I didn’t see Beautiful Creatures, but when I saw Pur Minerals’ limited edition tie-in for it – an eyeshadow palette with a lip gloss and an eyeliner pencil – I thought it looked, well, beautiful. It’s a collection of brown, purple and green eyeshadows with shimmer and matte finishes, in a cardboard box with a brush and magnetic closure.
The eyeshadow formula
The shadows are richly pigmented and soft without being too powdery. Kind of like Stila, except they feel more densely packed. Fantasy could have blended more easily – I finally had to use a stiff brush with a transition color to work the edges of it (or you could apply it first and work lighter colors into it). But that was the only minor qualm I had with this collection!
- Supernatural is a shimmery light caramel. It’s just a litt etoo deep to be called a “champagne.”
- Siren is a sage green with golden shimmer.
- Spellbound is a peachy ivory matte.
- Fate is a shimmery rose bronze that works equally well with the brownish shadows or the purplish ones.
- Fantasy is a deep satin finish burgundy with slightly cool undertones. This is the one that could blend more easily, but is still totally doable.
- Secret is a very pale pink with blue undertones – almost a white – matte. It’s actually a very unusual color, at least to my collection.
- Forbidden is a deep, satin-finish mocha caramel – a very rich brown that packs a lot of pigment.
- Cursed is a dark purple charcoal. In the pan, I see glimmers of something like shimmer, but in swatches and on the eye this one looks satiny – nearly matte.
The gloss, liner and brush
The lip gloss in Lust is a shiny formula in a warm light pink shade. It was fairly opaque for a gloss, and had a very shiny cream finish with just a hint of gold shimmer. Because it’s a warm pink with a slight brown undertone, it will go well with a lot of skin tones. I expect it will be too light to show up on some deeper pigmented lips, however. It wore comfortably, without too much slip or creaminess, almost like a silicon or gel formula. The wear time was very good for a gloss.
The eyeliner in Black Magic is a matte black kohl formula eye pencil. It’s fairly creamy and goes on without skipping or dragging, but the formula is dry enough to give a really good wear time, especially for kohl.
Even the brush was surprisingly good – I’ve actually pulled it from the kit and use it often, with other shadows as well as these. You probably could get by with just this brush if you were traveling – it’s a domed, semi-flat brush with enough density to pack on color, but enough fluffiness for blending.
Aside from the minor blending issues with Fantasy, this is a collection of very good shadows with a Mac quality kohl liner and a lip gloss that sure beats the “minis” Urban Decay puts in theirs.
Available at Ulta for $39.