A couple of months ago, I started noticing a few people posting (and inviting me to) Younique parties on social media. I was always interested, but in the world of ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME, I found myself kind of distracted from looking further into the products. When my friend A had a party though, I finally had some time (HELLO SPRING BREAK!) to sit down and look at the products.
I was sorta hesitant because, well, the realist in me ALWAYS is when it comes to these types of products. You know, the ones sold via parties or a not-so-hidden pyramid. And for the most part, that gut instinct is right: I find myself let down and broke.
But once in a while, I find myself pleasantly surprised (thx, Jamberry), and so was the case (mostly) for my new AU NATURAL products.
That’s not to say I don’t have a huge learning curve when it comes to these products–I do–but these are easy to learn with because they layer well. Since they’re all natural, they apply and feel different from normal cosmetics, but not in a bad way. The very first time I had my eye pigments and fiber lashes to play with, the look came out pretty decent for zero experience on my end.
When all my Younique babies finaallllllly arrived, I came home and threw all of my products on in a sort of “Let’s just see where the hell this goes without a trial run” tornado. I ended up looking a little extra purple than I would have normally, but since that’s user error, I figured I’d share what I did, what I learned, and how I feel about the products.
First things first: I have horrible-ass lighting in my house. I had to run each photo through like, 5 filters, just to get either pic to look REMOTELY close to true-to-color. That being said, I took one in blue light and one in orange so you folks could see that the makeup catches the light it’s exposed to because it’s made from real things. That could be a cursing or a blessing depending on how you look at it, but so long as you’ve got on the right colors for your skin, you should be shouting from the rooftops that it won’t look crazy outside if it looked good inside and vice versa.
Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes: 10 outta 10. 5 stars. ON POINT! While I’ve seen the dreaded spider eye roll out on some users, I haven’t really had that issue. Of course, I could have done a better job at brushing out the lashes on my left eye, but who cares? I just got off of 8 hours of work. AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FO’ DAT, especially if it looks good anyway. I only used one coat of mascara on my top lashes, bee-tee-dubs.
Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder: The purple (Regal) seen here is banging. I’ve used another I could barely see (Innocent), but again, user error. I’ve since looked up some tips and when I used them today, the pigments worked fine. I still need more time with these to get a 100% grasp on how I feel about them, but I did like that I could use my green pigment (Famous) as a SUPER FINE eyeliner. You can’t see it in these pics, but just trust that it looked SWEET with the complementary purp. I applied with an eyeshadow brush and a Q-tip (for the liner).
Beachfront Bronzer (in Sunset): It’s almost offensive how blendable this shit is. I’m kind of mad about it, and by mad, I mean I didn’t look orange, I could contour so easily with it, and I can tell it will take me decades to run out. I applied with a Q-tip because I still had makeup on, but would normally used a contour brush!
Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain (in Savvy): Ehhhhh, I don’t know. I just don’t. And I just don’t know because it’s a lip stain. I’m really weird about lip stains because my lip skin doesn’t like them. This is actually the first one that’s STUCK, so kudos to the product there. The color is off the chain, but I had to layer it 3 times, put some purple pigment on it, and then put ONE MORE layer on it to get rid of the always-present lip show-through I get with stains. Maybe it’s just a product my skin can’t or doesn’t want to tolerate. You can see below that even with all that, there’s still this GIANT space in my inner lip that’s like “OH, YOU WANT THIS PART OF YOUR LIPS TO BE PURPLE, TOO? SORRY, BYE FELICIA!”
Refreshed Pure & Natural Rose Water: This is the best thing ever. Of all the things, this is THE thing. It smells like heaven and feels so good. It set my makeup, but I actually put it on because I’m having a horrible breakout right now and I knew it would calm down my skin.
Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths: A MAKEUP REMOVER CLOTH THAT IS OIL-BASED?! Shuuuut the front door. As y’all know, most of my face cleansing is done with oils. When I saw this had both sunflower AND jojoba oil in it, I was not hesitant to use these wipes on the entirety of my face, not just my eyes. And it worked without that weird red, shiny, burning thing you get with other cloths.
Overall, Younique is offering some awesome things: natural, earth and animal friendly products sold by ladies, supporting other ladies. I can’t argue with that, nor the customer service!
- 8 out of 10 overall; 10 out of 10 for the rose water and mascara!
- Light-Medium. These products are probably for ladies who have naturally better skin/don’t mind letting imperfections show because you do have to layer everything if you want heavy coverage. (I’ll check back in after I try their BB creams, primers, and moisturizers, though! That could make all the difference…)
- Listen to the directions with the mascara, lest you want spidey-eye!
- I have naturally “line-y” lips, and I like them, but that’s probably why lip stain doesn’t. Believe it or not, I use a lip mask on these things once a week! But if you try to put this stain on lips that aren’t smooth, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME! Also, it really doesn’t budge. I had to use my MK lip mask to get the color off, and I’m still rocking slightly purple lips. This last thing, however, is not bad. It’s like a naturally-tinted balm; I might use it this way from now on!
- Consult with your Younique presenter. If she has the same skin tone as you, she’ll know what you need. If she doesn’t, she still might know. If she doesn’t know, she’ll direct you to another presenter who does. PRETTY COOL, EH?!