This collection has been a long time coming and potentially one of the most anticipated launches of the year. When Liz Earle launched her first non-skincare product last August it was one of the worst kept secrets in the blogging world. We all went crazy for it, some of us declaring it the best thing ever to have come out of Liz Earle HQ, and couldn't wait to see the next installment from the brand that is quickly taking over the skincare world. The wait is over as they finally launch extensions to the range; now available in store and online, the range includes lipgloss, mascara, eyeliner, concealer, face powder, blush and accessories.
The range continues the blue theme that the Sheer Skin Tint comes in,
packed in cute boxes and all coming in deep blue plastic containers.
They feel quality and you can tell a lot of thought has been put into
developing them - the powder has a twistable top so that the product
doesn't spill out and get wasted, the blush is embossed with the logo
and the brush is angled with a delicate dip-dye effect on the bristles.
The blusher brush may actually be my favourite part of the range because
it's so soft, yet picks up product really well. Angled bristles help
you to apply blush in an upward motion and blend out to create a natural
pigment to the cheeks, so this is a fabulous daily blush even if you're
not a makeup expert.
As a big powder fan I was keen to find out how the Liz Earle compared to
my much loved products and it lived up to expectations in some respects
- light, easily applied, no caking and definitely no 'powder' haze look
where you can't actually make out facial features. The only thing that
put me off was the smell; it smells pretty awful, fake and chemical. I
know Liz Earle don't add fragrance to products so this is probably the
natural smell, but it really puts me off using it. I have to hold my
nose to apply it because I hate the scent that much! I'm so used to
using powders that smell like talcum powder that this was dramatically
different - I smelt the lipglosses in store too and their scent also
really put me off buying them. The Liz Earle skincare products are so beautifully and iconically scented that this fragrance issue became even more of a disappointment.
The blush is really lovely, feeling smooth to the touch and heavily pigmented with a strong colour result on the skin. However, this Coral shade is so pigmented that even when applied delicately you
can quite easily end up looking like a clown. It doesn't blend particularly well, so when it's on it's most definitely on your cheeks; the first time I swept a layer across my skin I had to remove my makeup and start again. I have a few coral shades that I love, particularly at this time of year when the weather is warming up and pink blushes aren't quite warm enough, but this doesn't suit my skin at all. Although the products I've tried so far have their selling points, they also have drawbacks which would prevent me actually buying them again - it's a real shame that I'm not in love with this range as much as the skincare, but I suppose a girl can't have everything!
Loose powder RRP £19.50, Blush £19.50, Brush £15.00