Fresh Glow Highlighting Powder

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$48 
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Category:
Makeup > Face & Body Illuminating/Shimmer > Face Shimmer
Last Updated:
9/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This highlighting powder has a lot of good things going for it! The pressed powder has a satiny texture and isn't overly powdery, meaning it's easy to sweep onto your cheeks or other areas of the face you want to draw attention to. It's lightweight and, best of all, doesn't have the heavy scent of some of Burberry's other powder products.

The finish of this powder is shimmery, almost pearlescent, without being glittery, and attractively highlights areas where it's applied. It doesn't fade throughout the day, either! The only drawback is that after it's been on for about four hours some of the shimmer tends to migrate to areas where it wasn't applied. If not for that one issue, this would have earned our "BEST" rating!

Pros:
  • Satiny texture that's easy to sweep onto areas of the face you want to highlight.
  • Lightweight feel, and not heavily scented like most of Burberry's other powders.
  • Attractive pearlescent shimmer does a good job of highlighting facial features.
Cons:
  • Shimmer tends to migrate to areas of the face where it wasn't applied.

British fashion house Burberry has a long history, dating back to 1856 when the company opened its first store in Basingstoke, England. Initially specializing in outerwear, Burberry is credited with creating the first true “trench coat” for the British military in the early 1900s, which quickly gained popularity with the general public after World War I. In the years since their trench coat became a fashion staple, Burberry has become a global brand, and now has stores all over the world. In 2010, Burberry, taking a cue from other high fashion brands such as Armani and Chanel, launched its own line of cosmetics—Burberry Beauty.

Burberry Beauty’s lineup of products is relatively small compared to those of competing designer brands, but it includes all the basics: foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. Unfortunately, many of the Burberry Beauty products have better packaging than performance, and definitely more style than substance. The bottles, compacts, and various cases look very high-end, with each product featuring the iconic Burberry “check plaid,” a pattern the company began using as its signature in the 1920s. Unfortunately, iconic brand symbols and pretty packaging don’t necessarily make for great makeup.

Despite its designer pedigree, Burberry Beauty is sadly mediocre—especially given its heritage and price point. If a designer name holds more allure for you when shopping for makeup, then Dior, Chanel, or Armani are all much better options.

For more information about Burberry Beauty, visit www.burberry.com or call (877) 217-4085.

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