The Sample: NEW Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation in Barely Beige and Tawnee, Review & Swatches
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?
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 ). 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 ybskin.com
»»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-
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