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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sheer Cover Mineral Makeup review

Make-up wise I am a bit of a minimalist. Since I was a teenager I have worn mascara and eyeliner pretty much every day and in my twenties have started wearing a bit more lipstick and blusher. But now realise I should probably pile it on a bit more. Non-stop mummyhood has called for the odd YSL Touche Eclat here and there, but now I think I need a regular facial and some kind of foundation. Plus when I saw my tired face on this Fashionistable blog post I decided I need to work on perking up a bit!

Lucky for me, I was invited to a Beauty Bloggers Delight event in November and was introduced to a range of make-up from Guthy Renker including Sheer Cover, Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty,  and a not so scary microdermabrasion system from Youthful Essence. After a party makeover by fabulous and sweet makeup artiste Elkie Philips I was sold on the wonders of the Sheer Cover mineral makeup, enjoyed several freebies and a few weeks later decided to purchase the introductory kit for £30. (I opted not to get the monthly top-up and just the one-off kit!)
Includes 2 x Mineral Foundation in two shades, Duo Concealer in two shades, Extra-Length Mascara, Base Perfector and 4 free gifts : Studio Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Sheer Colour® Compact, Vanity Case and the Sheer Cover® Tips & Tricks DVD
Sheercover Medium mineral foundation

The kit arrived after my Christmas holidays (I ordered at beginning of December) so have been experimenting! The mineral foundation is so light and easy to brush on it's rather fun. Compared to other foundations/powders I may have tried in the past it's not awfully streaky and the colouring is spot-on, though it can easily be blended as you get two shades to mix up. According to makeup artist Armand Beasley "it doesn't clog pores and leaves you feeling like you're wearing no makeup" which I find to be true as it's so light.

I don't wear it everyday, but when I do, I feel made up and better knowing my skin has no reddy bits, has an even tone and my blusher/bronzer holds much better too. However I need to improve the blending around my nose as my hubby keeps pointing out - oops!

It's also made me realise how important the lighting needs to be in make-up application if you don't want to step out looking like a tart... New lamp for bedroom perhaps? I think so...

The base perfector is an ideal primer that is meant to smooth fine lines and reduce appearance of pores and it smells nice. The compact has several lipglosses that I've enjoyed using though have pretty much finished them already! The best free gift that came with the pack was probably the big Studio Foundation Brush as I didn't have one of those and I can also use it to apply my lovely Guerlain Terracotta bronzer that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas ;)

NB. I recently received a 'top-up' package from Sheercover and was debited a further £60!! I asked WTF that was about and apparently in the Ts ands Cs it says that by purchasing you agree to them sending you these top-ups. Cheeky! The Ts and Cs are at the bottom of the page and in my opinion it should clearly state that on the order page. You're allowed to cancel at any time so I surely did and sent it back for a refund. They were very efficient and handled that very well. Just be careful!

3 comments:

  1. just checked in after not having read your |Blog in ages and wanted to say that i had a great time reading it and Happy Bday Leon.
    Keep up the great writing - i will stay tuned
    Fran

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  2. Thanks Fran! That's very encouraging :D I'm looking forward to catching up with your Italian adventures. Have been rather absent but will pop back xx

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