I bought these Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation months before discovering Guerlain Lingerie de Peau. To be honest, had I already gotten my Guerlain I wouldn't have bothered or invested in Burberry, because I feel that between Lingerie de Peau, Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge tinted moisturizer, Edward Bess Satin Cream Compact and my Chanel foundations, Vitalumiere and Teint Innocent Compact (thankfully the compact was not discontinued with the regular Teing Innocence) I'm more than covered (pun sort-of intended). But I had a very pleasant experience at my local Nordstrom and liked the end result very much, so Burberry foundations- the fluid in 5 and compact in 7- went home with me.
Matching was not an easy task, hence ending up with both. The makeup artist and I were new to each other which meant the usual trial and error to get the right shade. It happens every time an artist who isn't familiar with my skin starts to work on my face and picks what seems to be a shade for medium olive skin tone. I need a sticker that says "face in the mirror is lighter than it seems", because medium shades more often than not are too dark and too yellow for me (of course, the first couple of light shades are way too pale and often too pink), so there's a need to go at least one level down. The makeup artist was quite certain I would be a 7, but ended up using the fluid 5 on most of my face and blending it with 7 for certain areas, especially where more coverage is needed.
Both formulas have a beautiful silky texture. Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid is on par with Chanel Vitalumiere (the classic, not Aqua which I haven't tried). It's a little more yellow than Cameo, my regular shade, but far less so than Beige which I used to wear in tanner days (looks utterly ridiculous on me since I've gotten rid of all traces of sun exposure). The cream in the compact is lovely and far less dry than I expected from a cream-to-powder formula. I only use very little of it for some color correcting, so I expect the compact to last me until the end of days. since I blend both the exact shade and coverage can be adjust and built. This morning I had to add some Peau Vierge and a liquid highlighter because I woke up extra pale and something looked too yellow. Other days everything is perfect.
Like all Burberry beauty products, the packaging of both foundations is heavy and luxurious. Burberry check pattern is on the compact, bottle cap and the velveteen pouch. I keep all my makeup in drawers, but this is something I would have loved to display. The modern style is very attractive.
Bottom Line: Not as perfect as Guerlain, but worth trying if you're on a foundation quest.
Burberry Sheer Luminous Foundation Fluid ($52) and Compact ($55) is a Nordstrom exclusive- online and in select locations.
All photos are mine.