Burberry usually isn’t one to release limited-edition products–but boy, when they decide to, they do it right! I’ve been dying to post my review of this miraculous powder for days–but I’ve also been really busy studying for finals and writing a paper, so apologies for not getting this up sooner. I’m sure you’ve gotten your fix though, as this baby has been making appearances on blogs everywhere. It seems people are really excited about Burberry releasing a limited-edition product (as evident by the profusion of rave-reviews). Burberry: take note! I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more LE products from them.
This is a beyond-gorgeous compact that consists of 4 color quadrants: a creamy golden-shimmer (bottom right), warm rosy-pink (top right), warm golden-tan (bottom left), and a dark brown with slight red-undertones (top left). All 4 shades do have a slight sheen to them, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them shimmery. Rather, they exhibit a kind of luminous, pearlescent sheen. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful! You really have to swatch it to believe.
The compact it comes housed in is quintessential Burberry. Like most luxe-brands, the compact is lovingly wrapped up in a suede little sleeve. It’s a little different from Burberry’s usual checked black pouch in that they have made it a soft tan just for this limited-edition compact. The compact itself is metallic gunmetal-gray with the iconic Burberry check embossed on it (as well as across the powder inside). The compact isn’t at all flimsy like some of the other high-end brands’ (think YSL and Edward Bess), but instead feels nice and weighty and substantial–very high quality. I thought for sure the compact would be a magnet for fingerprints (again, think YSL and Edward Bess)–but surprisingly, Burberry’s does well in that area. And speaking of magnets, this compact features a magnetic closure which works very well and is quite strong (so strong that I sometimes it takes me a second or two to open it up, but maybe that’s just me). I really like the packaging a lot–it’s definitely among one of my favorites.
Released as part of their Iconic Nudes Collection for Summer 2012, Burberry describes this product as an “effortless all-in-one highlighting compact. Four blendable shades naturally highlight and define in one simple application.” You’re meant to apply it “across the face for a fresh everyday summer glow” or “use each shade separately to illuminate forehead, eyes, cheeks, and chin.” Now because it has the 2 darker, brown shades on the left, this product can be used to contour or bronze as well as highlight. But because it contains “shimmer” (aka: “pearlescent sheen”), I’m not sure everybody will agree that it’s the best product for contouring. I do think it will make a fantastic illuminating bronzer though–but there is just one caveat: because this product is on the sheerer side, I believe it will only really work as a bronzer/cheek color for those with light or light-to-medium skin tones…anything darker, and you’re probably only going to be using this as a very subtle highlighter–and even then, you may have to layer it well if you have very dark skin.
That being said, I thought that the pigmentation was perfect for this product–but then again, I’m not a huge fan of super, super pigmented cheek color. A lot of people mentioned that they were disappointed in the pigmentation, so when it first arrived I was expecting the worst. But it’s actually not that much sheerer than the majority of bronzers I own–the color payoff is excellent (on my skin tone) and I thought it was the perfect middle ground between a sheer powder and a super pigmented one.
I’ve really been loving the sheerer formulations of blushes, bronzers, and highlighters that have been coming out recently. I’ve mentioned before that I am terrible when it comes to applying powder color on my cheeks. You’ve heard of a lead foot? Well I must have a lead elbow when it comes to cheek product application. I struggle majorly when it comes to super-pigmented blushes–so for me, these sheer powders are a godsend. I also find that this new breed of powder truly makes you look like you’re emanating the glow/color naturally–not like you’ve applied a pretty highlighter/bronzer.
Such is the case with this particular powder. When swirled all together, it creates a lovely, subtle–well…summer glow. The overall effect is extremely understated, but succeeds in making me look radiant and healthy. It’s another one of those “je ne sais quoi” kind of things. No one will know what you did or what you’re wearing, but you’ll look damn good–I promise you that!! All 4 shades mixed together yields a sheer, shimmery bronzey-brown color. It doesn’t really bronze the face in the conventional sense, it just lends the skin a warmth that makes you look flawless and well-rested. The red undertone of the dark brown and the pink help make the resulting shade look more like a natural tan–except 1000 times more glowy. This powder is pretty damn near perfect, in my opinion.
