Burberry's sheer compact foundation is a good option for people with oily skin seeking a medium-coverage foundation option that's not in a cream or liquid form. Sheer Compact Foundation is a pressed powder with a very silky feel that isn't overly powdery. This applies nicely, melding into the skin with minimal effort for a natural, semi-matte finish that never looks cakey.
Sheer compact foundation wears well throughout the day and does a good job of keeping oil at bay, although if your skin is particularly oily, you will need to carry this powder around for touch-ups after about four or five hours of wear. This foundation doesn't emphasize fine lines or wrinkles—a definite bonus, especially for a powder!
The only drawback is that, like many other Burberry products, this foundation includes fragrance. The fragrance doesn't linger, but it definitely is noticeable when you first apply it—a definite minus given that this amount of fragrance can be irritating for skin (see More Info for details).
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 to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Carbonate, Zeolite, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl PEG Phosphate, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Butylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, BHT, Panthenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal; May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines.
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 don’t 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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