Tested on animals:Yes
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).