Wednesday, April 2, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

*Samples Provided For Review*

Hello! Hope Wednesday finds you all well! I'm doing great! A lot has been happening in Phalange-land.
I have something different for you. You all know that nail polish is my great love but my first love was makeup. I still hoard it like nobody's business. I recently cleaned out all my old makeup and you wouldn't even be able to tell.
I was given an opportunity Vanessa, an independent presenter for Younique Cosmetics, to try some mineral pigments. I had previously heard of Younique through Cosmetic Sanctuary, one of the blogs I read daily. Lisa reviewed Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes (you can check it out here) and I was blown away.
For this review, Vanessa had me pick out some of their Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder. I chose three-Vulnerable, a matte rosy pink, Daring, a shimmery, green-tinged bronze, and Curious, a shimmery pale champagne.
Younique's Moodstruck Mineral Pigments are talc-free. They are also chemical free, naturally based, and hypo-allergenic, which are all awesome qualities to have in a beauty product.
Let's take a look!



What I've found is that a little bit goes a long way with these pigments and with a price point of $10, you really get your money's worth! These shots are after I used each pigment about 5 times, doing eye makeup for work and play. 

I chose three colors because I typically do my eye looks with three colors. It's a quick, easy routine that I've got down to five minutes or less each morning.

For my every day look, I always start with Fergie for Wet n Wild's Take On The Day Primer in A Little Party, which is the shimmer version of the original.
I applied that to both my lids and then applied Vulnerable all over the lid, up to the crease. Next, I used Daring in the crease and on my outer V. I followed that up with Curious on my browbone to highlight and blend. It's finished off with one coat of Benefit They're Real! mascara.

These pigments glide on over the primer, effortlessly. There is very little fallout, even from the shimmer shades. They blend well, and the wear time was all day. Even through a session at the gym. There was very little to no creasing and that is thanks to the absence of talc in the formula. I'm very happy with these and I definitely need to pick up some full size containers.

Not only are these pigments great for every day eye looks, they also appeal to the DIY-er in all of us. I was feeling brave so, I got out some supplies, including a plastic baggie to act as a kind of palette, some clear nail polish, and a nail art brush.
Here's the end result:

Top to Bottom: Vulnerable, Daring, Curious

Curious, Daring, Vulnerable

These made awesome, unique nail colors. If I had more of each pigment, I would have done a full mani. Each nail is two coats of the pigment mixed with a dollop of clear nail polish. While I can't comment on wear time, just think of the color combos you could make with all the different pigments!

Vanessa was great to work with and made sure to keep me informed and updated on the pigments she shipped to me. Being the sweetheart that she is, she has a special offer to extend to the readers of Ali's Dancing Phalanges. If you order with Vanessa, through her Facebook page, you will receive 15% off of your order of $20 or more. You can view all the products Younique offers here.

I'm so happy that Vanessa gave me this opportunity to review some of the great products that Younique creates.

xo, ali

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