The last visit I made to Nordstrom San Francisco, I unfortunately ran out of time to do full swatches of the Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation. Susie was kind enough to send me samples of each color so I can share them with you. If you are interested in the Burberry Beauty line, please give her a call at Nordstrom San Francisco. She will help answer any product questions you may have and is great with color match for foundations/bronzer/blush.
I currently have the Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation and the Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation. If you follow me on twitter, you probably have seen me list them in several FOTD tweets. The Luminous Fluid Foundation retails for $52USD for 1oz and the Sheer Luminous Compact Foundation is $55USD. They can be purchased exclusively on the Nordstrom website or at some local counters.
Below are the ingredients for the liquid foundation, which is conveniently printed on the Burberry packaging. The picture might be a bit small so if you're looking for a specific ingredient, please let me know. There is definitely alcohol and silicon in the product, albeit not the first listed, but be aware of this before purchasing if you are allergic to them.
As previously reviewed, each of these come in a slightly heavy but very sturdy packaging with the classic Burberry check print. The Burberry check print top cap is heavier compared to the actual clear plastic package that holds the foundation.
To dispense the product, simply twist the cap to the right to unlock, and press down on the pump. The locking mechanism is a great feature for traveling. Since the cap is a bit heavy, you can bring the foundation without it on trips and not worry about accidental spills.
Each foundation has the number/color printed at the bottom of the package so it's very easy to identify.
I currently have the foundation in #6 called Trench. This is a neutral color that's an equivalent but slightly more opaque version of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude. The foundation doesn't really have a heavy fragrance or chemical smell like MAC or L'oreal foundations.
Although it is called "sheer", I would say this provides light to medium coverage, much more coverage compared to Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer. I would use 1 pump for all over the face or spot coverage. 2 pumps will give medium coverage if you don't have a lot of pigmentation. For those with lots of pigmentation, acne scars, etc, this foundation will not give full coverage. These come in 9 different shades, ranging from #1 as the lighest to #9 as the darkest.
In the container,
#1 is a light beige that's best for pale skin tones.
#2 has the most obvious pink undertone out of all the shades.
#3 is a beige with peach undertone
#4 is a neutral color that is lighter than #6 but with more yellow tone
#5 is suitable for those with yellow undertone
#6 is a neutral color with no pink or yellow undertone.
#7 is darker than #5 with yellow undertone
#8 is a brown that's more suitable for darker skin tones, and is darker than #7
#9 is the darkest color in the collection and suitable for dark skin tone ladies.
As you know, foundation looks very different depending on the lighting condition. I have included here several images in different lighting, from outdoor, indoor, and directly under the sun to give you an idea of how each will look on my NC30-NC35 skintone. I used to be NC25-NC30 but I got an insane tan from my vacation 2 weeks ago.
Directly under the sun:
Close up shots:
Indoor by a window:
Close up shots:
In terms of texture, the foundation is not exactly liquid or cream. It is a combination of both that is very light on the skin. A lot of times I would find a foundation very heavy as though you feel like you're wearing a mask. I don't have this issue with Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation. I usually apply it in the morning and come home 9 hours later without remembering or feeling like I have foundation on. I have not had any breakout issues and the foundation does not separate in several hours like Chanel's foundations.
Do note that this foundation does oxidize several minutes after application. It doesn't turn orange or pink but just a tad darker on the skin. I wouldn't say there's an exact color that blends seamlessly into my skin but I would say #5 comes closest to my NC25-NC30 skintone. I picked #6 because my skin is usually lighter in the winter time. For summer, #5 is definitely the correct color.
In terms of pricing, Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation is right on par with high end foundations such as Chanel and Dior. I wouldn't say this is a splurge because it does perform very well for a light/medium coverage foundation. There are no annoying strong fragrances and it feels very comfortable and light on the skin, definitely not a "my pores are suffocating" type of feeling. I like this much better compared to Chanel's foundations. If you have dry patches on your face, be aware that this will emphasize them because it is not a creamy moisturizing formula.