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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Glam Bag Review: Sheer Cover Duo Concealer

This is the a somewhat belated post, but I was on the fence about this concealer and needed to give it a long-term trial.
SheerCover Duo Concealer in Light/Medium

MyGlam describes this concealer as providing "variable coverage-sheer and creamy perfect for under eye circles for more opaque blenishes, scars, etc." The two colors provide the opportunity to perfectly match your skin tone.
Unblended

Blended

The reason I have been so on-the-fence about this concealer is that it's "gotta-have-it" quality wasn't immediately apparent. After all, it doesn't have salmon undertones to cancel dark under-eye color, or caffeine to fight bags, or even particularly heavy coverage as many concealers boast. It took a few uses to realize that the novelty in this product is in the buildability. While this may not be unique to some, others may notice that their concealer is too thin, with too little coverage, even when layered. Others find that a fuller coverage concealer clumps and creases when a little extra is applied for heavy duty jobs. This concealer reaches a happy medium where, as MyGlam says in the description, you can cover anything from under-eye spots to blemishes. The consistency seems thin when swiping it from the pan, but blends to have a more heavy coverage than you might expect. Here are the results on me:

Before
After
The differences are subtle, but if you look at the red blemishes and slight discoloration under my eyes in the before picture, you can see an improvement after.

I was lucky enough to have gotten a color that matched me well. The lighter of the two is good for my current skin tone, the darker for my future, more bronzed self, and the shades I will reach in between. In that respect, the packaging - or more the idea of having two shades in one round - is unique and very handy year-round. However, for me, the packaging was also one of the downsides to this product. I am not, nor will I ever be, someone who likes to stick my fingers in the pan of a product day after day to apply. Call me a germaphobe, but all I can think of when I see products in jars or pots is a petri dish of my own bacteria. Also, if you can tell by the picture, the product gets smeared on and around the packaging. While not a deal-breaker, some may find it messy and less desirable.

Overall, I really like this concealer. While I'm not crazy about the packaging, you may not mind and I would encourage you to try it! Sheer Cover is having a My Glam special where you can receive this concealer in a 5 piece kit (and three bonus gifts!) for $19.95.


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