We have a new favorite in the mineral makeup department: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
Long story long: Back in 2005, the research I’d done for several freelance articles on chemicals in cosmetic products led to a serious skeeved-out feeling towards makeup. But I’m not really one to go au natural, so I first tried going totally organic. And sad to say, my skin went f-ing teenage crazy and quickly sent me rushing back to my trusty arsenal of chemical-laden cosmetics. Sigh.
Soon after, I tried switching things up again and became an all-out Bare Escentuals girl. I use many of the company’s products, but I’d always had this sinking feeling that the foundation was making my too-dry-here, too-oily-there skin look over-powdered and maybe a little too sparkly for daytime. In any case, I could always tell I had a fair amount of makeup on and wanted a more natural look, but I didn’t want to go back to using scary liquid-who-knows-what’s-in-this-stuff-?-foundation.
A few weeks ago, I went to JuvEssentials – Jeannie Wong’s skincare studio located next door to The Mission Statement – for the first time after winning a free brow shaping and mineral makeup session in the Mission Statement’s one-year anniversary raffle.
After making my brows look tidy, Jeannie took me to The Mission Statement, one of only two San Francisco locations to carry the Youngblood line, and we played with several of the products she sells through the co-op. I ended up buying the Pressed Mineral Foundation, which combines powder foundation and rice powder – great for controlling shine. I liked the look and feel of the product when I bought it, but with makeup, I find that I’ve got to wear it for a few weeks to tell if a) I really love it and b) my skin agrees. I’m happy to report that both A and B are true.
What’s so cool about it? Well, obviously the way a product works totally differs from person to person, but I love how weightless the foundation feels – even though it’s pressed powder. It looks much more natural than what I was using before, controls shine well and is almost invisible on my skin. It also works well as a spot concealer when used with a different brush. So I’m now a convert.
I’ll still be using my existing stash of mineral makeup (don’t get me wrong, I still like Bare Escentuals products – especially the extensive array of eye shadows), but I was really impressed with Youngblood and plan to try more of the line’s products in the future.