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I rarely photograph used items for review on Cafe Makeup, but I was unable to resist using Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy ($42) long enough to put it in front of my camera.  To be more precise, I couldn’t stop using Burberry Earthy after I learned to use it at a recent makeover.

When I first received Burberry Earthy, I tried using it as a traditional blush.  When I did that, I was very confused.  The color didn’t apply as a blush on my warm NC15/20 (Chanel Cameo/Ivoire) skin tone at all.  Although I’m a fan of nude blushes, Earthy left me a little cold at first.  However, an excellent Burberry makeover artist explained that Earthy is a perfect contour color of pale skin tone girls.

Of course, it is possible for one to use a bronzer to contour and I frequently do.  This tends to look best with warm toned makeup looks, or for those with a brighter or beachy style. Here’s a picture of Paris Hilton, looking gorgeous as always (love her!)   This is a classic bronzer contour look:

The bronzer (topped with a touch of highlighter and soft pink blush) has a warmth that echoes her bronzy arms. In contrast, look at the contouring on Burberry runway:

This has a completely different contour look compared to the lovely Paris’s beachy look.  Another, also from Burberry runway:

As you can see, the Burberry runway pictures have a contouring that is more subtle, less warm, and coordinates nicely with the rest of the look. Although slightly warm, Earthy gives the impression much more like the pictures on Burberry runway, not Paris Hilton. It’s a softer, less golden and looks more natural. I do not (and cannot) use Earthy as a traditional blush.  Rather, I place it at follows:

  • On top of forehead around the hairline
  • On the side, stay near the hairline
  • Bring the color in slightly over the brows and cheek hollow
  • Add a touch under the chin to define
You can add a touch of blush (Burberry Tangerine was used at my makeover), plus a touch of highlighter (Burberry Fresh Glow) on the upper cheek and around the eye area.  Here are some comparison swatches with Burberry Earthy and other nudes and bronzes in my collection:  Nars Laguna Bronzer, Mac Taupe blush, Shu Uemura M Amber 83, Bobbi Brown Sandstone, and Chanel Joues Contraste Tempting Beige blush.

 Another, indoor light:

Some thoughts:

  • Nars Laguna is a traditional bronzer (see, Paris Hilton)
  • MAC Taupe is quite dark for pale skin tones, and can look muddy
  • Shu Uemura M Amber 83 can be used as a blush (it has a peachy pink undertone) or a contour
  • Bobbi Brown Sandstone applies on cheeks with a definite pink glow and is more of a traditional nude blush
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Tempting Beige is slightly warm and pink-peach, and can be used as a traditional blush
  • Burberry Earthy is far more subtle than the others and works best on my pale skin as a contour
If you’ve purchased Burberry Earthy, how are you using it?  How do you like to contour?

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  25 Responses to “Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy”

  1. What a gorgeous nude blush! I don’t think it would show up for me but your swatch looks amazing 🙂

    *I’m hosting a giveaway if you’re interested – come on by and check it out!*

    <3 Sidd

  2. This may be the answer for me, I have been looking for a subtle contouring product. The concept of bronzer and contour are new to me, and I am still note quite used to the traditional bronzer look on me. I have been using Armani sheer blush # 5 to contour but I think Burberry Misty is even more subtle and is the look I am looking for.

    Thanks for posting Amy


  3. I am a bit confused – are you sure this is Misty and not Earthy? I thought Misty was supposed to be a very light pink?

    • OOops! You are so right Sandra! Sorry (fixed!)

      • Either way it is gorgeous. My complexion is fairly red and pink, so I am very interested to see how this will perform as a “bronzer”, since traditional bronzers are very orange, yellow or peach toned, which is a quite unnaturel look on me.

  4. Beautiful post. It’s Burberry Tangerine, however, not Misty, which is a cool pink.

  5. Oops, I meant to say that it’s Burberry Earthy!

  6. Thank you! This looks like perfect contouring product for me! You are causing me far to many Burberry lemmings I can’t satiate!

  7. Purchasing this RIGHT now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. Oh yes, which brush do you find works best for this subtle contouring?

  9. Great review! I am very fair and am almost out of my bronzer that I use for contouring, so this is very timely too! Finally, a contour shade that is not too warm.

  10. I am always on the lookout for a natural and subtle contouring shade, thanks for the rec 🙂
    At the moment I love using Nars Douceur to contour my cheeks, it blends into my nc15-20 perfectly. Would you know how does Burberry earthy compare to the Nars Douceur? 🙂

    • Nars Douceur seems much more peach to me in photographs, but it’s on my “list”–I do not own it (yet!)

  11. I would have glossed over this except that you pointed out its lovely color and got me thinking. I think it would look quite nice on my light skin too. Time to be a lemming! lol

  12. I’m so pleased that the category of bronzers is expanding to include so many shades that can be used as contouring shades year round. Nowadays we choose our bronzers for effect with as much care as we choose our blushers so it makes since to offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes to suit everyone and every occasion. It’s also proven a great boon for all the ladies out there who simply don’t like bronzers but want the benefits of contouring.

    I recently bought Chantecaille’s bronzer in St Barth’s because it is a delicate, buildable bronzer that also works well as a contour when applied lightly. It has a bit of pink in it,
    though, so I think I’ll take a look at Earthy for those times when I want an earthier (duh!) option. It looks very promising. But now I have a question:

    Amy, how does Earthy compare to EB’s Daydream? Lighter or darker? More luminous or more matte? Thanks for the other comparisons. They’re very helpful especially as I have an hour and a half drive to get to the nearest Burberry counter.

    • Oops, makes sense; not makes “since”. I should be more mindful of autofill!

    • Hi Eileen– Although Earthy looks much lighter in the pan compared to Daydream, it applies as only slight lighter. As with many other Burberry blushes, Earthy applies more darkly on the skin than it looks like it will from the pan color. Daydream is more golden and has more shimmer. Earthy is a near-matte, and more neutral in tone (more toward taupe but not all the way to gray, just not as golden brown as Daydream). I hope this helps!

  13. Thanks, Amy. Since I have Daydream, your explanation is perfectly clear. It looks like I’ll be taking a trip down to South Coast Plaza to have a look/see. Earthy sounds like something I’d like in my collection. I have a friend who lives in the OC so I’ll see about meeting her for lunch and some retail therapy.

  14. after seeing some online swatches of this online, i knew that i would be the perfect shade to use as a contour. so i bought it some months ago and it became my favourite contour powder quickly! the burberry texture is beautiful and the colour is neutral but not too grey or orange. i am nc 20-25 in mac right now and it still works fine for me.

  15. Does anyone know if Burberry blushes contain zea mays cornstarch or if bismuth oxychloride appears high on the ingredient list? Thanks!

  16. @gail: yes, zea mays (cornstarch) is the secon highest on the ingredient list. but no bismuth oxychloride, though.

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