As far as mineral makeup goes, I wasn’t interested in it. Ever. I was given a brand to try once back when I was working for TV and it made me look washed out on camera. Since then, I shunned the idea of going back to it.
Just a couple of years later, I find myself writing about beauty most of the time and the call of mineral makeup is back and a lot harder to resist. Maybe it was time to give it another go?
Enter Youngblood, a makeup line created by aesthetician Pauline Youngblood who has made a career for herself in Hollywood. She often encountered clients with severely traumatised skin (damaged by aesthetic treatments or harsh products) that took months to go back to normal.
For people that are going through a healing process for their skin, there are very little makeup options available. So Pauline began working with chemists to come up with a line of cosmetics that are gentle enough even for the most sensitive skin types.
I actually did my research on the product before saying yes to their invitation to try it out. Mostly because my skin was (still is) going through a phase. I’ve been saying this over and over in the last blog posts and you guys are prolly bored from hearing it over and over but yes – my skin has been acting up due to some changes I’ve implemented in my lifestyle, the heat, and the recent bout with haze. I’ve talked to doctors and I was told that it will go back to normal but I’ll have to wait it out.
To be honest, waiting is a b*tch and I need products that won’t aggravate my skin’s condition. I already have enough stress. So I said yes to the Youngblood invitation with high expectations and early into this post, I’m going to admit that they did not disappoint.
I met Shana and Vinz who explained to me the origin of the brand. I was then asked to remove my makeup so that Vinz can show me how I can use the products and how I can make them work for me.
Mineral Makeup 101
There’s a learning curve when it comes to the use of mineral cosmetics. If you’re not a fan of loose powders, it may take some getting used to. Luckily, Vinz showed me a couple of tips and tricks during our session.
Youngblood’s most popular products have got to be the Loose Mineral Rice Setting Powder as well as the Loose Mineral Foundation. These two, when used right, can get you a natural-looking and flawless finish.
Vinz applied the setting powder after hydrating my face with their Minerals in the Mist spray, dabbing some Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream on my tired under eyes, and applying their Mineral Primer all over my face.
However, one trick that really surprised me was when Vinz applied their Luminous Crème Blush on my cheeks rather heavily. He went from the lower inner corner of the cheek, then went up towards the temple, leaving me with thick pink streaks on my cheeks.
Well that was unusual and rather unexpected.
He did tell me to watch out for what he was going to do with it. Using a brush specially made for their mineral products, he blended the Loose Mineral Foundation on to my skin and used it to blend the crème blush into a seemingly natural flush.
He finished off the base by using their Ultimate Corrector concealer on my problem areas and topped it all with their Hi-Def Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder to keep the base in place for hours. I was told that this powder helps absorb any oil to keep your makeup in place. I took this look to an event that night and this powder did hold up to its promise!
For the eyes, Vinz used their Incredible Gel Liner in the shade Sienna as an eyeshadow, smudging it out on the lids towards the crease. He also lined my eyes to make them pop using their Eye Illuminating Duo Pencil. This pencil actually has two ends – a matte and a shimmer – that are both on the fleshy side. The matte end is great for your waterline while the shimmery end looked amazing for the inner corners of the eyes.
For the brows, their Brow Artiste Sculpting Pencil is a must try. It looks so natural and is a dream to apply.
Being the pale girl that I am, you know I need some bronzer on a daily basis. The Mineral Radiance bronzer is a mélange of 4 colours ranging from warm and cool tone browns to a rosy hue. When used together by swirling your brush on the pan, it gives enough warmth to the skin for a sun-kissed look. My kind of bronzer, definitely.
For highlight, Vinz used their Lunar Dust highlighter in Twilight. Once again, it comes in loose powder form so do be careful with this. You only need a little of it so remember to take the excess powder off your brush before applying.
I have dry lips so Vinz used their Hydrating Lip Tint in Rose on my lips before applying a bold, vampy lipstick called Bistro.
Curious as to how the products may affect your makeup budget? 😉 Here’s the list of what was used on me and their prices:
- Minerals in the Mist™ – Restore, RM108
- Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream, RM258
- Mineral Primer, RM158
- Loose Mineral Rice Setting Powder – Light, RM108
- Luminous Crème Blush – Taffeta, RM118
- Loose Mineral Foundation – Soft Beige, RM178
- Ultimate Corrector (Concealer), RM138
- Hi-Def Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder – Translucent, RM178
- Incredible Wear Gel Liner – Sienna, RM93 (gel liner smudged to be used as eyeshadow)
- Eye Iluminating Duo Pencil – Shimmer/Matte, RM98
- Brow Artiste Sculpting Pencil – Natural Brunette, RM108
- Mineral Radiance – Sundance (Bronzer), RM188
- Hydrating Lip Tint SPF15 – Rose, RM112
- Lunar Dust – Twilight, RM148
- Lipstick – Bistro, RM83
Not bad for high quality mineral makeup. 😉 Their mineral makeup actually contains Pauline Youngblood’s signature blend of minerals that include Malachite, Rhodolite, Hematite, and Zincite (among others) to help protect skin cells and tissue.