Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mineral Make Up Tried & Tested - Sheer Cover

I have tried Sheer Cover in the past and as I previously mentioned, I was not comfortable to go out without wearing layers of foundation. But I did like the products, so I decided to try it again.  Sheer Cover minerals are 100% natural; contain skin-soothing botanicals, natural SPF, and anti-aging green tea to protect the skin from premature aging. This means there aren’t any oils, perfumes, dyes or talc - ensuring it is gentle and not irritating on the skin. Pure mineral pigments are designed to lay on top of the skin to provide coverage, while mica helps reflect light to minimise the look of fine lines and give a sheer, flawless finish.

Sheer Cover's USP is that it hides all kinds of imperfections. Sheer Cover is recommended for dark circles, age spots, freckles and sun damage - as well as other special cosmetic needs such as scars, breakouts, and broken capillaries. You can even use it on arms, legs, and neck and across the body.

I tried the Sheer Cover Introductory Kit in Light. This kit contains two Mineral Foundations, one Nude, the other Bisque, Dual Concealer in two shades, Extra Length Mascara in black/brown, Base Perfector, Sheer Cover Studio Foundation Brush, Sheer Cover Concealer Brush, Sheer Colour Compact and a black Sheer Cover Vanity Case.

Using his makeup artistry expertise from shows like GMTV and How to Look Good Naked, celebrity makeup artist Armand Beasley has put together his essential quick makeup tips.

How to get the natural look in only 10 minutes

I used the Base Perfector, which stops concealer from sinking into pores and fine lines, while allowing the Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation to be applied to a smooth surface. Armand Beasley notes, “Use a mineral primer that won’t clog pores to make your makeup last all day – essential for those on the go.”

 “Next step is to apply a mineral base foundation which gives SPF and absorbs oil; the Sheer Cover travel brush is genius! Use quick swirling motions starting at the nose and moving outwards toward the jaw.”  There is a knack to applying this mineral foundation, but once you’ve a few goes, its easy and fast to apply.

The Sheer Cover Duo Concealer is easy to blend and doesn’t clog the skin, allowing you to hide dark circles, blemishes and even birthmarks. To apply, Armand suggests “Use a creamy concealer where needed tapping with your ring finger.”

The Extra-Length Mascara comes in black/brown with the Light kit, and usually this isn’t dark enough for me, but it actually was just right as I wasn’t wearing my usual heavy foundation. The Extra-Length Mascara coated every eyelash with the tapered brush and really opened my eyes. “Apply mascara on top & bottom lashes; good mascara means you can go without eyeshadow.”

The Sheer Cover Compact includes a light and creamy Café Mocha Eyeliner, which gives subtle definition to the eye and can also be blended as a contouring eyeshadow.
French Vanilla, Pink Parfait, Melon Ice Highlighters are ideal for giving emphasis underneath the brow bone, on the temples and inside the corner of the eye.

To finish off the look, the Sheer Cover Compact also contains 2 lipglosses, Pink Praline and Raspberry Rose, as well as a Mauveberry lip cream. These easy to wear colours make your lips look full and super shiny.

My overall thoughts are that the kit is a very accessible way to try the range and introduce yourself to a different form of make up. Great value for money, with definite results, Sheer Cover has no complaints from me.


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