Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, Swatch & Review

Together with Nude Glow Collection, Burberry repromoted their Fresh Glow Luminous Base. I have read lots of stellar reviews about this product so I was very happy to be able to get my hands on one to review. I have been testing it for the last three weeks. I would like to share my thoughts with you today.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base


Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Base comes with a similar packaging to their foundation. I am a fan of their packaging design and Fresh Glow is no exception. Remember, the cap covers a part of the bottle and giving the impression that it is tiny but what you see is just the half of the product. The product is being dispensed by a pump so that it is easy to get the product out and it is hygienic.

Look & Feel:

The first time I used Fresh Glow, I thought it felt like a moisturizer with some luminosity. The first impression was rather to the point since Fresh Glow lacks the silicony feel of other bases that I was used to. I have normal to dry skin and I need a good amount of moisturizer if I would like to go for a base product with silicons, such as Chanel Le Blanc. These products make your pores and lines appear less but at the same time it is like an isolation layer on top. Fresh Glow doesn't have any silica listed, I also couldn't feel it. It also has Glycerin listed in first three ingredients as well as others as skin conditioning such as rosa canine fruit extract and cassia obtusifolia seed extract. 

There are two types of bases out these, one that minimizes pores and prolonges makeup and minimizes shines, and one that gives luminosity to the skin. I think the latter is for us normal to dry skin girls with less "shining" problem and more "looking dull" issues. To me Burberry Fresh Glow hits home run by not drying out but rather moisturizing it while giving it a lit within glow.

The shade of Fresh Glow is white with some warmth in it, which is great for neutral complexions. I believe both warm and cool complexions can also get along with the product.

Swatch: Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base


There are three ways to use luminous bases,
1) Mixing with your foundation
2) Applying before your foundation
3) Applying on top of a foundation on the high points of the face as a liquid highlighter.

I found out that Burberry Fresh Glow performs best in first two categories. As for the third category, I find it to be tacky. I am not getting along with any liquid highlighters though, so it might as well be me. I especially like using Fresh Glow under a semi matte foundation, such as YSL Ink Fusion and when I do so, I even skip a moisturizing step and feel comfortable with it all day long.

Cons & Pros

It is very moisturizing and it gives a very pretty natural glow. I don't think though that it prolongs the longevity of my foundation. I can't complain since most foundations do last pretty well on my normal to dry skin. I can see it being too rich for oily skin. If you have oily skin and tried Fresh Glow, please let us know in the comments below.

Comparison of Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base to other base products from Tom Ford, Chanel and Dior

Below I have compared a few similar luminous bases. Chanel Le Blanc is the whitest and has the most silicony feel among the others. I would say it is better for combination and oily skin. Dior Glow Maximizer is a product I couldn't bring myself to review since it is way too warm for my skin tone and doesn't look all that well even once blended out. If you have redness though, the yellow tones in that one might even it out. Burberry's formula is close to Tom Ford's Illuminating Primer Base, which I also like. Tom Ford's is a tad warmer though, I like the undertones of Burberry more. Tom Ford Illuminating Base has a few silicons listed but also has more skin care ingredients in the list. 

Comparison swatches (heavy application) of Burberry Fresh Glow and base products from Tom Ford, Chanel and Dior
Comparison swatches (blended) of Burberry Fresh Glow and base products from Tom Ford, Chanel and Dior
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

Final thoughts: If you have normal to dry skin and searching for a luminous base without silicon, you can't go wrong with Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. It made it to my very tightly scheduled morning make-up routine although I usually tend to drop steps rather than adding any.

Availability/Price: Available at all Burberry counters and online stores. Costs 41€ /$48 for 30 ml/ 1 FL.OZ.

Are you using base under your foundation? Which one is your favorite and why?

The product in this post is provided free of charge for my consideration. 
I am not paid for this review, all opinions are honest and my own.



