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Made from 100% pure minerals, these loose shadows give eyes an instant dose of color and brightness. Use them dry for a subtly elegant look, or wet for a boldly radiant effect. Concentrated so a little sprinkle goes a long way!
Youngblood is a mineral cosmetics brand that currently sells 16 permanent shades of its Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow. 6 of the shades are Shimmer, 5 are Satin, and 5 are Matte.
This review is for the shade Cashmere, which is a “bronze pewter with frosty plum pearl” from the Shimmer family.
Crushed Mineral Eyeshadows come in tiny, cylindrical jars made of clear plastic that have a black, twist-off lid. There is a sifter inside with tiny holes in it. The packaging is small for my taste–it makes handling the jar slightly awkward. The openings in the sifter are also too small. You have to tap the jar 5-10 times to dispense enough product to cover one eyelid.
This is a subtly unique color that mixes taupe and brown with a hint of plum in a way that avoids making your eye look bruised (purple + brown can sometimes do this!). The champagne and purple shimmers are so fine that you can’t see any individual particles–just a slightly metallic-like finish that makes the name “Crushed” Mineral Eyeshadow very appropriate.
The biggest down-side is the pigmentation. You must use a primer or base to get good pigmentation. Without one, you will get a sheer wash of color. Alternatively, you can use the shadow with a damp brush, which will give you a much more intense color.
The formula blends out easily and layers effectively without producing any fallout, which is uncommon when you are working with a loose pigment.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
This pigment requires the use of a primer or base underneath and will likely need to be layered to bring out its true color. Otherwise, blending and layering the color is easy. You can also use the product wet, which vastly improves its pigmentation.
For $20.00 you get 2 grams (0.07 ounces) of pigment. For the same price, MAC pigments give you 4.5 grams of product. You get a small amount for the price you pay. One mitigating factor is that Youngblood is a mineral brand, which usually charge more.