Over the last few weeks I’ve been using Youngblood’s Purely the Basics Kit CF (cruelty free). This is the ideal starter kit for anyone new to the world of mineral make-up. I sampled the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation after a facial at MediSpaS10 a few months ago and loved it. So, when the lovely girls at Beauty Expert asked if I’d like to test out the Basics Kit I was excited to give it a try.
Youngblood‘s Purely the Basics Kit contains 4 mini-sized cosmetic products and a kabuki brush. All the essentials for a daytime look.
Inside the box you’ll find:
- Loose Foundation in Soft Beige & Honey
- Loose Blush in Plumberry – a deep rose with a light sparkle
- Loose Rice in Medium
- Hi-Def Translucent Sample
- Blending Kabuki Brush
The application process is fairly easy:
Start by moisturising your skin.
Next take the Mineral Rice Setting Powder and prime your skin with it.
Shake a small amount of Natural Mineral Foundation into the lid, buff the Kabuki Blending Brush in circular motions into the powder, tap off any excess foundation.
Start at the base of your face, lightly buff in circular motions working inward and gradually building the coverage desired.
Take the Crushed Mineral Blush and tap some into the lid. Be careful, this comes out quickly and I often end up with a little too much. Dip your brush into the blush. Buff colour into the apples of your cheeks, blending back and down.
Finally, finish the look by tapping a small amount of Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder into the lid. Swirl brush into it. Tap off excess. Lightly buff into your T-Zone or oilier areas to set foundation and perfect the complexion.
Mineral Rice Setting Powder: This is a translucent powder which is used to absorb oil, control shine and diminish the appearance of pores. You would think that this would dry out your skin but nope, not at all. I have particularly dry skin and I’ve been getting along very well with it. It also helps to create a matte finish to your final look.
Loose Mineral Foundation: This is a very fine mineral foundation powder. I was surprised to see that it also works as a concealer. At first I was sceptical and had my concealer to hand but it wasn’t needed. This foundation offers a full coverage whilst still feeling very light on the skin. I was delighted to find that the make-up lasts throughout the day.
Crushed Mineral Blush: As with the foundation, this is a very lightweight blend and is highly-pigmented. Be extra careful when tapping out the blusher because it’s easy to get too much onto your brush. A little really goes a long way. I like a little shimmer in my blush so this one was ideal for me. Although I’m enjoying the loose powder I’d like to try the pressed mineral blush in the future. I do a lot of travelling and I think this would be easier to carry around.
High-definition Mineral Perfecting Powder: This powder helps to lock in moisture while naturally absorbing excess oil and conceal imperfections. I’d never used anything like it before but I’m totally converted. I found that it helped to set my make-up and the smooth finish really helped me to feel more confident.
It took me a couple of days to get into the swing of applying the mineral make-up but by day three I was fully into it. There’s been no going back to my old products. The loose powder can be a little messy, but if you take your time and don’t rush then you won’t end up tipping too much of the product into the lid. If you’re keen to give mineral make-up a try then I think the Youngblood Purely the Basics Kit is a very good place to start.
I’m still enjoying using this kit on a daily basis and I still seem to have quite a bit left. The look I create with it lasts throughout the day and I’ve had no irritations to my skin. My mum and sister (who don’t wear foundation) both tried out the mineral foundation and were very happy with the finished look. It seems like we’re all converts to the Youngblood brand.
I’m looking forward to trying more from the brand, I think I’ll go for a lipstick next and although I’m currently enjoying the powder I’d like to give the liquid mineral foundation a try. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.