In June 2021, Lisa Eldridge blessed the world with her summer collection in which she introduced us to her Seamless Skin line, featuring liquid blushers and highlighters, and expanded on her Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colours and Gloss Embrace shades.
This is possibly the most exciting release of the year (at least so far), even more so than the Pat McGrath Divine Blush collection imo. Even a month after seeing the details and placing an order I am still excited to use and play around with these makeup products. I feel the same way about Pat McGrath, but the excitement for Lisa’s makeup line is next level.
Seamless Skin Enlivening Blushers, £24 each for 15ml
It’s the year of the blush, more specifically year of the cream and liquid blush with brands spitting them out left right and centre. Despite the competition, Lisa’s enlivening blushers were a sellout and instant hit for anyone who has tried them.
First of all, the colours are absolutely stunning. Lisa knows her colour theory and is so good at creating the most beautifully balanced tones that suit practically everyone. I picked up four of the shades:
- Pink Soap – a neutral nude pink. Leans a tad warm on me.
- Pink Poetry – a warm bright pink. It stays very pink on my cheeks and is perfect for the warmer months.
- Mountain Walk – a cool flushed pink. It looks like a bright berry in the tube but sheers out beautifully.
- Venetian Red – The most beautiful indescribable shade, definitely leans cool in tone. Perfect with a red lip!
The formula is very unique; it leaves the tube as a cream-gel hybrid but as you start to blend it feels a bit more liquid. My shade Venetian Red came a bit separated (I have seen others experience the same with one or two of their shades), but this is fairly normal for this formula. All you have to do is give the tube a shake, squeeze out any excess watery substance, and it performs as good as the others (even though the texture remains slightly more fluid than the rest)! These blushers blend seamlessly, have a natural “not too dewy not too matte” finish, and as the name suggests they look like skin. I prefer to blend with a brush (Sonia G Mini Base is my go-to) but you can use your fingers as Lisa demonstrates in her YouTube video.
The only con is that they require a little effort to squeeze out of the tube. The upside to this though is you don’t squeeze out too much and waste product! You only need a tiny, tiny amount to do both cheeks, and with 15ml of product these will last forever.
Being a cool pink blush lover I knew I would love Mountain Walk, but I was unsure if Pink Poetry would be too warm for me. On the cheeks though it is a beautiful bright pink and has become one of my favourite shades. Venetian Red is probably my absolute favourite as it’s so unique yet so flattering. Pink Soap is fine but I’m not crazy for this colour on me. Definitely one that goes with any makeup look and perfect for people who are not big on bright pink blusher. I’ve seen people say it is pinker than they expected, but it definitely seems quite warm to me, but that’s probably due to my personal preferences and the colours I am used to wearing.
PS I must add that the lasting power of these blushers are amazing, no matter what kind of foundation I use underneath (dewy tinted moisturiser, self-setting fuller coverage foundation, base makeup set with powder, and anything in between!) they still look freshly applied even at the end of the day when I am taking off my makeup! They do set down on the skin without looking dry or losing their fresh appearance (as does the elevated glow highlighter), so they last much better that most liquid and cream cheek products I have tried. The lasting power matches that of a powder formula in my experience. This is coming from a habitual face toucher!
Seamless Skin Elevated Glow Highlighter, £27 each for 13ml
This is a beautiful, natural liquid highlighter that blends into the skin with no effort. I have the shade Crystal Nebula, which looks very golden and too dark at first, but it has a sheer base and brightens up when blended, leaving no dark cast or visible base colour on my fair neutral skin. It is supposed to have a skin tightening technology but I haven’t really noticed this (although I am in my twenties and so am not the best candidate for testing this claim). It does smooth the skin slightly and there is not emphasis of texture on my dry skin. The product’s consistency is quite watery, yet it does not disturb foundation underneath (even self-setting and lightly set bases)! It sets down and doesn’t feel sticky or tacky on my face.
I find this to be a very different formula from the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, which has a dewy satin glow with no shimmer, a thicker texture, and has a base pigment with coverage. The Lisa Eldridge highlighter has very fine shimmer (almost undetectable), so is more of a true highlighter that is advised not to be used mixed into base products or spread all over the face (although it can be used under base products on the high points of the face). It only has 13ml of product versus 30ml in the Charlotte Tilbury, so would not be very cost effective to mix it into your foundation. I little does go a really long way with the elevated glow highlighter, especially if you love a subtle glow. It can be built up to a more intense shine without looking unnatural.
Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour, £26 each
As the name suggests, these lipsticks have a translucency to them yet the pigment can be built up for full opacity. I find this a very easy to wear yet sophisticated formula. It is light (not too thin), comfortable, and slightly balmy but still very much a sheer lipstick vs lip balm/balmy lipstick. Compared to the Surratt Lipsliques and the Chantecaille Lip Chics, the formula is thinner and lighter, not as nourishing but more lipstick-like. It is not high shine like the Pat McGrath Divinyl Lip Balms, for instance. Although the thinness of the formula can catch on dryness, I find the translucency helps to not accentuate dry patches. They don’t always appear super even with just one swipe (when inspecting super close) but again, the easygoing aspect allows it to just look flattering without thought or effort, no matter how much you apply. In general I find the lipsticks to be very low maintenance; they don’t need constant retouching or reapplication, and as they wear down some colour does stay behind, and not in an uneven way.
Overall, I really love these lipsticks, the colours are beautiful, and most importantly I find myself wanting to reach for them over and over
Go Lightly is the only shade no longer available. This shade is quite neon and a bit too bright for me, and it has a white base that doesn’t sit the best on dry lips. Dance Card is a very similar shade, just more muted and wearable.
My favourite shades are Dance Card (perfect for summer) and Painterly (pairs gorgeously with the Venetian Red blusher). I imagine Rose Official will be a go-to if I ever go back to working in an office.
Lisa Eldridge created Kitten Mischief as her perfect “my lips but better” every day shade. I do really like Kitten Mischief, but it is on the warmer side for me. My La Bouche Rouge satin lipstick in the shade Knightsbridge Nude is still my most perfect lip colour and leans a tad more pink.
Gloss Embrace Lip Glosses, £18 each
Lisa also restocked her Gloss Embrace lip glosses along with adding a few more shades for summer.
The Gloss Embrace formula is like a hybrid between a lip gloss and a lip treatment. It is one of the most moisturising lip formulas I have ever tried and is perfect for masking and repairing dry or chapped lips (or just for keeping lips hydrated and smooth). The pigmentation varies slightly between colours, with paler colours generally being slightly sheerer, but they all provide excellent pigment while still remaining elegant and not over-done. These are hands down my favourite lip gloss formula, hence why I couldn’t resist picking up more shades!
My top picks are Go Lightly, the perfect summer pop of colour, Muse for a nude option that doesn’t turn warm in tone, and Blush which is a beautiful slightly-bitten colour that brightens the face in winter months.
Ribbon and Myth are shades I either wear over a lip liner, or to retouch and rehydrate a bright matte lip mid-way through the day (such as the corresponding Lisa Eldridge True Velvet shades).
Stay tuned for part 2 of this Lisa Eldridge post as I will aim to show swatches of all my True Velvet lipsticks before they are released again for the holidays!
This is not a sponsored post. All products mentioned in this post have been purchased by myself, family or friends.