If you didn’t already know that Youngblood Cosmetics is one of my favourite makeup brands, I’ll come right out and say it. Youngblood Cosmetics is one of my favourite makeup brands. I first fell in love with them years back after trying their base products in a salon with my Mum, and we’ve both been hooked since. In fact, their mineral powders are one of the few mineral foundation powders I can use without getting irritated (think itchy skin). Youngblood already have an extensive repertoire of cosmetic products, from foundations to eyeshadows, highlighters and lipsticks. Recently, they have expanded their collection by releasing an exciting range of retractable matte lip crayons in seven shades: The Colour Crays Matte Lip Crayons. In this post I’ll go over the range, and we get up close and personal with a little Swatchfest for you all.
THE COLOUR CRAYS LIP CRAYONS
If you want to know more about the Youngblood brand, their philosophies and my take on their base products, be sure the check out my previous post on them here. The lip crayons come in seven beautiful, intense shades to suit any occasion. My favourite thing about these is that they are retractable, and there is no need for sharpening, the packaging does it all for you. The packaging is sleek, elegant and easy to sort through thanks to the shade indicator on the bottom of the casing. The design of the product allows for the lip crayons to serve a double purpose: to be used as a lip liner and/or lipstick colour. They retail for $36 each.
The formula is ultra-hydrating, featuring skin conditioning agents that provide a comfortable formula to wear on the lips so say goodbye to the undesirable dryness that comes hand in hand with a matte formula. Isononyl Isononanoate features as the top ingredient for these crayons and is a super emollient ester that is commonly found in cocoa oil and lavender oil. It’s also skin softening, and will give your lips a silky, velvety finish. Humectant properties of glycerin will also help your lips to feel hydrated and smooth, and tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E) will help protect your lips from exposure by acting as a free radical scavenger. For some extra spark, the formula contains a hint of diamond powder. Ooooooo, fancy! Overall, the lip crayons provide gorgeous, intensely pigmented colour that’s healthy and comfortable for your lips.
This bright, peachy hue is perfect for those hot, fun Summer days or can be used in the cooler months to add a little sunshine to your complexion. I’m a neutral skin tone, but I think this shade would look stunning on warm-toned girls because when I pair this shade with a warm, shimmery bronzer it looks incredible. It’s bright, fun but wearable at the same time.
Santa Cruz is probably the most wearable, every day shade in this range. It’s a gorgeous neutral nude that has just the right balance between cool and warm tones. Any skin tone, with any makeup look could pull this beauty off.
If you’re after the perfect soft, muted and feminine pink shade this will be your girl. It was a super flattering shade on me. I don’t usually wear too many pink shades on my lips but this will be my go-to for whenever I want a pink lip. A gorgeous, subtle shade.
Hollywood Nights is a cool-toned mauve-brown shade. It wasn’t a favourite for me because I don’t think it was flattering on my skin or particularly enhanced my features much. But I think I need to experiment with makeup looks using this shade to really bring out the beauty in this one.
They couldn’t have picked a better shade name for this one. The perfect Valley Girl shade. Bright, fun. A vivid, intensely pigmented fuchsia-berry shade. I’m not one to choose a fuchsia shade out in store but every time I get the chance to try one I always love the result on me. This one is a favourite for me, look how bloody bright and pigmented it is! It complimented and brightened my complexion a tonne, love it.
Say hello to one of my new favourite reds! Oh lord, if you want a bangin’ Hollywood style red you will want this in your arsenal. It’s a crazy-pigmented true red, doesn’t pull to blue or orange on me and really brings out the ‘creaminess’ in my skin. And this is one of those reds that I think would literally suit anyone and everyone. I don’t think it could look unflattering on anyone if it tried! This was the man’s favourite shade too. It made it into my ‘Favourite Reds’ pile straight away. This is definitely my favourite shade from the collection.
Definitely the most ‘out there’ shade from the collection goes to Napa Wine. It’s an intense, deep vampy purple. Perfect for when you want uber dark but don’t want to go black on the lips. I don’t quite have a colour like this in my collection so I welcomed this with open arms. I think this colour really makes your eyes pop and looks amazing with gold shimmery lids. The only thing is, being a really deep colour it can tend to be patchy so I have to work with this shade more than the others, but the result is still gorgeous. I think would be amazing on medium-dark skin tones.
What do you think of the new Youngblood lip crayons? If you could choose one shade to wear, what would it be? Show them some love in the comments below. You can pick these up from the Youngblood Cosmetics website now, or shop the post below!
*Products were provided for editorial consideration. All opinions expressed are genuine and my own. The Beauty & the Geek AU is no expert so please do not substitute my opinions for professional advice.