The Sample: Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in No.02 Cameo (Review, Swatches & Photos)

31 May

There are few things in this world that I love more than blush–besides maybe my dog, my family and boyfriend, and a plate of fresh French bread, paté, and camembert (mmm…). But you get the idea–I love blush! It has the inherent ability to make you look radiant, well-rested, fresh, and pretty–even if you’re feeling anything but. When the mood struck me to find a new neutral blush this past weekend (and I admit, the mood strikes me quite often), I immediately looked to Burberry. I recently got my first taste of the brand with their Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact and was immediately hooked. To me, this is luxury done right–flawless textures and formulas that apply like a dream and are well worth the hefty price tag. So I didn’t bat an eye at the price of the Light Glow Natural Blush in No. 02 Cameo (well ok, maybe just a little bit…)–I had a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed.

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Cameo is a sweet medium dusty-rose color with subtle plummy under tones. It has a silky feel and discreet satin finish that lends a luminous sheen to your skin. I would call it a luminous-matte. When looking at the powder in the sun, you can see a slight shimmery-sheen–but once you actually apply the powder, you are unable to discern any shimmer whatsoever. It looks mostly matte, but somehow manages to still brighten and illuminate. It’s truly breathtaking! Burberry really knows how to do understated glow well. Because the shade is quite neutral, it works well for both warm and cool skin tones. It creates an effortless, natural-looking faux-flush that goes with just about any makeup look.

Burberry’s Light Glow Natural Blush is touted as an “airy micro-powder [that] ensures rich shades”, with added “silicones [to] provide an easy glide”. The powders give you a “bright and radiant finish with warm glowing skin, reminiscent of the freshness of a spring morning.” Lovely description, huh? But any beauty brand can write a beautiful product description. Luckily, Burberry truly delivers on their claims. The Light Glow blush really is an airy, finely-milled powder that applies smoothly. It blends like a cream and can be applied sheerly or layered for a stronger cheek. The Light Glow blush is a lot softer than the Sheer Summer Glow powder, in my opinion. It is incredibly buttery and smooth and feels exactly like velvet (or silk…or cashmere…or any other super luxurious, uber-soft fabric you can possibly think to compare it to). It glides on with ease and melds flawlessly with your skin, creating the ultimate natural flush. Burberry really nailed it with their formula–it’s by far the most decadent and dreamy powder I’ve ever had the pleasure of applying to my face.

Direct sunlight. See the slight satin-sheen?

Taken indoors. You can see the plummy undertones a bit better in this photo


The blush is embossed with the iconic Burberry check and housed in a gunmetal-gray compact. For a more in-depth description of the packaging, see my review on the Sheer Summer Glow (click here). It comes with a small brush applicator that is (surprise, surprise) actually quite nice to use. The natural hair is very soft and dense. Both the length of the hair and the thinness of the brush make it perfect for distributing a fine veil of color. The size of the brush and the slight angle help with precise placement of color. It is definitely one of the better brushes that I’ve come across included in a compact. I’ll definitely stick with my regular blush brush for application, but if I should ever find myself without it, I won’t be so panicky or quick to turn my nose up at the brush included.

The Light Glow blush is scented, like most other Burberry products. It’s a powdery, perfumed floral scent that I happen to like–but it is a bit strong (especially in the pan) and it does linger on the skin for quite a while. I’ve read a lot of reviews where most people don’t notice it at all after applying, but I definitely do (though it is subtle)–and I don’t even think I have a particularly sensitive nose. So it’s really all about personal preference here. I like the scent, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. It might bother you, so I highly suggest testing it out before buying if you have a Burberry counter near you. If not, Nordstrom has a great return policy.

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On my bare skin, Cameo lasted about 6 1/2 hours–amazing for my oily skin. Over foundation and set with powder, it lasted 8 hours no problem. As I always stress, I have quite oily skin–so if you have anything from dry to normal skin, you will likely have no problems with this lasting all day. I am happy with the wear because most powder products don’t even make it past the 4-hour mark on me.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about Burberry. Yes, it’s expensive–but there’s a reason why people rave so much about their products. Burberry has mastered wearable, neutral, beautiful makeup. They may not have a lot of variety when it comes to shades, and there are certainly no “hip”, trendy colors here (think bright orange lips or turquoise liner)–but what you get is a perfectly edited, streamlined collection with shades that everyone loves and looks good in. The formulas and textures are superb and top-of-the-line, and their Light Glow Natural Blush is no exception. Definitely try this one out if you’re in the market for an amazingly pretty, super-wearable blush. Cameo has quickly become one of my most used cheek products.

Pros: packaging is quite luxe–it’s every bit of what I expect from a luxury brand (always disappointing when you pay top dollar for a product and are met with flimsy, plastic packaging); powder is not too soft and not too firm, super silky, easy to blend, and pigmented; wear-time is good, especially for my oily skin; contains a decent amount of product–more than a lot of other high-end brands; color is neutral enough to suit warm and cool skin tones

Cons: scent may be a bit too much for some people; pricey, but you really get what you pay for with this product

»»Pricing: $42/0.24 oz. (7 g.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom,, and Burberry counters

»»Recommended for: warm and cool skin tones; anyone looking for a flattering, natural-looking blush

»»Overall Rating: A

25 Responses to “The Sample: Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in No.02 Cameo (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. dani@callitbeauty June 1, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Oh, that is so, SOOO pretty! Adding it to my wish list! <3

    • becca June 1, 2012 at 5:44 am #

      I know, isn’t it? The color itself isn’t particularly unique (although still unbelievably gorgeous)–it’s the texture and wear of the powder that really sets this blush apart for me. I love everything about it! Let me know if you do end up getting it!

