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May 6, 2016

Pur Cosmetics Strobe Palette In Moonlight Glow

Little did I know what kind of impact strobing could have on how my makeup looks overall. When you either hear: “Did you go to the beach? Your skin looks amazing”, or “When I saw you coming in this week I told myself she doesn’t need makeup”, you know something you’ve done different is delivering on-fleek results. And of all days these flattering comments were dropped during my 5 AM face days. I know! I don’t even have my real brows on those mornings! #WTF. Truthfully, my uber-early morning routine is minimized to the max in terms of how much product, techniques, and tools I utilize, and it never really changes unless I substitute one of the existing products for another. And when I received these compliments I had only changed one thing: I substituted my usual liquid illuminator for the Pur Cosmetics Strobe Palette in Moonlight Glow ($34). I picked this palette up at Ulta when I was snooping around for new things and brands to try. I was definitely sure the Pur Cosmetics Glow Together ($34) would end up in my haul, then when I saw the strobe palette sitting right next to it I was kind of hesitant, but ended up giving in and in my haul it went. The reason why I was hesitant was due to the strobing culture. I’m not always a fan of new beauty trends that emerge, and strobing happened to be one of them because I value my contour so much. Strobing is the anti-contour, hence, I never really wanted anything to do with it. That was until I decided to forfeit my liquid highlight for this palette instead, and obviously it did improve something because other people noticed the difference in what I had done that morning.

It was a hit, to say the least.

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The palette I picked up is titled Moonlight Glow, and is one of the 2 existing palettes Pur Cosmetics released for their strobe edition. The other palette is titled Sunkissed Glow, which was gorgeous as well, but I decided to pick up Moonlight Glow because Sunkissed Glow is a little too much on the dark side for where my current skin tone is. I’m not exactly in full-on tan mode yet so I decided on the lighter option to match my current color a little better. Each palette comes with 3 coordinating shades that highlight and define facial features with a unique dimension and lit-from-within glow. All 3 shades have a silky and creamy texture to them so the colors glide on effortlessly without streaking. I have applied all 3 colors with my fingers, a damp Beautyblender, and a dense brush, and the results remained the same. A total streak-free application with the same amount of color deposit.

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In terms of pigment, all 3 shades have sheer to medium coverage and you can pack on as much as you want without going into highlight overkill since it does not contain heavy glitter particles but has highlighting pearls instead. In fact, the more you build the layers, the more beautifully radiant and luminescent your face looks. The colors are smooth and blend like a dream, are really easy to work with and gives the user ample time to blend and perfect without instantly drying and it refuses to move so you’re stuck with a zebra stripe on your face somewhere. Not cute. Another aspect I love about this product, besides pigment and longevity that is, is that the substance is not drying but feels hydrating instead so it fuels that healthy dewy and glowing look like it’s your own. The creamy texture transforms to a powder finish (could potentially work on oily skin type) so it does not feel heavy nor sticky, plus it lasts like you would not believe. I did not notice any fading, although the intensity did dim down a bit by hour 11. Which kind of freaked me out at first but it is definitely appreciated because that means this product can go the distance in terms of how many hours I choose to wear it, and it can withstand the high Vegas temps during the Summer. Also, this rich formula prevents transferring so I can actually touch my face and nothing will come off. 


Tip: For a more natural look, I will apply the Moonlight Glow creams as is. If I want a really bright and dramatic highlight, like let’s say for a night out, I will use one of the shades as a base, then apply a powder highlighter on top.


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Ever since I started using this palette I have been slightly converted to utilizing strobing more as an everyday option instead of always defaulting back to contouring. Especially when the point of my makeup is to look natural. My face in plus, basically. There are absolutely no flaws or downsides to any of the shades and the palette in general. I apply this to the high points of my cheeks, my chin, between my brows, above the arches of my brows, corners of the nose, the tear ducts, and the cupids bow for an even, gorgeous “I just came from vacation but not really” canvas. It can be contributed to this specific palette that faith has been restored in my complexion (despite its flaws), and every time I use it I fall in love with it more and more. Cannot wait until I develop a full tan this Summer so I can see what else the palette can bring.

Here are some up-close photos of the shades as well as swatches and color descriptions:

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Twilight: a muted beige and gold highlighter with mostly golden undertones
Lunar: a pink/champagne highlighter
Eclipse: a bronze highlighter with copper undertones

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