Burberry Highlighter Primer

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

July 20, 2011

Burberry Beauty has just released Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base ($48/ 1 oz.), a product that has a sheer pearl effect that adds luminosity, smoothes the skin’s surface and feels weightless.

Fresh Glow is packaged in the same heavy, luxurious container as Burberry’s Sheer Foundation (reviewed here). However, rather than opaque color, Fresh Glow has a slight pink tint that goes onto the skin almost clear, leaving a very subtle and natural glow.

Swatches, applied sheered out on the left, and heavier on the right:

You do not see many primer reviews on Cafe Makeup.  This is because I’m not a huge primer fan.  On a typical day, I wear a serum, a day moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation.  Enough.  When I went to Nordstrom for a makeover, I was determined not to buy it.

However, I found that, like many Burberry Beauty items, Fresh Glow is a “best in class” product.  It is remarkably light–I do not feel like I am wearing anything.  I’m told that is made with a rose derivative that infuses your skin with Vitamin C, which as you know is an antioxidant that helps repair damage caused by free radicals.  So not only does Fresh Glow make my skin look immediately fresher, it has the added benefit of Vitamin C to improve my skin throughout the day.

Once again, Burberry’s uncompromising standard proved me wrong.  This is the primer to end all primers–that is, the one for people who hate primers.  My skin looks much better with Fresh Glow.  I get compliments.  Liz got compliments.  Great looking skin makes an enormous difference.

Here are some application tips:

  • Fresh Glow can be applied lightly as a primer under foundation.  A single pump gives me enough for my entire face.  I let it settle for a minute before applying your foundation.  Because I did not want to destroy the glow that the product gave my skin, I used powder on my forehead only (which tends to get dewy mid-day).
  • Fresh Glow can be worn alone.  It gives a subtle sheen to the skin.  Keep in mind, this product is quite sheer, so you will not get any coverage if you wear it this way.
  • You can also wear Fresh Glow as a fluid highlighter over foundation.  During my makeover, we used Fresh Glow first under my foundation, then added a touch on the upper cheek, bridge of nose and chin.  It gave a subtle touch of light to these areas.  The effect is not as strong as many liquid highlighters (such as Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Sea of Tranquility (reviewed here).  In keeping with Burberry Beauty’s aesthetic, the effect is more natural, like skin– discernible, youthful, and glowing.
Here is the ingredient list.  I don’t see any products ending in the suffix “-cone,” but I’m not a chemist and so I cannot swear that this is silicon-free.  It certainly doesn’t feel silicon-ish (click to enlarge).
Bottom line:  Absolutely fabulous. (available at Nordstrom).
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  • LINDARRAGNAR July 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Very beautiful reminds me of an Armani Fluid sheer but the Burberry one looks more thick!

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Other way around for me, Linda. The Burberry goes on nearly sheer–for me most of the Fluid Sheers leave a much more obvious highlighting effect.

  • TUM July 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I am so glad to read that you and Liz are also enjoying Fresh Glow! I’ve been wearing it for a few days and love it. In fact, I bought at the request of my guy friend that saw my makeover, in his words it was “the most natural but perceivable glow”. Did you get the lipsticks? The MUA showed applied Fresh Glow on my lips and then Nude Cashmere on top, it gave it a very interesting twist. I urge Liz to try that trick as it might look even better on her light complexion.

    Lovely review!

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:37 am

      Thank you for the suggestion-I didn’t get Nude Cashmere but maybe that would work with another nude lipstick? Great idea!

  • Eta July 21, 2011 at 1:32 am

    You make me want things I didn’t think were necessary before. You make me want to murder for them.

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:37 am

      LOL! But don’t Eta–that would be wrong! 🙂

  • Sandra July 21, 2011 at 1:38 am

    It’s gorgeus. Looks almost like a highlighter in the texture, and I love multi-use products. Too bad Burberry is not available in my country.

    How much is it?

    Oh, and welcome back to both you and Liz.

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Sandra–I’ll update in a few hours with the price! 🙂

      • Sandra July 22, 2011 at 1:44 am

        Thank you for the update. I’ve been stalking this page, it’s just so beautiful. And $48 is not that bad!

        I am so glad I will be going to London in a month, so that I can see it in person. Have you tried the Earthy blush that Burberry released in spring?

        • Amy July 22, 2011 at 7:19 am

          Yes!! I was wearing Earthy most of this week. I worked with a Burberry artist to ‘understand’ Earthy better. It’s a puzzle! I’ll be posting thoughts soon!

          • Sandra July 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

            Nice! From swatches online it looks like the perfect contour shade for pale skin. Might even look a bit like a tan on top of the cheekbones. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I’m also very interested in the two eyebrushes you posted about earlier – they look very lovely and I really need new brushes. And I thought I could skip the entire Burberry line when it launched!

