One of my favourite items to review on the blog are base products. Foundations and powders are such essentials and there's just so many factors to think about when testing them that it's never boring: seasonality, your skin's condition at the time, application technique, how it interacts with skincare, not to mention just picking the right color and texture! I've reviewed a lot of liquid foundations in the past, but not many powders. I usually use powders as setting powder, but the new Burberry Cashmere Compacts are one of the first times I've gone wearing powder solo, for reasons I'll explain in this review!
Burberry Cashmere Compact
Price: $62 for 0.4 oz/13 g
Claims: A silky full coverage powder foundation that gives skin a flawless, velvety look.
- Full coverage
- Lasts all day
- Silky texture
- SPF 20
- Easy to over apply and tends to cake if you use the sponge
- Difficult to wear on dry skin as it settles into pores
- Only 6 shades
Final Verdict: Buy
The Burberry Cashmere Compact is available in just 6 shades: Light Honey No. 10, Ochre Nude No. 12, Ochre No. 20, Rosy Nude No. 31, Honey No. 32 and Almond No. 43. I can make no sense out of Burberry's naming and number scheme as most of the shade are pretty indistinguishable from each other. The entire shade spectrum ranges from a very light peach, to a peachy bronze.
|Left to right: Ochre No. 20, Rosy Nude No. 31|
I'm a MAC NC20/25 depending on season, and my shades Ochre No. 20 and Rosy Nude No. 31 wear basically the exact same on my skin. The only difference between these 2 particular shades is that Rosy Nude has a slightly more pink undertone, whereas Ochre No. 20 is more neutral.
Classic Burberry packaging
Like all Burberry products, the Burberry Cashmere Compact are packaged impeccably. The compacts are sturdy and emblazoned with the traditional Burberry print. Each compact is also embossed with the Burberry name. When you open these, there's an interior mirror and a bottom compartment which contains a soft foundation sponge.
Loving that silky texture
Compared to most powders, I was astounded by how soft and creamy the Burberry Cashmere Compact was. With just a couple swipes, I was able to build up to medium and then full coverage. This foundation is really that pigmented! Using the included sponge, I was able to cover up all traces of pores, redness, blemish scars and even my hyper-pigmentation! I've had a couple breakouts lately, so I've just been taking a tapered shadow brush and using this instead of concealer and it does a great job at hiding redness.
I also really love the finish of the Burberry Cashmere Compact. It's truly matte, but not super flat, so your face doesn't lose all dimension as full coverage foundations are wont to do. My skin just looks noticeably smoother and more even, yet you can still see its natural texture peeking through. I absolutely love how I can get such amazing coverage without feeling like I'm wearing a mask or tons of product.
|After. Also wearing the Burberry Lip Velvet in Magenta Pink|
As you can see in these photos, the Burberry Cashmere Compact is also excellent at eliminating shine and oil. I used this powder all over except on my forehead and normally my nose is as shiny as my forehead, but as you can tell, it's perfectly matte.
But now the not so good stuff...
Now onto the downsides. I started off using this powder with the sponge and while the sponge applies really well, it also makes it super easy to over apply. The Burberry Cashmere Compact will cake if over applied, so I recommend only using the sponge if you are very good at applying with sponges or if you need spot coverage.
Secondly, if you have dry skin, then make sure to apply multiple light layers and blend vigorously. My skin's been giving me headaches lately as it's been constantly dehydrated even more than usual and the Burberry Cashmere Compact would settle right into my pores after a few hours, making me look like I had these disgusting yellow dots across my cheeks and then it would start pooling at the edges of my face and melting off! To fix this, I stopped using the sponge as I was applying too much, and I also applied a facial oil beforehand.
My trick for applying
Now I only use this foundation with a soft blush brush. I'll take a couple soft swipes of powder, tap off the excess, then apply to my skin, and buff it in really well. Then for spot coverage, I'll go in with the sponge or a tapered shadow brush.
Despite these application drawbacks, I'd still recommend this foundation. It's ideal for touch-ups and feels super light on the skin. The Burberry Cashmere Compact is probably one of the best powders I've used (though I'm no powder expert) as it really works as well as any liquid foundation; I just wish they'd come out with more shades!
* This post contains PR samples