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Youngblood Mineral Radiance- reader reviewed

February 4, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 0 Comments
Reviewed by Cheryl

I have had the pleasure of testing Youngblood Mineral Radiance Bronzer in Splendor for about four weeks. Winter isn’t the best time to be using a bronzer, but I have found many other uses for this multi-colored compact.

Splendor has three shades around a core of pearlized light beige powder; one with a new pearlized pink shade, the other two - peach and pink - are less sparkly (but not quite matte). Splendor is really too versatile to be called a bronzer; I have used it as a blush, an eye shadow base, and a highlighter. The color is super saturated, so a very light brush application is all my fair skin could handle. I have blonde hair, blue eyes, and fair skin that is sensitive and breakout-prone. Splendor did not bother my skin at all and did not cause breakouts.

For my eyes, I loved the beige core for an all-over eye shadow base (per Kristen’s instructions to find a shadow that matches your skin tone. I recommend putting it all over your eyelid, brow bone, up to the eyebrow (this helps cover my pinkish lids). The color is very slightly shimmery, definitely not matte. I usually prefer a matte finish for eye shadows, but this gives my very deep-set eyes a lightening effect that brings them out. If I want to add some color over the beige base, I like the peachy shade in the crease up to the brow bone. Sometimes I use a separate shadow on the lid, such as RMS Beauty’s cream eye shadow in the mauve tone.

For cheeks or for highlighting on the cheek bones, chin, and temples, the peach or pink shades are nice. Again, be careful with the amount of powder on your brush - a very little goes a long way! My skin has pink undertones, so I think the peach looks the best on me, but the pinks are beautiful. You can also swipe a large foundation or blush brush over all the colors (very lightly) for a nice combination of pearlized and matte peach and pink color. Before trying this, I had not been using blush on my cheeks (again, per Kristen’s suggestion to skip it for pink/splotchy skin like mine) for several weeks, but I like to use Splendor to create some depth to my otherwise unnoticeable cheekbones, beginning at the bottom of my cheekbones (closer to my ears) and curving around up to my temples.  I also like a tiny bit of the peach shade on the apples of my cheeks. Again, I did not have any breakouts at all.

In addition to the strong pigments, these colors all have staying power. I’ve used them in some combination every day for work and casual days, and the color lasts all day long.

I am happy that I have this awesome compact to keep me company through the summer - I’m sure I will experiment more with the shades when my skin is not so pale. I can recommend this as a good any-time-of-year highlighter for eyes and cheeks.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.

May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)

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