Jul 152010

I went to a Burberry Beauty Event at Nordstrom for a makeover and closer look at their new makeup line.  To my surprise, I found that I liked the Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation ($52) very much.

My thoughts about the foundation:

  • The finish is beautiful;  it gives a natural looking glow without needing any powder on my combination skin.  This is the reason why I had to have  it;
  • The lasting power was excellent, at least for the short time that I have owned the product;
  • As the name suggestions, Sheer Foundation is sheer.  However, the foundation is very buildable, in the same way that Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundations are.  One can create thin layers with a foundation brush without caking.
  • How to Layer:  Apply the foundation all over the face, as usual.  Then, use a brush to build up more coverage only where needed.  Double-check yourself before you finish your makeup routine; add another layer if needed.  You can do this even in the under-eye area.
  • With the buildable coverage, I found that I did not absolutely need a separate concealer.  That being said, I will likely continue to use a corrector for my under eye area when wearing this foundation.

I prepared myself to dislike Burberry’s foundation, despite Lisa Eldridge’s video review.  I am very choosy about my foundation, usually gravitating to Chanel in Intensity #1 shades (Cameo/Ivoire), or Guerlain’s Parure Gold although I have used many other brands.  Nonetheless, I found that this gave me a beautiful, natural look.

Burberry’s packaging is gorgeous, with a large metal cap etched with the signature Burberry plaid print:

I found the bottle quite stunning, although I don’t believe that I own very much in the Burberry clothing line.  I like simple, clean designs.  That being said, the packaging is quite heavy and so not very travel-friendly.   I wouldn’t want to add this to a bag that I had to carry up winding, narrow French staircases.

At the event, I was matched to Trench #04:

Sheer foundation has a pump top, which keeps the product sanitary.  Once the cap is removed, the transparent bottle shows the amount is comparable to other high end lines (30 ml/ 1 oz.),  and allows one to easily tell how much is left:

At present, I’m really pleased with this foundation.

UPDATE (1/25/13): I’m on my second bottle and still love it. I’ve incorporate a lot more foundations into my rotation. However, I’ve found that Burberry is a great go-to, for many of the reasons described in the posts. No breakouts, amazing buildable coverage, and looks beautiful when applied. Available at Nordstrom.com.

Ingredients:  Aqua (water); cyclohexasiloxane; propylene glycol; ethlhexyl methoxycinnamate; potassium cetyl phosphate; squalane; beheneth 30; myristyl alcohol; phenyl trimethicone; glyceryl osterate; glyceryl stearate; phenoxyethanol; polyacrylamide; carbomer; methylparaben propylparaben; cyclopentasiloxane; c1314 isoparaffin; sodium hydroxide; parfum (fragrance); butylene glycol; alpha isomethyl ionone; laureth 7; xanthan gum; tocopherol; benzyl benzoate; hydroxycitronellal; ascrobyl palmitate; BHT; rosa roxburghl; fruit extract; plus/minus (may contain)-> CI77019 (mica); CI77891 (titanium dioxide);  CI77491; CI77492; CI77499 (iron oxides); CI77007 (ultramarines).

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  7 Responses to “Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation – First Thoughts”

  1. I will be looking for a new foundation soon, and this might be it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I’m excited to try this out! How would you describe the shade #4? Does it have warmer, neutral, or cooler undertones?

    • I would describe this as neutral. It’s probably the most neutral foundation that I own. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Thanks for the review. How do you think these will do for oily skin? Chanel foundation like has great coverage but by midday, they separate and get really patchy.

    • Hi Kristie–This has a nice natural texture without a powder. I usually need a powder, but surprisingly with this one I did not (even though Burberry makes one, the make up artist didn’t even need to apply one). My skin is combination, and I don’t notice a ‘glow’ later in the day. However, I can’t say how it would do on more oily skin than mine throughout the day without a primer–as more women try the line, I’m sure we will see! 🙂 If any of my readers know, kindly let us know by leaving a comment! Thanks!

  4. This foundation sounds lovely! Do you think they have any shades suitable for a neutral NW10?? Thanks!

    • Christina–they had lighter shades than the No 4 that I purchased, and I’m an NC15. So I would say yes–I’d recommend calling a Burberry counter (the San Francisco Center Nordstrom has been very helpful!) to get a good match for you. Plus, Nordstrom is great with returns and exchange. Maybe ask them to send you swatches? I’ll do the same, and if they do I’ll post them here. By the way, this foundation has been working really really well for me. No breakouts, good lasting power and good finish. I hope this helps! 🙂

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