Friday, 2 September 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint – Compared


One week from today, Liz Earle will launch its first Colour product: Sheer Skin Tint, a botanical-rich skin enhancer with spf15, costing £21 for 40ml.  I’ve compared the formula to others already on the market to try to help give you an idea of what to expect.


The creation of Liz Earle Colour was a natural progression from the skincare range - and Sheer Skin Tint is the first in a no fuss, capsule collection of approachable beauty products.  I’m guessing concealer, powder and blush will follow… watch this space!


Sheer Skin Tint comes in 3 shades: Bare, Beige and Beach – as shown above. I previewed the middle colour, Beige, which is lighter than it appears above (see actual shade below).  Customers who order by mail will receive samples of all 3 shades with their purchase, a simple yet genius way to avoid expensive mistakes and  landfill.


After using it for several weeks I’d describe this product as half way between tinted moisturiser and light foundation. Liz describes it as:

“rich and creamy like a foundation, yet so lightweight it glides effortlessly onto the skin, blending easily to enhance natural skin tones… leaves skin looking dewy, even and radiant, with the perfect level of coverage for every woman to achieve naturally beautiful skin.”

As the following pics show, what initially appears as a thick, typical foundation formula quickly and easily spreads across the skin into a semi sheer finish.  A little goes a long way and personally I think £21 is a very reasonable price for 40ml, considering that many foundations are now priced at £25-£35 for just 30ml.  


The formula very quickly changes from very creamy to semi sheer.  You can see how light reflective it is when blended, and how it leaves a glowy finish.  It contains a lot of moisture and as such, I think it would work best on dry or dry to normal skins.  Mind you, I asked a friend with normal to oily skin to test it and she loved it – it actually looked amazing on her skin – though I know of others who didn’t feel it worked for them. 

My skin is normal, verging on dry at this time of year as the weather becomes cooler. I must admit on first application I thought no way could I ever get away with such light coverage. But this can definitely be layered! After a second application and my usual concealer, powder and blush, I was totally happy with how my skin looked and have been wearing it like this for weeks. I’ve also tested it without powder and a cream blush (didn’t go so far as to lose the concealer!) and was still happy with the result, though prefer it with powder.

Sheer Skin Tint Compared

I’ve compared Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (Beige) to Clinique’s new Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser (shade 3) and Nuxe Moisturising Tinted Cream (02 Golden Radiance).  I’ve used over-the-counter samples of these products during the summer. I know the Nuxe colour looks day-glow crazy but it was great on holiday and is quite natural when blended, as you’ll see in a moment!

NEW Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15017Nuxe Teint Eclat Prodigieux Moisturising Tinted Cream 30ml

L to R: Clinique - Liz Earle – Nuxe: all swatches are in this order.


1. Fresh from tube



2. Slightly blended – Clinique & Nuxe already drying at edges; Liz Earle still wet



3. Fully blended – natural light



4. Fully blended – outdoors

How the three products compared…

Clinique Moisture Surge has a slightly creamier consistency and heavier coverage. This product definitely gives more coverage than the average tinted moisturiser; I’d describe it more as a moisturising light to medium coverage foundation (Beauty Assistant advised me to use it over a moisturiser).

Nuxe Moisturising Tinted Cream has a very runny consistency and is more sheer than both other products – my idea of a typical, true tinted moisturiser.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint gives less coverage than the Clinique, but not dramatically less. It feels much richer and more creamy than the Nuxe. Again I used this with a moisturiser. I tried it both ways and for me, I needed a moisturiser first; oilier skins may not.

And finally…


I enjoyed using this product and would use it again.  Despite being described as a year round product I would definitely only use it in warmer months as personally I require heavier coverage in cold, wet, windy weather.

I’m really pleased that Liz Earle is venturing into make-up products and am excited to see what comes next. I think Sheer Skin Tint fills a very popular and timely gap in the market and would be perfect for normal to dry skins who enjoy a barely there make-up look.

Liz Earle Sheer Skint Tint 40ml - £21. Available 8 Sep in Isle of Wight, Leeds and Duke of York stores, online and Customer Centre and nationwide 15 Sep.

Are you a Liz Earle fan and do you think you would enjoy using Sheer Skin Tint?



  1. Great post as usual Nic. Love that they send out samples of all the shades with an order, very smart. X

  2. Thanks Nicoletta - so funny how Sheer Skin Tint suits some oily skins and not others. And that Mel loves Clinique but you don't! Just goes to prove it's so worth trying samples first & saving our ££!
    Nic xx

  3. Thanks Mel - sorry to hear you don't get on with Liz Earle and yes I know exactly what you mean about the Clinique!
    Nic x

  4. Thank you - glad you're enjoying this product too!

    Nic x

  5. Thanks for your comment Jade. If you have oily skin it may be best to try a sample at a counter first and see if it works for you combined with powder.

    Nic x

  6. Great comparisons, i have normal to oily skin and i adore the Liz Earle skin tint ive been wearing it so much. I tried the clinique and didnt really like it.
    The more i use the Liz Earle one the more i like it xx

  7. Great post hun, I would love to try Liz Earle Sheer tint but have had several reactions to other products she has bought out and have a feeling this would probably be the same :/ I do use clinique's Moisture Surge and agree for a tinted moisturiser it is quite a heavy coverage - I liken it more to a foundation than a tinted moisturiser less you mix with with moisturiser (If that makes sense?!)
    Mel xxxx

  8. brilliant post, so in depth! was sent this too and think its fab! defo agree though, I'll only be using this in the winter months!

  9. hmmm... glad i've seen a review about this, i'm still in two minds whether this is for me, currently using max factor smooth effect foundation, never really used a tinted moisturiser and a bit concerned that it'll make me shiny as I have greasy skin x

  10. Fantastic review and thank you so much for the comparison part of it, it makes it so much easier to understand a product when its compared with one you already own! I love Clinique Moisture Surge because it gives such good coverage without looking powdery or sitting in my plate sized pores so I was pleased to hear (having bought a 2nd tube!) that it does give marginally better coverage than the Liz Earle, that "marginally" still has me wanting to try it though! Might have to nip to Leeds in the next few weeks for a play!


Please leave a comment - I love to read them & hear what you think! Nic x

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