Skincare

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser (normal/combination) | Review

jodie / 15th October 2014

After being blown away by Liz Earle’s famous and well-respected Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser, I had really high hopes for this moisturiser by the same brand. I like Liz Earle’s ethos of being natural and gentle, even though I don’t always agree that natural is better (as I’ve probably made abundantly clear in numerous other blog posts), and the fact that all the ingredients are traceable and ethical as possible only makes the brand more likeable. Which makes it a shame, really, how disappointing this moisturiser was.

During a visit to Monsieur Raptor’s far-away home, I discovered that I’d forgotten the most important step in my skincare regime – moisturiser! As my skin dries out really easily when I skin this product, I needed some ASAP, and the fact that my skin is ridiculously temperamental made it very hard to choose something that wouldn’t irritate. As I had plenty of my usual moisturiser in stock at home, I thought it would be fun to try something new, and after having great success with Cleanse & Polish, it made sense to try this. The SA in John Lewis recommended the normal/combo skin version because even though my skin is typically dry, I wanted something that would perform well under makeup.

Unfortunately, I found Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Moisturiser is not particularly hydrating, but also greasy – like it didn’t sink in, but rather sat on top of my face. This made it terrible under makeup, causing my foundation so slide off and look patchy, while also giving my random patches of dryness around my face, something that never happens when I use my HG moisturiser.

It has quite a nice, earthy-herbal sort of smell, and looks and feels thick and luxurious, but it turns sort of watery and thin when it’s on the face. I think it leaves an oily film on top of the skin because of the high oil-content. The ingredients list looks impressive and natural, but I just think it wasn’t hydrating enough for my dry/sensitive skin.

While I wouldn’t say it was irritating, as in it didn’t hurt or sting, it did leave my skin quite red and dry, so for this reason, I probably wouldn’t recommend for sensitive skins.

Perhaps if I’d purchased the dry/sensitive skin version, it would have worked better for me – the reason I bought this is partly my fault, and partly the sales assistant’s fault: I expressed that I needed something that would go well under makeup, but had dry skin; she suggested this when she was aware that I had dry skin. It’s okay though, she was only trying to help, and probably didn’t know how dry my skin would be, and thought this would work.

Have you tried Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser? How did it work for you?


Consistency: Looks/feels thick and luxurious, until it goes on the face, then it’s watery and thin.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 2/5. Didn’t itch, burn, or sting, but made my face red.

Price: £19.25 for 50ml

Overall Rating: 5/10. I feel it’s unfair to give this a really low rating as it’s not the appropriate product for my skin type, and might work really well for those with oilier skin. I also like that it’s not tested on animals, so it gains points for that.