Burberry's Velvet Foundation has gorgeous sleek packaging, but its formula simply doesn't match up to those of the best foundations out there today. Consider this further proof that a designer pedigree and matching price tag do not necessarily equate to a high-quality makeup product!
Velvet Foundation is a medium-coverage liquid that's a bit difficult to blend, as it tends to drag as you apply it. Once blended, it does a good job of covering up imperfections, and it sets to an attractive velvet finish as advertised. It's also long-lasting as claimed, and doesn't fade throughout the day. All of that sounds good, but things go downhill quickly from here.
Even though this foundation doesn't fade, it does start to emphasize wrinkles the longer you wear it, and it tends to "bunch up" in areas around the corners of the eyes and the nose. It also has a strong, almost baby powder–like scent when applied, and the scent lingers for about 30 minutes after you've put it on. That's really unusual because most liquid foundations omit fragrance or, if it's part of the formula, it's subtle.
This foundation comes in a variety of shades for most skin tones, but avoid the too-pink Trench 202. Velvet Foundation certainly isn't an all-out bust, but it's not worth the hefty price, especially when you can find better and less expensive options on our list of Best Foundations Without Sunscreen.
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).
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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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