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.
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.
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.
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.)
»»Recommended for: warm and cool skin tones; anyone looking for a flattering, natural-looking blush
»»Overall Rating: A