When I had a makeover at Nordstrom’s Burberry Beauty, I asked for a neutral look that mirrored the Burberry Beauty promotional image. True to my request, the excellent makeup artist used Burberry’s beautiful Warm Glow Natural Bronzer in No. 1 Warm Glow and the Light Glow Blush in Russet, swatched here at KarlaSugar’s blog. Together with the very neutral eye that I’d requested, I looked in the mirror and craved a little color. After reviewing their palette of blushes, I chose to add Rose Blush No. 03 (Light Glow Natural Blush in Rose) ($42).
I chose Rose because it’s an unusual color for me–it’s a pink with a touch of coral. It’s not as coral or as bright as MAC Hipness blush, it is deeper and has more medium rose. To me, its a sophisticated color that still looks lovely with a bronzer. If you have a deeper complexion, I’m sure this would be lovely on you. Although it looks quiet in the pan, it really comes to life on the skin. With flash indoors mixed with windowlight:
Despite the words “Light Glow” in the product name, I found this blush to be quite pigmented for my light MAC NC15/Chanel Cameo Ivoire complexion. With a bronzer, I found that I was able to use one sweep of a standard blush brush for plenty of color. It gives a beautiful, deep-rose coral glow. That being said, the color can be very pronounced on pale skin and I found it worked best with a neutral eye and lip. Adding too much color to my eyes (especially cooler colors) means going more sparingly on Burberry Rose. It occurs to me that Burberry’s decision to create an eyeshadow line with well over half the shades devoted to neutrals means that this blush will integrate very well into the Burberry system. Some of my more dramatic eyeshadows from other lines will probably stay in my makeup drawer when I wear Burberry Rose, at least for my personal coloring.
During my makeover, the makeup artist stressed that the line was created for how many women actually wear makeup. When I looked around the store at women shoppers, and think about women that see everyday in meetings, conferences or elsewhere, I realized that Burberry was onto something. Most items in my makeup collection are neutrals, because those are the most practical ones for my lifestyle. Although I love (and sometimes need!) a dash of color, I can get that effect by using a high quality items like Burberry Rose blush in an otherwise neutral makeup look.