Readers, I have never been so excited about a foundation. (And I never get excited about foundation.)
When I began swatching Burberry, I was determined to remain objective. But the more I swatch/test/try, the more deeply I fall in love with this brand.
Before we talk about their liquid foundation, let’s talk about their Fresh Glow Primer (Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base). In the bottle (or in a heavy swatch) it’s a pearlescent light pink. In a light swatch, it sheers out to more of a white/pale white-pink shimmer. In normal, on-face application, it’s an invisible glow. If you’re getting your makeup done at the counter, they’ll probably put this on you, then ask you to look in the mirror. You already look better! But the most striking thing about the Fresh Glow primer is that it feels so good. It feels like skincare, like a wonderful, lightweight moisturizer. I just wanted to slather it on. Fresh Glow is $48, available at Nordstrom.
Now, you don’t have to buy the primer. It’s lovely, but the foundation still works without it.
Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation is my dream foundation. It has no texture; it looks like skin. (And it feels like wearing nothing.) This is you, perfected. No redness, no unevenness. It’s just invisible coverage. I originally reported that Trench 2 was my shade — it looked fine in the store. But when I took a sample home and put it on in my own mirror, Trench 2 was just slightly too dark and a little too pink. I tried Trench 1 and I just love it.
It has a pronounced rose scent, which I definitely noticed the first time I used it. In subsequent applications, I was aware of it, but I was so entranced by the foundation’s performance that I noticed the fragrance less.
Now, Burberry is coming out with a full coverage foundation in August (so folks must have asked for more coverage), but I am completely satisfied with the Sheer Luminous Fluid. The first time I wore it, I nearly skipped undereye concealer (unheard of for me). And it’s doing a great job of covering the small scratch I accidentally inflicted on my chin a few days ago. I do prefer sheerer foundations. This one does not erase the freckles on my cheeks (nor would I want it to).
Sheer Luminous Fluid is $52 (also available at Nordstrom).
Per reader request, here are the Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation ingredients, photographed off a box of Trench 2 (click to enlarge):