I admit – I am usually a sucker for hype, as my Drawer of Uselessness will attest to (actually, I think that will become two drawers very soon. I should just throw it all away, really – or at least find it all new homes). But so far, I have resisted all companies’ attempts to sway me to buy primer.
I just…….. don’t see the point, really. My skin is dry, so I don’t usually get the problem of foundation slipping down my face/creasing eyeshadows etc – mine is usually the opposite problem, i.e. that it all clings unseemingly to flaky patches so that I look like I’ve got early-onset leprosy. So, my make-up priming routine consists of moisturising (as per normal), then maybe moisturising again (if I’m having a Gobi Desert day), then on days where I’ve got client meetings I’ll also put a thin layer of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm on, then….. away you go. JD.
Wellll……. When it comes to Burberry, my magpie tendencies kick in. And I must admit, I have heard nothing but good things in the beauty blogs I normally read, so I thought – do you know what? I’m going to take the plunge.
According to the website, Fresh Glow is…… “all-in-one make-up and skincare product to moisturise and highlight. Innovative luminous fluid base for instant radiance. One shade perfects all skin tones. Apply as a moisturiser for a radiant glow or use as a shimmering highlighter.”
OH. MY. GAWD.
If any product is worth its hype, THIS IS IT.
|I'll say one thing for Burberry - their packaging is classy. Although this is heavy plastic rather than glass, |
so much better for travelling
|Camera just wouldn't pick up the GAWJUSNESS of this stuff. on the far right is a patch that I blended out - to the naked eye, it's a slightly visible patch of radiant loveliness which really isn't coming across here. Grr.|
Right then – what do you want a primer to do?
….. make your foundation stay on longer?
Check. I’m finding that my make-up stays put until I get home, which is a mini-miracle in its own right (usually I top up a bit at lunch and then it has still all but disappeared by the time I get in the car – so I’m getting another good two or three hours if I use Fresh Glow).
…… give your skin an “inner radiance”?
Cliché aside, check. There is a very fine shimmer in this which is NOT DISCO-GLITTERBALL TERRITORY. It genuinely makes my skin look more refreshed, and……. dare I say it…… younger? Plumper, certainly, which is pretty much the same thing.
… mix nicely with your normal foundation to make a perfect light summer-appropriate base?
Check. Tried and tested with Lancome Teint Miracle, Diorskin Nude, Revlon Colourstay, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, and it works with every single one.
…. also double as a subtle highlighter?
Check. Along the cheekbones and high points of the face, this will give you an inner-lit glow. NOT a highlighter in the truest sense (i.e. Guerlain Meteorites, Becca Skin Perfector etc) but this will give your skin a little something extra - which may leave people wondering whether your glow comes from having copious amounts of grunty-monkey-sex with the postman, or something. Or not.
….. work on its own as a radiance booster even on non-makeup days?
Check. Check check check check.
At the risk of making this sound like a gushing torrent of “can-do-no-wrong”, this only comes in one colour - fine for us pasty Patsys, but not so good for the deeper-skinned lovelies out there. *NINJA EDIT* It now also comes in a slightly darker shade, "Golden Radiance", while this lighter one that I have got is now called "Nude Radiance" on the website. Yay!
Also, this stuff is PRICEY. £34, from the Burberry website. That’s thirty-four English pounds. However, this stuff will LAST. I have been using it pretty much every day for a fortnight and I’m barely made a dent in it – a little goes a long way, so this will last a good four or five months, even if I keep using it every day (which I probably won’t, once the novelty wears off).
Caught up in product hype? GUILTY. But at least this one lives up to it.