Beauty Beat: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Monday, March 29, 2010

I like to use makeup with sheer coverage during warmer months, and this past week, I decided to test out a mineral foundation starter kit from cult brand Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. If you are new to mineral foundation like I am, you will find this starter kit, which includes generous sample sizes of Mineral Rice Setting Powder, Mineral Foundation in two shades and Crushed Mineral Blush, a Kabuki Brush and easy-to-follow, three step instructions, particularly useful.

all images courtesy of Youngblood

Step One: Mineral Rice Setting Powder

I started by applying Mineral Rice Setting Powder to prime my moisturized skin. Primer really makes a difference for me when using foundation, and the kit's rice powder had a really pleasant, light texture. The setting powder left a matte but glowing look to my face.

Mineral Rice Setting Powder from the Light Starter Kit

Step Two: Natural Mineral Foundation

Youngblood starter kits come in three different shades: light, medium and dark. I often have difficulty finding a match for my fair Asian skin, but using a blend of the two shades from the light starter kit, I was able to come up with a good natural blend. (One of my pet peeves is women who use foundation that is too fair or dark for their complexion, resulting in a visible shade difference between the face and neck areas.)

To apply the mineral foundation, you are supposed to shake a small amount into the lid and buff the brush in a circular motion, tap to shake off excess and then apply to the face using circular motions. The Kabuki Brush that comes with the kit was adequate, but I can already tell that I am going to have to invest in a full-sized Kabuki Brush to use mineral foundation on an ongoing basis.

Barely Beige for fair skin with yellow undertones

Neutral for skin with pink undertones

Step Three: Crushed Mineral Blush

The Crushed Mineral Blush from the fair starter kit was an intriguing coral and pink color called Sherbert. I applied this color using the Kabuki Brush and blending on the apples of my cheeks and upward. I love using plenty of blush during the day as I find that powder fades quite quickly on my skin, but this blush seemed to last without fading.

Crushed Mineral Blush in Sherbert

Optional Step: Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Kit

I could have swiped on a little mascara and lipgloss and taken my glowing skin out for the day, but I was also given the chance to try Youngblood's Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad. When it comes to eyeshadow, I like to keep it simple- either using a neutral, simple wash of color over my lid, or generally, two or three complimentary colors in the cool color family. Since I don't generally use brown or beige colors, I thought it would be fun to test out Youngblood's eyeshadow quad in Gemstones: an array of beige, brown and green colors. The texture of the shadow was absolutely a dream. The formula uses rice powder, and glides smoothly across lids, with or without primer. As for the colors themselves, I think I will experiment more with cocoa browns and neutrals. It's a different flattering look for my brown eyes, and I will definitely put this palette into my daily rotation.

The Final Verdict

While I won't throw away my liquid foundation, especially for a finished, full coverage evening look, I would use Youngblood Mineral Foundation again during the day for a barely-there, but glowing face. The founder of Youngblood, Pauline Youngblood Soli started the line over 10 years ago to provide breathable makeup for people with skin recovering from cosmetic surgery or harsh procedures so I know this product would be great to use, especially during summer months when the prospect of wearing heavy foundation in the hot sun seems daunting and damaging. I'm definitely enamored with the eyeshadow quad and the mineral blush and would definitely repurchase both!

What are your thoughts on mineral foundation or makeup? Do you use any mineral products on a regular basis?

Disclosure: Samples of products mentioned in this post were provided for review purposes.


Brigadeiro said...

I have yet to try mineral makeup, but am keen to do so, after reading/hearing so much about it! :)

Diane said...

thanks for the info!they do look great!


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the review and I'm curious about checking them out too!

I love Bare Escentuals and used it for my wedding (ok with a cheat Laura Mercier moisturizer underneath too)! I love the even coverage of mineral foundation and it's so easy to apply.

daisychain said...

I love mineral makeup, it suits my skin much better than liquid for some reason. I hope they ship internationally!

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I've been using nothing but mineral foundation and blush for several years now, and I cannot ever see myself going back to liquid again. I'm super, super fair, and I love how forgiving mineral makeup is. I love to feel like I'm not actually wearing any makeup, and I think that it's much easier to get that glow with mineral than many other products I've tried.

Also - that sherbet blush looks like it might be my new favorite color...

Taylor Sterling said...

I like mineral make up. Looks fresh!

Vyque said...

What skin type do you have? I'm intensely combination, super oily and super dry at the same time, it's so hard to find something that will work with both!

Sheena said...

I still have yet to try mineral makeup, mainly because I haven't really put enough research into it and how it would interact with my skin. However, I really enjoyed this review and I definitely need to look into it more.

Leia said...

i love mineral make-up and use it all the time! bare minerals is my favorite brand.

Manju said...

i used to use everyday minerals, loved it, but now i moved on to avene foundation. it has spf, and im really lazy to use minerals+sunscreen when i can use only 1 product
lol lazybum me

Susan said...

great review!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I use Bare Minerals powder for everyday but a Givenchy liquid foundation if I want more coverage. I always need to touch up BM- it fades fast I think. I do love the BM eye colors too and they have SO many, I have too many haha.

The Style Revolution said...

I love Youngblood Rice powder and their lip gloss AMAZING!!!

MizzJ said...

Great review! They seem like great products and I'm especially intrigued by the primer powder.

Tell me your Holy Grail mascara and you could win a must-have beauty prize!!

SHOPJNSQ said...

Love Bare Escentuals, their loose powder is amazing! Great review!

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