Monday, March 18th, 2013

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four eyeshadows. The Complete Eye Palettes are supposed to contain “an illuminating base, two blendable shades, and a liner to define.” Each palette comes in a velvet pouch along with three sponge-tip applicators.

Dark Spice #1 is a warm-toned black with a satin finish–just a touch of sheen, so it’s not quite matte. It had good color payoff, but it’s not the most intense black I’ve come across, and the texture was slightly dry. It’s a basic kind of shade, so it’s likely that you have something similar in your stash already. Shades like Make Up For Ever #04 and MAC Carbon are similar in color but more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is similar but more intense.

Dark Spice #2 is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered brown with a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly dry. Chanel Pearl River #5 is a bit darker. MAC Bronze is more golden. Laura Mercier Cedar is very similar, slightly more matte. Inglot #421 is warmer, not as brown.

Dark Spice #3 is a warm-toned, chestnut brown with strong red undertones and has a soft, satiny finish. It had great color payoff, but like the other shades, there was a very slight dryness to the texture. Clinique Fuller Fudge is more coppery. MAC Ever Elegant is more metallic, so it appears lighter. Tom Ford Illicit is a cream product but close in color. MAC Antiqued is similar in color but more metallic in finish.

Dark Spice #4 is a soft orange with a satin finish–it’s almost like goldenrod but more orange. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–it had the best feel of the four. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #4 is darker, more orange. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is more frosted and orange. MAC Chessa is brighter and shimmery. Chanel Tigerlily is a touch lighter.

The major drawback of this palette is the texture, which is slightly dry, though the dryness doesn’t inhibit the color payoff by much (it only seemed to come into play with the black eyeshadow) or the wear, as when I wore the palette, I had no trouble with the colors lasting a full nine hours without any creasing or fading.  Burberry’s single eyeshadows, though, have a very soft, buttery texture, and these all felt slightly less buttery, not quite as soft or as smooth. Good but not as fantastic as the singles tend to be, so from that perspective, I was disappointed.  The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette.  I just wish the feel was like the singles.

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Dark Spice

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The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette. I just wish the feel was like the singles.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 15th, 2013

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker and cooler-toned. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is similar but darker. MAC Launch Away is a touch lighter. MAC Oh So Fair is slightly warmer-toned.

The texture is incredibly soft and velvety–finely-milled, smooth, and sits nicely on the skin without being powdery or emphasizing imperfections. It’s blendable, and buildable, but it is a lighter shade, so it is better suited for light to light-medium complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is very subtle and adds a faint rosiness. It wore well for eight hours, and it started to fade after nine hours.  The texture and feel of Burberry’s blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

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Misty

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The texture and feel of Burberry's blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013


This fall, Burberry Beauty will launch Trench Kisses, a look and collection that debuted at Burberry Prorsum’s A/W 2013 show this past week, along with two new products; Nail Polish and Multi-Use Kajal Crayon.  Above, this is a photo from Burberry’s runway show (not the official promotional image for the collection).

Light Glow Blush ($42.00)

  • Earthy (No. 07) Neutral brown (Permanent, Repromote)

Multi-Use Kajal Crayon ($TBA)

  • Poppy Black (No. 01) (New)
  • Oxblood (No. 02) (New)
  • Stone (No. 03) (New)

Sheer Eyeshadow ($29.00)

  • Midnight Black (No. 18) Black (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Porcelain White (No. 25) White (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Pale Barley (No. 22) Golden taupe (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Gold Trench (No. 04) Golden beige (Permanent, Repromote)

Lip Mist ($30.00)

  • Trench Kiss (No. 216) (New)
  • Rosewood (No. 215) (New)
  • Oxblood (No. 214) (New)

Lip Cover ($30.00)

  • Oxblood (No. 33) (New)

Lip Glow ($30.00)

  • Oxblood (No. 23) (New)
  • Trench Kiss (No. 24) (New)

Nail Polish ($TBA)

  • Stone (No. 104) (New)
  • Poppy Black (No. 299) (New)
  • Oxblood (No. 303) (New)
Friday, February 8th, 2013

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow
Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a pale, yellowy beige with subtle gold sparkle. MAC Dazzlelight is frosted and lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is a bit lighter and frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is similar in color but metallic in finish. It’s kind of like Trench, Porcelain, and Gold Trench combined.

I didn’t love the texture; the base color was on the powdery side, while the sparkles didn’t quite bind with the base color, so they tended to flake or disappear during application and later on, during wear, I experienced fall out of the residual sparkles that did make it on the lid. Part of the “appeal” of a product like this is the sparkle/shimmer, so if you can’t actually see it on the lid, because it winds up trapped in the brush or underneath your eye, you’re really not getting the “pigment” you’d expect when seeing it in the pan.

The color can be easily used as a sheer wash or applied more heavily; that is one of the best features of Burberry’s eyeshadows is they are so soft, they can be done sheerly, but they’re so dense, that they can be applied with full coverage without having to layer or pack on the product. Because the sparkle isn’t jam-packed into the product, there isn’t a lot of fall out, but I felt like 90% of the sparkles wound up underneath my eye. The underlying base color wore well, though, and it was fully intact after nine hours of wear without any signs of fading or creasing (no primer).

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Gold Pearl

B-
Burberry usually is very consistent across their products, and their powder eyeshadows tend to have a phenomanlly silky-smooth, buttery texture, but this one fell short for me.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a darkened raspberry pink with a barely-there satin sheen. Tom Ford Narcissist is pinker, brighter. MAC Supernova is more shimmery. MAC Amazon Princess is darker, more plum.

This spring, Burberry’s bringing intense colors to their otherwise more muted/softer range–and boy is Hydrangea Pink pigmented!  It’s rich in color and a little goes a long, long way. Just a light tap of the brush on the powder yields intense color on the cheek, so I definitely recommend using a light-hand and a feathery brush when working with it initially.  Because of it’s soft, velvety texture–so smooth it almost feels like a cream–it is blendable once on.  When I wore this shade, it lasted for well for nine hours with no signs of fading.

Cooler complexions should see a bigger difference between this and Coral Pink, the other shade launched for spring.  When blended out on my skin tone, I found them just barely different.  The more extreme you are in your cool/warm undertones, the more likely you’ll be able to tease out the nuances in undertone when these are sheered out. (The more intensely you wear these, the more you’ll see the difference between the two, as well.)

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Hydrangea Pink

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It's rich in color and a little goes a long, long way. Just a light tap of the brush on the powder yields intense color on the cheek, so I definitely recommend using a light-hand and a feathery brush when working with it initially.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss
Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened orange with a hint of coral and copper shimmer. MAC Geo Pink is pinker. MAC Eclectic Edge is more orange, darker. MAC So Bad is similar but less shimmery.

As part of an attempt to bring more vibrant/pigmented shades into Burberry’s range, Coral is a nice addition–it’s semi-opaque to mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through but is covered for the most part. It applied evenly and smoothly, without settling into lip lines, or feathering/bleeding during wear. I didn’t have any issues with the shimmer traveling during the four and a half hours this lasted on my lips. It’s somewhat hydrating–not the most hydrating but not at all drying. Burberry’s Lip Glows are non-sticky, gel-like, and are a cushion-y, comfortable gloss to wear that has a light floral scent.

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Coral

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It applied evenly and smoothly, without settling into lip lines, or feathering/bleeding during wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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