Pur 4-In-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Compact Review

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They say:

More than a mineral powder foundation, 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation is a natural mineral makeup concealer, powder and SPF 15 protection all in one. The cornerstone of the PÜR line, this natural foundation is pure mineral pigment ground to the smoothest texture and bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E. This full-coverage mineral powder foundation is good for your skin. Vegan friendly. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

Check out all the benefits of Pressed 4-in-1 Pur Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation:

  • It’s makeup with SPF 15 protection
  • PÜR makeup foundation does not contain harsh chemical dyes, alcohol, fragrance or preservatives.
  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation includes titanium and zinc, which provide an all-natural barrier from the elements.
  • PÜR’s Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation is easy to use without the typical mineral mess.
  • Pur Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation is good for every skin type and condition, from oily skin to dry, mature types.

The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation is truly a one-minute mineral makeup miracle!


Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Inactive Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Silica, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides. May contain: Ultramarines

I say:

I definitely wouldn’t class this as a 4-in-1 product. Nor would I say it’s a miracle exactly. What it is is a very effective way of covering imperfections and making your skin look pretty flawless. I was in my local Marks and Spencers a couple of years ago (good old M&S, I could live in there) I stumbled upon their new cosmeticy bit which is fab. While plastering my face with various lipsticks and blushers and so on, I buffed some of this into my skin. Now I have to say, Marks has got some super flattering lighting going on (they really are clever) and when scrutinising myself in the mirror, handily placed under said flattering illuminations, I noticed how smooth and glowing my skin looked. Worried that this was in fact just a trick of the radiance inducing bulbs, I rushed outside to examine my face in daylight. It still looked good. So I bought this little compact of mineral loveliness.

Two years later I’m still using it. Not the same compact, that would be pretty gross. I think I’m on about my fourth one, so that means that one of these bad boys last about six months. Not bad. Although I don’t wear makeup every day (when you see the photo below of me bare faced, you’ll wonder why).

Mineral makeup is often recommended for skin with rosacea, as it doesn’t usually contain potentially irritating ingredients. It can also successfully cover redness well by building up layers without it looking too thick and claggy. I’d tried the Bare Minerals loose powder foundation, and hadn’t got on too well with it. It contains Bismuth Oxychloride which can irritate some people, though many rosacea sufferers swear by it. But the Pur 4-in-1 really does have a blurring effect with a formula gentle enough for my skin.

I also purchased the brush, which goes with the compact but is sold separately, however, it’s very stiff and much too harsh for my face. I use a Real Techniques Buffing Brush which is super soft and effective. It’s a little big for getting into the nooks and crannies around the nose and mouth, so I’m still searching for the perfect accompanying brush.

The makeup is housed in a fairly sturdy plastic compact which has a small mirror in it and the ‘buffing’ technique goes like this. Swirl, tap, buff. I said swirl, tap, buff. That’s right, swirl, tap, buff. Okay Claire, we get the picture. SwirlTapBuff! Sorry… You really have to buff this stuff into the skin, using small circular motions, to get the desired effect. You can’t just wipe it all over your face like you were painting a wall. The more you buff, (don’t forget to swirl and tap too – hee hee) the more impeccable the finish. Then you just add more where you want more coverage. Did I explain the swirl, tap, buff? You swirl your brush around the powder in the compact, then you tap your brush on the edge of the compact to get rid of excess powder, then you buff the powder into your skin. This is an actual technique, I promise.


Excuse the slightly moronic look. The photo on the left is of me bare faced with just moisturiser on and the one on the right is of me with the Pur Minerals buffed in. These aren’t the most attractive photos, I admit, but I haven’t used any filters (imagine if I had and I still looked like this) and although there’s still a tad of redness coming through, I think the powder’s done a pretty good job of covering the rosy areas and dulling down any shine. It does leave your skin looking a bit flat, so applying some other makeup helps give your face a bit of shape.

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There’s quite a good colour selection, from pale to deeper tones, so I would hope that most people would be able to find a match. I usually choose shade Light, though I think it may be a wee bit too orange/dark for my pasty old face, so next time I might try Porcelain, which is the lighter option.

This claims to work as a concealer, SPF and powder as well as a foundation, but while I agree that this is a powder foundation (ticking two of the boxes) it is by no means (for me at least) enough to use as a sunscreen, neither does it work to conceal areas that need concealing. I use a separate product (underneath) for that.

I do like this product very much and I get compliments on my skin when I wear it, so it really does hide a multitude of sins. In terms of skin type, this might be a little drying for very thirsty skin types and a little too moisturising for very oily skin types. Mine is combination erring on the side of oily and I definitely have to apply more of this during the day or use a mattifying powder/blotting sheets to soak up the shine. My only beef with it is, it does settle slightly into fine lines and wrinkles and it’s pretty pricey and I don’t imagine it would last you long if you were using it every day. Apart from that, I like it very much and would be most disappointed if they ever discontinue it.


Since I wrote this review, Pur have changed the formulation of the product. Here’s what they say about it.

‘Pur newly enhanced formula has everything you love about the original 4-in-1 and more – same great coverage, same lightweight feel, same no-mess mineral makeup, but now with new built-in skin care ingredients, clinical results and sophisticated packaging. Never tried Pür? There’s never been a better time than now.’

Sounds good, but looking at the reviews on the US website, customers aren’t happy, with many of them complaining that the new formula doesn’t cover as well and is causing breakouts for some people. Also the price has gone up. When I first bought this it was £24.00 and now it’s £27.00. That’s quite a big jump. Especially if their loyal customers are extremely unhappy with the changes to the product. I haven’t tried it yet, but will give it a go when I run out of the one I’m currently using. Has anyone else tried it?

The new Pur 4-in-1 pressed Mineral Makeup Compact is available at M&S in store and online here.

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