Monday, 9 December 2013

Sheer Cover Studio Mineral Make-up: Review

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Sheer Cover Studio’s mineral range is the make-up of choice for many make-up artists working with TV and red carpet stars.  The products have been reformulated recently, the main difference being Trueshade Technology, which means the colour adapts to suit your skintone. This is a big plus for a range that is only available online and definitely worked in my case.

Here’s the lowdown on the Introductory Kit, what you can achieve with it and how I use each product…

Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation

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Although it looks quite yellow tinged in the pot and when sprinkled on my skin, you can see how the colour lightens when slightly blended, and even moreso when completely blended.  It’s important to let mineral make-up settle on your skin before making up your mind if it’s for you… personally I find that it looks best half to one hour after application, when it loses most of the powdery-ness and has a much softer, more natural finish.  Sheer Cover Studio has impressive coverage and probably leaves me more flawless than any other foundation I’ve tried.  I do think the new formula is slightly more mattifying than the original, so oily or combination skins may like this even better.

Conceal & Highlight Trio

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Again, don’t be put off by the depth of colour as these tones are very blendable. This is my favourite product in the kit and I use it most days. Creamy and well pigmented, this covers dark circles and blemishes completely. The white highlight shade is very sheer and works well on browbones and as an inner eye highlight next to the tear duct.  I find this also works well on cheekbones to add a little sheen to the mineral foundation.

Sunkissed Bronzing Minerals

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The three shades in this are designed to work with every skintone… I’ve no idea whether this would show up on darker skins as it works so well on my pale face, though perhaps the Trueshade Technology applies here too?  I really like the cool tones and lack of orange. The palette design allows you to lift each colour separately for contour use, though I generally swirl the two matt bronze shades together, then use the pale gold sheen as a highlight.

I’ve previously written about the mascara and lash fibres in detail, with pics of it applied here - in a nutshell, they work.  The set of 3 brushes (worth £50+) are currently included as a bonus with the kit. The tapered bronzing brush is pretty good and I like the concealer brush a lot for mixing the shades together and applying around the eye area, though I use a softer brush (or ring finger) to blend the product. As the bristles are quite stiff, the tip is also good for detailed concealing.  I personally get best results when applying the mineral foundation with my Real Techniques buffing brush as its smooth, dense bristles work the product into my skin and give an airbrushed finish on pores, whereas the Sheer Cover brush is much looser and sweeps over the surface of skin.

The lasting power of these products is excellent. They provide medium to full coverage and a ‘perfect skin’ finish, which doesn’t look overly heavy or made up, though a touch more matt than I’d normally go for.  I save this for early starts on days when I need make-up to last, bad skin days or hot weather.  You can see pics of me wearing the original formula here - this one is just slightly more matt, but with the same level of coverage.

Only available at sheercover.co.uk, worth keeping an eye on for offers as it’s in the middle of 12 Days of Christmas offers. 

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