Now I have to confess that I have a serious case of powderphobia. I’ve got dry skin and have steered clear of mineral powder makeup as the few times I’ve tried it would be hard not to mistake me for a slab of the Atacama desert (or so it seems inside my head). So I was delighted to discover a liquid mineral foundation from Youngblood when I visited the Professional Beauty Show.
Launched in 1996, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was created by medical beautician, Pauline Youngblood (no relation to Sydney) for post procedure skin. The luxury mineral makeup collection is designed to be gentle on sensitive and traumatised skin so leaves out irritants including alcohol, mineral oils, artificial fragrance and is free of parabens and fillers. It is rice starch based with no talc and nanoparticles. You won’t find it in department stores but spas and surgeries.
I’m not swayed by celebs but just so ya know, Youngblood fans include Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Rowland, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jessica Alba, Pink and Whoopi Goldberg.
BARBADOS, YOUNGBLOOD LIQUID MINERAL FOUNDATION REVIEW AND SWATCH
Youngblood offers mineral foundations in five different formulas including loose and pressed powder, cream as well as liquid and tinted moisturiser. I don’t recall seeing another mineral company offering such an extensive range. I put the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation* to the test.
Available in nine shades, my nearest match is the one dark colour ‘Barbados’:
Youngblood says: “Our Deep Sea Hydrating Complex quenches parched skin for a healthy radiance. A special blend of rare Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, botanicals and more than 20 ocean minerals soothes and revitalizes skin. The pore-free finish wears for hours”
I’m all about the glow so the liquid formula and mention of radiance got my attention. Youngblood’s magic ingredient is the aforementioned ‘Deep Sea Hydrating Complex’. I don’t know about how rare it is, I do know that deep sea water is considered to be purer and richer in certain trace elements that are great for skin hydration. Silicones also feature quite heavily in the ingredients, giving the foundation a very light and silky texture to be mindful of if you have any issues with silicone.
The instructions state to apply with a brush. I like very light coverage so used my fingers. When I did use a brush the coverage can easily be built to medium. On my dry skin, the Youngblood Liquid Mineral foundation gave a natural dewy finish which stayed looking fresh for the duration of the day.
Any moans? I wish the colour range was wider. In the dark category there is only one product ‘Barbados’. This shade could work for you if you have medium dark brown skin with very warm undertones. On my skin it’s not quite a perfect match but will work when I get a tan and develop a bit of a red undertone. If you’re in the market for a luxury liquid mineral foundation then I would certainly recommend Youngblood. This is a lovely formula that I think would work well on normal and dry skin types.
Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation, 30ml, £40, ybskin.co.uk
Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cyclomethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Methylpolysiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PGG/PEG-18/18 Methicone, Squalane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Natto Gum, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bark Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Allantoin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Fragrant Essential Oils- Lemon, Orange, Ylang-Ylang). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).