Liz Earle’s venture into the make up sphere has, promisingly, started with a base product. As is the case with most things, a good base for make up is of the utmost importance. Once you’ve mastered having natural and flawless looking skin you are ready to go on all other fronts.
So, how does it fare? The first thing of note is the fact that is comes in only three shades. Now, it is a tint, rather than foundation, so the approach works in this case, as long as your skin fits vaguely into the three categories. I am medium and found that when I blended it into my skin the line between tint and skin wasn’t visible. This is good for those who tend to suffer from pesky foundation lines or struggle to find the right colour but bad news for anyone outside the standard three colours (my sister, for example, is olive skinned and none of the shades would befit her). So far, so good – for me.
The texture is rather agreeable and it is clear that this has been designed with skincare in mind – after 8 hours (even with the dusting of translucent powder I needed to mop up shine) it is still smooth and a little moist, just as a base ought to be. Although it will help to cover redness and smooth the general appearance of skin, if you usually need a concealer you still will when using this – it is lightweight. Equally, you may need a little loose powder on t-zone if you’re prone to shininess, as I am. This will also eliminate the slightly ‘tacky’ feeling one gets when wearing a base (I see the ‘tackiness’ as a good sign – anything which feels too powdery upon application will make you look made up)
The built in SPF is another telltale sign of the skincare expert at work – nobody ought ever to leave the house without sun protection and this base eliminates the nuisance of using a primer/suncream before application. It is also loaded with Liz Earle’s signature blend of botanicals, including vitamin E, avocado and borage, so you’re safe in the knowledge not only will it not do your skin any harm, but it may even benefit it. I used it around my eyes and it didn’t sink into fine lines or irritate the delicate skin in any way, which is a real bonus.
All in all I think this is a product for the beauty arsenal. The fact that the tube is made for travel (no glass, good size and can be rinsed in case of spillage) is really the icing on the cake.
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint is available in 3 colours from here and costs £21.