Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea Review & Swatches

Lip & Cheek Bloom is a new cream blush from Burberry but before you brush it off as yet another cream blush, I ask you to take a closer look at this beauty! It has a texture unlike anything I've experienced before. It's not a cream-to-cream or cream-to-powder formula that we are familiar with. Instead, the brand opted to create a new and may I say rather unique texture that is so addictive and fun to use!

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

When it comes to Burberry, presentation is everything. The Lip & Cheek Bloom comes housed in an elegant square glass pot with the Burberry's distinctive tartan pattern printed on a shiny gunmetal twist-on lid. It's slightly weighty overall but it also makes it more sturdy. It is one truly stunning pot packaging! Well, can you expect any less from such a luxurious brand! :) Some reported that they had a hard time handling the square pot but to me, I don't find it to be any more difficult than opening and closing a typical round pot.

Color and formula

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea heavy swatch (L) and blended out (R)
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea heavy swatch (L) and blended out (R)

Reviewing today is No.03 Hydrangea which is a vibrant cool-toned medium pink. It does not contain any shimmer or glitter. In the pot it looks just slightly more coral than when it is applied on my cheeks, though. On my cheeks, it shows up as a true cool-toned pink. So much so that if I layer heavily, it can look almost neon-like! On most days, I usually apply just a couple layers to give my cheeks a natural flush-from-within look. :)

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

Burberry described the texture as airy and bouncy, so much so that it feels like the surface of a fresh petal when smoothed over on the skin. I find their description absolutely on-point but I'd also like to add velvety and mousse-y as well! Remember when I said it has such unusual texture? It's really hard to describe it exactly. It is very silicone-based but due to the airy, feather light consistency, you'll hardly feel any heaviness of the silicone on your skin. Another great point is it lacks detectable scent or taste so those who are sensitive to fragrances will really appreciate this.

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

The formula sheers out very easily but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's effortless to blend. Due to its light texture, I actually find it a little tricky to blend, either with a brush or fingertips. It tends to leave a streaky and/or patchy finish if you put too much pressure during blending. For me personally, I like to pick up the product by lightly swirling my ring finger on it then dot onto the desired area on my cheeks. The best blending method for me is to use a really light and fluffy blush brush and try to be as gentle during the process as possible. The cream goes on with a silicone-slippery feel and gives you plenty of play time to adjust the coverage and intensity before setting to a super soft, velvety matte finish.

Wear time is exceptional on my combination-to-oily skin which is very surprising considering that most reviews deemed the product short-lived. I have worn it to the gym, out in a hot and humid weather, to a windy place, and it still looked intact on my cheeks at the end of the day. Over bare skin or foundation, with or without powder, it just lasts and lasts on me. I guess I'm just lucky? :D

Dual-purpose product

How awesome is it that the Lip & Cheek Bloom can be used both on the lips and cheeks?! I know it performs so well on the cheeks but how does it do on the lips? That's the big question!

On the lips

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

Unfortunately, I feel that the formula is too slippery and thin to use alone on the lips! Couple with such a cool-toned pink, Hydrangea looks somewhat dry and powdery on me. It washes me out, catches on dry patches, and fall into lip lines. Not exactly a good look for me! And it barely has any staying power unless you wear it over a primer or lip liner. I can't say that it's a total disappointment, though, since I never expect any lip & cheek product to perform well on both places!

Wearing Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Wearing Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

On the cheeks

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

Well, just like I mentioned above. It performs far and beyond on my cheeks. In the image below, I applied about 4 layers of Hydrangea so that you can see the color more clearly. For everyday wear, I usually tone it down to just a touch of pink! :)

Wearing Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea
Wearing Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea

Overall, I really like Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in No.03 Hydrangea a lot! It's everything I wanted it to be on the cheeks. I probably won't wear it too much on my lips for the reasons stated above. Whether you love cream blushes or not, I still think this product is absolutely worth a peek for its exceptionally unique texture and incredible wear time. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of product in the pot but you only need so very little per application! I think it's going to take me forever and eternity to finish mine! :)

Purchase

US$28 at NordstromSaks ○ Net-A-Porter ○ Burberry

฿1,250 at Sephora Thailand

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37 Comments

  • Hey Jaa, oh interesting, our experience with this particular formula is so different! I have one but the texture pills up on me, plus it disappears into thin air a little too easily (it lasts better on a higher-coverage foundation. The lighter stuff I usually wear in this weather doesn’t stand much of a chance). Glad to hear you love it tho! It does look great on you!

