make a great eye shadow too though!

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  4. Neat product! I like that you can use it all over your face.

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