Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes a dark brown, khaki gold, antique gold, and pewter beige. After a season of many disappointments, it is always refreshing to discover something as well-done as this palette. The quality is consistently high across all four eyeshadows: richly pigmented, soft and silky textures, and long-wear. I’m digging Burberry’s take on gold, as there is no true, yellow gold here, only variations on the theme, which is nice while still being more traditional yet not the same ol’, same ol’. It is a warmer-toned set of shades, all are shimmery, and more dupable, so it may not work for everyone. If you tend to like your warm, shimmery shades with a gold twist, you may fall in love. I personally hope they’ll consider adding it to their core range down the line. These were just the type of eyeshadows that felt like they applied and blended themselves–no fuss at all.

Gold #1 is a rich, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was very easy to use. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is slightly cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is darker. theBalm #37 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm B4 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #2 is a golden khaki-brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had a very soft, finely-milled consistency that was a tiny bit powdery if you weren’t careful. The pigmentation was excellent, though, and it lasted for nine hours on me. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is more golden. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is darker. Tarte Provence Upon a Time (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is brighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is darker. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is more metallic, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is similar. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #3 is a warmer, light-medium antique gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE) is similar. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #4 is a light, muted gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was beautifully blended on the skin. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. Anastasia Legend (LE) is yellower. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is darker, cream. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder
Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder

Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 Luminizing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dirty, light-medium antique gold with a frosted sheen. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is much lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the very true, yellowed gold packaging, Burberry’s take on “Gold” in terms of actual color is much lighter, and honestly, unexpected. It is fragranced with the My Burberry scent, which is a stronger floral (a mix of bergamot, freesia, and rose), and it’s not a subtle or faint scent, so if you don’t like scented powders or are adverse to floral scents in general, you may want to skip this. You might be able to minimize the scent by leaving the compact open for a few days. I did notice the scent when applied to the skin, but it didn’t seem to be apparent after about forty minutes of wear. The powder is lovely with its soft, silky consistency that blended beautifully and highlighted the skin without emphasizing pores. It gives the skin a luminous glow that is easy to achieve. On me, the highlighter wears well for nine hours before starting to fade. It includes a very slim, narrow yet wide, straight-across brush, which will work and isn’t the worst brush I’ve tried, though not something I would use if one already had full-sized brushes.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Burberry Winter Glow Collection for Holiday 2014
Burberry Winter Glow Collection for Holiday 2014

Inspired by the soft light of winter, the festive make-up collection features glowing, luminescent skin with seasonal hues of oxblood and gold.

Complete Eye Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold No. 2 Four coordinating shades

Lip Mist ($33.00)

  • Oxblood No. 214 (Limited Edition Packaging)
  • Gold No. 217 (Limited Edition)

Lip Glow ($29.00)

  • Oxblood No. 23 (Limited Edition Packaging)
  • Gold No. 25 (Limited Edition)

Nail Polish ($22.00)

  • Oxblood No. 303 (Limited Edition Packaging)
  • Gold No. 447 (Limited Edition)

Luminizing Powder ($68.00)

  • Gold Glow No. 01 (Limited Edition)

Fresh Glow Fluid ($48.00)

  • Nude Radiance No. 01 (Limited Edition Packaging)

Availability: Now at Burberry, Nordstrom

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner
Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner

Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up, mechanical eyeliner available in four shades (I have two to review). The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “waterproof” with “exceptional colour release.” There’s a built-in sharpener as well. The two I tried were fairly pigmented in one stroke, and they’re just creamy enough not to be painful to use, but it’s not a formula I’d describe as soft or creamy. There’s a firmness to the pencil overall, but it isn’t dry or stiff.

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two passes. The pencil applied without tugging, and it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. It appeared to be waterproof–I took a shower with it on and didn’t find it running or smearing afterwards.
Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is darker. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is very similar. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Photogravure (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a blackened plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was better with two layers. The consistency is just creamy enough not to drag, and the color holds onto the lash line well. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of the shade, and it seemed to be waterproof (I took a shower with it on, and it didn’t smear or run). Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is less purple. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow
Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, smoky brown with cool, gray undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that just a smidgen on the powdery side but remained blendable and easy to use on the lid. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is grayer. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, plummy-mauve influence and a satin finish. it had good pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture had a soft, finely-milled, velvety feel to it that wasn’t powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of wear. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE) is grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

When I think about blushes for fall, my mind goes to plum and coppers/browns, which today’s post features. Any recommendations?

  1. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a shimmering, copper brown
  2. MAC Sweet as Cocoa — a rich, reddish brown
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Natura — a medium-dark warm brown
  4. Burberry Earthy — a medium, neutral-warm brown with a satin-matte finish
  5. NYX Taupe — a cool-toned, taupe

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