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!
Developed in 1996 by Pauline Youngblood, who desired to create a natural, calming, soothing makeup for patients during her time spent as a medical aesthetician, the Youngblood cosmetics line boasts pure ingredients that are cruelty free and safe for the most sensitive of skin types (like mine!). Being a foundation fanatic, I was beyond curious about giving the highly-rated mineral makeup a try. As with all foundation, I seek medium-to-full coverage, healthy ingredients and a lasting finish that looks authentic and does not degrade over time.
|Extremely minimal ingredients and no fragrance...this is a good start!|
|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.|
The enlarged images above and below reflect the "warm beige" buffed onto my skin (which by the way, takes a lightening fast 60 seconds to do properly...this should definitely save me some time during hectic mornings before teaching). I made sure to take the pictures at the end of the day to showcase how fresh and even my skin remained...no ghastly disco ball shine...just a natural finish that shuns cakiness.
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.