    • Thanks, Sunny! We haven’t had quite the same experience with a lot of products lately! How come?!! LOL! We used to be besties! Remember the Hourglass 1.5MM Eyeliner everyone was hatin’? We seemed to be the only 2 #bbloggers on the planet who loved it! ;D

  • Glad to hear that you’ve been impressed with the wear time! Sounds promising. And that shade is so fresh and pretty on you! xo

    • Thanks, Jen! I am absolutely in love with the color! :D It adds such youthfulness to my face the way I can’t really describe! :)

  • This is so pretty on you!! I really want to try it but I keep hearing mixed reviews, yours is definitely one that’s more positive.

    • I don’t get the mixed reviews at all! Besides the blending difficulty (which I’ve found an easy fix for), I think this product is superb! :)

  • This as a blush is perfection on you! So brightening and you look like a beautiful water nymph! That’s too bad that it’s not a super star on the lips, but I’ve always found dual purpose products to truly work better at one thing over the other.

    • A beautiful water nymph! You always come up with the best comparison, Kristen! You certainly know how to make a friend smile!! :D

  • Such a beautiful product! I love how it looks on your cheeks and sorry it didnt work out for you just as well on the lips, but it is still a real beauty!

    • Yup! I still love it dearly! :) I didn’t buy it to use on the lips anyway so it wasn’t a total disappointment for me! :)

  • Hmmm I find that most of my cheek-lip cream products only work well as a cheek product. Whatever the case and independently on how it feels on you, it looks great on both lips and cheeks in your photo!

    • Aww thanks so much, Sofia! I guess the color didn’t turn out so bad on my lips but the formula just wasn’t right there! :)

  • Why is that so many lip & cheek products do so well on the cheeks but don’t feel right on the lips? Same thing with my MAC Lip & Cheek colour. Anyway, I do love the look of Hydrangea, it’s so pretty and girly and flattering on your skin!

  • Interesting to see your opinion on this product. I bought it, being a cream blush lover, and ended up returning it, which I VERY rarely do. I just couldn’t get past the difficulty I had blending it. I found it almost impossible to apply evenly, and after multiple frustrating attempts, I gave up.

    • I agree this product is not the easiest to blend! It definitely took some trial and error to figure out that the best way to blend for me is to apply the lightest pressure during blending. Like, barely touching it and only using a soft, fluffy brush to blend. I can’t return makeup here so I was determined to make it work. LOL

  • I seem to be reading different opinions about this blush, which is interesting! That also means one really needs to try it out before purchasing. LOL! I love how this shade looks on you Jaa. Very pretty

    • Thanks, Lily! To be honest, I’m bummed to read negative reviews on this when it just works so well on me. I guess it really depends on the person! :)

    • Thanks, Anne! Me, neither! I’d rather use separate lip and cheek products anyway! I don’t want my makeup to be all matchy-matchy! ;)

  • The formula sounds great! I’m always blown away by Burberry packaging, it’s definitely one of the most unique ones!
    I love this particular shade on you. :)

    • Thanks so much! Burberry has one of the most luxurious packaging designs! And their makeup quality is top-notch! I haven’t been disappointed with my Burberry makeup purchases. :)

  • It’s too bad it didn’t work out so well on the lips. It’s a gorgeous lip color! It’s just as pretty as a blush. I saw your product photo on IG and had to come see. Your photos are always the best. :)

    • Aww thanks so much, Lisa! I’m happy you liked my photos! :) I guess it doesn’t look that bad on my lips but still, I can’t get past the fact that it emphasizes my lip imperfections. I think brands should stop making lip & cheek products altogether. I’ve never seen one that works well on both!

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