I have to say, Burberry’s powder formula is among the best that I’ve ever had the pleasure to try. Ever. Remember how much I was gushing about Edward Bess’ Quad Royale in Monte Carlo when I first got it (for a reminder, click here)?? Well, Burberry’s powder formula beats it by far. I know, right?! I am officially obsessed with this product. The texture of it really can’t be beat–it’s so silky and smooth and finely-milled and every other positive thing you can possibly think to say about an amazing product. Despite being very finely-milled, it isn’t powdery at all. The red-brown color is the softest and most pigmented of the 4 other shades. The glowy-pink is the next softest/most pigmented, followed by the shimmering golden-cream, then the golden-tan. Actually, I found the tan shade to be a bit hard in terms of texture. As a result, it was a little difficult to swatch.
This powder is heavily scented, so some of you may have a problem with that. The scent is quite strong in the pan but when you apply it, it’s a lot softer and almost unnoticeable. However, it doesn’t dissipate quickly. After applying it, I left my house to go to the library and kept getting very subtle whiffs of it in the car. When I applied swatches on my arm to photograph, I left them on to see how long the scent would linger. After about 3 1/2 hours, I could still smell it–but keep in mind that I also applied very heavy swatches to get the color to show through. Applied regularly on my cheeks, I could hardly smell anything. I was a little worried about the scent before I got the compact, but surprisingly I actually quite like it. I could definitely do without it of course, but since it’s in there, I’m glad it smells so good (its a very feminine and powdery rosy-perfume smell).
The photo directly above was a little comparison swatch that I did between Sheer Summer Glow and Laura Mercier’s Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc just for fun. It almost seems unfair…:P Anyway, you can see that compared to Summer Glow, Peach Mosaic appears to be frostier while Summer Glow gives off a very understated glow and sheen. The effect is much more natural and believable. Peach Mosaic screams where Summer Glow whispers.
*Please note: Peach Mosaic looks much more subtle and beautiful (in my opinion) when it’s applied with a lighter hand and blended out thoroughly. For the purpose of the comparison shot, I did apply Peach Mosaic a lot heavier than I would normally but I thought it was only fair to do so considering Summer Glow had also been applied quite heavily as well
Sheer Summer Glow lasted about 6 hours on my bare, oily skin before it faded considerably. That’s about the longest a powder usually lasts on my oily cheeks, so I’m happy with the wear. Over foundation and set with a translucent powder, Summer Glow lasted about 7 1/2 hours before fading–although it never fully disappeared from my skin. I noticed that even though the color had mostly faded, I retained a very slight glowy warmth on my cheeks all day and night without reapplying once. I really do think the quality of this product is unmatched. From the attention to detail in the packaging to the quality and performance of the powder itself, Burberry has created a true gem of a product! Summer Glow makes your skin look bright and luminous without being overtly shimmery and can be worn all year long, helping you to you look radiant and healthy during the summer and restoring some the life and luster back into your skin come fall and winter. I certainly feel like it was worth every single penny. I can’t recommend this product enough–it’s major love (so much so that I am considering purchasing a back-up for when I finish this one. That’s huge for me, as I’ve never in my life purchased a back-up of anything before)!!!
Pros: gorgeous presentation–from the tan pouch down to the embossed compact and powder. Burberry really paid attention to detail and it shows; makes your skin look bright and luminous without being overtly shimmery; the colors work in harmony to give the skin a true “summer glow”; easy to customize your color; multi-purpose (can be used as a bronzer, blush, contour, highlighter, and even eyeshadow); powder formula is incredible–soft, silky, pigmented, easy to blend; wear time is good for my oily skin, so it should stay put all day for those with normal skin; compact does not attract fingerprints
Cons: the scented powder may not fly with everyone; pricey; may not show up well on those with darker skin tones. I highly suggest trying it in-stores if possible. If not, Nordstrom has a great return policy!; the golden-tan color is a bit hard and doesn’t have as much color payoff as the other 3 shades; limited-edition (why oh why did they have to choose this product to release as a LE item?)—*please note: this last one is not really a con, even though it’s totally true
»»Pricing: $50/0.35 oz. (10 g.)
»»Availability: online and Burberry counters
»»Recommended for: light or light-to-medium skin tones will get the most visible results from this powder, color-wise. For those with darker skin, this could act as a very sheer, very subtle highlighter or even as an all-over face powder (in the vein of Guerlain’s Meteorites)
»»Overall Rating: A-