Aug 052010

Previously, I reviewed Burberry Beauty’s Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation ($52).  As an update, I’ve really been enjoying the finish that this foundation gives.  It has held up beautifully in the summer heat.  I typically can rely on getting a nice, natural finish for a marathon 14-to-16 hour day.  If you are looking for a natural looking sheer-to-medium foundation, I highly recommend this. Currently, it’s edging out my Chanel Tient Innocence as my go-to favorite in that category.

I’ve received several emails asking for shade information.  In response to my plea for help, Kristy Hoffman, who manages the Burberry Beauty counter at the San Francisco Center Nordstrom, was kind enough to send me some samples of all of the shades.  She’s wonderful and so helpful–I encourage her to call her at 415.243.8500 extension 1421 (her voicemail is x1917) or email her at

Each of the Burberry foundation shades is named “Trench No. __,” followed by a numeric designation.  Here are the swatches designated with their Trench Number, in sunlight:

Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation (sunlight)

Here are the same swatches in very neutral light (open shade with flash fill):

Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation (shade)

These shades seem quite neutral, except for Trench No. 2 which has a touch of pink.  I am Chanel Intensity No. 1.0 (Cameo/Ivoire) and MAC NC15, and was matched to Burberry Trench No. 4.

Here are some additional pictures of the medium-to-light shades Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6.  As you can see, Nos. 3 and 5 are warmer than 4 and 6, which are more neutral.  At the bottom you will see swatches of my typical foundation shade–Chanel Cameo/Ivoire Intensity No. 1 and Armani Luminous Silk Foundation shade 5:

The above picture shows that No. 3 appears darker than No. 4.  Correspondingly, No. 5 appears darker than No. 6.

Here is a picture of all shades in their pots:

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  38 Responses to “Burberry Beauty Foundation Swatches of All Shades – Updated”

  1. Hmm… Considering I’m so cool, I may not be the lightest shade in this line up! Thanks for the swatches!

  2. Humm. Interesting. I’m a shade lighter than Chanel 1.0 Cameo and even lighter than the old 0.5 Limpide. Maybe #1 would work for me. But since I’m so oily I’ll wait until winter to purchase since my skin is drier then. Thanks for the wonderful swatches!

  3. Great swatches! I might want to try this later this Fall- loving my NARS Sheer Glow for summer still.

  4. This is great Amy! I tested a sample of #5 and am undecided. FYI in case girls want an idea of a color-match, #5 matched perfectly for me and I’m a Chanel Shell 1.5.

    I thought it was odd that #6 is lighter than #5.

  5. Hi, Amy! wanted you to know that there are now numerous sites showing the fall dolce and gabanna makeup collection, sicilian lace. forget about it. all the stuff is old except for a lace-imprinted bronzer which is, in my humble opinion, quite ugly. i would never think of wearing a bronzer anyway bc of my fair complexion, but even if it did appeal, it simply doesn’t do anything for me for a fall makeup. so that’s that. meanwhile, i am now focusing on the new chanel holiday stuff which is dreamy.

  6. Oh awesome! Thank you so much for these swatches! So helpful! 😀

  7. Great swatches – I don’t think the darker shades would suit me. I was hoping for more shade options. I guess I’d have to swatch in person before making any judgement calls.

  8. I was matched by Susan at the San Francisco Nordstrom over the phone. I told her the MAC shade I normally wear (NW20 in StudioTech), and she sent me Trench #3. It’s absolutely perfect! I have to admit I had my doubts cause I’m very picky about foundation shades, but I just couldn’t be happier. And it’s a fabulous foundation!! So natural; doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup. I hope they make a concealer next.

  9. This is just terrific. With Burberry so inaccessible to most of us, this is just so helpful. Thank you to both of you.

  10. I think I will give Susan a call. I am MAC NC15 and am looking for a sheer long lasting foundation. This line is so impressive!

  11. Hi Amy! Thanks for posting these. Started following your blog when I discovered the Burbery makeup last month!
    Would you mind emailing me , if its not too much trouble, your description of # 3, 5,6 as if its totally neutral, or a bit more yellow or pink?? It’s hard sometimes on the internet,
    Appreciate it.

  12. Great work Amy! I’ve been looking for swatches of these. I’m resisting ordering some Burberry online as I’ll be able to go and buy it in a store in September. I can’t wait. I NEVER trust Sales Assistants as they always match me too dark and too yellow. I actually have to argue to get them to sell me my YSL foundations in #3 Opal (which admittedly does just look pink in the bottle!)

    In fact these look like they compare quite closely shade wise with the YSL – Do you think #2 would be a good match for #3 in YSL? I can’t tell you what my skin tone is in any other brand as I don’t touch MAC and the lightest Chanel we can get here in Germany is 2.0 Clair, which is at least four shades too dark for me!

    Thanks for a really useful post.

