Burberry Bright Glow Foundation Review

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation Review

There’s a new, juicy foundation on the block – the Bright Glow Foundation from Burberry. Good old Burbs – they do that whole fresh, natural skin thing so well and their new face base is a brilliant addition to what is already an excellent foundation line-up.

I think that I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves in this review, because I personally think that the coverage is slightly heavier than you’re led to believe from the description on the box – Flawless White-Translucency. Certainly it’s heavier than the gorgeous Fresh Glow Foundation, also Burberry, though not as comprehensive as something like Teint Idole Ultra from Lancome.

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation Review

I think that where this foundation really stands out is in its ability to properly brighten the face – it has an almost “lifting” effect on tired skin, adding radiance and just a touch of bouncy dewiness. It feels plumper than Burberry’s Fresh Glow – the formula isn’t as light or fluid, but it has that comfortable, juicy feel that’s so pleasing as the weather starts to turn colder.

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And so to the before and after pics, because I know how you all look forward to them! Above, my skin before I start in with my Bright Glow; when I zoom in later on you’ll see some redness around the nose and chin area and darkness underneath the eyes as well as the odd patch of unevenness. Overall, it has to be said, the old pregnancy skin is holding up well, but…behold the difference:

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Ooh-la-la. There’s quite a glow coming off this one. This is just a single – very light – coating, buffed in with a brush, and it seems to have that clever modern trickery that so many foundations have these days, taking the light in, diffusing it and bouncing it back so that even with a lighter coverage the skin looks completely flawless and luminous.

Close-ups for your perusal, starting with (obviously) the before:

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation Review

and ending with the after:

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation Review

Nice, nice, nice. See what I mean about coverage? I don’t think that the word Translucent really describes it that well. On Sephora, it’s touted as creating a “lightweight, luminous veil across the skin” but I’d say that the coverage far outweighs a “veil”. (On a sidenote, I’d like to point out that my lips seem to be shedding their lipline at an alarming rate. It’s becoming really difficult to put lipstick on – I don’t know where my lips end and my face starts! What if I end up with no lips?! Hold that thought…)

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In terms of finish, there’s no greasy residue whatsoever and the foundation is buildable where needed. You can see that it hasn’t quite done the job when it comes to dark circles, but it made a decent attempt and – to be fair – it was the lightest little application. I’m really impressed – maximum glow, minimum fuss, the perfect sort of “healthy skin” makeup for blustery autumn days. If you’re a fan of the Fresh Glow but would like slightly more coverage and a plumpier feel then this is absolutely worth a try.

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I can only see the Bright Glow Foundation on the Burberry site at the moment – it’s £36 here – I used shade 12, Ochre Nude.

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  1. September 28, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I thought your before picture was the “after” at first, but even though you look great without the foundation, with the foundation really makes a difference.
    My skin was horrible throughout pregnancy, I had the worst acne ever since I turned 15…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Virginia Villalobos
    September 28, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    How many shades are there? I love the Fresh Glow foundation but, because of the limited shade range, had a difficult time matching the right shade to my skin. Hopefully, they have expanded the range with this one.

    • September 28, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      It’s not massive – click through and it should bring all shades up. x

  3. Bagmad
    September 28, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    The foundation looks gorgeous on you Ruth, very glowy and youthful looking. It looked especially flawless in your Sep favorites video. I wonder how it compares with the Becca Aqua Luminous?

    • September 28, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      It’s quite similar actually, I must do a comparison. Think this MIGHT have slightly more coverage. x

  4. Caroline
    September 28, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I appreciate the sexy packaging.
    I’m usually an Estee Lauder double-wear user, nearly out though, so am looking for a new foundation and debating whether to try something new… Need good coverage for large pores and something that won’t slide off oily skin. Wondering if this would be ideal?

    • September 30, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      I’d be more tempted by the Dior Forever, from your description and needs! x

      • Caroline
        September 30, 2016 / 9:03 pm

        Great, thank you. The review for Dior Forever also sounds very promising!

  5. September 28, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Kind of surprised by this – I never hear great reviews of Burberry cosmetics. This one looks like a great find.


    • September 30, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Really? I see great ones for the face bases, have never really searched for the other cosmetics.. x

  6. kimberly
    September 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Goodness, that is one foundation, that I would adore to try.
    So beautiful.

    However, stingy husband…lol

    • September 30, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      He can’t keep his eyes open ALL day and night… ; )
      Hahaha! x

  7. Linda
    September 29, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Looks really good, I’m a recent convert of Burberry Beauty after they did my face at their Covent Garden shop, such a nice range of products. Your comment about your lips is hilarious! I’ve noticed that with my lips too and then started realising that most grannies have no lips, it must come with aging aaaarghhh!

  8. Shradha
    October 1, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Really like the way the foundation looks and it also has spf 30 which is also a plus but I am really cross with the shade range… I love the fresh glow foundation and use it everyday.. their cashmere foundation is my go to for nights out…would have loved to purchase this but alas my shade not available…number 38 warm honey.
    I was really impressed by the shade range for their previous foundations…. 16… not massive but still a very good range but now I am really really cross.

  9. Shradha
    October 1, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    I have also heard rave reviews about their powder foundations… wanted to try them but same problem…only 5 shades.

    If a brand does foundations so good why can’t they at least maintain the consistency of shades in all their formulations… it really bothers me.

  10. Kelly
    October 4, 2016 / 1:52 am

    I am having a difficult time finding the foundation and would like to try it. Is it not available in the states yet? :(

      • Kelly
        October 6, 2016 / 4:30 am

        No such luck. :/ Fingers crossed for a launch here soon!

  11. October 8, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    your skin is rather nice. I think the before and the after applying are not much different. Only thing different is disappearance of redness around nose^^. But undeniable, this foundation have a good coverage. My skin is pretty white but it has a little freckles in both side of the cheeks, so what shade should I use?

  12. Sam
    March 12, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Ruth, would you please let us (me) know what brush it is that you are using in these pictures? I’ve been looking for something similar but not been able to find it. Thank you.

    • March 14, 2017 / 6:05 am

      Bobbi Brown full coverage brush xx

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