  1. Sara, thanks for comparing this to Dior! I've been curious about Dior but now after I read your review, I don't think I need it. I've been using Burberry Fresh Glow since the first time it launched. I actually use this more often as liquid highlighter after I apply my base: the key is to apply while the base is still tacky so it "synergizes" with the base (quoting from Lisa Eldridge :-D). It is quite lovely and the most natural-looking highlighter I owned. Of course, I also use it to mix with foundation or underneath, it performs quite well. Another thing that I use this for is a smidgen on my eyelids. I have dry skin, so I must preface that, because I think many will find this creasing, but on me, it gives the nice tack for shadow powder to adhere. Lovely review as always, keep them coming!

    1. Hi Claire,
      thanks so much for your tips on how to apply it over the foundation. I am never such a fan of liquid products, but I will try it out and let you know how it worked. The highlighter is really very natural looking and again great tip for the eyes too!

  2. I like it but not sure I would buy again. As a luminising base it is more subtle than other products and I need more luminosity through medium coverage foundation so find Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector better (that one also has SPF). As a base to prolong make-up wear it doesn't work for me in the way the silicone based products do or Laura Mercier's primer (a star product). I wasn't convinced from the products listed that it had the treatment benefits to let me leave out moisturiser in the day. Smells nice though and the packaging is sleek. Susan, London

    1. Hi Susan,
      I have to yet try out Becca;s Shimmering Skin Perfector. Since we don't have a counter close by, I couldn't try it and decided to skip because I didn't know which shade to pick. I don't care about SPF since I apply it usually additionally and I have normal to dry skin, so no longevity issues but I can understand your point. If I use a silicon based product I have to apply more rich moisturizers and skin care and I feel like if I use this one, I get along with something more light weight. Packaging is really nice :-)

  3. I tried the sample but didn't like it enough to purchase a full sized one. The packaging is surely a beautiful one though. Burberry doesn't disappoint in first impressions, that's for sure!

    1. Hi Lily,
      yes I am right there with you about the packaging. Primers are more of a personal choice, I personally don't need longevity but more of a glow and not drying base. This one is right for me but I can see it not working for others who find other things (longevity, filling) more important.

  4. I was reading your review and thinking-oooh I must get that-then I thought mmm think I have that-must go pull it out!!-thank u for reminding me😀

    1. LOL, this happens to me a lot. Wish you luck by fishing it out ;-) Let me know how you like it.

  5. I have the Burberry Fresh Glow. I bought it a long time ago but I don't use it very often for some reason. I like to mix it with my foundation and just apply it that way. :) Been wondering how it compares to the TF Illuminating Primer so your swatches were super helpful! Thanks, Sara! :)

    1. Hi Jaa,
      base is something we tend to skip in the morning, especially under time pressure everything which is not too obvious tends to be pushed away from the routine. Mixing it with a half matte foundation is also a good way to get the glow going :-)

  6. Ooh, this looks so fresh and pretty! Love that it doesn't have a heavy silicone feel- my skin never reacts well to that!



    1. Hi Jen,
      I am also not so much into silicones but it does make ones skin feel smooth that is for sure.

  7. thanks for the comparisons! I like the TF one and thought the Dior was so... metallic (maybe?) when I swatched in store. I have a sample packet of this burberry one and i think maybe i will like it!

  8. Sara, ich bin so so lang schon auf der suche nach Deutschen Bloggern, die etwas über Burberry geschrieben haben! Ich finde es, selbst in Berlin soo soo schwer sich die Produkte mal live anzusehen, da gibt es fast keine Verkaufsstellen - ich finde deinen Post super spannend und bin auch ganz angetan von dem Highlighter, aber auch das Creme Rouge interessiert mich wirklich sehr. Falls du vielleicht die Möglichkeit hast mir einen PR Kontakt von Burberry zu nennen, wäre ich dir äußerst Dankbar, vielleicht haben die von den Creme Rouges wenigstens einen Tester parat.

    Bisous aus Berlin, deine Patricia

  9. Hallo Patricia,
    kannst du bitte mich eine E-mail schreiben? Dann frage ich PR ob ich die Kontaktdaten weitergeben darf. Von Creme Rouge gibt es aber keinen Muster bisher. Ich habe gerade deinen Blog geschaut. Es ist wirklich schön mit tollen Bilder. Ich werde ihn ab jetzt folgen :-)


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