Fresh Glow BB Cream SPF 20
Burberry claims this BB cream is all about creating a youthful glow while combining the benefits of skincare and makeup in one product. The wafting scent is the first indicator that they're off to a bad start by including the potential irritants lavender and fragrance (see More Info). Even more to the point, this is a boring formula from an anti-aging perspective because the superstar ingredients are included only in a minuscule amount.
Hydration is one benefit that those with dry skin can get from this BB cream, but the ultra-dewy finish is almost overkill; it can make you look sweaty or oily rather than fresh-faced. Unfortunately, the finish is also accompanied by an unpleasant tacky feel.
Coverage is very sheer, and the shade range is limited to three options: Fair, Medium, and Dark. Fair is a bit too dark for truly fair skin and Dark is more of a medium-tan shade with warm undertones.
Considering the tacky feel, the potential for irritation, and the minimal benefit in terms of coverage and anti-aging ingredients, this BB cream falls below the standard. We'll give Burberry props for the broad-spectrum sun protection, but even then, a higher SPF of at least 30 is preferred.
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- Offers broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains potential irritants fragrance and lavender.
- Unpleasantly tacky finish.
- Coverage is so sheer, it's almost "why bother?"
- Boring formula from an anti-aging perspective.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
Strengths: Great highlighting lotion and powder; some good foundations; selection of lip color products, including Lip Velvet.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent eyeshadow quality; limited shade selection in complexion products; Burberry Beauty has poor in-store and online availability, items are often out-of-stock for long periods of time; strong, pervasive fragrance is an issue in several products.
British fashion house Burberry has a long history, dating back to 1856 when the company opened its first store in Basingstoke, England. Initially specializing in outerwear, Burberry is credited with creating the first true trench coat for the British military in the early 1900s, which quickly gained popularity with the general public after World War I. In the years since their trench coat became a fashion staple, Burberry has become a global brand, and now has stores all over the world. In 2010, Burberry, taking a cue from other high fashion brands such as Armani and Chanel, launched its own line of cosmetics, Burberry Beauty.
Burberry Beauty's lineup of products is relatively small compared to those of competing designer brands, but it includes all the basics: foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. Unfortunately, many of the Burberry Beauty products have better packaging than performance, and definitely more style than substance. The bottles, compacts, and various cases look very high-end, with each product featuring the iconic Burberry check plaid, a pattern the company began using as its signature in the 1920s. Unfortunately, iconic brand symbols and pretty packaging dont necessarily make for great makeup.
Despite its designer pedigree, Burberry Beauty is sadly mediocre, especially given its heritage and price point. If a designer name holds more allure for you when shopping for makeup, then Dior, Chanel, or Armani are all much better options.
For more information about Burberry Beauty, visit www.burberry.com or call (877) 217-4085.
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