I came home and ordered the foundation online and within three days I received my package.
The Liz Earle Signature Foundation is £21 for 25ml which I think puts it in the mid-price range. Most of the high end foundations I own are upwards of £30 so I was hoping for great things from this foundation. It seemed to have it all - an affordable price tag, natural ingredients, a shade to match my skin and a great reputation.
The packaging is very plain and simple, which I like in a high end non-gimmicky product. The pump is made from white plastic which did make it feel a little less expensive but at least it had a pump - a lot of foundations don't these days (I'm looking at you, NARS!)
The Liz Earle website describes the foundation as:
"Our delicate, silky formula offers easy-to-build coverage and glides on to give a smooth, radiant finish and an even, natural-looking complexion."
Having tested the formula on the back of my hand in store I bought this thinking it would give a medium coverage and I stand by that. The formula isn't overly runny (like L'Oreal True Match which has often run off the back of my hand before I've had time to apply it!) but it wasn't too thick as to scare me into thinking it was going to give mask-like coverage. The colour is described as "very fair, neutral toned for alabaster complexion" which describes my skin perfectly.
What was the product like? Well, I'm afraid to say it just wasn't suitable for me. I put some on the back of my hand ready to apply and by the time I'd grabbed my stippling brush I noticed some colour changing around the edges. Sure enough when I rubbed it into my hand the edges very quickly oxidised to an orange colour. Not one to be deterred (it cost £21 after all!) I applied it to my face. I purposely didn't tell my husband that I thought it a little "Tango-esque" before asking his opinion but his attempts not to laugh made it clear I was right - it had oxidised to an horrendous orange shade.
Now had the colour not been enough of a deal breaker the scent itself would have been enough for me to bin it. I've read lots of reviews mentioning the delicate plant scent and how refreshing it is, however I found it absolutely disgusting. I know this is a very personal view because nobody else I've spoken to has noticed this but I found the scent overpowering and most unpleasant. I could smell it long after application and it lingered until I removed it. Please note I didn't leave the house looking orange, I just left it on to test the longevity whilst I pottered around.
Luckily Liz Earle have a fantastic returns policy. I called their helpline and spoke to Abbie who gave me their freepost address and I sent it back. The refund went back into my bank today about a week after I posted it. I applaud Liz Earle's friendly customer service policy and I wish more companies did this.
Sadly the Liz Earle Signature Foundation isn't for me; the colour and formula just weren't right for my skin which goes to show that what can be perfect for one person can be horrendous for another! Of course I will continue to use and try other products in the Liz Earle range and I'm most looking forward to trying their Cleanse & Polish Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition which I'm going to pick up at the weekend.
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section!