I remember when Bare Escentuals mineral make up hit the Sephora scene in the early 2000’s. The idea of swirling some powder on a Kabuki brush (yet another addition to the makeup lover’s vernacular during that time period…I know they have existed for centuries, but I venture to say that most of us weren’t saying “Kabuki” before mineral makeup became mainstream!) and instantly buffing away all flaws was quite intoxicating. I bought BE in “light” for the winter months and “medium tan” in the summer. Despite the fact that it was supposed to offer perfect coverage, be so pure that you could sleep in it and actually improve one’s skin with regular use, there was one blaring problem area…the finish. Many of us can recall with horror the “disco ball” pallor that would develop as our face’s natural oil mixed with the foundation. Suddenly, once airbrushed pores became crater-like and pronounced and the mica-induced shimmer and shine took us well beyond the acceptable borderline of “glowy.” About a year into my BE mineral makeup foray, I decided that it simply wasn’t for me…the increasingly reflective surface of my face that developed with extended wear just wasn’t flattering. I felt it necessary to provide this brief history in order to put the product I am about to review in proper context. My past experience with mineral makeup was not stellar; in turn, when I was given the chance to try the Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation, my reservations were intact!
|Extremely minimal ingredients and no fragrance…this is a good start!|
I was sent the shade Soft Beige, which is for fair to medium, slightly yellow skin. This would be a perfect match for me in the winter months (approximately NC 25) but was a bit too light to look completely believable with my tanner body.
|Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation in Soft Beige.|
What is most remarkable about this product is how concentrated it is; only a little shake of this finely-milled powder is necessary to lend full coverage to the entire face! I used my Make Up Forever Kabuki Brush and my Hourglass Retractable Foundation Brush to apply the powder and both seamlessly buffed it into my skin. Unlike the sometimes blotchy, overly shimmery finish of the BE, Youngblood smooths over the skin evenly, yielding an almost airbrushed effect that looks the same hours later (no touch up required!).
|I swatched the foundation heavily to show its opacity and shade, but one would never opt to wear such a dense application on their face…the “buffed and blended” swatch shows how imperceptible it becomes once the proper amount melds with the skin.|
|Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation in Soft Beige…I made sure to take this at the end of the day to show its performance over time. Surprisingly, it maintains its natural satin finish and does not get too shiny as the hours wear on!|
|Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation in Warm Beige.|
I was so intrigued with the wear and finish of the YB mineral powder that I procured the Warm Beige as an option to wear during the summer months. Described on the Youngblood website as a “medium yellow” shade, it is perfect for my currently NC 30ish skin. To its credit, it does not oxidize (at least on my skin), so finding a true match is imperative since it is so colorfast.
|Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation in Warm Beige and Soft Beige side by side to illustrate contrast.|
Bottom Line: I haven’t tried a mineral foundation that I like as much as Youngblood’s in a long time! After experimenting and becoming disillusioned with the subpar lasting power and excessive shine of a variety of mineral foundations from BE, Laura Mercier, Christian Dior, Smashbox and Jane Iredale, I thought that this particular type of makeup was not for me. However, after using the Youngblood Natural Mineral Loose Foundation for over a week, I am happy to report that not only has it been kind to my sensitive skin, but it has restored my faith in mineral makeup’s ability to create fantastic coverage and a clear, glowing countenance!
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.