I go back and forth with mineral foundation, as I do think it’s one of those products that you can’t beat for coverage, but it also tends to lack the ‘real skin’ look of more traditional foundations and can leave you looking quite heavily made-up. However, I’m also happy to try a new brand of mineral make-up, so cue the arrival of the Sheer Cover Studio Introductory VIP Kit, which contains a rather wonderful selection of products that serve as a decent introduction to the brand.
In the kit you get decent sample sizes of the Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation, Conceal and Brighten Trio, Sun Kissed Bronzing Minerals, Lengthening Mascara and Lash Extending Fibers as well as a ‘free gift’ of 3 brushes; concealer, foundation and blush. This all comes in at £29.99 (plus P&P) which in my mind is quite a bargain for such a comprehensive kit, but there’s no point in spending a penny unless the products are worthy of investment!
It’s worth mentioning that the only products I’ve tried from the kit are the concealer, foundation and brushes. I’m not fussed about the bronzer but I do like the idea of the mascara and fibers, so I’ll do my best to do a follow-up review on those once baby has arrived and my lashes have stopped being mental. The concealer brush isn’t too bad but the blush and foundation brushes are pretty terrible; they shed and aren’t really firm enough for a thorough buffing of mineral application, so I quickly gave up on them and grabbed another mineral foundation brush instead.
The concealer really surprised me as I wasn’t holding out much hope for it, but it’s actually lovely, creamy and very easy to work with. I only used the two lightest shades as I think the darker one would be too dark for me (the kit I have is Light) but the very pale, almost white, highlighting shade, works as a fantastic corrector on dark circles, whilst the medium shade supplies good coverage on both spots and scars as well as on top of the pale shade under the eye, so thumbs-up for me for this concealer.
With regards to the foundation, I do like it but I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve ever tried, although there are a few major positives worth mentioning. Firstly, the finish is very good as there’s no mica-like shimmer that is often found in these types of products, so instead you’re left with a matte finish that doesn’t fall too flat and instead looks pretty close to skin. I think the shade match is quite good for me, although it’s very yellow, so anyone too pink might struggle with this. I do hate it when brands just release a few shades of a foundation as that isn’t how skin tones work is it? The beauty industry is now so far advanced that you think any company wouldn’t struggle to produce a good, solid shade selection to cover all tones. Coverage wise, as you can see, it’s very decent and very buildable, so whilst I wouldn’t say this is the best mineral foundation I’ve ever tried, certainly for the price of the kit and what it contains, this isn’t a bad choice at all. The Sheer Cover Studio Introductory VIP Kit is available now from here – link - for £29.99.