As y'all know, QVC's Saturday Night Beauty holds a prominent place on my TiVo's Season Pass list. Almost every week, I find a new line or product that I want to try. I strongly suggest that, if you're as in love with beauty as I am, you watch SNB - it's a great way to find out about new or seldom-known beauty brands.
Week before last, the interesting products were from 100% Pure Cosmetics. I found myself intrigued by the draw of using fruit pigments to color the products. I just knew they would smell yummy and I had to have them! I ordered two lipgloss duos, a lip & cheek stain trio and the mascara in Black Tea and Blackberry. I'm not an all natural kind of girl, but putting soothing, natural products on my face sounded appealing.
Now I see why I'm not an all natural girl. I mean, okay, these products don't royally suck or anything, but truthfully, they're just not that interesting. The Lip & Cheek Stain is an okay product - the texture is quite lovely in its creaminess, but the tint is very faint and it takes me several applications before I feel that it's really showing up. Not to mention that, halfway through the day, I looked in the mirror an noticed that it had gone a bit blotchy on me. However, I didn't find that it faded quickly, so that's good.
The lipglosses come in very pretty, natural colors (duh!) I expected them to glide on smoothly when - shock and awe - I found that they feel kind of gritty on my lips. I don't know if it's the fruit pigments that do that, but whatever it is, I didn't find it to be a very pleasing experience. Not to mention that I like my lipglosses to have a shiny finish and this doesn't. It's decidedly creamy, almost like a liquid lipstick, but with not enough coverage to qualify.
And the mascaras. Okay, they're not awful. But they're not great. They will add some length, but it requires several coats. In the mornings, I just don't have time for all that. The mascaras also didn't leave my lashes looking particularly dark or thick. Thumbs down. Just a very basic mascara.
ETA: I had my dance mentor, Lotus Niraja, try out the mascaras, as well. While she likes the color of the Blackberry shade (a dark purple), the texture and overall effect of the mascara did nothing for her lashes. She found the consistency to be almost oily and was surprised at how stringy her lashes looked after application. She was pleased to announce, though, that she found they work well for grooming the brows, if you wipe a bit of product off the brush first.
So, to summarize - if you must try this line, go for the Lip & Cheek Stain.
You can buy 100% Pure Cosmetics on www.qvc.com.