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Thursday 11 February 2010

Review - Liz Earle

Liz Earle were kind enough to send me some of their products to try out recently, I thought it was about time I had a fresh look at the brand, so was happy to give them the once over.  Here's what I thought of their basic skin-care products.

Cleanse and Polish 

I first tried C&P about 10 years ago, and I remember not loving it then. At the time I was addicted to foaming face-washes and thought that the soft-feeling skin I got after using this eucalyptus-scented cream was "wrong" somehow and gave up using it without really a second thought.

Now though, after spending many years re-educating myself to remove those oil-stripping facial washes from my routine, and using oils to cleanse my face instead, I do like this stuff a great deal.  For the uninitiated,  you spread a glob (scientific term there) of the cream over your face, then use a muslin cloth dipped in hot water to remove it.  I've found it spreads easily, removes even the toughest waterproof mascara and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. I'm delighted to have rediscovered it, and will be using it as my go-to cleanser from now on.  Liz Earle was the brand that introduced me to the hot-cloth cleansing method - which I've used in the decade since first using the cream, no matter what cleanser I've used since! - so on some level I owe a great deal to the brand for at least teaching me one good habit!

Instant Boost Skin Tonic 

Okay, it's possible I'm not the best person to review this product, I don't really like the smell, and - if I'm being really honest - I don't, in all honesty think toner is a necessary step in a cleansing routine, particularly if you're already rinsing off your cleanser with water, and a cloth anyway.  But, if you like toners, then it's likely you'll like this one.  It has a herbal scent, and I find it nice and refreshing, but I find that it's just one more step in my routine, and so ... I tend to skip it.  I have put some in an atomiser though, and I find spraying a little over a too-powdery or too-matte foundation helps me stop looking cakey.

Superskin Moisturiser
Oh, how I love this stuff! It's a fragrance-free moisturiser full of ingredients such as borage and pomegranate alongside cranberry seed and rosehip oils.  My winter-parched skin has just been drinking this stuff up over the last month, and it's something I can totally see myself buying again.  I find it leaves my skin silky smooth and velvety, without leaving a greasy film like so many moisturisers geared towards dry skin tend to do. 

I've also been trying a few other products, but I'll bring you reviews on those later.  What do you think of Liz Earle products?  Will you be giving them a try?


  1. I am seriously considering some Liz Earle stuff after my failed trial of the Origins cleansing oil. I don't really see the point of toner, but the other two products sound good.

    Where's the best place to buy from?

  2. I was sent these products too - and it's amazing how similar my review on my blog is to yours! I love, love, love Cleanse & Polish and Superskin now! I'm so glad someone forced me to try them... otherwise I would have carried on stripping my skin with foaming face washes.

    I'm not a toner person either, but I do think the toner hydrates my skin, and I love the smell so I'll probably carry on using it.

  3. Im so itching to try some Liz Earle Products. Moneys not permitting me at the moment though.

    I too don't see the point in a toner, Ive hardly ever used one.


  4. ooh. I'm waiting for my things to arrive as they've asked me to review them too. Seems like there's a lot of us!

  5. Yeah, they've sent it out to a lot of people, but it's very nice stuff that deserves a wider renown.

    Sheonaidh, the titles of the products on the post are links to the Liz Earle website, or you can get it from John Lewis.

    Beauty Scribbler, I'll read your review later ;)

  6. I really loved c&p but it didn't love me, something in it and the skin repair gives me mamoth zits on my chin!

    Love the Skin repair as a neck cream though and I love the smell of the Instant boost tonic. It's really soothing on agrevaited skin.

    My favourites are Superskin Concentrate and the Daily Eye Repair, which is spf10 and has light reflecting particles. A great first layer before under eye concealer.

  7. Liz Earl are driving me mad (slight rant alert!). We really want to add the C&P and the Superskin to the Cult Beauty inventory but they won't sell to us, saying they are focusing on their own website at the moment and don't want to open with any more retailers!

    So frustrating, they are such Cult products we need them on the site, we don't do grey market so we are a bit stuck!!

    Does anyone have a good contact there who might understand our plight?

  8. Oooh, Fab review :) I've never tried Liz Earle stuff, but am tempted.. Will have to wait til I got more moneys! :)

  9. I've just started my reviews on the Liz Earle products- totally love them! It feels like such a luxurious beauty routine x

  10. I cant wait to try this! I have a kit that I bought before Christmas and I am waiting to use up all of my other cleansers before I try this one. I hope It does good things for my skin, fingers crossed!


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