Why I adore it
I recall seeing this product some 2-3 years ago on Temptalia, and I have dreamed of owning it ever since. Now that I finally have it, it is ✨✨~everything I have ever wanted, and more~✨✨.
I am not the kind of person to spend in excess of $40 on a face product, so this is the first bougie product I have ever purchased.
And I wish to keep purchasing it for as long as I have the means to do so. I hope Burberry never stops making this product.
Nordstrom calls it “A lightweight, luminous fluid base that gives the skin a gentle fresh shimmer and sheer dewy finish.” I completely agree with that description. To me, this product is incredibly versatile: it can be used under makeup as a radiance-boosting base or as a liquid highlighter, but I prefer to use it for the former purpose.
This product is the embodiment of a glow that is defined as “lit from within”. I have this in the shade Nude Radiance, and it makes my skin – blemishes, uneven tone, dark circles, and all – look like I just stepped out of a magazine cover, gently bathed in dewy luminosity. It is like airbrushed, soft-focused skin IRL.
I rave about my highlighters and luminizers all the time, and I do it for a reason – they are all wonderful. If I were to rate them, most of them would get a 9/10. This one, however, is a 10. Worn under makeup, it keeps my face looking fresh, healthy, and glowing in a way that is nothing short of flawless. This product is ethereal, and I don’t think my swatches do it justice.
One small pump from the luxuriously designed bottle is ample for covering the entire face in dewy radiance. You get 30 ml of product, which I think is quite generous for the price.
The only con I can think of about this fluid base is that if a thick moisturizer is worn under this, it causes the product to pill. Worn over powder, it will do the same.
I have, since hearing of luminizers many years ago, searched for the perfect representation of radiance in a bottle – and with the Burberry Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance, I believe I have found it.
You can find it at Nordstrom and Sephora.
Keep reading on for possible dupes and swatches.
Any Possible Dupes?
I own many products often considered possible dupes to this product (check the Temptalia link above), including the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, NARS BLKR Illuminator, and the Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora.
Note: The similarity ratings below are my opinion, they are not anything “solid” or “official”, so to speak.
Of these dupes, I find the one that comes slightly close in texture and purpose is the Becca product, but even that is more of a subdued and relatively more visibly shimmery glow in comparison to this celestial offering by Burberry. (90% similar)
Illamasqua’s Aurora is a cream product and is more of a cream highlighter than a base to be mixed in. Also I find it is more gold while the Burberry product is more of a liquid, nude glow. (90% similar)
The NARS BLKR Illuminator is similar in shade (NARS is slightly more white gold than nude) and texture (the fluidity of both products is similar), but in sunlight or bright light, the minute, tinyyy shimmer in the NARS product is somewhat visible. Still, I believe this is a good dupe for my beloved Burberry. It gives a lovely radiance to the face under makeup or over foundation. (90% to 85% similar)
I find the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter is a good dupe to this product, as far as texture and a lit-from-within glow goes, but my calculations show that the Luminous Fluid Base is better value for money. You get 30 ml for $48 with Burberry and 10 ml for $35 with Perricone MD. That means with Burberry, you get .625 ml for $1 and with Perricone MD, you get .2857 ml for $1. (85% similar)
I find nothing really compares 100% to the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, but the aforementioned products give a similar effect. (*cue Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’*)
Keep checking out my Instagram for dupe swatches. I will try to post some soon.
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