Burberry Concealer

Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer Review

July 11, 2012

Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer ($40) is a creamy, opaque concealer that comes in a brush-pen format.  I think we are all familiar with other brush-pen concealers–Yves Saint Laurent (or should I say “Saint Laurent Paris”) has the most famous version–the three shades that promise to impart subtle luminosity just under the eye. I must confess that I never appreciated the Yves Saint Laurent version. It’s too sheer and subtle for my taste. After using two or three, I stopped repurchasing because it seemed to add an unnecessary extra step.

Burberry’s is decidedly not like the Yves Saint Laurent. Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer, despite the word “sheer” in the name, is a true concealer that has a pigmented opacity. It truly does conceal. It is more similar to Lancome Effacernes in that it takes very little to cover dark under eye circles, but the Burberry is not nearly as dry-looking. I get lasting coverage that doesn’t seem to migrate into creasy areas.

When Burberry first launched, I was gutted that there was no concealer in the line. Now I see the wisdom of the plan–they wanted to get it right. And they did. Bullet-proof. By the way, it takes a good 20 clicks or more to get this started.  But once it’s primed, it’s only one or two clicks per use. This NC15 (leaning NC20 right now) chose No. 1, the lightest of the eight available shades.

It’s quite a light shade–bordering on a just maybe a touch too light, but I’ll keep it. Here’s the swatch panel from Burberry’s website so you can get a sense of the range of colors:

Right now, Burberry’s and Edward Bess’ Platinum concealers are my favorites. Which are yours?

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  • ModestyBrown July 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This is a pen concealer that I really want to purchase (having seen Drivol about the Frivol’s convincing post) but the issue for me is which shade to choose. I suspect that No.2 would be the right choice, from what you’ve said. I’m NC20-ish with maximum variation is colour at the moment.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    ooooh want! I’ve always wanted to try the YSL version (I am NOT calling it “Saint Laurent Paris” btw–stupid! lol) but as I recently have fallen in love with Burberry, I am leaning more towards this version–as in my eyes, Burberry can do no wrong. Looks like it would be lovely! I REALLY need a new concealer

  • escritora July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am NW/N15 or a little bit lighter. I bought No. 2, and it is a little bit too dark, just a touch too yellow for my liking, I think I’d much appreciate No. 1 (although I put No. 2 in constant use, it is so good). And right, after 20 or more clicks to get it started it was ready to use. But each time I use two clicks there is definitely too much product, it’s like a flood. I prefer one click usage, but after click I have to wait about half a minute keeping pen upside down to get a product. It drives me mad. Is it only my pen so vicious?

  • baby in a corner July 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am using Cle de Peau – not sure I love it as much as I should for the money! But I think I have super dry under eyes.

  • Leila July 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    For this type of concealer, I really like the Dior Skinflash. Have you tried it? It’s quite opaque too and natural looking. I used it when it first came out and after some years of not using it, I bought it again and it’s just as good. I’ll keep this in mind for future.

  • Perilously Pale July 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    This looks right up my alley! I need to explore Burberry more. If I could order it online to Canada I would be so weak!

  • Kaja July 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

    now this is something for me! I’m on my 2nd or 3rd YSL, and I don’t really know why I keep repurchasing, it doesn’t do anything for my dark circles.

  • Caroline July 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I love the original Touche Eclat for highlighting but am tempted to check this out too!

  • Frances July 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Currently Edward Bess’ concealer is my favorite. I also have one By Terry that is similar to YSL. I did not like the YSL one at all. It may have been fine as a highlighter, but I need something more for under the eyes. So it looks like I will have to try this one by Burberry as well.

  • Taylor July 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    This looks pretty amazing. I’m always for trying a new concealer. I’m currently using bye bye under eye from It Cosmetics and I love it. This looks worth a shot though.

  • rebecca July 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I think Burberry has become my favorite makeup line; I have more items by them than anyone else and I keep gravitating to them. I was going to pick up the YSL but now I think I’ll get this instead.

  • Raissa July 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Could you post the ingredients for this?

  • Iryna July 14, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I didn’t like this concealer. The lightest shade is a bit dark for my NC15 skin. It’s a bit greasy, sheer and creased under my eyes after 10 min. I prefer Lancome concealers.

  • Anne July 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    After trying samples, I finally ended up with #4. What I like from this concealer is that is lightweight, and stays. I hate feeling my undereye area cakey, so this one is a winner. I pair it with Giorgio Armani corrector #2. I’m NC35 for reference.

  • ame July 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I have actually tried very few concealers WORSE than this. I got it based on your review and returned it last night after a few attempts at getting it to work for me. This concealed NOTHING and was just loaded with silicone. It wouldn’t stick to skin, or itself, or dry down at all. It was mostly in my creases and nowhere else within a couple hours and within 8 I looked like a clown. It was horrid. I gave it several attempts, primers, non primers, not moisturized…no such luck. This is not something that should have the word “concealer” on it!