The Pur Minerals Redness Correcting Priming retails for $32 on their website or at Shoppers Drugmart. It’s vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free and of course, cruelty-free. It’s intended to lengthen the wear of your foundation, cancel out the redness in your skin with its green tones and improve the look and feel of your skin. I’ve been on the hunt for a good primer for quite a while. I used to use (and still love) the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer however at $60+ a bottle… I just can’t bring myself to keep buying it. Pur Minerals primers have a similar texture so I thought for half the price, let’s give it a shot! Here’s a run down of my thoughts:
Overview of my skin type: I have pink/red tones in my skin. My skin colour is quite fair. I perpetually look blotchy and a little flushed when I am not wearing makeup. I find that I have to build up coverage on my cheeks where I have redness and veins that show through my skin. I’ve dabbled in correcting products before such as the Stila primer or my recently reviewed Almay correcting primer. Those products work however they have a greasiness to them. Since I struggle with shine, I decided that they weren’t for me. In the past my favourite primer has been the much-loved Hourglass Mineral Veil. I love the texture, finish and the good for you properties in it. I didn’t care for the price and so I continued looking for a more accessible and affordable primer. I noticed that Pur Minerals’ line of primers has a similar texture and so I decided to try them out. I chose the redness correcting one since I have such pink/red skin tones.
Claims: “Containing proprietary skin care ingredients, this multitasking color correcting primer has been clinically proven to brighten and firm the skin’s appearance while offsetting the look of redness from breakouts, irritation and more with color-correcting technology.”
As a primer I believe that it does its job. It helps my foundation stay put and creates a lovely barrier on my skin. Once it’s applied my skin feels a little smoother and looks more uniform. The claim to correct the redness in my skin is absolutely true. I find that once I apply this primer I have to let it absorb into my skin for about 30 seconds and then boom! My skin looks ghostly white! It cancels out all the pink tones and makes my skin a more uniform pale colour. This results in needing less foundation to cover up my red blotchy areas. I think it works as it claims and possibly better than I expected. I would say that this does a better job of minimizing redness than my recently tried Almay Correcting Primer! The finish to the Pur Minerals is matte – which I much prefer!
Regarding the claim that it reduces the redness of blemishes. It is true but I noticed in the places where I had a nasty red spot from a pimple it mitigated the redness but didn’t cancel it out. Therefore I don’t think that it will hide your pimples. You will still need concealer on a few spots (far less concealer though!). I think that is to be expected. I mean, it’s a primer, it doesn’t replace concealer! If you’re problem is redness in the skin – this works perfectly! If your problem is acne this will help to reduce the redness of pimples but it won’t hide them.
Summary: I am very happy with this primer for Pur Minerals! It lives up to it’s claims and is affordable. I love that when I run out I can run around the corner to my Shoppers and get it (getting to a Sephora is a pain where I live). I think that at $32 it’s a great value. It is comparable to my beloved Mineral Veil primer in texture but has an added feature of colour correction. I’d highly recommend to anyone that if you love the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer but don’t love the price or have a hard time getting it – try Pur Minerals’ primers. They have a broad selection of primers that help alleviate different skin issues. I personally will keep using this primer as a part of my regular routine and I even just ordered their Hydrate and Balance Primer to test out.
Update from 20/02/2015 – after using this for a little longer I wanted to note to the reader that you can use too much of this product! If you put on too much it might make a sort of cakey film. If you are finding that then just use less. I use about the diameter of the eraser end of a pencil… if that makes sense….