September 19, 2011

Test of the Tints: LUSH Colour Supplement versus Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I've mentioned multiple times at this point that I don't wear foundation on a daily basis. I thank my lucky stars that don't really need it and I honestly prefer having my extra 5 minutes in bed in the mornings to prepping, priming and packing on the slap!

My routine all through college consisted solely of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural buffed into my skin but, since starting this website, my eyes have been opened to alternative, quick n' easy bases that are just as fool-proof as my MSFN but, give a different result.

You might remember a couple of months back I waxed lyrical about the Colour Supplement from Lush and how it was the perfect workday base for me. In short, I found it to be light, dewy, quick and moisturising all while providing ample coverage for tired skin.

Now, a new product has weaselled it's way into my morning routine and is giving the Colour Supplement a run for it's money. I am, of course, talking about the product that has taken the beauty blogosphere by storm, Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint.

This isn't going to be a review of Liz Earle's first foray into make-up. The Internet has been saturated by them for weeks now and it just gets boring after awhile.This is going to be a look at how two of my favourite skin products stack up against one another, a true test of the tints.

Ease of Use: Liz Earle takes the first round in terms of making things quick and easy. Colour Supplement needs to be mixed with moisturiser prior to use to customise your tint (Well, it doesn't have to be but, otherwise it's just a normal light-medium coverage foundation) and while this is only a small step, it is one extra that you have to do bleary-eyed at 7am.

Conversely, Sheer Skin Tint is mixed in the tube and it's simply a case of squeeze, blend and go. Happy out.

Value for Money: Lush's offering comes in at €9.95 for 20g (20ml) while Liz Earle comes in at €23.75 for 40ml (40g). So, for just under half the price you are getting half the amount of product with Lush which seems like a fair enough price match for me and wouldn't be a deciding factor is choosing one over the other.

Packaging: Matter of preference really but, personally speaking, squeezey tube wins out over little jar any day. I think tubes are much more hygienic and you have increased control over the amount of product used. There's also less mess involved.

Application: I whack both of these on with my fingers so there is no competition really. With the Colour Supplement, I mix it and my moisturiser on the back of my hand with my finger and apply from there. With the Sheer Skin Tint, I blob it onto my hand and proceed as outlined above.

Product: There is very little between the two tints when it comes down to what's in the packaging. Texture-wise, they are both light and blendable with a dewy-finish. The shade range of both is good but, as Colour Supplement is named according to skintone and undertone e.g. Dark Yellow, you are required to know which family you fall into.

Sheer Skin Tint has a reasonably limited range of shades with only three but, Liz Earle will send you a sample of each when you order so you can make sure you've chosen the right one before opening and, if not, you can exchange the full-size tube which I think is a really nice and considerate thought.

L-R: Lush Colour Supplement Unmixed, Lush Colour Supplement Mixed, Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in   Bare.

Longevity: Let's not kid ourselves here. Not even the most glorifed of tinted moisturiser (which is arguably what these two are) will withstand the tests of an average working day; running ragged from transport to office so you're not late, beating your way through rain, hail, sleet and snow back to said transport and, if you're really good, a punishing post-work gym session.

I assure you know your tint will wear off throughout the day so, if you have problem skin, this may not be for you as it will expose everything you particularly want hidden. However, setting your tint with a good powder (re-enter MAC MSFN!) will prolong its finish and coverage and will aid it in wearing off more easily.

When it comes down to it, I couldn't possibly say I prefer one of these tints over the other. Each has its virtues and I love both of them for my skintype. Product-wise, they are toe-to-toe in quality, consistency, coverage and longevity while the issue of packaging and application is purely personal preference and, at least for me, isn't a deciding factor in whether I shelve one in favour of the other.

Both of these tints will remain on my dresser as part of my morning routine and which one I use will solely be decided by which comes to hand first.

Have you tried either of these tints?


  1. Love your reviews, they always cover what I want to know. I had read so many good reviews of the lush tint that I bought without reading the ingredients (breaking golden rule number 1)! Unfortunately, a week later when my poor face was red raw I went back to it to see fragrance in the list cunningly disguised as benzoin. Doh! Is ther fragrance in the Liz Earle one? I don't wear foundation every day either but would like a nice dewy product for the days I need a little help. Sorry for the long post!

  2. Haven't tried either but great comparrision post Sinead.

    One question though, do you choose a darker than normal Lush supplement colour cos you'll be making it lighter by adding moisturiser?

  3. @Mariga: Thanks so much! I can't see anything in the ingredients that jumps out at me as being a fragrance but, then again I wouldn't know the scientific names for them! Here's the link to the ingredients breakdown if that helps?

    @Paula: Thank you! Nope you don't have too. We got Dark Yellow and Dark Pink as press samples so we only use a teeny bit to colour the moisturiser. Otherwise, get the one closest to your skintone as you *can* technically use it as foundation/concealer if you wish!

  4. Thanks Sinead, definitely gonna hit Lush for a closer look.

  5. Thanks for the link, nope no fragrance there. Great, this goes on my to-try list.

  6. @Paula and @Mariga: Great! Let me know how you get on!

  7. I've tried only the LUSH colour supplement and use it as my concealer. It matches my skin tone perfectly in jackie oates. amazing.
    Lucy x


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