    • Hi Emilyjane–I’m not familiar with YSL foundations–I could try to score a sample at the mall this weekend if I can get there and if the YSL sales associate lets me! 🙂

      • That would be too kind! If you do I hope the sales associates are not the way they are in Britain (where I buy most of my cosmetics) – they take one look at you, decide which shade you are by guessing and then refuse to sell you the colour you know you want! awful and silly but true!

        Having said that the YSL foundation range is the one I go back to again and again but I am very tempted to try Burberry after seeing these swatches and Lisa’s video review.


        • Hi Emilyjane–success! My Sephora had the YSL and I got a sample. At first I tried the deeper Burberry shades but you are quite correct. Only #2 is light and cool enough to be in the same range as YSL Opal #3. Enjoy your trip!! 🙂

  13. Thanks so much Amy!!
    Even in the store, under the bright lights, I come home and the color isn’t right!!
    I agree with Emilyjane, in some seem to want to make my foundation the color they think it should be, won’t listen to me.
    I did get 2 eyeshadows in the mail, the rosewood(to die for) and midnight plum!!

  14. Thank you so much Amy for taking the time to do that YSL comparison!

    I’ll be visiting Harrods in London in around six weeks time to test these in person but forewarned is forearmed, as they say! (From general experience I know the sales associate will be pushing me straight towards #4 or #5 but I’ll now know to insist on trying #1 and #2)

    You’ve really got to know your shades and your preferences when it comes to foundation and this post is proving invaluable.

    I’m thinking that first off I’ll be asking to try a foundation, porcelain and trench eyeshadows, peony blush and cameo pink lipstick. Can you tell I’m looking forward to it?
    x x

  15. Awesome swatches Amy! Kristy and Susan are super sweet ladies at Nordstrom SF. I love them 🙂

  16. Hi there! thanks for these swatches, they’re brilliant. I just have a quick question about the colors — for chanel makeup the color I use is 20 clair from the teint innocence compact foundation, is that color the same as the pro lumiere 20 clair? i’d like to know because i’m having to order this from the burberry website,and i’d really like to get the color right!

  17. Kristy Hoffman of Burberry Cosmetics at Nordstrom’s in downtown San Francisco is awesome! I knew her prior when she used to work for shu uemura before they decided to pull out of the U.S. Unfortunately, I cannot wear Burberry foundation because they use an ingredient that I am allergic to, but Kristy was kind enough to help match me to a foundation from the Nars line.

  18. I really hope Burberry launches in Europe sooner or later, as I don’t really see how I could order this online. I’m NC15 and I match Santa Fe or Gobi in Sheer Glow, and I have no idea what I could be in Burberry after having seen those pictures 🙁

    • Hi Mariella, Let me see if I can get a sample of those Nars over the next few weeks–if so, I can do some comparison pictures for you.

  19. I got my Burberry foundation in trench no.1 and its perfect for me. For reference, I use NC15 in most MAC products and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow, Dior Nude 20(although this one is a summer shade for me). Chanel I use Teint Innoncence Cream Compact in Gentle Ivory (also summer shade). I found that No.1 was a bit light for me at first but when it dried down it was perfect for me.

  20. Curious if you are still loving the Burberry foundation and if #4 is still a good match for you. I think we have similar coloring (fair w/ warm undertones; chanel 1.0, Bobbi Brown Warm Ivory…). I am finding that the foundation darkens as it dries and that #4 looks a bit dark (I feel a bit tan when I wear it and it looks yellow on my neck) – but the makeup artist insists this is the one….

    • I am Katie. But if you aren’t you should exchange or return yours ASAP. It’s expensive foundation and Nordstrom has a great return/exchange policy.

      • are you chanel 1.0 or 2.0? I’m wondering if #1 (the only option for me other than #4) would be way too light.
        Thank you! Love your blog – so helpful!

        • I’ll try to take a pic over the next week comparing Chanel 1.0 and Burberry 1.0

          • Thank you so much – but I do think, after TONS of swatching over the past couple of days that perhaps #4 is the right color for me. Perhaps I was putting it on too heavy… or my powder was making it darker. Do you use a powder on top of your Burberry foundation? I was told to use a light dusting of the compact foundation powder rather than the sheer powder….

          • Hi Katie–I do use Caron loose translucent powder. I don’t think that the brand matters if you want to use a powder over it–I really like my loose powders and Burberry doesn’t make one (yet?). The powder I use is very light, and doesn’t seem to change my foundation color at all. Take care and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

          • where can you get Caron powder? There doesn’t seem to be an online retailer?

          • Oh, Caron is hard to find in the US. I believe they have only one retailer in New York City (on Lexington, I believe). You can call to place a phone order (the number is on Caron’s website), but it’s not the easiest product to get here. If you are not in NYC, I would go for Chanel’s loose powder, or another brand like Laura Mercier. I found Chanel’s very similar to Caron. I hope this helps!

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