My most favorite beauty product ever

My most favourite beauty product EVER – Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base 

My most favorite beauty product ever


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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I’m Back! With Another Highlighter Review! (Or, Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora: The Review)

Hi guys! I’m back! Or, at least, I’m trying to be back…

So the reason I’ve been MIA for ages is simply because I’ve been a bit busy since I moved to the US! Yep. I moved here to be with my husband and for the past 2 – 3 months, I’ve been settling down and kind of getting used to being here, being away from home, all that ish that comes with a big move like this one.

Howeverrr, I am now going to try and blog regularly because I have A TON OF STUFF I want to share with you guys! I’m going to start that off today by reviewing something from a product category that is dear to my heart: highlighters.

Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora

Illamasqua’s Gleam highlighter in the shade Aurora is a luxuriously creamy highlighter in a beautiful champagne shade.

As per Illamasqua:


Gleam in Aurora is a lightweight, iridescent cream texture is the ideal go-to for easy, instant highlighting. The sheer, pearlescent pigments contain skin boosting Vitamin E and Mica Mineral, which provides the translucent silky quality of this cream compact. For an alluring, natural glow that lifts and highlights both face and body.

6.5g / 0.3 OZ
price per 10g £27.69


The Yay

  • Aurora is beautifully creamy and pigmented. There is no visible shimmer, it is just a gorgeous dewy, luminous glow.
  • Will likely suit all skin tones because of the gold undertone.
  • Great for strobing and fantastic on its own or under powders.
  • It has great staying power. Once you’ve strobed it on, it is there to stay.
  • Lasted 5 – 6 hours on me in fall weather. I think that’s a good amount of time for a cream highlight.
  • Can be built up.
  • A little goes a long way with this.
  • The Gleam highlighter is available in two shades.
  • Cute packaging.
  • 6.5 g is a good amount of product for the price.

The Meh

  • A bit pricey.
  • Not very easily available everywhere.


I use my fingertips to strobe this along my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.

Do I recommend this product?

If you are looking for a cream highlighter that lasts a good while and looks glowy, not shimmery, and can be built up, this is a great option, though it is a bit on the pricey side at $28.

I, personally, love it and I believe this is great for someone who is not really into cream highlights but needs a good one, just in case, ya know.


Illamasqua for $28. If you live in Pakistan, order it through Facebook pages such as Indélath or International Makeup In Pakistan.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard – Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has a cult following; most people rave about it and some claim it hasn’t lived up to the hype surrounding it.

Says NARS:

Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.

  • Long wearing and crease-proof

  • Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non comedogenic

I have this concealer in the shade Custard, which I will review and compare with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 20 Sand Sable (review here).

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