Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches
I received the Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette in my December Boxycharm box and I was a little harsh during my first impressions post. I said the plastic palette seemed cheap and the palette was probably not worth the $50 retail cost. So, after a good amount of testing I am now ready to give you my full, honest opinion.
First off, this palette is from Pure Cosmetics, part of The Lano Company which is essentially a husband and wife team that produces natural skincare and makeup products. The palette is cruelty-free and contains no, parabens, triclosans, silicone or fragrance.
The palette comes encased in a box, which has all the shade names on the back, but don’t worry if you lose it or throw it away accidently like I did, the shades are also labelled inside the palette itself, something I really appreciate.
The palette has a plastic interior with a metal cover, similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes - more on that in a minute! The case is held closed by two plastic tabs at each end on the palette which I hope are sturdier than they appear. Inside the lid is a full-size mirror and the palette also comes with a dual-ended brush which feels reasonably soft. I only ever use my own brushes, so this brush is redundant to me, but I know many people appreciate a palette that comes with a brush.
Now to the good stuff. This palette contains 12 eyeshadows, 3 matte and the rest are shimmers. They fall into the pink and rose range, so if you like those sorts of shades then you might like this palette. Anyone who has seen or owns the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette will not fail to recognise the similarities. At first glance, the shades are very similar and even the look and layout of the palette bears an uncanny resemblance. But is is as good?
When I first opened this palette I was sceptical that it would be any good, but I have to apologise to Pure Cosmetics for that initial knee-jerk reaction because actually, the palette isn’t bad at all. I will go through each shade and tell you what I think.
The following swatches (left to right) have been done using a brush and swiped twice. The top half of the swatch is over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the bottom half is on bare skin so that you can get an idea of how they look on both.
Quartz: This is a matte which I would describe as a pale, neutral pink. It is a great base shade or highlighter and goes on smoothly and blends well. I experienced a small amount of fallout, but nothing I would worry about.
Sahara: I would call this a pink-peach shimmer that is very soft and applies well with no fallout. It blends really well and looks very pretty. This shade is noticeably better over primer.
Mesa: Similar to Sahara but with more of a peachy-rose colour. This too is a shimmer and is a lovely shade to work with as it blends great and there is no fallout. It does look better over primer.
Dune: This is a dusty rose shade that is the second matte of the palette. It goes on really nicely with no fallout and blends well. This definitely benefits from being laid over primer.
Mojave: This is a deep rose shimmer shade that I particularly love. It is very soft and buttery and blends beautifully with great colour payoff. It works well on both primed and unprimed skin and has very little fallout.
Sandstone: Another lovely shade, this time a deep copper shimmer that works well on both primed and unprimed skin with great colour payoff. It applies well, blends well and has no fallout.
Clay: A rose-pink matte shade that works better over primer. It has no fallout and blends well with good colour payoff.
Canyon: This is more of a coppery-rose shimmer that is very soft and blendable. It works well on both primed and unprimed lids, with better colour payoff over primed.
Desert: A deep rose-brown that is a very pretty shade that shimmers differently depending on the light. It has good colour payoff (better over primer) and no fallout, although I did get some on the unprimed skin.
Dust: This is a shimmery taupe that has good colour payoff and no fallout on primed skin, but less colour and more fallout on unprimed.
Barren: This is a deep taupe shimmer that reacts very similar to Dust, in that it is much better over primer.
Mirage: A very pretty deep purple with pink glittery shimmer. Try as I might, I could not get the shimmer to show up well in the photo, but trust me, it’s there. This shade works better over primer and blends well with good colour payoff.
I found that all of these shadows had great colour payoff, especially when used over primer. A few had some very minor fallout, but again, if used over primer this was almost eliminated. They all blended well and there is a nice range of good quality shades. All of them lasted between 6-7 hours without fading and I was pretty impressed overall.
So, is this palette worth considering? I would say definitely. It retails at $50 USD, so around $64 CND, so on the expensive side and just a bit less than the Urban Decay Naked 3 ($54 USD/$66 CND) which it resembles. I am personally not a great fan of the Naked palettes and consider this a great alternative. Both are cruelty-free and if you can get a discount on the Pure Cosmetics palette, then I would say, go for it. As I received this as part of my Boxycharm box it came with a discount code offering 25% off any order of $40 or more if you enter the code BOXYCHARM at checkout on their website www.purecosmetics.com. This would make the palette a very reasonable $37.50 USD. At this price, I would absolutely recommend it. You may also find it cheaper on Amazon.
Pure Cosmetics also have other palettes that resemble the rest of the Urban Decay Naked range, so you might want to check these out too.