Pure Luxe Cosmetics Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

March 11, 2009

Over the years I’ve seen so many bloggers create gorgeous, vibrant looks using Pure Luxe Cosmetics, so finally decided that it was time for me to give them a try myself. Their color selection is overwhelming, and it took me hours to narrow down my selection to just 8, but I have to say I’m pretty happy with the choices I made.

Below are two sets of the same swatches, just under different lighting conditions:

Top Row: Bubblegum, Amethyst, Grape, Dusk
Bottom Row: Golden Sands, Sage, Sour Apple, Galaxy

Bubblegum: Bubblegum is a baby pink that has a cool lavender/blue duochrome effect under certain lighting conditions, and while it looks like it might be chalky in the pot, it isn’t at all. I think this would make a pretty cool blush in addition to a great eyeshadow.

Amethyst: Amethyst is a silky smooth purpley lavender with flashes of pink that is just absolutely stunning. It’s got a little bit of everytihng–smokiness, depth, brightness.

Grape: Grape is one of the shadows that really made me want to try this line. It’s a bright, vibrant purple that really pops and is super super pigmented.

Dusk: Dusk is a soft matte gray that I figured I could wear to work, but sadly it’s on the chunky and chalky side, and also isn’t all that pigmented. Booo!

Golden Sands: A soft taupey brown with shimmer and seriously one of the most gorgeous neutrals I’ve seen. I’m not much of a neutrals girl but I love this one.

Sage: So sage wasn’t at all what I thought it’d be. You really need to check out both sets of swatches on this one, because under certain lighting conditions it’s this great fresh light green, whereas under other conditions it flashes a lot of light brown. I’m not saying I don’t like this one, it’s just not really what I was looking for, and I think we know by now that I’m not crazy about browns.

Sour Apple: Sour Apple pretty much looks exactly like what you’d expect a shade named Sour Apple to look like. It, along with Grape, are from Pure Luxe’s Bubblegum collection, and like its purple sibling, Sour Apple is almost super super pigmented, fun, bright and fabulous.

Galaxy: Galaxy is a bit of an enigma to me. It’s a smokey blue/green/gray with gold but the color changes with the lighting and I can never quite put my finger on exactly what color it is at any particular moment. Nonetheless it’s got plentiful shimmer and is really quite beautiful and unique.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of the Pure Luxe shadows that I chose. I’d say stay away from the mattes as I wasn’t too fond of the chunky texture, chalkiness and lack of pigmentation, but the other shades are definitely winners in my book. They’re beautifully smooth, pigmented, and have lots of shimmer just the way I like it. Plus the samples are dirt cheap, seriously generous and will last you for ages!

On a somewhat related note I also ordered a sample of the Nymph-o-Mania High Voltage Lip Wand and absolutely despise it. It was essentialy invisible on, stung my lips horribly for some reason and tasted really bitter. Never again!

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