Burberry's Sheer Foundation doesn't have a very creative name, which makes the name accurate—this foundation is just average. It has some positive aspects, but they're not enough to make this truly stand out, especially not for $52!
This is a sheer- to medium-coverage liquid foundation, similar to a tinted moisturizer, that smoothes on easily and dries to a very natural semi-matte finish. It won't cover major flaws, but it does a good job of evening out skin tone. The finish doesn't highlight pores or wrinkles, and it is long-wearing as claimed.
A major drawback is that this foundation is billed as being moisturizing, but those with dry to very dry skin will find that this does not do an adequate job of keeping their skin quenched. In fact, it feels drying as soon as it goes on, even with moisturizer underneath!
You might think this foundation's dry feel could be a bonus for people with oily skin, but those with oily T-zones will likely notice shine becoming apparent about midway through the day. What a disappointment, for both skin types!
Sheer Foundation has so much fragrance (sort of a cross between a chemical smell and a baby powder scent) that you can smell it as soon as you open the container, and the scent lingers for quite some time after it's on your face! This is really unusual because most liquid foundations omit fragrance, or, if it's part of the formula, it's far more subtle. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is a problem for skin.
Sheer Foundation has a limited shade range, but does include options for those with very fair and very dark skin. Avoid the Trench No. 202 shade, however, as it's far too pink to appear natural on its intended skin tone. All in all, there are much better sheer makeup options at both the department store and the drugstore!
- Applies easily and dries to a natural semi-matte finish.
- Does a good job of evening out skin tone.
- Doesn't highlight pores or wrinkles.
- Long-wearing as claimed.
- Not moisturizing as claimed.
- Those with oily T-zone will notice a shine about midway through the day.
- Strong fragrance that you can smell long after it's been applied, and fragrance can be irritating for skin.
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).