Er, so it’s been like what – 18 days since my birthday, plus a few more than that since I received my Burberry items, and I have yet to post about ’em…WTF? Sorry about that! It’s just that these products are kinda special, you know, and I really wanted to make sure I did a thorough review, with the best photos I could manage and without being too biased, since the general consensus online about Burberry cosmetics is: AWESOME. After giving each piece its fair share of face time (literally), I think I’m finally ready to show you and discuss my recent acquisitions.
First of all, my purchases came housed in a cute little Burberry box, quite sturdy, from Holt Renfew, with a couple sweet extra samples and treats for me to try from the brand – a gorgeous mirrored compact housed in their iconic substantial packaging, two deluxe size samples of their Lip Cover, a sample packet of four of their Lip Mist shades, and a handful of samples of their foundation and concealer, which the SA guessed as using my NARS foundation shade as a reference (as my order was over the phone). The actual products I purchased were: Sheer Eye Shadow in Trench, a pale satin cream shade; Light Glow Blush in Russet, a muted rust shade with a hint of shimmer; and Fresh Glow Luminous Foundation Base, a liquid face illuminator.
When I was trying to figure out which items I was going to purchase, I wanted to be sure that they would be of good value and use in my collection, as of course the products are terribly cheap. I picked Trench eyeshadow ($33CAD) because, interestingly enough, I don’t have one shade like it in my stash. I have a handful of similar, shimmery shades, but I was finding that I had nothing to wear as a brow bone highlight that didn’t look garish or ‘too much’ for every day. I also find that as I tend to wear shimmery eyeshadows on the whole, I prefer a more matte shade to wear under the brow.
Trench is an excellent compliment to almost all of my looks – as it’s not a flat matte (you can see the very slight shimmer in the photos below), it looks very subtle. I’ve been reaching for it almost daily since I got it. As the powder is very smooth and soft, it kicks up a bit of excess but not so much that it’s a problem, and it doesn’t get terribly messy in the pan (pet peeve!).
The color of Trench works really well as a highlight as it’s neither too yellow nor too pink, but very neutral in tone. I think this would work for almost all skintones except very dark for that purpose. I worried a bit that Trench might be too light for me, but as long as I use light hand it works very well. In the 8 months of the year when I’m not tanned, it will be perfect. Note that the shadows are fragrance free.
The Light Glow Blush in Russet ($54CAD) looked lovely in swatches, but wasn’t necessarily my first choice out of the possible shades. However, many of the Burberry blushes looked as if they may be too genteel for my darker complexion, which Russet appeared to be substantial enough, which is why I chose it. Note: there IS fragrance in the blushes – a nice, subtle scent I can’t place – but once on the skin it dissipates, and so far it hasn’t caused any issues with my sensitive skin at all.
Russet is a really hard color to capture, and describe, as it’s not quite brown, not quite peachy – its really more a mix of the two, closer to a dusty terracotta but not so orange. I think it’s soft enough to work for many skintones, but I definitely suggest trying it first if you can, especially if you have cooler tones. It does contain shimmer, but on the skin even in sunlight I find it very subtle and enhancing, rather than gaudy, giving the skin a glow rather than an Edward Cullen-like shimmer (so Breaking Dawn Part II isn’t till November – what of it?). Again, the formula of the powder is so soft it kicks up a bit, but no big issues with that. Oh, and if you tap your brush into the pan rather than sweep, you preserve the pretty pattern MUCH better :D
One thing I really like about this blush is that its a great transitional shade that works for me in several seasons. Right now, it looks very subtle and adds just a lovely warmth to my skin without too much color – it’s great for those days when I’m wearing a strong lip, or if I’m going ‘au naturel’. However, in the Fall months when I lose some of my tan, this will be an excellent shade to wear with deeper Autumnal tones, as it leans somewhat brown and makes me think of the changing leaves. It’s also not SO warm that I can’t wear this during cooler months as well – I can’t wait!