            Though I hope you do not get stressed out with everybody asking your opinion about everything. We all want to keep you fresh and excited about makeup (and of course everything else) for a long time. 🙂

  • Modesty Brown July 21, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I try to wear primer but I’m always forgetting that extra step. This does look and sound beautiful. I’m especially taken with the fact that you can’t feel it.

  • Lillie July 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Great review! What is your serum of choice at the moment? I am going to have to re-stock soon. I am just finishing my first bottle ever, so I’m still open to suggestions.

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Lillie–I’m using ColbertMD Serum. Wonderful.

      • Bella July 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        Amy, what is the percentage of glycolic acid in this? It doesn’t say on the Colbert MD web site. I am interested in this but since I am already using a retinoid, I need to be really careful with other actives.

        • Amy July 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

          Hi Bella, I’m sorry the box does not say. Perhaps if you contact the company they can disclose it? They also have sample cards for the products. Perhaps if you ask they can ship you some…also, Barneys NY has samples as well. I know that some of Dr. Perricone’s serums are completely different–maybe those would be better? I have not been using retinoids lately.

  • Gail July 21, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for the great review and especially for the ingredient list. I don’t need to avoid silicones but I have rosacea with super sensitive skin and do have to avoid many other common ingredients, none of which are included here. Yay! I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Karyn July 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Ooh. I wonder how this would look on darker skn, it’s hard to find out since there’s no Nordstrom near me at all (nearest is maybe 45 min away?). I love their foundation though so maybe it’s a worth a buy, sight unseen.

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

      You should call one of the Nordstrom with a counter and ask them to ship you a sample? Nordstrom SF Centre is very nice, very professional.

  • Christina July 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

    There are some really great antioxidants in this product in addition to the rose extract–lycium berry (gojii), tocopheryl–and some skin conditioners–panthenol and cassia. I’ll have to give this a try. I’ve always hated primers, even the ones that are silicone free. Thanks for the review and for posting the ingredients list.

  • Kate July 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Amy,

    When you wore this under foundation, did you wear liquid foundation on top of it? If so, could you still see the glow after you applied the liquid foundation?

    It looks wonderful…I am not a primer person, but this looks exactly like what I need. I am looking for something to give my liquid foundations (which are normally matte or semi-matte) a little more glow to them. Would this work?

    So glad you are back. I really enjoy your blog!


    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Yes, Kate, your liquid foundation can go over it and it works as a primer. WIth foundation over it, you get a subtle glow. If you’d like a bit more in some areas, you can add a touch of cheekbones, etc. Very happy with it!

  • Bella July 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Amy! I’m not a primer person either but this one just sounds so nice. I especially love that there are some really nice ingredients in this. Is this only available at Nordstrom/Burberry counters right now? I looked for it on Nordstrom.com but didn’t see it.

    • Amy July 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, Bella. If you call Burberry Nordstrom, perhaps you can ask them whether they will waive ship?

  • Miss Delirium July 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Im not a huge primer fan either, but this looks like something i could be very satisfied with. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • nicole July 23, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Where can I find this online? Nordstrom’s does not have it listed.

    • nicole July 23, 2011 at 2:54 am

      never mind. I saw you answered this already. I should not be posting this early.

  • prettyaddicted July 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I concur with your assessment of this primer. I hate primers too, but I loved this one. I used it under my foundation this morning and cannot believe how glowy my skin is! HG product, definitely. I’ll be trying it as a highlighter next 🙂

    • Amy July 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m hooked too! 🙂

  • Little Wombat July 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Amy,

    How does this primer photograph under flash? I’m looking for a primer and this sounds great, but I’d like to avoid anything that will give a weird cast or glow in flash photos. It’s for my wedding – I’m looking for that bridal glow!


    • Amy July 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      I there–I’m sorry, I don’t know yet. I’m not much of a model I’m afraid! You might ask Nordstrom for a sample (see if they will ship one to you?) so you can test it out?

  • Sophia1105 July 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for giving the list of ingredients. I am not a fan of primers and do not appreciate being swayed into buying another product to make my already wonderful foundation even more wonderful, especially when you throw the -cones in (which are a disaster for my skin). However, this sounds like a little gem. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for this one. I’m curious to know how it may blend with cream blushes I’m trying to lighten up a bit. Thanks again for the review and info!

  • katie July 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    i can’t wait to purchase this over the weekend! which foundations have you tried this with- lift lumiere? burberry? were both successes? i am really looking forward to, if i understood correctly, you sharing about your burberry makeover. thanks amy!

    • Amy July 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

      So far Katie, just Burberry. I do not see any reason why it wouldn’t work with other foundations though!

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    How does this compare to the Hourglass primer. Your description of the Burberry sounds just how I would describe Hourglass.