A little background about Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics from their website (www.ybskin.com):
Granting women the power to conceal and correct imperfect complexions has always been the mission of Pauline Youngblood, founder and president of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Pauline draws inspiration from nature as well as her own practical experience as a paramedical aesthetician to dermatologists and plastic surgeons. During her career as a medical aesthetician, Pauline was in daily contact with patients who had severely traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries. Such patients often take up to six months before their skin returns to normal, and Pauline simply was not satisfied with the makeup options available. Pauline began working with chemists to develop a suitable option — a product that would cover raw, inflamed or discolored skin, while allowing it to breathe and heal. This led to her initial work with natural mineral cosmetics.
Before long, patients and friends convinced her to make this natural mineral foundation commercially available, and in 1996 Pauline founded Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. More than 15 years later, Pauline’s Natural Mineral Foundation is the flagship product, and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics is now a complete line, offering dozens of products in a comprehensive palette of shades with realistic skin tones and beautiful, natural finishes.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics is a line that hit my radar about 5-6 years ago. I was active on the now defunct Emakemeup beauty board and was starting to read raves about this line from some of my friends there. About 3 years ago as I was getting ready to attend the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS), I was showing a makeup artist friend of mine the list of exhibitors. She was very excited to see Youngblood as an exhibitor and made me promise to stop by to check out their Mineral Primer. She raved about Pauline Youngblood’s talents and their products, but insisted that the mineral primer was their shining star. Just days before the event, I read a blog from a prominent makeup artist who raved about their Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder. She said it was one of her top 10 items and she used it on pretty much everybody.
I went ahead and purchased these two items and they quickly became staples in my overgrown stash!
The mineral primer is a “colorless base that helps to enhance the performance of makeup throughout the day. The lightweight, silky formula smoothes the appearance of fine line and pores, creating an even surface for foundation. Packed with minerals and vitamins to protect skin from environmental damage” according to the Youngblood website. This is a silicone-based primer that has a similar look and feel to the Smashbox primer, but this one seems a bit less slippery. I’m a huge fan of silicone-based primers, as they create a perfectly smooth canvas for foundation. Every foundation I’ve tried layers very nicely on top of this, with the exception of Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation. That foundation has a good amount of it’s own “slip”, so the two layered are not a good combo. This primer is colorless, odorless and just plain perfect in my book! If I need my makeup to last through a long day or a special evening out, this is almost always my “go to” primer. I use it sparingly because I like discounts, and this is always discounted at IMATS. I still have about half a bottle left, so it’s at the top of my list for January’s show.
Ingredients: Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol.
This retails for $41USD for one ounce of product.
Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder in Warmth (also available in Translucent)
If I had to nominate just ONE item in my stash for being unique, a workhorse and a miracle worker, it would probably be this product! As the 40’s approached and I soldiered on through this awesome decade of self-discovery, I realized that a heavily powdered look was just not attractive on women as we age. However, I struggled with the desire to blur imperfections, set my foundation/bronzer/blush and create that “finished” look that you can only get from powder. I’ve long been a fan of Shu Uemeura’s colorless powder and MAC’s Blot Powder, but this product is truly something special. It is very light and airy and super-finely milled. The Youngblood site has this to say about this powder:
Whether skin’s under the HD spotlight or regular daylight, help it look flawlessly airbrushed and naturally radiant with this sheer finishing powder! The advanced formula absorbs excess oil to keep makeup looking fresh for hours, and locks in moisture for a hydrated feel all day. Its ultra-fine, super-soft texture leaves a cooling, soothing sensation upon contact.
When I first tried it at IMATS, the representative told me that I would be touching my face for the rest of the day because of the silky-soft feeling it leaves behind and she was SO RIGHT! The peachy-apricot color in the shade “Warmth” is perfect for me, but if you are very fair, the “Translucent” might be a better option for you. This is best applied with a very soft brush that picks up and deposits the finest bit of product. This doesn’t necessarily add color to my face as much as it does a veil of warmth to the skin. This really does leave an air-brushed look and wears beautifully throughout the day. This is a genius product that never lets me down and I think EVERY woman should have one of these in their stash.
Ingredients: Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492).
This retails for $40 for .35 ounces of product. (I have had this for I think 3 years now, and I’m not even close to using it up.)
If you ever make it to IMATS, be sure to stop by the Youngblood booth. Their artists and representatives are cheerful and friendly, and their products are beautiful! I have a couple of gorgeous palettes I bought one year and they were priced so well, I bought more as gifts. If you aren’t able to make it to IMATS, check out their website www.ybskin.com and the location link will provide locations around the country/world.Pin It