Light Glow

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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Powder Blush
Last Updated:
9/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Light Glow is Burberry's version of blush, described as being "lightweight" and imparting a "fresh glow." This powder blush is soft to the touch, almost creamy in texture, and does indeed feel lightweight. Despite the lightweight feel, it is quite heavily pigmented, meaning you must be careful to make sure you don't end up with cheeks that look striped with color instead of glowing!

Application can be a bit uneven, resulting in splotchy color unless well blended. This blush lasts all day with minimal fading, and comes in a selection of colors that include rose, peach, and pink-brown, colors that should suit most skin tones.

One area that is definitely NOT lightweight? The scent! You'll notice a strong rosy, almost candy-like scent right away when you open the compact, and that smell sticks around for a while after this blush is applied. It's a shame Burberry felt the need to include this scent, as it detracts from the more positive aspects of Light Glow.

Pros:
  • oft, almost creamy, lightweight texture.
  • Highly pigmented, so you don't have to use a lot to get a good amount of color.
  • Wears well throughout the day with minimal fading.
Cons:
  • Application can be a bit splotchy and uneven.
  • Blush is heavily scented, and the scent lingers for quite a while after you've put it on.

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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