One thing to note about both the shadow and blush are the wear times – for the shadow, I haven’t been paying close attention because I’m only wearing it on the brow, but so far it seems to last most of the day. As for the blush, I have to sadly report that the wear time is not great – by midday it’s faded quite a bit (over powdered skin) – but somehow it still leaves my skin with a warmth to it. I suspect the reason it seems to fade away is that it’s already quite subtle on me; when my tan fades I will investigate further and see if it seems to be apparent for a longer time period.
Since Holts was having a GWP of sorts with Burberry when I ordered, I had to get another item to get in on the deal, so I picked the Fresh Glow Luminous Foundation Base ($66CAD) since I had read rave reviews about it previously on Cafe Makeup. The packaging is statuesque – I love having this on display as it looks so pretty :)
The product comes out via a pump dispenser that gives just the right amount, no overkill here at all. Its a pale, shimmering creamy shade that is fairly neutral, meaning it doesn’t lean too pink or too golden, making it exceptionally wearable for almost everyone. It’s also fairly sheer in application, so even very dark skin can wear it without it looking ashy.
I’ve been experimenting with this several different ways, applying it under my foundation, over it, mixing it WITH my foundation, and wearing it on bare skin. To be honest, I haven’t seen much of a difference either way – it’s very subtle. However, when I swatched it for this post, I realized that this product must be GENIUS, because its CLEARLY noticeable in these shots and has some decent shimmer going on. But worn on my face, not ONCE have I looked glittery or obviously wearing some sort of highlighting product, so…? I guess it’s just that good? I just don’t notice much of a glow happening either, but then again, I’m already a touch oily so I’m not exactly begging for it. One thing I will say is that using this on top of foundation is not really the way to go – I found it hard to blend and THEN I was able to see an outline of shimmer versus my natural skin. It needs to be rubbed in without fear of taking the makeup itself off, so either go for it beforehand or add it to your foundation.
Lastly, we have the Lip Cover shades, which I will just touch on as I’ve only worn one of them so far, and this post is already WAY too long! Rosewood is a medium rose-mauve shade, which typically doesn’t look great on my skintone, and is why I haven’t tried it yet. Cameo Pink is a soft coral-pink shade that looks really natural on me – it’s nearly a MLBB shade but is a hair too light this time of year to be so. It feels fantastic on the lips; really creamy and smooth, hydrating and lightweight, and I find after its been on for a few minutes it really melds with the skin to look super natural. There is no scent that I can detect. I’m already planning to pick up some full-size shades when I can – it won’t be a cheap buy at $36CAD, but they feel so luxurious and wonderful that I can’t resist!
Like many others, the packaging is what really grabs me about the Burberry products. I’m not a huge fan of the Burberry pattern in clothing (though I don’t dislike it at all), but the gunmetal metallic cases with the design are so striking and just feel SO elegant (and of course the repeating design on the powders themselves – to die!). The magnetic snap closures are divine and so satisfying to close shut – so lame but you know you love it!
And of course…they look awfully pretty on :)
Wearing Russet Light Glow Blush, Cameo Pink Lip Cover, and Trench Sheer Eye Shadow (sunlight)I had to add this photo because I’m making the most hilarious face…but it’s a good example of how the Russet blush warms up my face – and also I thought it was good for a laugh :P
Finally. This post has been weighing on my mind for weeks – I hope did these products justice! My overall thoughts are that I’ll probably pick up a few more shadow shades over time; I may check out more of the blushes, but only if I see them in person; the luminizer is either the most genius product ever made, or a total waste of my money; and the lipsticks are absolutely phenomenal and a few full-size ones will be joining my lippie stash in the very near future. If nothing else, I’m getting some serious pleasure just looking at these items in my stash – they’re just beyond lovely!
What do you make of the Burberry products? Worth the hype (packaging)? Are there any items that you’re lemming?