My Liz Earle Experience

I've been debating for a while whether or not to post this, as I know there's a lot of stigma attached to giving a bad review of something that's been sent as a free sample to try. That being said I don't think this is necessarily a bad review as such, I'm just sharing my freakily over sensitive skin's experience with Liz Earle as it might help someone with skin equally as sensitive as mine. I also want to be honest on here and give a constructive review, so if you might be offended by not so positive happy smiley words - look away now.

I think everyone knows about the famous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, it's been a major hit on the "blogosphere" for a long time and pretty much every beauty blogger/youtuber has been singing it's praises. This being said I was extremely grateful and rather excited when the very friendly Laura offered to send me some to try. A speedy two days later and I was savagely ripping into the 100ml starter kit, which includes 2 of the muslin cloths.

The Cleanse and Polish promises to work for every age and skin type and uses a "two phase action" of removing stubborn makeup and also breaking off the dead skin cells to give you softer skin. I used this at night and it definitely did the trick, every little morsel of makeup was taken from my face in a couple of swipes and I followed this with the polish stage in order to wake up with baby soft skin. I was also quite fond of the scent which I can only describe as clean with a hint of mint, it just smells fresh and I prefer this to fruity or sweet smells for skincare.

The next morning my skin felt as it usually did but my cheeks looked a little blotchy, in fairness they always look a bit worse in the morning so I ignored it, did a bit more cleansing and polishing before putting my makeup on, and then went through the same process again before going to bed.
I didn't expect to wake up the next day to this:

I had scales, I had blotches, I had red patches around my eyes and my mouth, and I looked like I'd slept on a sunbed. I'm not too sure what it was in the ingredients that caused my skin to react like this but 5 days later and I'm still looking a bit flushed.

So for me the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish wasn't the miracle skin care product I'd hoped for, but as I said at the beginning my skin is a bit rubbish and hyper sensitive so I'm probably the 0.001 percent of unlucky people this could happen too and going by other reviews of the product it seems to have proven to be miraculous for everyone else! As I said at the start of this post, if this has offended you (and lets be honest, images of my face without makeup aren't pretty!) then apologies, I was very grateful to receive this but I just thought I'd share my experience.

36 comments

  1. I had a similar experience.. I heard about Liz Earle through blogging so I thought I had to try it and then made a big order. I used it for a while but noticed that these little bumps started coming up under my skin and it was also quite red and blotchy too!
    I wanted so badly for this to work for me but unfortunately it didn't :(

    Zara
    x
    http://lifesprettyvisiosn.com

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  2. Ohhh Eloise, what a shame it didn't work for you! Liz Earle is the only skincare range that has ever worked for my skin. My acne starts to return if I stop using it for even a few days. Kind of annoying since I have to pay to get it shipped from the UK but oh well. Worth it I think!

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  3. Ouch. I'm glad you posted this though, I'd rather read an honest review opposed to someone singing untrue praises. I really hop your skin gets better soon! xxx (ps, you have the most amazing colour eyes, why have I never noticed this before?!)

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  4. I totally respect your honesty on this post and so glad I read it today as I've been considering buying Liz Earls products recently.
    My skin looks similar to yours and is very sensitive so I appreciate your point of view! xx

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  5. I have sensitive skin too but thankfully the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has worked well for me - shame it didn't for you too :( but just goes to show that no product is a miracle, and you need truthful reviews like this to let others know!

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  6. I also have bad reaction to this, My skin started to break out, but I Love the formula, and I really want to use it up as it's very expensive. xx

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  7. I would love to try this - I have also heard a lot about the brand's skin care range, and one of my best friend recommended it to me too. I do have sensitive skin and i am reluctant to change my skincare routine, so I have been hesistant to buy this. Do you know if they offer small samples to try? I am worried that my skin would react badly to it too. x

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  8. I have never heard of anyone thinking giving a fair review as a bad thing. Everything you review whether you bought it or were given it should be a fair representation of your experience with it.

    For one, I am very glad you shared your experience because I have been thinking about doing a big Liz Earle order, but I have super sensitive skin, so I think I'll try one of my friend's bottles out before investing in this product.

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  9. It's a shame you didn't get on with this, but I love how you actually posted about it.. not a lot of bloggers would have done that!
    I used this a few years ago and I didn't have a reaction but it didn't really do much for me, although I didn't use it regularly so I probably would try it again! xx

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  10. Good review! I liked the product but I had to use it for a few weeks before I saw results x

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  11. An honest review is better than singing the praises because you got a starter kit for free! I have the cheapo Superdrug one which works for me but I don't use it twice a day as my skin is super sensitive too, so it's a once in a while thing! Hope your skin has healed now xx

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  12. Me and my mum have both tried Liz Earle and we both have similar reactions to yours! We reckon it was an allergy to something in it, as neither of us have that sensitive skin.

