Thursday, January 3, 2013

Burberry Beauty Velvet Foundation Review, Swatches, FOTD

I received a personalised goodie bag from my makeover at Burberry Beauty a few months back and in it were a tube of Lipstick Cover in Sepia Pink and a bottle of Velvet Foundation that I am about to review.

Burberry Velvet Foundation gives the skin a soft-focus velvet finish that lasts all day.

Inspired by the iconic trench coat, its lightweight, breathable texture gives gentle protection from the natural elements.

The innovative oil-free formula uses wild rose extract to hydrate the skin and effortlessly combines long wear with extreme comfort. (Source:

Name: Burberry Beauty バーバリー ビューティ Velvet Foundation ベルベットファンデーション Trench トレンチ No.201
Price: RM 175 for 30 ml
Release: August 2012
Made in: Italy

The shade I have is Trench 201, a light ochre. Even though it leans towards the beige side, I still see the need to dust some yellow based powder over it. My undertone is obviously too yellow for my own good.

If you are lighter than I am, Burberry might not be the place to go. I am pretty dark and I am wearing the lightest shade. Medium skin tones should fare well since there are seven other shades in the range.

It has a thick creamy consistency which leads to the components settling and separating, so always shake before use. It takes a while to dry - you can slowly blend and smooth away without worrying that it will streak. Apparently you get the best results using your fingertips or a sponge if you prefer more coverage.

Despite the thick consistency, it does not feel like I am actually wearing foundation. It dries to a matte finish without the flatness that you usually associate with matte foundations.

The coverage is medium. It evens out discolourations and light blotchiness here and there but you will need to use concealer for dark circles, blemishes, hyperpigmentation and the like.

A short two hours later, my T-zone starts to show oil breakthrough. And Burberry claims this foundation is geared towards combination and oily skin types? Hmmm... Nevertheless, it stays on the rest of my face beautifully throughout the day. It also holds up well around my mouth area which is a surprise because I am always munching on something.

Do you need this foundation? Yes and no. If you are an oil slick like me, then no, there are better foundations out there for you. But if you have normal to dry skin, I would suggest that you march straight to the counter and get yourself colour matched.

Burberry Beauty is available exclusively at Isetan KLCC. Call +603-2026 1022 for more information!

Are any of you interested in getting four sample sachets each for this foundation? The shade I have is Trench 205, which will not suit all of you but it will be helpful for you to test the texture in case you want to commit to a full sized bottle.

To win, e-mail me with the subject Burberry Velvet Foundation Trench 205 Giveaway and I will pick five winners randomly. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on January 17th 11:59 pm MST. Giveaway ended - thank you!

The full ingredient list for Velvet Foundation:

Disclosure: Gift.


Meeline said...

Hi! Great review, I would love to try this one!

MizzJ said...

Hmm maybe b/c Burberry is an European brand it's formulated to be more oily/moisturizing for cooler climates?

Mizu said...

Nevertheless the packaging still looks great and it's light on skin~

Nic Nic from Bangbangsheshoots said...

great review Blair.. not much of a foundation wearer myself but this product looks interesting.. I have oily tzones so it'll probably wont work on me lol.Happy new year Blair!

Raimar Guevara said...

I have oily skin and i think this foundations don´t work on me but many thanks for this review.


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Miruku said...

Excellent and thorough review! I don't feel tempted to try it based on your results. It seems that it's so hard to get a GOOD foundation! This actually reminds me though, I have Burberry's perfume and still have never tried it!

ecartman10 said...

It's wonderful that you're not one of those dried out girls. :)

Blair said...

I have never thought of that! @disqus_n1MK1Qv9z4:disqus that is one good hypothesis!!

Makeup Morsels said...

Lovely review. I really like the packaging on this, although it's interesting that they don't make anything lighter! My favorite thing about this post is probably the bag however hahhaha, that blue bow on the cream paper is just beautiful :)

L e n a said...

thanks for this comprehensive review!
the packaging is really something and i think this would be a nice winter foundation for someone like me. ;)

Popblush said...

This foundation might be great for me as I have normal to dry skin! The packaging is so lux~

Beauty Box said...

What an awesome giveaway but sadly I think the shade you wear is too light for me. Sounds like this foundie may not hold up for oily skin in super hot weather.

Lifeandlensofbeauty said...

lovely review! I need to have my shade matched at the counter :D

also curious about their fresh glow primer! *primer die-hard*