You must have seen the newest offering by Liz Earle doing the blog rounds recently. I thought I'll do my take on it as well.
Okay, so to avoid any disappointment amongst you people, lets get it clear - It's a tinted moisturiser, NOT a foundation. Even Liz Earle does not claim it to be one, so why are there are tonne of people out there wanting it to give full coverage and yada yada yada?
As consumers, the urge will be to compare it to the highest coverage tinted moisturiser we own i.e. the Laura Mercier one but if you've ever tried making a tinted moisturiser at home, you'll know that this is exactly how it turns out.
Also, as this is the first make-up product that Liz Earle has come out with and being a skin care brand primarily, it is obvious that the product will lean towards your-skin-but-better rather than the opposite.
What I thought of it...
Coming to the actual product, the packaging is quite simple and minimalistic besides the mysterious deep blue colour with specks of shimmer. A pretty bold take on packaging I must say, as I haven't really seen such deep colours in cosmetic aisles.
What shade am I?
There are three shades available namely,
- Bare(NC/NW 15 and above) - Neutral beige undertones. Adapts to pink/yellow/beige skin tones.
- Beige(NC30 and above) - Yellow/beige undertones. Can cover redness.
- Beach(NC/NW40 and above) - Olive/golden undertones. For those tanned or WOC.
Being of an NC30 skin tone, I can quite easily wear both Bare and Beige, one of the two lightest shades. Because the formula adapts to the skin tone so well, the lightest shade does not look ashy or grey on me, instead brightens my complexion up a notch. Beige on the other hand, is exactly of my skin tone.
The look and feel of it
As the name suggests, it is a light and airy tinted moisturiser which you can wear on lazy weekends, on a visit to the corner shop, on a good skin day or when you simply do not want to look made-up.
The formula of this on the other hand is lush and creamy, pretty much like a regular foundation. However when it comes in contact with skin, it simply melts and adapts to the skin colour.
Because it's thick, the best way to apply it is using the fingers. Regarding blendability, it is foolproof to the extent that you would need a mirror.
The finish it imparts is dewy and radiant, not over the top though, just like how natural skin would glow after a facial. It has good longevity besides the dewy finish and does not shift around.
I personally do not like to set it with powder as then it totally defies the purpose of achieving naturally radiant skin. However I did try powdering it for the sake of it and fortunately enough, it did not cake!
Surprisingly it gave me quite a decent, light-medium coverage as you can see. You likey? It's obviously not going to give you full coverage, especially if you are suffering from a bad skin phase.
Skin tone compatibility
Those with normal/dry/combination skin types are definitely going to love this, as it is pretty hydrating and you really do not need to wear much moisturiser underneath.
As for you oilies out there, it might slip around your skin a tad bit more and you would then need to powder it and all that fuss, so try it out before making a purchase.
It's a Yay for me! I am literally obsessed with any sort of base for the skin so this isn't a surprise.
Available for £21(40ml) from September onwards from Liz Earle outlets as well as uk.lizearle.com
*It ain't September yet you see hence press sample of course!