REVIEW: Liz Earle Natural Finish Loose Powder

Liz Earle Colour Natural Finish Loose Powder,

What a disappointment!

I was in the market for a tinted face powder. I’ve got tons of translucent ones and as I love (and absolutely can’t do without, even though the coverage is a tad light), Liz Earle Sheer Tint Foundation – which, by the way, is the only one I’ve ever used that doesn’t settle into pores – and I’ve tried shedloads. I thought it was a no brainer to buy Liz Earle Natural Finish Loose Powder.

Our velvety soft, lightweight formula is a revolution in powder technology. It contains four powder types and different sized particles to help smooth and even out the appearance of your skin, and create a matte, beautifully natural look.

Enriched with our own blend of natural source of vitamin E, borage and avocado oils.

There are a whole two shades to choose from, Natural Ivory 01 for fair skin tones, and Natural Beige 02 for medium skin tones. Nothing for darker skin though, which is odd. Liz Earle really need to lose their frumpy image. Their darkest shade is limited to ‘sun-tanned and olive’ complexions.

REVIEW

Where do I start?

PACKAGING
Ooh great, I thought, it’s a ‘lockable’ sifter to stop excess powder flying all over the place, why don’t other brands do this? It doesn’t work, that’s why. Even closed tightly, lots of powder escapes. FAIL!

SHADE
Whoa there! Not ivory at all. It’s more like a warm beige – which makes me wonder just how dark ‘Natural Beige’ is?

TEXTURE
Fine, silky and velvety, the description is spot on here.

COVERAGE
I can see why some reviewers liken it to a mineral foundation. The coverage is good and it almost clings to skin. Although I wouldn’t say it evens out the skin tone.

LONGEVITIY
Poor! I was shining like a beacon after a mere 30 minutes.

THE CAKEY FACTOR
I had to touch up it frequently, and that meant opening up the jar to face a cloud of powder each time. My main problem, and this is unforgivable, is that the powder settled into pores on my nose and it looked awful by the end of the day. Because of the ‘mineralesque’ factor, when I tried to rub it off it made it worse, the powder didn’t want to budge and I had to practically scrub it off.

The reviews on the official Liz Earle website are overwhelmingly positive, but one of the few negative reviews, this one from NicolaJP, rang particularly true with me:

I have been using the LE skin tint successfully for a while (me too!) and used that as my guide in terms of what I might need for tone and colour.

The powder is too dark and orange-coloured (yes!) and I don’t think the coverage is great-it’s patchy.

Also, the design within the top where you shake the powder out of, I don’t find at all user-friendly (true!). It’s fiddly. I don’t think there is enough variation on colour in the LE range. (spot on)

Not had to write any negative review for any LE product before so sad to have to put two up now. If you could make something a little lighter, both in colour and texture, I might try again.

Sadly, this was a dud buy. I’m going to mix it with one of my translucent powders to see if I can salvage some of it.

Liz Earle make some wonderful products – yeah, I’m looking at you my darling Sheer Tint, oh and hello faithful old Cleanse & Polish; this though, isn’t one of them.

Liz Earle Natural Finish Loose Powder 12g £21.00

Liz Earle Natural Finish Loose Powder

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