The Sample: NEW Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation in Barely Beige and Tawnee (Review, Swatches & Photos)

25 Oct

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Here’s the thing: I love a good cream foundation. I love the way they glide across the skin, I love the perfect coverage you get and that they’re so easy to apply and blend…but unfortunately, most of the time, they’re much too heavy for my oily, acne-prone skin. So when Youngblood offered to have me try their newest Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation, I was hesitant. Usually, if a base product contains the words “creamy” or “radiant” in their names, it’s a sure sign that the product is a no-go for me. But I was curious about this one since it’s a cream-to-powder foundation and I figured that if anything, maybe I could use it when my skin is a bit drier during the winter.

This new product from Youngblood is a 2-in-1 foundation that “glides on smoothly with a creamy feel and sets to a luminous, powdery finish.” Youngblood claims that this “nutrient-rich formula helps soothe redness and keeps skin hydrated and supple.” It also “ provides even, natural coverage for a radiant, flawless appearance.”

The shades I received were Barely Beige and Tawnee. Barely Beige is a light-medium beige with warm, yellow undertones. Tawnee is a medium neutral beige. Both swatch quite a bit lighter than they appear in the pan, however (see swatch photos below). This foundation is housed in a matte black compact. I really like it and I appreciate that it’s not a complete fingerprint magnet. There is a push-button closure in the front and 2 compartments inside, the one underneath used to store the sponge applicator. Overall, it’s simple and well-made–not much to report on that front.

The texture, however, is quite interesting. It feels nice and light going on, but it’s a pretty wet formula. The only other cream-to-powder formula I’ve ever tried is Benefit’s Some Kind of Gorgeous, and that pretty much immediately turns to powder once it touches your skin. I really recommend using the accompanying sponge or even your fingers to apply this–I did not have good results when I tried using a brush. I like to apply with a sponge and then use my (clean) fingers to further melt and blend the product into my skin. Because the formula is so wet, using a brush just pushed the product around my face and resulted in a streaky-looking mess. I also noticed that the foundation isn’t really capable of being worked into the skin–rather, it just sits on top. Because of this, it doesn’t look very seamless on the skin (though the appearance does get better/more natural looking the longer it’s on your skin and the more it melds with your skin’s natural oils). Plus, it has a tendency to emphasize dry patches.

When I used the sponge to apply this, it went on smoothly, blended out pretty well, and created an even, thin layer. The difference was like night and day! I was so ready to give up on this foundation because it looked terrible after I used a brush, but using the sponge made a world of difference. It’s actually rather nice when applied correctly. It has a very natural finish–not matte and not luminous, like I was scared it would be. Youngblood states that this foundation leaves a powdery finish, but I don’t find that to be the case. It makes my skin look pretty good, as long as I make sure my skin is perfectly moisturized and flake-free prior to application.

I do have one more bone to pick though, and it has to do with the price. $56?? For 0.25 oz. of product?! That’s more expensive than my Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Compact foundation ($42/0.31 oz.) and less product. That’s more expensive than Dior’s DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel foundation ($49/0.35 oz.) and less product. Heck, that’s more expensive than most cream foundations and contains considerably less product. Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Cream Compact Makeup is $58, but they give you 0.42 oz. of product. See a pattern here? Alright, I’ll stop–you guys get the picture. I might be more willing to overlook the price tag if this foundation had a superior formula, but in truth it’s just mediocre.

 *Can you see the brush marks/streaks in the swatch pictures above?

Barely Beige


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The coverage is light-medium, though it leans more light. It doesn’t cover up any major scarring or blemishes, but it does even out the complexion really well. I’ve been using this for my “5-minute” morning face (or my equivalent of the 5-minute face, which actually isn’t 5 minutes at all–more like 25 minutes, but who’s counting :P). It’s super fast and easy to apply and offers just a hint of coverage–which is something I like. I don’t like wearing full or even medium coverage foundations during the day–I don’t even wear concealer (except for my Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser, which I just use under my eyes when I feel like looking a little more “perfected”), so something really light and easy like this is perfect for me.

