I have already showed you what the folks from Young Blood Mineral Cosmetics are bringing for Summer14 and a super sneak peak of the Metallics due for the festive season, but lets have a closer look at the goodies they sent me home with:
The packaging is black, sleek and looks chic. All of the compacts close with a magnetic snap and stay closed until you open them. And these are gorgeous colours, with fantastic pigmentation.
YoungBlood Extreme Pigment Eye Pencil (€12) in Blackest Black is one of the nicest eye pencils I have used in a long time. Its not so soft that you can't get a fine point when you sharpen it and get a fantastically fine line, but its soft enough that it goes on without pulling or dragging and if you smudge it as soon as you apply it it smudges quite nicely and then sets until you decide to remove it.
While Blackest Black isn't the actually the blackest black I have ever worked with, it is a lovely formula, but you could probably find something just as good for a few less sheckles...
I am not the biggest fan of bronzer, but only because I am so scared I get it wrong. YoungBlood Mineral Radiance (€37) in Sunshine looks incredibly scary to me in the pan, but while it is very, very pigmented, it brings a lovely subtle warmth to my face if used with a very light hand. This compact is going to last me my whole life, IF I can keep my daughters grubby mitts off of it.
YoungBlood Mineral Lipsticks (€19) are just gorgeous. And as with all the YoungBlood cosmetics pigmentation is fabulous. This is Kranberry, a pretty sheer pink if you pat it on lightly, super comfortable on the lips, and a gorgeous deep red that is wonderfully hydrating on my lips. The only thing is that this wears very quickly, and needs to be re-applied after 2hrs. I suspect that this is due to the highly moisturising properties, and the fact that I don't line my lips or seal the colour.
Now this is the product I was most dubious about. YoungBlood Mineral Eyeshadow Quad (€39). Sleek very lux looking... but I was still unsure about those colours.
YoungBlood Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Moulin Rouge has all the warm colours. I get on well with browns and neutrals, but I am scared witless by oranges. The swatches are beautiful though, and even though Red Light looks very red in the pan, it was the least pigmented of the lot and I needed to do a little work to get a proper swatch.
But I needed have been afraid, because as you can see Red Light blended out to a lovely peach!
So with just a little trepidation I went ahead and came up with this look, using all of the colours in the quad. Revue in the inner corner and up to the browbone
Can-Can over the moving part of the Lid into the crease
Red Light on the outer corner
Cabaret as a liner
Blackest Black Eye pencil worked into the lashes.
What do you think? Not too shabby for a broad with Brown eyes, hey!
And and AND... YoungBlood Cosmetics have launched their Irish website so you can purchase directly from here: Young Blood Ireland Direct.
I urge you to check out the Minerals in the Mist if you want to treat yourself.. its the most gorgeous facial mist I have ever tried!
Samples provided for review, opinions my own