Having launched Liz Earle Colour cosmetics earlier this year ( check out my review if you need to refresh your memory or are new to this great make-up range: http://www.galinka.co.uk/blog/?p=4744 ), the brand doesn’t seem to rest on its laurels and just added a few products to its colour collection including Perfect Canvas Primer, Signature Foundation, as well as Perfect Finish Powder Foundation ( a very pleasantly surprising discovery for me ) and Natural Finish Loose Powder, Signature Eye colour (great shades & staying power), Eye pencil, Brow pencil, Signature lip colour (another firm favourite of mine) and Lip pencil, as well as make-up brushes. Let me run your through each product in a little bit more detail:
Perfect Canvas Primer (30 mls, £18.50): I find that wearing a primer under your foundation makes your make-up ‘go the distance’ for longer and your skin feel more nourished and dewy. You can also wear this product on its own ( after you have applied your usual serum and moisturizer ), on your day off and it will mattify your skin, while the light-diffusing particles will soften the appearance of fine lines and pores ( I did notice that sometimes I have a little bit of a powdery residue after applying it but it doesn’t affect the overall look of make-up ). The skin does feel soft to the touch and you will feel ‘pulled together’ even on a lazy day-‘a woman should always make an effort with how she looks’, was what I was taught by women in my family.
Signature Foundation (nine shades, 25mls, £21) : this foundation is fairly lightweight but it gives more coverage than Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint ( one of my definite favorites among many similar products on the beauty market ), so if you want the foundation that will last throughout the day or you are attending an important function in the evening, then this is the one for you. You hardly feel or notice it after you apply it and I say that as a compliment. You can also add on a little bit if you feel that you need more coverage-you will still end up with a naturally radiant complexion. The foundation contains vitamin E, as well as spherical particles and coated pigments that add a glow to your skin.
Perfect Finish Powder Foundation (seven shades, £21): this pretty compact, which contains the foundation, mirror and application sponge was a revelation for me. I actually don’t normally like powder foundations, as the ones I have tried in the past made my skin feel either chalky to the touch or too dry-well, this one is just wonderful. You can build it up to minimise the imperfections and achieve a matt, yet luminous finish. It just glides on with ease over your facial contours and makes you look very pretty indeed. The compact itself is both practical and pretty, so I really enjoyed getting it out and touching-up my make-up during the day ( it also nourishes the skin with Liz Earle’s own blend of vitamin E, borage & avocado ). A good tip comes from the little paper instructions enclosed in the packaging box-if you use a blusher on top of this product, make sure it’s a powder, and not a cream one, so you don’t end up having a ‘patchy’ look.
Foundation brush (£18): I prefer to apply the foundation with my fingers but this brush feels very comfortable to use due to its rounded shape. The bristles feel very smooth when it glides over you facial contours or hard to reach area and the two-tone brush head is made from 100% man-made fibres.
Natural Finish Loose Powder (three shades, £19.50): this powder comes with a screw-on lid-so no worries about spilling it all over your bag! It feels feather-light on application ( due to the powder’s multi-sized particles and four types of powder blended together) and makes your make-up look polished and shine-free.
Brow Pencil (two shades, £11): brow pencils are great if you want to add definition to your eyebrows or fill the brows in, if they aren’t bushy enough. Strong eyebrows frame a face and accentuate eyes. This pencil is water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in the rain-it will go the distance and won’t betray your confidence.
Signature Eye Colour (20 shades, £13.50): first of all, I am very impressed that the eyeshadow compact has a mirror, which allows you to apply or adjust your eye make-up on the go, without having to do the guess work and end up with a questionable result. The shades themselves are quite versatile and can be used on its own or two or even three of them can be easily blended or layered together to achieve a more vibrant or dramatic look, accentuating your eyes, whatever the colour. The eyeshadows are also fairly light-weight, so your eyelid doesn’t feel weighted down or uncomfortable.
Eye Pencil (three shades, £11): the pencil glides on very smoothly and is easy to blend into your eyelashes, for perfect accentuation of your eyes. It doesn’t smudge, contains sumac fruit wax and Vitamin E and it stays put until you are ready to cleanse it off. You can apply it and leave it as it is, for a strong definition or blend it in ever so slightly, for a much softer look-definitely an easy and enjoyable eye pencil to use.
Signature Lip Colour (19 shades, £14): those lipsticks definitely get my vote, for the colour palette, for the ease of application, for staying power and for making the lips feel well-nourished. Having recently tried a newly launched lipstick from a well-known luxury brand, I can definitely say that Liz Earle’s might be cheaper in terms of price but it’s much more superior on everything else in comparison. It gives you sheer colour that stays put, as well as nurturing your lips with Vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter, so your lips look plumper and fuller.
Lip Pencil (five shades, £11): this pencil stands out because it is quite pigment rich, so it’s not only easy to apply, but to blend in around your natural lip line as well. I don’t use a lip pencil unless I am going out in the evening and am wearing a bright lipstick, so trying the lip pencil in poppy was perfect. In fact it has such a nice consistency, that you can apply it all over your entire lip area, put a little bit of gloss on top and go.
I really enjoy this make-up range not only because it is versatile, easy to use and makes me feel pretty in an understated, casual way but because as an additional nice touch, every product comes with a little printed instruction booklet on how best to use it. And if you are still unsure about something, you can click on to Liz Earle site and check out the make-up artist’s tips and videos, which are fun & mistake proof, as well as have a look at the matching service to find perfect product shades for you.