Both Barely Beige and Tawnee lasted on my skin about 5 1/2 hours. I like that it didn’t make me super oily, despite not being oil-free. In fact, I was less oily throughout the course of the day than I normally would have been–though not by a staggering amount  *edit: I think I may have tested this when my skin was on the drier side because after a few weeks of using this regularly, I’ve noticed it does have a tendency to make my skin quite shiny after a few hours. Still, it’s nothing that a blotting sheet can’t handle and I will continue to use it til it’s gone.* Overall, I think this is a so-so foundation. It’s not bad but I definitely don’t think it warrants the price tag. It just has too fussy a formula with results that aren’t worth the trouble. Now that I have it, I’ll use it til it’s gone…but I won’t be repurchasing. There are so many great cream foundations out there, I just can’t bring myself to recommend this one. :/

 Pros: applies quickly and easily with a sponge; evens out the complexion; goes on smoothly; isn’t too matte or too luminous–has a nice, natural finish; packaging is nice and sturdy and well-made

Cons: formula is really finicky and method of application is very important; takes some work to blend the product evenly; can get a bit streaky if you apply too much or use a brush; the pricing and amount of product you get are a little high/low–I wish Youngblood would either lower the price a bit or increase the amount of product given to at least make it worth your while; emphasizes dry patches

»»Pricing: $56/0.25 oz (7 g.)

»»Availability: there 8 shades to choose from at

»»Recommended for: best for those with normal and combination skins–those with oily skin might need to powder/blot periodically throughout the day. Those with dry skin will want to make sure their skin is properly exfoliated and/or moisturized before use

»»Overall Rating: C-


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

26 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation in Barely Beige and Tawnee (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Lily October 25, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    LOL! I liked your comment about your 5 minute routine.
    I’ve been curious about this brand but haven’t tried anything. I guess there’s no hurry… I prefer liquid and powder to cream bases though I heard Shiseido does a pretty good one :-)

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      Haha I’ve tried SO hard to do a 5 or even 10 minute face but it’s just impossible for me. I like to take my time when I curl my lashes and tightlining takes me quite a while too. And of course I can’t ever apply eyeshadow without a primer…and when I apply my shadow it has to be perfectly blended…HOW DO PEOPLE DO IT ALL SO QUICKLY?!? :P

      I’ve always wanted to try a foundation from Shiseido–I’ve heard a lot of good things. You’ll have to let me know if you end up getting one before me–I’m curious!

  2. Tracy@Beauty Reflections October 25, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Aww, too bad this didn’t work so well for you. I love me a good cream foundation too, but you’re so right-a sponge is the way to go. I use my Beauty Blender if I use a cream foundation, because I have dry skin and it will cause flakes to happen. I really like the Guerlain one I have a lot.

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 6:59 am #

      I’ve only ever used Bobbi Brown’s oil-free cream foundation and I LOVE the stuff. I guess it’s a common thing for them to look streaky when applied with a paddle brush, but I think the streaks from this one were more pronounced because the product just sat on your skin :/

  3. Larie October 25, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    Does not really seem appealing to me, and yikes at the price tag!!! Your photos, however, are gorgeous as always, Becca!

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 7:02 am #

      Aw thanks Larie! Yeah I was pretty disappointed about this one–at least if it was amazing I wouldn’t mind spending that much!

  4. Liz October 25, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    I’ve never found a cream foundation that works for my skin. They look lovely for about 30 minutes before the oils start to melt it all off! Your reviews are always so thorough. Good to get all the details on this one!

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      Thanks wifey! Have you ever tried Bobbi Brown’s Oil-Free Even Finish compact? It’s really, really great–it was my first high-end foundation ever and it’s the only cream foundation I’ve ever really used regularly. It has awesome coverage and goes on smoothly and feels nice and creamy, but it doesn’t make me look cakey and or get too oily–love that stuff! You should try it!

      • Liz October 26, 2012 at 3:31 am #

        You know, I did try that a long time ago! I saw it on a friend and the coverage was amazing. Unfortunately I had bought it in a shade too light and was too stupid to not return/exchange it. I always meant to get another one in the correct colour but I had moved on to liquids by then!

        • becca October 26, 2012 at 3:39 am #

          Lol oh no–that’s too bad! Well, if the urge to try cream foundations ever comes back, you know what to do! ;) It’s the BEST!

  5. Sunny October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Aww too bad it didn’t work for you! I’ve never tried mineral makeup, and I use pretty elusively liquid foundations so these are probably not for me anyways. Maybe it’s more appealing to people whose skin cannot deal with certain ingredients in other foundations?

