Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit | Review & Demo

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Medium Light review & swatches

Jane Iredale is known in the clean and green beauty world for creating multitasking natural mineral makeup with added skincare benefits.  They use only the highest-quality minerals available and organic ingredients when possible to create hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, good-for-you makeup.

As a newbie to the brand, I tried out the Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Kit, or what they call a ‘Tasting Menu’ of some of their best and most-loved products.

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit

Each product in Jane Iredale’s Pure & Simple Kits is created to enhance rather than cover, providing lightweight coverage that lets your natural skin show through.  The pressed mineral powders all contain antioxidants like Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract. The kit includes four different products including:

All of Jane Iredales makeup is cruelty-free. However, these kits are not 100% vegan.  (The lip product contains carmine and beeswax.  Some of the blushes and eyeshadows contain carmine – ‘Sheer Honey’ blush and ‘Supernova’ eyeshadow, both in the kit I got, are not vegan.)

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Medium Light review, swatches, look

There are currently four kit options to suit different skin tones and include: Light, Medium Light, Medium, and Medium Dark. Each kit contains different foundation and blush shades depending on the palette depth.  The lip/cheek stain also changes from Forever Peach in the two lightest kits, to Forever Pink in the two deeper kits. Meanwhile, the eyeshadow shades (Oyster and Supernova) are the same across all kits.  Here is the Medium Light kit:

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Medium Light review, swatches

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit in Medium Light

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain Forever Peach review

Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit review, swatches

Two row: Swatches of the PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Amber (left) & Radiant (right).  Amber is warmer-toned, while Radiant is cooler-toned.  Both are surprisingly good matches for my light/medium skin, hence why they’re a bit difficult to make out in the photo.

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Medium Light review, swatches

Bottom row (from left to right): Blush in Sheer Honey, shadow in Oyster and Supernova, and lip/cheek stain in Forever Peach

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Before & After

Here’s my before and after.  The after photo was taken after I’d applied everything in the palette, plus a little eyeliner and mascara.

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit review, before & after

First, I applied a mixture of the two PurePressed Base Mineral Foundations (using a Teri Miyahira Large Multi Face Brush).  I then applied the PurePressed Blush on the cheeks, along with the PurePressed Eye Shadow in Oyster as a cheek highlight.  I also used Oyster on the brow bone and inner eye corners, and Supernova on the lid and crease.  I finished with Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain on the lips.

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit review, swatches, look

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit review, before and after

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit Review

PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation – This pressed powder foundation starts out sheer, but then very quickly builds up to medium coverage.  Even after a few layers, the powder maintains a completely natural looking finish – it literally looks like skin up close and is almost imperceptible.  The oil-free formula sets to a matte finish and keeps minimizes oilies better than any other natural powder foundation I’ve tried so far!

PurePressed Blush – The Medium Light kit comes with the ‘Sheer Honey’ blush shade.  It’s a very warm, peachy-terracotta shade, which I don’t find particularly flattering on me. (I really wish that they had included a more universal shade, like a neutral rose.)  Formula-wise, the texture is silky-smooth, pigmented, and from what I found, best applied with a light hand using a duo fibre brush.

PurePressed Eye Shadow –  The shade Supernova looks like a silvery-taupey-purple in the pan, but translates to a warmer, almost rosy taupe on my lids. The shade Oyster is a non-shimmery creamy white that creates a natural, subtle highlight on the eyes (and anywhere else you apply it).  Both shadows are both silky-smooth in texture and have a gorgeous satin finish.  Most impressively, they last all day on my lids, with zero creasing.  I desperately want to try out Dusk (a shimmery mauve/grey) and Violet Eyes (a shimmery deep violet) hopefully soon!

Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain – The lip/cheek stain is already one of my favorites (I received a sample a while back from Birchbox, in the shade Forever Pink).  The formula is incredibly moisturizing, and I love how it transforms to natural looking stain once it warms up on the skin.  Shade-wise, I much prefer Forever Pink over Forever Peach, as the former is much more universally flattering. (Again, I wish they had gone more neutral shades on the two lighter palettes.)

All-in-all, this kit serves as the perfect little intro to Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup.  It’s also great for travel as it’s super compact and comes just about everything you need to create a simple and natural everyday look.

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