I’ve spent a long time thinking about how to go about writing a review for Younique. I have started multiple drafts but none of them seemed to really show what I wanted to say about Younique in a way that didn’t come across too strong. So, lets just start off with some background: I was asked by a presenter who I went to high school with to do a review of Younique in exchange for free products. I agreed and some time went by before I decided to throw a Younique party for her so myself and my friends and family could try out products too.
If you don’t know how most of these “self-starting” businesses where you sell products for a commission from the company work, well you basically can host parties for the person who is selling the product and then the host and person with the business gets commission and free or discounted products. Usually the discounts to the host are based on the productivity of the party, so the more party-goers buy the more free or discounted product you can choose from. By the time my party was closed I had earned enough that I only had to pay for shipping on the products I wanted to try.
I chose to give each of what I like to call the “staple” products that Younique sells a go! I ordered their Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation, Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer, and was gifted the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ and Lucrative Moonstruck Minerals Lip Gloss. For this review I’m only going to be talking about the foundation, concealer and mascara mostly because I haven’t had the chance to test the waters with the lip gloss yet. Lets get started:
Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+
I thought it would be best to start with this product because it was the one myself and a lot of people get most excited about. It’s the one you see all over social media advertising the power of this product to multiply the length and fullness of your lashes by 400%!! How it claims to do that is by a 3 step process: First you apply the “transplanting gel” aka mascara, followed by the lash fibers and finally another coat of transplanting gel, as they call it. You can also keep repeating the process until you’ve reached the desired level of lash you want. Simple as that!
It should be that simple if you can somehow manage to avoid the tiny needle-like fibers from getting in your eyes (sometimes full clumps of the fibers!) or the product doing virtually nothing for the length of your eyelashes. I tried this product for a week and I literally ruined my makeup from my eyes watering profusely every time I used this. I’m surprised a company can market itself as hypo-allergenic when this is how my eyes looked after using their “miraculous” fiber lashes. (This is just an example, not my actual eye.)
It did help with the fullness that is if you enjoy your lashes looking like tiny hairy spiders. I’m sorry I’m being so negative about this but I was so disappointed with such a hyped up product. I’m honestly glad I didn’t have to pay the $38 USD for this. Yes, 38! I feel like the price only justifies the hype, not the results. Skip this staple if you value your money and your eye health.
Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation
This product promises a even application that will smooth and blur imperfections in the skin. It says it uses “optical diffusers” and “time release” pigments to improve the look of the skin and skin texture. Its supposed to be a light weight foundation with a satin smooth finish. It is said to provide long-lasting coverage. All of their foundations come in a long line of skin tones including attention to under-lying tones such as pink, blue, green and yellow. I love that about these foundations because most foundation lines have a hard time discerning under-lying tones and mostly stay in the pink range. For my skin tone I think I chose the wrong shade and should have went for the Velour shade which is light with yellow undertones. But I digress and will now focus on the quality of the product and less on my ability to color match!
I find it kind of strange that you have to shake the foundation before each use for the minerals to mix but to each his own I suppose. Of the product itself I love the dropper applicator because of your ability to control the amount of product usage. Thats very useful considering the fountain costs $42 USD that I would rather not waste product on. The consistency of the product is so strange when you first use it. To someone who has never tried a product like this it comes across as oily and greasy, that is until has time to set into the skin. Then it turns into a powdery finish that I absolutely love because it feels so light weight!
The foundation is advertised as sheer to medium coverage but you can honestly build it to a medium/full coverage and still get the light weight, airy feel. I really enjoyed this product and will try other shades in the future. I recommend this to someone who likes BB creams for light makeup days but has felt, like most of us have, that BB creams don’t provide enough coverage. I feel like this may also be good for prom and bridal makeup because of the light weight texture and ability to build up to the desired coverage. Is it my go-to for myself all the time? No but I’ll use it on my low maintenance days.
Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer
Formulated with high concentrated pigments and moisturizers to smooth and improve the skin, boy does this concealer pack a punch! This is the best concealer I’ve ever owned. A little goes a long way with this little dude. It truly can cover any imperfection! This concealer is also multi-versitale. You can use it to conceal, correct & even highlight. I’m considering even ordering some shades to contour with. It sells for $29 and I think its totally worth it. Especially for someone with problematic, scarred skin like myself you will truly enjoy your investment in this product. I know I have!
So after these conclusions how does Younique perform as a company?
Since trying out their staple products and learning more about them as a brand I see room for improvement and growth in an already ambitious company. The really good thing I’ve seen is the Younique Foundation which donates proceeds from their products to help fight sexual abuse. This is such a great cause to empower women and support victims of sexual violence. I love this! Other great things are their “Love It” Guarantee. Don’t love your product? You can send it back and receive a refund. Great customer service and appreciation.
I did run into a few problems and concerns. Ordering is a multi-step hassle sometimes. You’re asked a long array of information to provide that seems like it can be done in one continuous form instead of multiple. I had an issue where my address on my card didn’t match the address I needed to send it to and my money was withheld for 3 days and customer service was no help telling me my bank would have to handle it from there. Kind of frustrating!
Lastly and I’m not sure if something like this already exists within the Younique Presenter training (or if there is any training) but I wish the presenters were given training on how to color match and find products that look nice on certain skin tones for their customers. I think it would help them really sell Younique’s foundation lines and get non-makeup wearers into it more if they knew what products to suggest to them. Just some food for thought!
I hope you enjoyed my long winded review and you will try out some of these products for yourself. You can buy from my presenter by clicking this link! She is a really sweet girl and will help you find just what you need. Subscribe either through WordPress or email to keep up with me, my life and any future reviews and tutorials!