I've been wondering for some time when Burberry was going to hop on the limited edition train. Apparently, the time is now. For this summer, the company released a well-edited collection of four Lip Mists (which I didn't purchase) and one limited edition highlighter palette, Sheer Summer Glow. I've been eyeing this ever since I saw the press release almost two months ago, and ordered it as soon as it became available on Nordstrom online (thanks to the heads up from Danielle of Bloomin' Beauty Blog).
The palette consists of four shades: a cream, light pink, honey brown, and dark brown. They all contain muted shimmer. When blended, the result is a light bronze. The palette has a strong scent - it is the same one they use in all Burberry powders, but it's a lot stronger in this one. While it doesn't bother me, it might be too strong for those with sensitive noses. The fragrance disappears on your skin a few moments after application.
L-R: Blended, lightest to darkest shade
When swirled together with a brush, the palette works more like a summer highlighter than a bronzer. In the picture below, I applied it all over my face, with targeted application on the cheeks and jawline. Burberry Sheer Summer Glow provides a light veil of color to "hone" the face.
Light Application, swirled
That said, if you really want to, you can get more pigment out of the palette. As you all know, I am a fiend about cheekbones, so contouring is a huge step in my routine. I wanted to know if I could use Sheer Summer Glow for that purpose, so I used my contouring brush (Hakuhodo E0108) and swept it across the two darker shades of the palette and applied it on my face. Worked like a charm!
Concentrated application of darker shades with contour brush
Eyes: LMdB Chauvet Pont d'Arc; Lips: LMdB Cafe Creme
Will this replace my go-to contour shade Burberry Earthy Blush? Probably not. But this is a fantastic piece for summer that you'll be able to use into the winter months to give depth to your face. Burberry powders are some of the softest I've ever had the pleasure of trying. If the shades in Sheer Summer Glow are to your liking, I promise you won't regret getting this.