The first time I tried using Lunar Dust, a loose bronzing powder by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, I didn't read the directions. I just went at it with a powder or bronzer brush, ending up looking a bit... gilded. It didn't help that the color I had was Dusk, the darkest of the three available shades. But even with a very ridiculous looking face, I noticed the fine texture of Lunar Dust and the beautiful glow it provided.
One can actually apply Lunar Dust with a fluffy powder brush to the face, as long as it's done judiciously and with the right shade. Sunset should probably work for most, while Dusk is better for much darker skin tones. But as I discovered in Youngblood's directions, the best way to use this powder is to mix it with either a moisturizer or a foundation for face or with your body lotion and apply it to your legs, shoulders, etc.
The result is a warm and very pretty glow that can be toned down or played up at will. The finely milled powder is delicate and and not glittery at all. I used a lot in the swatch just so you can see the shade, but it doesn't have to be so shiny. My favorite application of this product, probably because Dusk is too dark for my face, is as a glowy faux tan for my legs. It stays put much better than tinted body lotions and gels I've tried in the past, and doesn't have the dreadful smell of self tanners. I have every intention to take a full advantage of Lunar Dust for an upcoming wedding I'm attending, where I don't want to subject my extended family to the natural gray color of my untanned legs.
Bottom Line: Not an everyday product but has its uses.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Lunar Dust Bronzing Powder ($30) is available at Henri Bendel in NYC and from the company's website (ybskin.com). A press sample was provided by the PR team.
Art by Katherine Luzny.
Product photos by me.