Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint vs Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

I know there have been a lot of posts recently on the first makeup product from Liz Earle and having used the Sheer Skin Tint for a month, I can honestly say it deserves all the attention it gets. However, to give it a real test, I thought I would pit it up against one of my all time favourite base products, Laura Mericer's award winning Tinted Moisturiser.

Excuse the poor blurry photo! Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in Bare, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain
I've been using Laura Mercier's iconic Tinted Moisturiser (I use the palest shade Porcelain) since I was about 14 and although I have about 10 base products on the go at any one time, it is what I usually return to, especially in summer when I favour lighter coverage. However, since trying out Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint I might have a new favourite.

The Sheer Skin Tint is the first colour product that Liz Earle has ever produced and it is released on 15th September. It comes in just 3 shades, Bare, Beige and Beach and originally I thought this wouldn't cover my very pale, cool skin. I was wrong. I use the fairest shade and although it looks a little yellow when dispensed, it blends well and is a great match. I have pictured it side by side with the Laura Mercier so you can see that there is only a slight difference in shade, and the difference in texture and finish.

Left to right: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in Bare, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain
For me, both products offer the same level of coverage. Enough to make me look healthy but not enough to obviously look like you are wearing makeup. This is perfect when I'm in a hurry as I hate using a great foundation that once I put it on, makes my skin look so flawless I have to add a lot more makeup to look normal, if that makes sense.

I've started swimming recently and look like a drowned rat by the end but the combination of Liz Earle Skin Tint, Chanel Bronzer, Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm and No 7 mascara and I am the picture of perfect health. It is quite a miraculous transformation. Even in the glaring light of an H&M changing room today I noticed how good my skin looked, and that is thanks to the Liz Earle.

Left to right: Large swatches of Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (these are not properly blended, it is just to show the difference in finish)
The main difference between the two products has to be the finish. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser comes in 3 types, normal, oil free and illuminating. I only use the normal and that gives a relatively matte finish. In contrast, the Liz Earle Skin Tint is very dewy. At first I found this off putting as I have quite oily skin, but now I am more used to it I like it. It doesn't make my skin look so flat and it lasts incredibly well. However, if dewy doesn't do it for you, I would possibly try a different product. The Laura Mercier feels more runny and I find I need more of it to cover my face. The Liz Earle is a little bit thicker in texture and takes a bit more effort to blend, but you need less. I think the 40m tube will last me a long time. Both also contain an SPF, Laura Mercier SPF 20, Liz Earle SPF 15.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser costs £33 for 40ml compared to just £21 for Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint, the same 40ml size. The Laura Mercier shade range is far more comprehensive but Liz Earle is suitable for the paler end of the spectrum and at 1/3 cheaper, I know which one I will now be repurchasing. Liz Earle Skin Tint is a staple in my gym bag and now even my mum wants to try it and she can't stand anything beauty related.

If you order the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint by mail direct from Liz Earle then you will get sent samples to try of all three shades so that you can double check which is right for you before you open the main product, allowing you to exchange it if you have chosen wrong initially. This saves a lot of wasted money so seems a great idea. I would love it if more brands did this.

Ingredients List of Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
I am so impressed that Liz Earle haven't rushed into makeup. By taking their time they have released an outstanding product that is in keeping with their ethos and is sure to be an award winner in the future. If you don't like feeling caked in makeup and like a dewy finish then definitely give it a try.
 The fact that it can already compete with one of the most renowned tinted moisturisers out there speaks volumes.

Disclosure: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint was a PR sample sent for consideration for review.


  1. This sounds really, really nice! I never got on well with LM TM- I wonder if I would like the LE?

    Thanks for the review xx

  2. Ha, great minds and all that, when I got my LE Sheer Tint I was going to do a comparison post with all my fave TMs, this is really helpful, thankyou Jennifer, I have never really gotten the hang of LM TM. Yes and I realise that last sentence had too many commas. Jan x

  3. I like that the Liz Earle TM has Zinc Oxide in it. So many TMs have chemical sunscreens these days!

  4. What about Hissy Fit?

    I tried a sample recently, as I wanted to check how it lasted on my skin.

    Pleaed to say I was absolutely delighted: a little goes a long way, it gave my face a sheer tint of golden colour which blended away most imperfections and, best of all, protected my skin with a SPF 50 !

    I invested in it for my holidays, but tend to wear it most days when I don't need full make-up.