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Does "Shear" Cover Makeup Really Work? A Review

From left to right: Leeza Gibbons, Alyssa Milano, Melissa Gilbert and Carrie Ann Inaba

The makeup foundation infomercial, promoted by Guthy-Renker (Palm Desert, CA), features Leeza Gibbons, Alyssa Milano, Melissa Gilbert, Carrie Ann Inaba and other celebrities endorsing the integrity of the product. Inspired by the stories of the women who have used it, Leeza Gibbons (who is their main spokesperson) passionately introduces "Shear" Cover products and many of the women who claim to have had great success using them. (Please refer to the note at the bottom of this article for "Shear" misspelling clarification). The 30 minute infomercial shows women who have major skin troubles and/or flaws effortlessly and quickly applying the makeup with amazing results. But does "Shear" Cover makeup really work? Or is it just another example of slick Hollywood marketing and hype?

After watching the "Shear" Cover makeup informercial and being astounded by the results (the women had the look of flawless skin after covering up scars, acne, wrinkles, and broken veins), I decided to give this product a try. I'm in my early 30's and my skin has given me problems in recent years with bouts of acne and combination skin (oily in the summer and dry in the winter). I've also began to notice slight wrinkles on my forehead and those annoying little crows feet have began to emerge around my eyes. So I picked up the phone, called the "Shear" Cover representative, gave them my credit card number, and several days later, received my 30 day trial kit. Now does "Shear" Cover makeup really work?

Review Of "Shear" Cover Makeup

Does "Shear" Cover makeup really work?

The “trial kit” cost me $29.95 plus shipping and handling. In the 30-day kit was:
Mineral Foundation in 2 shades (I was able to pick my own shades out of Light, Medium, Tan or Dark)
Duo Concealer in 2 shades
shear-cover-makeup-reviewNourishing Moisturizer with SPF 15
Conditioning Cleanser
Studio Powder Brush
Studio All-in-One Brush

"Free" Bonuses:
Studio Concealer Brush
Studio Contouring Brush
Extra Length Mascara in Black/Brown
"Shear" Color Compact
Tips & Tricks DVD
6-day supply Bronze Lip-To-Lid Highlighter

What "Shear" Cover Claims:
"Shear" Cover claims that "even if your skin is blotchy, ruddy, or blemished, you can literally brush away those imperfections..." They also claim that their makeup not only helps a person achieve a flawless look, but that it is also good for their skin. Developed by Pauline Soli, the "Shear" Cover Foundations contain 100% pure minerals from the earth. "Shear" Cover Foundations do not contain any preservatives, chemical dyes, fragrance, silicones, or talc.

in the foundations are as follows:
Active Ingredients - Zinc Oxide (12.00%). Other Ingredients - Boron Nitride, Bisabolol, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, May Contain ( +/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Results - My Personal Experience: Review of "Shear" Cover Makeup
As I previously mentioned above, the 30-day kit arrived surprisingly quick. Curiously excited, I quickly opened the kit to give it a try. Since you have to mix the two foundation shades to get the right color for your skin tone, applying the makeup for the first time took me a little while. Although it does take some effort to get it right the first time, as it can be difficult to match the foundation color to your skin at first, once you get used to it the blending does become easier.

Applying the foundation was not difficult. After mixing the two foundation powders I simply followed the instructions. I dipped the application brush (included with the kit) into the powder, turned it upside down (brush bristles up), and then lightly tapped it on the counter. This tapping process is to get the foundation powder down into the bristles of the brush to make application quicker, easier, and more even. I then applied the powder to my face using small circular motions. Note: You can also mix the foundations with the Finishing Powder and place them in the barrel of the All-in-One brush. With the cap on the brush you tap the brush lightly (bristles down) for the powder to be distributed in the brush. You then remove the cap and apply in the same small circular motions.

Like I already mentioned, the hardest part for me was blending the two foundations to get my correct shade. Application of the product itself was relatively simple. The end result, however, was not what I had so anxiously hoped for.

I do not wear make-up all the time so I really wanted a product that was going to make my skin look more natural and not so "made-up." At first the product seemed fine, but after a couple of hours my skin started to itch. Since I have sensitive skin I figured it would just take some time for my skin to adjust to using a new product. The itchy sensations did stop after using the product a few more times, but after a few hours into wearing the product my skin felt as though I had a ton of heavy liquid foundation on. Plus it made my skin look really oily and I would end up with that awful makeup shine. Also, as the day progressed, areas where I had applied concealer and foundation would begin to look caked and creased, especially the areas around my eyes and mouth. The makeup exaggerated even small lines and made my forehead wrinkles and the crows feet around my eyes stand out like a sore thumb. The mineral powder even made my pores more noticeable.

shear-cover-makeup-acneAs for my acne, I had a difficult time covering up those breakouts. Even after using the concealer and foundation they were still visible, though not as obvious as before application. I've experienced the same with other mineral makeups. Worse, it made me break out on my forehead and chin after using it for a while. I do realize that the breakout can occur with any other cosmetic product, so my breaking out may not be a direct result of "Shear" Cover products. Unfortunately, my face did not respond to "Shear" Cover makeup the same way that the ladies' faces/skin did on the infomercial. Like I said, I do have sensitive skin, but I was not anticipating the product to make me breakout even more. To top it all off, the bristles on the brush began falling out. So much for real professional studio quality. (The brushs that come with the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Makeup Kit are much better (see below)).

After the acne breakouts began appearing, I stopped using the products that came with my “trial kit.” But by that time I had already received the 90-day supply of makeup from the company. Like an idiot, before trying the "Shear" Cover makeup, I had signed up for their Club Membership which would automatically send me a new makeup kit every 90 days so I could lock in at their “low price” of $29.95 a month. Like most people, I never sent the 90-day supply back. I don’t know what I was thinking and now I kick myself because once the kit arrives a customer has 60 days to return it. That's my bad. I did cancel my membership, however.

"Shear" Cover does have other products besides the mineral foundations and concealers, but I did not try any of them. They Include:
Cream Highlighters
Lip glosses

Review of "Shear" Cover Makeup: Concluding Remarks
The results were not as glamourous as the infomerical suggested. In short, I was not overly impressed with the product. Although the makeup is relatively easy to apply, it can be difficult to match the foundation color to your skin. Also, the product made my skin look really oily and shiny, the makeup appeared caked and creased around my eyes and mouth, it exaggerated small lines and wrinkles, and it made my pores more noticeable. It even caused me to breakout on my forehead and chin. "Shear" Cover makeup did not result in a happy ending with this face.

I personally do not recommend this product. However, I’m sure there are people out there who have had success with "Shear" Cover makeup. Like most things results may differ from person to person. If you have sensitive skin like me this product is probably not for you. Also, if you do not wear makeup very often, it is not very cost effective to sign up for their Club Membership because you will continue to receive a kit every 3 months, whether you need the makeup or not, and be billed $29.95 per month. If you are interested in this product order a “trial kit” to give it a try, just don’t sign up for the Club Membership until you are certain this is a product you really like.

My review of "Shear" Cover Makeup - Save your money for the recommendation mentioned below.

Note: "Shear" Cover is used instead of the correct spelling of the product, due to an email from the watch dog arm of Guthy-Renker, requesting the removal of their "trademark text" from this article. Whether the fact that this was a negative review of their product contributed to this rebuking email is uncertain. However, we at believe that customer review is essential for protecting customers' rights. No matter how you spell it, the "Shear" Cover product did not live up to it's claims in our opinion. See other "Shear" Cover customer reviews.

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