YOU’VE CHANGED: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint – SWATCHES!

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I bought a few bits and pieces on Black Friday, but most were restocks of my favourite products at discounted prices. I replenished my Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint foundation, my beloved failsafe, reliable and favourite foundation, review here.

There was 15% off site wide and 3 decent gifts with purchase – 30ml cleanser and 50ml Botanical shine shampoo and conditioner, so I was very pleased with myself.

My old tube was empty, I usually cut it down because a lot of product accumulates around the collar, so it’s alway worthwhile to scoop it out. This particular morning, all three pairs of scissors were missing from the bathroom, so I chucked the old tube and cracked open my new one.

I immediately knew something was off because the formula was very runny, and horror of horrors, it settled around and actually emphasised the pores on my nose!

The shade wasn’t right either. Old formula Skin Tint was just a beat too light, this one is a more than a beat too dark! Plus, because I couldn’t scrub it off in time, I had to wear it to work and spent the day shovelling on powder to take away the beacon like shine.

I looked up the invoice to get ready to return it and noticed the word NEW! on there. When I checked the website this is what I found:

Now with added skincare benefits! Visibly smooth, brighten and even skin tone with our complexion perfector.

This creamy, yet lightweight and silicone-free, formula reduces the appearance of fine lines and imperfections to leave skin looking flawless, radiant and dewy, while offering mineral UV SPF 15 protection.

I complained to two different people and these are the answers I received:

We reformulated Sheer Skin Tint to include skincare benefits, and to now have longer wear. We’ll certainly pass your comments on however, as we do appreciate all feedback.

I replied:

The only skincare benefit needed was to up the SPF, which you didn’t do. The negative reviews on the Liz Earle website reflect my feelings, it’s too runny, doesn’t blend because it dries too quickly and the colour is darker. What an awful shame.

Another (stock) reply:

We decided to reformulate our Sheer Skin Tint to enhance the product’s skincare benefits, allowing it to work in harmony with our skincare range and deliver visible results on the skin. The new silicone free formulation contains Avocado and Borage Seed Oils to moisturise plus Alaria Esculenta to leave skin looking revitalised. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections to leave skin looking flawless.

The shades of Sheer Skin Tint have been improved and adapted to cover a wider range of skin tones and the new formulation offers up to 12 hours wear.

I’m fuming they’ve messed about with it, and I’m not the only one, although I can only see four negative reviews on the official website, I could’ve sworn there were more…

So, I know it’s making me look shiny because of the addition of avocado and borage seed oil. The reason Beige 02 is now darker is, to cover a wider range of skin tones – but hold on, there’s still only 3 shades on offer. Instead of introducing more shades, Liz Earle darkened the existing ones!

Just spotted this!

Liz Earle Sheer Skin TintLiz Earle Sheer Skin Tint 40ml £24.50


I bought a new Shiseido Eyelash Curler, 20% off from Look Fantastic.

I rate this eyelash curler highly. It’s only my second one because it lasts forever (and it comes with a spare pad). I just felt it wasn’t as springy as it used to be.

The new one is built in exactly the same way – I compared them side by side, but they’ve ‘updated’ it and it’s now in a darker metal. Instead of silver, it’s dark grey. This means I can’t see my lashes and I’ve caught my eyelid a few times and you know how much that hurts!

I feel like…

UPDATE 22nd January 2018

Call it a post-Christmas miracle, but going through my old make up – just how hard is it to throw away £30/60 mistakes? I found an unopened, original Sheer Skin Tint in shade 01 Bare. I remember buying it because I thought my perfect shade was two-thirds 01, mixed with one-third 03 Beach. But then I obviously decided 02 wasn’t that bad after all and didn’t buy the darker tint.

As it’s the old formula, it is of course ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I use the smallest dot I can get away with for my nose and each side of my nose – PORES BE GONE! – and they are. The shade is too light, so I use Liz Earle’s far too dark and ‘Not Natural At All’ Loose Powder and I just about get away with it.

I also found a squeezed out tube of original foundation in my shade 02. I won’t use it of course, because I had a tube after it so I know it’s an oldie, and I’m worried about bacteria. I bet we’ve all got old and much-loved make up we know we shouldn’t use, but do. The problem is, once you’ve experienced an allergic reaction on your face – mine was from an essential oil, you don’t ever want to run that risk again.


I’m not the best photographer in the world, but I think it’s clear how much Liz Earle have departed from the original formula.

Note how much darker it is – which is a cheek, why didn’t they introduce new shades for darker skin instead of significantly darkening the mid tone shade? You can also see how runny it is and how much came out of the tube after only a little squeeze.

Again, I can’t get my head around why they would ‘improve’ a product consumers obviously loved. I understood that Cleanse & Polish had to be reformulated due to the EU kicking off about certain ingredients, but the end product, although different, is still perfectly adequate and remains the only cream cleanser I can work into my eyes without irritation.

I don’t see Liz Earle reverting to the old formula unless their sales drop like a stone, but this was my last Sheer Skin Tint purchase from them.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint


  1. December 18, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I’m so sorry to read they’ve changed the formula. It’s (was!) my favourite tinted moisturiser. i was actually about to get a new one but now i know i won’t. I’m pretty sure the extra oils won’t do me any favour either. thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    • December 18, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Hi Denise,
      I’m still kicking myself I didn’t cut down my old tube. I even said I’d buy 5 tubes of their old stock, but they said they didn’t have any left – which I don’t believe. I wonder if they’ll turn up in TK Maxx? They have to be somewhere!

  2. January 3, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Damn, I had just read an old post about the loose powder & you raved so much about the skin tint I said I’d check out your review on it & maybe pick it up. So glad I read this now. Sorry they changed the formula, that sucks. Liz Earle are apparently notorious for deleting negative reviews!

    • January 4, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      It really does suck, I loved that foundation! I should’ve screen capped the reviews, because people really do hate the new formula. It’s doubly annoying that they significantly darkened the shade too! I’m testing out other light foundations, but nothing comes close.

      • January 4, 2018 / 3:22 pm

        The only one that I found I liked is the Clarin’s B.B. detox fluid. But the lightest color is still a summer color for me. I’d love to try the it cosmetics cc cream but it’s not available here in Ireland yet 😟

        • January 4, 2018 / 3:50 pm

          Interesting you should mention a BB cream, because I am looking at lighter formulas. A ‘traditional’ medium coverage foundation – like the wonderful Shiseido Synchro Skin (which I do like) is a bit too heavy on my typical Irish complexion and looks cakey.

          I’ve just bought Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream in Light and even though the texture is good and it spreads well, it’s really REALLY yellow and yes, emphasises nose pores. I’m mixing it with everything because it’s expensive and I’m determined to make it work!

          • January 4, 2018 / 4:21 pm

            I’ve noticed that a lot of B.B. creams seem to lean towards yellow tones which again is fine with me in the summer but not so much in the winter!

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