Liz Earle is dipping her toes into colour cosmetics this September, and, prior to a full range of colour products coming to market in late 2012, the first product in the line is this, Sheer Skin Tint with SPF15.
Now, I’m a great fan of Liz Earle, she’s an inspiration in the beauty business, and I think the idea behind adding a colour-range to the already impressive range of aromatherapy-based skincare is a great one, but I have genuinely mixed feelings about the Sheer Skin Tint. Described as a pathway into cosmetics from the skincare, Liz describes this a tinted moisturiser, and certainly, the coverage is as light as you’d expect from something described as sheer in the name of it!
However, I find that Sheer Skin Tint is very thick, and can be difficult to blend as a result. As the resulting coverage is so light, this isn’t a big problem. That said, I do find that I am constantly aware of this product whilst it’s on my face, which isn’t a feeling that I like very much. I also find that it takes a long time to “set” on my skin – upwards of ten minutes – and this, very much, drives me bananas. In the mornings, I’m very much a grab and go girl, and waiting ten minutes for what is essentially a tinted moisturiser to sink in is a bit of a waste of my time. That’s ten minutes I could have had in bed!
Also, when it finally does set, I find myself suffering from the unfortunate condition known as “stickyface”. This is where a product makes your skin feel sticky and low-grade unpleasant for several hours after application. It’s unusual to find it in a sheer tint! I’ve spoken to a couple of other beauty bloggers who’ve suffered from the same affliction though, as at first I thought I just had a dodgy tube. I also found that is has a habit of “grabbing” any powder products I applied over the top if I tried to put makeup over it too soon, which is annoying, because, although Liz herself describes this as a matte moisturiser, it’s actually more of a satin (verging on dewy) finish, and owing to being slightly oily-skinned, I find it unwearable without a dusting of powder over the top.
All that said though, whilst I don’t think this is a great product for me, I do think that some people will love this, and in particular my drier-skinned sisters (provided they’re of the paler persuasion, there are only three shades available, and none of them will really cater for women of colour) are recommended to try it. It’s richly moisturising, and I haven’t noticed it clinging to any dry patches of skin. It does give a nice glow, and will even out your skintone, without giving a heavy appearance of being “fully made up”.
Another nice thing about the product is that when you order it, Liz Earle will send you sample sachets so that you can ensure you have a proper colour match without opening the product. If you find you’ve ordered the wrong shade, you can return the full-size product, and get it replaced with the correct colour for you.
All in all, it’s not a bad product, it’s just something I didn’t enjoy using, and as such, I’d suggest anyone buying this should do as much research as they can before they splash out the £21 this will cost on release next month.
The Fine Print: PR sample.
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