  2. Larie June 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Haha, oh no, another blush fiend! I’m so jealous. I love the shades that Burberry puts out, but darn them for their ingredients :P I think their eye shadows are paraben-free, though, so those are on my wishlist!

    • becca June 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Oh no, Larie! I didn’t realize the ingredients in makeup are an issue for you. Is it a sensitivity issue or just personal preference? I wish I could be more diligent about going natural–but as it stands, I just can’t resist beautiful makeup!!! I have gone a bit more natural with my skincare though…for the most part. :P

      • Larie June 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

        I have a paraben allergy – I get a rash :/ That’s all! So I do try to avoid the p-word, haha.

        • becca June 2, 2012 at 10:09 am #

          oooh, that’s too bad–it must be hard, considering there are SO many products that contain parabens!! Oh well, at least you can still try the eyeshadows! Those are definitely next on my list of Burberry purchases :)

  3. Valentine June 2, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I’ve seen a few bloggers review Burberry blushes and the reviews have been mostly positive. The swatches look gorgeous! You’re right – they’re not the most trendiest colours. But they’re definitely wearable and workable!

    • becca June 2, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      Exactly, Valentine! What mainly sets this product apart for me is the texture–it’s amazing! It’s pricey, but the colors are so wearable and timeless, you will reach for it again and again, making it so worth it! If you can, I highly recommend trying Burberry blushes. You WILL fall in love!

  4. Tracy@Beauty Reflections June 3, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    LOVE this blush too!! One of my faves. Did you get Russet yet? That one will give you super model cheekbones.
    I love Burberry-if I had to only use one brand for the rest of my life it would be this brand!

    • becca June 3, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Wow, that is a pretty serious statement Tracy! :P But based on what I’ve seen, I’m going to have to agree with you on that! I’ve only tried a few products from them, but I am already OBSESSED. I’m a little worried for my wallet!

      And no, I haven’t tried Russet–didn’t even swatch it when I was at the counter. I don’t usually go for colors like that, but on your recommendation I think I’ll have to go back for a second look!

  5. Rads June 3, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Hi Becca! The pattern on the blush is so beautiful..I don’t have a single Burberry product. I want to get one just to stare and sighh at the design…I hope they have some colours that would show up on my darker skin, though!

    • becca June 3, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      Yay, hi Rads!!!

      I know these blushes are achingly beautiful…Burberry killed it with their overall presentation. It literally hurts whenever I have to mar the perfect surface of a Burberry powder! As far as finding one that will show up on your skin tone, I find that though these apply sheer, they build up really easily while still maintaining a very natural look. Blossom or Rose might be a good bet for you!

  6. Shivani June 5, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    So docile and pretty. Must get this, have been hearing a lot of good things about Burberry’s cheek products lately. Looks lovely against your skintone – wonder how it will look against mine! Hmm must check it out :)

    • becca June 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      I think it would look gorgeous, Shivani!!! This shade is super pretty but also really neutral, so it will flatter pretty much everyone! If it’s too light for you, Burberry also has other gorgeous colors in their blush line. If you do have a Burberry counter nearby, I highly recommend going and checking it out. But, be prepared to spend money. I guarantee you’ll want to buy at LEAST 2-3 items (if not more) :)

      • Shivani June 7, 2012 at 5:14 am #

        Haha, then I can wait for it I guess ;) :)

        • becca June 7, 2012 at 10:06 am #

          oh no, I don’t want to put you off to it! Lol. I guess I’m just assuming that everyone in the world has absolutely no willpower like me :P

  7. Rinny June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    This is such a pretty color. I just wish Burberry cosmetics weren’t so pricey or I’d pick up a few shades :)

    • becca June 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      Yeah, I agree–it is quite expensive. But, the blushes come with a very good amount of product–more than most other high-end blushes. Plus, it’s cheaper per ounce than blushes from brands like Chanel and Dior. So really, it’s quite worth it–at least in my opinion. The main draw here for me is the silky smooth, buttery texture. So the good news is, if you love the color of Cameo but it isn’t quite in your budget, you’ll be able to find a dupe pretty easily

      Thanks for reading!!!

  8. svetlana June 7, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    i like the natural simplicity of it.. i need one when i don’t feel the NARS orgasm is too noticeable at times…

    • becca June 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      I agree! This one is much softer and a more wearable everyday shade compared to Orgasm. I think Orgasm is really beautiful, but you have to be careful not to overdo it sometimes. With Cameo, it’s so effortless–I don’t even have to think about if it matches the rest of my look. I just throw it on and out the door! I suggest trying it if you can, you’ll love it!!

  9. Vonvon June 8, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Hello Becca,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    I only have the Burberry Earthy Blush No.5. It’s really earthy, so natural that it’s more like a Highlighter.

    Cameo is looking very pretty. Think would be a great transition blush to Fall, besides it’s great for any season, I think.

    Hope you will like the Revlon Tutti Frutti. :)

    • becca June 8, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      It really is a great blush for anytime of the year and all skin tones. It’s sooo wearable and flattering–I love it so much! I’ve been thinking of purchasing Earthy–I hear it’s a great contour color. I don’t really contour my cheeks, but that’s never stopped me from purchasing a product :P

      Thanks for the Tutti Frutti rec–I’ll let you know how I like it!

  10. Memoiselle June 18, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Hello Becca,
    I have this and I like it so much. The color is unusual and I love the dusty pink color on my cheek. It’s not too much and it looks natural :)

  11. Jacqueline July 28, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    So you are a big fan of Burberry too :) aren’t they just the best. I have Cameo too, it’s such a lovely warm pink..

    • becca July 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Oh it’s GORGEOUS! But more than anything, it’s the texture that really won me over. It’s ridiculously divine!

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