I have been interested in finding more natural make up solutions – just because I feel like it is a little kinder on my skin which is quite sensitive. So I was pleased a selection of Youngblood – a high end mineral make up brand from Beauty Expert.
I tried out the Youngblood Mineral Make Up set (called Purely the Basics) in Medium (£39), an Eyeshadow Quad in Timeless (£33) and the Brow Artiste palette in Dark (£31).
In the starter kit, you get three medium sized powders (2 foundations and 1 setting powder), a blusher, a Kabuki Brush and 1 sample of HD colourless powder.
I have tried many mineral powder foundations before and on my dry skin, they work best with a setting or hydrating spray. The worse mineral powders don’t work well with water and cake on my face, the better ones blend in nicely (Jane Iredale for example) and leave a smooth flawless finish that isn’t too drying. I find pressed mineral foundation easier to control than loose, but it’s not a deal breaker.
Firstly, the medium set consists of Soft beige and Honey shades. I actually think they shades are slightly too light for me although Honey matches better – the dark set might work better for me (I am a NC35 in MAC foundation) so bear this in mind – once blended in I find mineral make up does tend to look a tad lighter than in the pot.
Here is the guide card that comes with the set in case you are confused about how to use it.
The sifters are good on these, not too much product comes out which I hate with mineral foundations. I think it’s worth removing half of the plastic cover and leaving half on if you don’t want too much to leak out as it inevitably does in the make up bag.
Swatches – how this mineral foundation differs from loose powder I think, is that it is extra dense and creamy – it sort of melts on to the skin and reacts quite well to a face mist to create a soft luminous finish. It blends well but I do think the Kabuki brush included could be softer. The size of it makes it good for travelling but I would prefer to use a denser, softer brush to buff this mineral foundation in to the skin.
The blush is called Plumbery – not to everyones taste and I tend to go for a bright coral or pink but this made a nice change. I used sparingly as this kind of shade can look a bit slapped cheek…
I really loved the look of this neutral eyeshadow quad called Timeless – perfect for doing a neutral eye or matching with a heavy lip.
Pigmentation is sheer to medium – it has a nice texture and is what I would call the perfect work palette or for a really easy eye. There is a matte cream, shimmery light apricot, medium taupe and a shimmer mushroom type shade. All very wearable. I don’t know why but if this palette was an actress, she would be Kate Winslet.
Then there is the Brow Artiste palette. I have so many brow palettes – I love them!
This Youngblood one in dark comes with a brow wax and two powders, as well as tweezers and a spoolie and brush. There is a large size mirror.
The shades look warm and cool but they don’t swatch like that they are more, medium or dark.
The eyebrow guide:
So what did I think of everything?
The mineral foundation kit is a really good option if you want to try a high end mineral make up brand as you have everything there to begin with. I would say I should’ve tried the dark kit over the medium though as I felt it was a little light on me (you can always blend powders).
For me though, I still prefer a liquid or cream base due to having dry skin that looks drier as the day goes on…I felt that I missed that extra hydration with a mineral powder foundation. You can mist your skin throughout the day though if you feel like this base is dry.
The eyeshadow quad has shades that are dupable, but I really liked this – it’s a perfect neutral palette but it isn’t cheap – but if it was me, I would spend less money on bright fashion colours and more on a good natural palette like this.
The Brow Artiste palette is easy to use, and the supplied tools like the tweezers are surprisingly good quality. I mixed it in with the wax and ended up with well tamed brows all day. I do prefer a brow palette which has a wax as well as a powder too so this is a good choice and the price isn’t too unreasonable.
I am modelling the foundation and blush set, the eyeshadow and brow product here:
The base photographs well actually – perhaps mineral make up looks good for selfies?!
You can get Youngblood at Beauty Expert