    I'm glad you posted it as it shows not everything works for everyone, especially as there are so many good reviews about this (I was beginning to think there was something wrong with me because it seemed to work for everyone else haha) x

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  13. This is really interesting, I haven't seen a bad review on Liz Earle up till now, and as far as I can see from the comments, a lot of people have had bad experiences with it! That's good to know for us who have very sensitive skin. Thanks so much for posting. <3 :)

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  14. Oooh i hope your skin is ok now :( i did gets shed load for Christmas but truth be told i can't be arsed with that faff, id rather jump in the shower and wash my face with cleanser.

    They are rather herbally aren't they, i wonder if thats the culprit? you should email LE? their customer service team are excellent and they may shed some light on why? xxx

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  15. Yes I agree with some of the other comments. I think it would be great for your readers who might also have sensitive skin to see this. I know it might be awkward seeing as how you were sent a free sample .... but truth is better than lies! Hope your skin clears up soon!
    Happy New Year :)
    x

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  16. Yikes. So sorry your experience wasn't as expected. But it's nice of you to share.

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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  17. Wow that's pretty aweful alergic reaction you got! I hope now you are doing better!
    Your words are very honest and def worth respect! This what blogging is all about: saying your OWN opinion!

    Thanks for sharing with it!

    I'm officially your 701 follower;)

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  18. I think I love you even more for posting an honest review, so many people wouldn't! I was sent it and got on great with it. Different strokes and all that!
    Sophie
    x

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  19. Well written and constructive review. Such a shame not to have gotten on with the product, but major respect for posting your honest experience with the product graciously and without sounding (like so many do) ungrateful.

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  20. That's such a shame it didn't work for you. I still haven't tried it yet but I'd really like to as it usually gets amazing reviews!
    I wish there were more honest reviews like this instead of everyone being so positive all the time. I don't think 'negative' reviews are a bad thing as long as they are honest and constructive!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh no, that's such a shame it didn't work for you! Least you never shelled out the £18 though. I really love Cleanse and Polish, it's made a big difference to the texture and redness in my skin, but everyone's different and honesty is always the best policy, innit! xx

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  22. Ouch!
    So glad you did this review, I have super sensitive skin so will have to beware! I was bought it for christmas and have yet to try it.
    I think it's right you should do a review on the product, and be honest even if you don't like it and it was sent to you for free. It's not your fault if you didn't get on with a product! xx

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  23. I think it's refreshing and awesome that you gave a honest review :) Happy New Year!!!!

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  24. this was such a helpful review! (:

    &thank you for your lovely comment on my blog hun. x
    www.vintagewalls.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh no, how annoying for you! Everyones skin is different so it's not too surprising really that it doesn't work for every age and every skin type. Very glad you shared, never be scared of giving a review that isn't entirely positive. Surely that's the point of a review and it makes your blog so much more trustworthy as readers know they'll get your honest opinion.

    Laura x
    http://firstclassramblings.blogspot.com

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  26. Oooh I'm soo sorry you had this kind of reaction! You should definately not worry about giving a good honest review everyone has their own opinion and this has helped me tbh as I will avoid this product because my skin is extremely sensitive too!
    Tilly M x

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  27. After seeing all the raves over this product I've been debating whether or not to buy it for a number of months now. I have very dry and often sensitive skin. I usually use Clinique but fancied a change but I think I may stick to what I know best as Clinique is fine on my skin!
    xxx

    www.inordinatelyplush.blogspot.com

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  28. Well written review! I've not tried any Liz Earle products yet but your review hasn't put me off. I think skin care products really do vary from person to person afterall! Hopefully your skin will calm down soon :) x

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  29. I had such a bad reaction to this! I put it one about to mins ago, rinsed it of and my super white skin has just gone a really deep shade of red in blotches all over my skin, I got the same reaction to the simple makeup wipes, and some other expensive brands x

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  30. I am another of the unlucky people to have had a bad reaction to the Elizabeth Earle products. I started to break out in dry red blotches that I couldn't even hide with a concealer. It's such an expensive shame, and would very much like to know what ingredient is responsible.

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    1. How long did the rash take to calm down?

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  31. Ive had the exact same reaction. Its awful. Ive never had any issues with my skin and i regret ever trying to change my regime! I would like to know what it is. Im assuming its the eucalyptus as it made my skin sting a little...

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  32. Ive had the exact same reaction. Its awful. Ive never had any issues with my skin and i regret ever trying to change my regime! I would like to know what it is. Im assuming its the eucalyptus as it made my skin sting a little...

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  33. I know this is a massively old post, i was wondering how long after ceasing use of the product did the redness cool down? I've have reactions under my nose and on my chin to this product. It took me a while to figure out it was to fault, as i didn't think that a cleanser which i wash off could do so much damage! I've never had sensitive skin, and other than the odd spot never had terribly spot prone skin.

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