Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powders: Nude Radiance and Golden Radiance

September 23, 2013

Burberry Beauty released two new powders in their Fresh Glow formula in Nude Radiance 01 and Warm Radiance 02 ($48 each for 10 g/.35 oz, made in Italy). These were part of a small collection for summer which included a new bronze version of their liquid Fresh Glow ($48), two Eye Trios ($47 each) and the two new powders. I’m late to the party with this release – was waiting to test in person but never made it to my nearest counter. I ordered the two Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powders online sight unseen.

The Fresh Glow powders are designed to be alternates to the Fresh Glow liquid. I had tested the liquid version when it was released but the foundation along with the liquid both have some ingredient that caused an allergic reaction all over my face. I was disappointed since both products wear really well on the skin in terms of how they make the skin look. I was excited and hopeful that the powders would really be similar to the liquids.

The product description:  Whisperlight texture gives instant radiance and healthy glow while gently protecting skin from the natural elements Ultra-fine illuminators for natural radiance. Compact alternative to Fresh Glow Fluid, for those who prefer a powder texture. Soothing rosa canina fruit extracts Microscopic rose shaped particles absorb oil and intensify light diffusion.

I found Nude Radiance to be a frosted white with a hint of pearl. It looks chalky on my skintone and is rather unflattering. There is a wide brush that comes with these powders which I found quite good at applying the powders to the face. This one however deposits a bit too much pigment to the skin. Even when using a sheer fluffy brush there is just too much chalky frost that applies to the skin. Right now I have olive-medium skin, Chanel B30. 

Golden Radiance was also extremely frosty. It applies lighter than what you see in the compact primarily because there is so much frost. This one was a bit darker but emphasized pores and looked metallic on the cheeks. No amount of blending would make it look good.

I did test these on the eyes though and found they make stunning eye colors. The pigment and shimmer are more forgiving on the eyes and much more flattering. I’ve been looking for a frosted nude for quite some time for the eyes – Golden Radiance just might be my holy grail nude shimmer (although expensive for just one eyeshadow color).

Here they are swatched:

Compared to last spring’s Sheer Summer Glow Powder (limited, but still might be available in stores).

Swatched next to Hourglass Luminous Light, Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel, Hourglass Radiant Light and Guerlain Terracotta Blondes 02.

Overall thoughts: Overall thoughts: My feelings/thoughts about the powders are mixed. The two new powders from Burberry don’t really fit my ideal for something that is luminous or glowy. While the pigment, texture, blendability are amazing, I found these to be overly frosty/shimmery which resulted in emphasized pores and for the pale one a chalky finish on the face. I tried layering over other colors and under bronzer to sheer out the frost. It was still a bit too frosty for my taste. I was hoping for a slightly more pigmented version of the Sheer Summer face quad. I really wanted to love these! I’m normally fine with larger amounts of shimmer on the face, for reference I can easily and comfortably wear most of MAC’s MSFs and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. That being said – I do find they work as shadows. I prefer the Golden shade since it’s not as pale/chalky on me. But in general for highlighters these are not among my top picks.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powders in Nude Radiance and Golden Radiance retail for $48 each. Available now at Burberry Beauty counters and online at Nordstrom and Saks.

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  • Spot on review! I passed these as well because it emphasizes pores and a bit over the top – such a shame because I love the Sheer Glow liquid version. The shimmer particles, while very refined, are a bit too much. Glad you can use these as eye shadows, I bet they make very good ones!

  • Oh these are really frosty! I wonder who will be able to work with them the way they are intended since I do agree with you, nice eye shadows. 🙂

  • Hey Sabrina, ouch these do look pretty frosty! I'm not big on shimmer that looks like shimmer on the face, if you know what I mean. Frosty is most probably a big no-no as well. I find this strange as Burberry usually comes up with pretty subtle and sophisticated products, but I guess they can be perfect every time!

  • Too bad! I've loved everything I've tried from Burberry Beauty thus far but I'm glad I passed on these. I do want to try the liquid fresh glow shade though!

  • aww thanks for this! i was just debating on whether or not to give the darker golden radiance one a try but i'll definitely take your word for it and pass on this probably 🙂

    rachel x

  • I've tried these. They have excellent quality.
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  • I see what you mean about the frost – definitely very frosty looking. Though they are completely stunning. Thanks for comparison swatches. I use Radiant Light daily so seeing these next to it really gave me an idea of how they'd look on me

  • Yeah WOW are these ever frosty? What's up with that? Who could pull off any of those on cheeks?

  • They're quite strong and frosty but they do look pretty swatched xx

  • LuckyRedLisa

    I'm so glad it wasn't just me! I ordered the Golden Radiance powder the minute it hit the Nordstrom site, and now I've been trying to figure out how to make it work! It comes up a frosty unflattering taupe shade on my cheeks, emphasizing every flaw as it goes. I'll try it on my eyes, but dang, that's an expensive eye shadow!! LOL

  • I hate that I just bought the highlighter a few weeks ago too and ACK – the nude radiance applies the same on me. I'm warming up to it but I think it's too pigmented and pearly on my skintone too. We're about the same shade in Chanel. Ugh, really wanted to love this. I will try it as an eyeshadow and see if it works.

  • Like you I was unable to wear the liquid version because of an allergic reaction and so I had hopes that the powders would be the answer to getting the subtle Burberry glow. Fail! I'm the equivalent of NC15 and am not easily deterred by shimmer, but these just looked so cold. Burrrr . . . ! They seemed better suited to a Snow Queen than a Sun Goddess. I was very happy with Burberry's warm and season appropriate bronzer/highlighter palette from last year. What happened this year?

  • They look so amazing in the pan – the packaging is spot on. Shame that they didn't look good on & the quality wasn't up to the usual standard
    Great review

  • The packaging, the embossing and everything is absolutely gorgeous. The frosty-ness of the swatches made me turn away. Although it's pretty I avoid any shimmers on the face. Great review!

  • Mikaela

    Sabrina, would you know if these powder highlighters and the golden radiance liquid version will be part of the permanent line-up?

  • Would you be willing to part with any of these two?? 😀 Thank you for the review! xo

  • I have incredibly pale skin, to the point that most highlighters don't even show up on me (so far, the only highlighter that really works on me is MAC's Lightscapade) would these be worth it for me to invest in -chalky on you would probably translate to showing up nicely on my skin