This winter, I have discovered my holy grail combination that gives me the most natural, yet glowy skin. As a fan of Burberry apparel for many years (I love my trench coat, and I also acquired a wool coat not long after that), I was recently introduced to the wonders of Burberry makeup. The line is not new to Canada, but because of the very limited distribution, it was very hard to find. The Burberry makeup collection carries a full line of products, from foundations, to powders, lipsticks, eyeshadows, glosses, nail polish, and more.
The Burberry Fresh Glow line is a new development for winter 2014. Previously, only the Luminous Fluid Base was available, but it was recently expanded to include a BB Cream, Fluid Foundation, and Powder Foundation. I use the Luminous Fluid Base (C$54) in Nude Radiance No.01, and the Fresh Glow Foundation (C$60) in Beige No.26, which looks very yellow and dark in the bottle but is a perfect match for my NC25 skintone, without being too warm.
To be honest, the two used separately were huge disappointments; I started testing these products separately and was ready to call them both duds after a few days. The Luminous Fluid Base, when used as an actual base primer, did not provide enough of a cushion for the foundation to sit on top, and it didn’t look very luminous either after the foundation was applied. It didn’t help the foundation last longer either, which was a major disappointment since that was the whole point of using a primer. The Fresh Glow Foundation was pretty sheer, didn’t really cover much of the imperfections or redness on my skin, and didn’t last too long, oxidizing away just in the early afternoon after having applied this in the morning.
Then I read somewhere that it works better when the Luminous Fluid Base was mixed in with the foundation, so I tried that, and the results were just incredible. My skin looked so healthy, for some reason the coverage jumped up to a medium (likely due to the light reflecting properties in the Luminous Fluid Base), and my skin looked even-toned and luminous. Wear time also increased to a full day, with very minimal oxidization, and the oil control was also extended. How does this work? I actually have no idea, I just know it does.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture the effect on camera so no face shots to show you, you’ll just have to take my word for it. You can even ramp up the glow with a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, but even without it, you will look so incredibly healthy and radiant.
The sad thing is, distribution of Burberry makeup is still extremely limited in Canada. You can purchase it at Burberry boutiques in Vancouver and Toronto, at Nordstrom in Calgary, and online at Burberry.com.
Luminous Fluid Base ingredients (click to expand):
Fresh Glow Foundation ingredients (click to expand):