A couple of makeup artists who've done my makeup recently put a lot (and I mean A LOT) of emphasis on my eyes and used lighter shades than what I normally choose for my lips. Some looks worked better than others and I was sold on the suggestion from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics national guru and got the colors you see here. Next week I'll show a couple of other lip gloss colors from this line, as well as the Lip Shine that comes in a compact.
The lipstick in Bliss is a shimmery golden pink and looks full of sunshine. It's a neutral-to-warm color, but without any trace of orange. It glides on nicely, offers medium coverage, feels soft and stays put through a quick drink. The formula is semi-moisturizing, though not as much as what you get from some of the top brands. The same goes for the finish. It looks good, but lacks a bit of dimension.
Toping the lipstick with Youngblood's Mesmerize lip gloss enhances the gold and takes it straight into summer. It has vacation and beach parties written all over this look. The result is very similar to Chanel Amberlight Glossimer from Fall 2008. The gloss itself is more moisturizing than Chanel.
It wasn't too long ago that I was struggling to find lip liners that looked natural on my lips. The colors that used to pass as "nude" were usually too beige and chalky for me (a review of a couple of much better nudes from Chanel and Edward Bess are coming soon). Youngblood's liner in Plum is an excellent example for a color that blends seamlessly with my natural pigment. Yes, it's plum, but that's exactly what I need. The liner serves to define and anchor the lipstick in place without making its presence known. The texture is a bit dry, so I don't use it to fill the entire lip area without a good moisturizing lip base.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics lipstick ($17), lip gloss ($21) and liner ($13) are available from Henri Bendel, which was where I bought mine, and on the company's website (ybskin.com).
All photos are mine.