Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review: Burberry Sheer Foundation

I haven’t tried much of the Burberry makeup line, but I have been really impressed with the few bits and pieces I’ve swatched over the past few months and am kind of surprised that it hasn’t seen more hype in the blogging world this year. A bottle of their foundation arrived on my doorstep just before Christmas and needless to say, I was excited to try it out.

The first thing you notice is the stunning packaging. It is literally the most beautiful foundation bottle I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot) The quality matches the design too. Burberry haven’t skipped any corners with their makeup line, and it really shows.

As for the product itself, it’s very thick in consistency, somewhere in between a crème and a gel formula. It applies smoothly onto the skin and leaves you with a very natural, velvety finish and leaves your skin feeling nicely moisturised. It’s very similar to MAC’s Studio Sculpt in consistency, but I much prefer the finish it gives. It’s not matte, not quite dewy, but almost luminous. It makes your skin look healthy and plumped.

It gives a great level of medium coverage (I only need a spot of concealer on any problem areas to create a flawless finish) yet it’s not too much for everyday wear, and you can layer it for the evenings. I’m a little baffled as to where the conjured up the idea of calling it a ‘sheer’ foundation because it’s just not. If you want to see what the foundation looks like on, check out my latest few YouTube videos (I've been wearing it since Christmas)

The staying power is about average. If you have oily skin you’ll certainly need to powder it, and to top up your powder throughout the day. As with MAC’s Studio Sculpt, it seems to be an ‘all skintypes’ foundation, however I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with either extremely dry, or extremely oily skin as I think there are better options for problem skins out there.

It comes in 9 shades, which are definitely skewed towards very pale skins. Normally my skin tone is within the first 3-4 palest shades but in this I’m wearing No. 5 (and I’m at my palest!) so it doesn’t seem to cater for everyone. Another point to mention is that it is quite strongly perfumed. For some this may be a pro, for others a con but personally I love the scent.

The one real downside (as ususal!) is the price. £35. Ouch.

Although it’s expensive, I have to say you can see where your money is going. As much as I adore Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, the packaging is rather disappointing for it’s £32 price tag.

Yes, the Burberry makeup collection is expensive, but I wouldn’t really expect anything else from them, and the product really is lovely. I’d recommend this to girls who prefer to have just one or two really gorgeous foundations in their makeup bags and are looking for one that is versatile enough to use day or night.


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