In many ways, I find writing reviews quite strange – I spend most of my time on the agency side of the fence – sending products to bloggers and then, chasing them to meet the publication deadlines we’ve already agreed on. Having said that, I do like to write reviews because it reminds of what it’s actually like to write them! And with this Liz Earle face serum, it’s a great product to write about because I know that myself and the other 19 Mumsnet bloggers who write about this, will all have very different experiences of it!
First impressions. The packaging is very different for this product to the Hot Cloth Cleanser that I love from Liz Earle – it has a metal casing for the body and a plastic pump and cap for extracting the serum from it. I don’t know what to think of it – are we going for weight, metal and sheen to show that this is strong, heavy duty face serum? I don’t know – not least because the ingredients are pomegranate flower, Persian silk tree and rhubarb extracts. Anyway, I’ll wait to see what others say about it, because if you’re new to Liz Earle, you won’t notice this kind of thing…
I’ve used two pumps of the serum already, onto my hand and then dabbed and smushed into my face. You don’t need any more than two pumps. There is a fair smell to it and I like it – it’s not like the original hot cloth cleanser tea tree smell and nor is it their limited edition hot cloth cleanser smell. It’s something in the middle. I can definitely feel it on my face. Not in a heavy way, but I know it’s there. It’s heavier than the boots no7 serum – it doesn’t feel like it’s got water and/or silicone in it, like I sometimes feel the boots serum has. So far, so good.
I should disclose at this point, that I am likely to do hot cloth cleansing and then a serum before make up. That’s it. No moisturiser or eye stuff. I don’t have the time for it. In the next few days, I’d like to see what it’s like when I’m hot and tired, when I’m wearing make up over the top and also, how it feels after I’ve slept in it. I don’t have night and day routines. I have one and try to do it as best I can.
Right. That’s my initial thoughts. I’ve got to go and continue clearing out the playroom as we’re borrowing a dog for a week with a view to becoming full time owners of it at some point. I know, what could possibly go wrong? I’ll update tomorrow once I’ve had a go at using it overnight….
Today I used just one pump and it was definitely the right thing to do. The SuperSkin does need a bit of rubbing in for me and one pump is enough actually, to do my whole face. I’ve never believed counter assistants or marketing when it says that, but for me, with this product, it really is the case.
This is the day where I wore it under makeup. And I was really happy with it. So much so that I took a selfie on the train and have changed all my profile pictures to it!
Obligatory selfie, this morning my skin is fuelled by @lizearlebeautyco ‘s #superskin which I am reviewing – make up has gone on really well over it. No longer scared to really ‘smush’ it in!! I should have taken a photo pre make up – was really happy with the dewy look – not greasy, just creamy and the smell now – well, it’s definitely growing on me. Feels healing and therapeutic to do it. It’s lovely. @emmaand3 how are you doing? @mumsnet who else is doing this? #bblogger #LizEarle #skin #review #happy #selfcare #luckyb #luckybees
I didn’t feel it underneath my make up. I was really happy with it.
Day five: This is me, trying out the SuperSkin with one of my favourite people – the DomesticGoddesq. I wanted to ask her about what she thought to it. She loved the smell, she loved the packaging and agreed that it was a departure from the usual Liz Earle packaging and approved of it.
I’ve posted this image not least because we look so darn beautiful in it, but also, because I want you to see that it’s not leaving our faces shiny – this is something that lots of people complain about, for lots of serums and face creams. But it’s not done that and I’m really pleased with it.
I wore it again, with nothing else, for a day at the beach yesterday for one of my Fruitbat’s birthday celebrations. I didn’t feel it on my skin – I didn’t rub it off or mess with my face. And I’m really happy about that because nothing irks me more than feeling compelled to fiddle with my skin when I’m trying to do something good for it.
So, in summary:
Performance – I really do like the product. I recommend it. I like the dewy finish. I like how it makes my skin feel. I like how it sinks in with a bit of smushing about. I like how it feels as a creamy texture. I like how I don’t scratch at my face whilst wearing it. I like how it works with make up over the top of it.
Smell – The smell has grown on me over the week. If you’re a Liz Earle regular, you’ll find the smell to be stronger than Cleanse & Polish and I actually like that about it now.
Packaging – I’m still torn on this – I’m going to be honest about it. I don’t know if it makes me feel like it’s more powerful stuff because it’s in the hard, cold, metal packaging. Or if I’m annoyed with it because I can’t see how much is left and also, I’m not going to be able to cut the bottle to make sure I get to use every last drop of it like I usually do with all my kit.
I’ve only had SuperSkin for a week, and I think I need to use it for longer to really see what it does for my face and skin longer term. I’m definitely going to come back and update this post, even though I’ve not been asked to, with my thoughts again, in a couple of weeks.
If you’d like to read about how other people have found this, here’s a list of people trying it out…..
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