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      Quite possibly! I actually have been choosing to wear this over my other foundations lately–it’s not so much that it didn’t work for me but I just felt it wouldn’t work for dry skin (which is who it was recommended for on Youngblood’s website) and it was very hard to work with unless you used a sponge. :/ For me, it’s actually pretty good! But I have oily skin and not too many dry patches at the moment

  6. Rocaille October 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Thanks for the review! I’ve heard very mixed reviews on the Youngblood range – some people swear by it (like their educator that I actually work with :) and some say it’s just so so. But that amount of money for a small compact?! I’ll stick to my Graftobian, thank you very much!

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      I’ve heard a lot about Youngblood’s other foundations too–people really love their mineral foundations. This one actually wasn’t bad–I’ve been wearing it everyday…but I have oily skin and it was marketed towards those with dry skin and I don’t think it would be best for that skin type. :/ I’ve never tried anything from Graftobian before! I’m really curious now…heading over to their site to investigate! :P

  7. Beauty Box October 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Yeah I don’t really like cream-to-powder foundations but I only had one experience and it was with a L’Oreal product. It tended to go on too thick.

    This Youngblood one unfortunately emphasizes fine lines which is a big no-no in my book.

    Though, have you ever tried the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua cream compact foundation? I heard good things about it…

    • becca October 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Yeah, this Youngblood one definitely can emphasize fine lines and dry patches which is why I just couldn’t recommend it. But for my oily skin, it actually works quite well!

      I haven’t tried the Chanel one–I’ve heard good things though! Not sure how it’d work for my skin type. The only other cream foundation I’ve ever used is Bobbi BRown’s Oil-Free Even Finish and I love that stuff! You’ll have to let me know if you try the Chanel one–I’m curious to know if you like it! :)

  8. svetlana October 26, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    i too am hesitant over these types of foundation, the last one i used was a bobbi brown and… eh. i think i am still very much attached to foundation! but i am so jealous you get to try different things, you chameleon you. ;P

    • becca October 26, 2012 at 1:49 am #

      Oh you’ve used the Bobbi Brown cream foundation too? I love that stuff–I have very oily skin and it doesn’t make me a total greaseball and feels really nice going on. Even though I haven’t tried many cream foundations, I have to say that one is my favorite! This Youngblood one is nice and actually works pretty well for me, but I think I remember you saying you have dry skin right? I don’t know that this formula would be ideal for you unless you exfoliated, hydrated, and primed beforehand, which is a bit too much prep-work for an okay foundation, in my opinion. :/

  9. Makeup Morsels October 26, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Love your thorough reviews (and your PEECHURS), as always :) It’s too bad this product is merely mediocre for the price, especially since I’ve been so curious about this brand. Ah well, on to the next one!

    • becca October 26, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      Haha thank you, dear MM! If it’s any consolation, I hear their other mineral foundations are awesome! :D

  10. Memoiselle October 27, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    I have never heard about this brand before. Honestly I am not too attracted with the texture, especially when it emphasize dry patches. The price tag is also expensive for a new brand that I have never heard before.

    • becca October 28, 2012 at 1:01 am #

      Do you have dry skin? Yeah, I actually like how it looks on my oily skin, but I don’t think it would be a good option for those with dry skin at all :/ It’s a shame

  11. Joyce (bronzerbunny) October 27, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    bummer that it didn’t work so great for you! And that is a crazy price! I laughed at your comment about a 5 minute face – i think it takes me 5 minutes to tightline just by itself! LOL. I agree, i don’t know how anyone does it quickly!!

    • becca October 28, 2012 at 1:03 am #

      Haha right?! I know, I like to really take my time when I tightline and curl my lashes and that takes about 10 minutes right there! Everything else…well, you know. I guess there are some people that are just talented and then there’s us :P lol

  12. Taylor November 14, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    I am so glad I came across this! I have been dying to try it. I have been very into cream compact foundations. Too bad for the streakiness ;-( I would still really like to try it though, but is so pricey! thanks for the review!

    ps- do you ever have blog sales?

    • becca November 14, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      It’s actually only really streaky if applied with a brush–when used with the sponge it applies nicely, especially on my oily skin. But I don’t think it would be the most suitable choice for dry skin, which is one of the main reasons I had to mark it down so much. But I personally love it (though my skin can get quite shiny a few hours in…)

      As for blog sales, I had never really thought about it before but I suppose I wouldn’t rule it out in the future! :D

      Thanks for stopping by, Taylor! :)

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