Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Review: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I have been debating on and off all day whether or not to do this particular post, as more often than not when a new product from a popular brand/range is released, every blogger and their dog does some sort of article/review on it (Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless being a prime example), and I personally find it a right reading turn off!

However, after trying this particular product, I thought it would be worth putting what I personally thought of it out there (and I will say in advance it's not all gushy-gushy, oh-my-god-it's-my-HG product thoughts!), and if it helps you decide to buy (or not to buy) it, then so be it!

If you've ever bought anything from Liz Earle you'll know you get sent regular (quarterly?) 'newletter'-type booklets, containing info on all the Liz Earle products and ranges.

This latest booklet of delights came packaged along with 3 samples of Liz's latest beauty offering: the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, in the shades 01. Bare (for fair skin tones), 02. Beige (medium shade) and 03. Beach (for suntanned, olive-toned and most asian skintones).

Being as 'pale and interesting' as I am, I opted to try shade 01. Bare.

You do get quite a decent amount in the sample sachets - i've managed to get about two applications (days) worth from it, and I have been quite generous in my usage - with the full product retailing at £21.00 for 40ml.

The Sheer Skin Tint has been launched by Liz Earle as part of their foray into make-up, and is described as:

The perfect way to enhance your skin. Our rich and creamy, yet lightweight formula leaves all skin types looking naturally dewy, even and radiant. With mineral UV SPF15, it’s enriched with our own blend of natural source vitamin E, borage and avocado, specially selected to work in harmony with our skincare range.

From this (and the name) I presumed that Sheer Skin Tint would simply be a tinted moisturiser of sorts, but it's actually incredibly thick, possibly even more so than the Revlon Colorstay i'm using at the moment and REALLY smells, and not pleasantly: it distinctly reminds me of playdough/plasticine, and actually lingers on the skin for some time after application sadly.

Despite being developed as a simple skin 'tint', the formula is, as I suggested above, really quite thick and creamy, and can easily provide quite extensive medium coverage (does that make sense?), although the pesky redness around my nose still remains a problem.

It does blend out quite easily (Liz Earle suggest simply using your fingers, although I prefer to either use a foundation/stipple brush or blending sponge), and for a 'skin tint' has rather good staying power (the picture below was taken after i'd got hom from work).

I'm also really pleased with the colour match/adaptability to my particular skin tone - I've always struggled to find a foundation which matches my pale complexion without washing me out completely, but this blends out beautifully to leave no tell-tale marks.

Because of this, I want this product to work for me and I want to like it, I really do, but sadly I just don't!

The aforementioned smell really puts me off, and when the tint is blended out on the skin, it feels really tacky (like when you first put foundation on, before it 'dries' and sets)...and stays that way. All day. Ick.

The product has been developed to give a dewy, 'natural radiance' to the skin, but instead I experienced shine overload with this product - and not in a good way.
Sometimes I actually think I bit of natural skin oil/shine can make you look quite healthy (Barbara at The Persian Babe is a fantastic example of this: she has naturally oily but incredibly beautiful glowing skin), but this was too much - with this and the smell combined I felt like some sort of plastic dolly!
I haven't tried using a powder over this (as i'm not a setting powder user), but I can imagine that because it is so tacky, the powder would settle in places and look a bit dry and cakey.

It is a product which has been aimed at women of all ages, skin types and skin tones, but I actually think it might be suited to a more mature or dry skin type which needs an injection of thick moisture/coverage.

Liz has stated the product has been 3 years in the making, but I sort of feel like this could just the 'prototype', and maybe it might evolve into a better product once they receive feedback and can develop it a bit more to suit the needs/demands of consumers.
I can imagine there will also be demand for a greater range of shades to suit more skintones.

The good news is, if you happen to order the full sized product, it comes with the three sample sachets, with the idea being that you try these first, and if, like me, you aren't keen on the product, you simply send the full (unopened) product back.

I'd love to hear what you think of the Sheer Skin Tint if you've tried it, or if you're planning on trying it.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint is available:
By mail: 01983813913
In selected John Lewis stores, Fenwick of Bond Street, Atelier Living and QVC.

Melanie x


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