Just a Tad Bit Overdue: My Birthday Burberry Haul

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.

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Trench (Natural Light)

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 😀

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!

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Russet (Natural Light)

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.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Trench, Light Glow Blush in Russet (Natural Light)

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Trench, Light Glow Blush in Russet (With Flash)

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!

Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo Pink and RosewoodBurberry Lip Cover in Rosewood and Cameo Pink (with flash)Wearing Burberry Lip Cover in Cameo Pink (sunlight)

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 😛

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?

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  1. #1 by projectswatch on June 15, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Trench is one of my favorite eyeshadows of all time – it’s much less noticeable on me than on you, since it’s closer to my skintone, but it’s just a fantastic highlighter. Subtle and perfect!

    • #2 by Latoya on June 17, 2012 - 10:48 pm

      Agree wholeheartedly with you, Emi! And I get quite a similar effect actually, as long as I use a light hand – the swatch was layered to show the color better. Such a great shade! 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on June 15, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    I love all of these things immensely! I can use the Burberry Glow over my foundation with no problem. I just take very little of it and tap it onto my cheekbones and it looks so natural and lovely. Plus it’s a fabulous glowy primer for me as well. I love using it under mineral foundations and it’s awesome. And Russet is my favourite blush shade from them-it works for pale me as well. Love it!
    You should get Midnight Brown eyeshadow-it’s really pretty!

    • #4 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 7:36 am

      Ok, point taken Tracy!! I’ve added it to my ever growing list 😛 Strangely, I own few brown shades, so that’s justifiable.

      I think I need to play around with the luminiferous, when I swatches it I was amazed – its gotta show up somehow! Will keep working on it, I promise 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by callitbeautyblog on June 16, 2012 - 12:40 am

    Russet looks SO good on you, girl!

    Also, they gave a lot of awesome samples! I should buy Burberry Beauty stuff from Holts more often. 😉

    • #6 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 7:38 am

      LOL! Yes I think you should, Dani, I had fantastic service from Jessy, an SA on the counter at Bloor St. I’m really enjoying everything! And can’t wait to buy some full-sized lippies 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by makeupmorsels on June 16, 2012 - 1:18 am

    ohhh lovely post! LOLed at your opinion on the Luminizer, I certainly hope it’s the first one 🙂 And the products all look amazing on you, so I’d say you chose well. God, I’ve been lemming their eyeshadow in Pale Barley forever, as well as their lip mists.

    And also, YES, I never realized before you said it, but the check patterning on their makeup is > than the patterning on their clothing.

    • #8 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 7:42 am

      Ohh buy Pale Barley, I’ve seen nothing but lovely shot of it. I think it’s not a shade for me (jealous) but I’d love to live vicariously through you, MM.

      Here’s hoping I’m just using the Fresh Glow wrong, hey?? It sure does look great in swatches 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Abbie on June 16, 2012 - 6:14 am

    I love that last photo, it made me happy 😀 I can only imagine how good it is to close those products with the magnetic closures, I love clicking Chanel lipsticks, it’s very satisfying ;). I can’t believe how many free samples you got! Amaze! I wouldn’t want to ruin the pattern in the pan haha. You look lovely and natural in those pictures 

    • #10 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 7:57 am

      Aww, thanks Abbie!! I think that’s the beauty of the products, they’re subtle but lovely nonetheless. Funny because makeup like that used to BORE me lol!

      The pattern in the pan is SO pretty, so far I’ve been able to avoid destroying it, but that won’t last forever! I think half the fun of enjoying these IS the nice ‘click’ you get at the end lol. And yea – so many samples!! But they’ve hooked me, so it was an effective strategy 😛

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Danielle (@BloominBeauty5) on June 16, 2012 - 8:19 am

    Everything looks absolutely stunning on you! I agree about Trench- it’s the perfect browbone highlight and after I purchased it it was the only thing I used to awhile. Now I switch between that and the shade Pearl White (which is more shimmery, a bit more noticeable). Russet is lovely on your skin tone, the next time you try a blush from Burberry maybe give Blossom a go. It’s brighter, more of a coral shade and you might have better luck with it. You have made me add Cameo Pink lipstick to my list! 🙂

    • #12 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 8:02 am

      Hehe isn’t it lovely?? I didn’t think I’d be eager to make another order so soon but I’m having trouble holding myself back!

      I totally agree about Blossom Danielle, and i plan on getting that next! I think the swatches you have of Blossom were what sold me on the shade, it’s Gorgeous! I am excited to see your post on all your Burberry shadows, but scared – my wish list is HUGE already!! 😛

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by Larie on June 16, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Those sample lippies look so luxe! I think everything from Burberry is so understated and lovely, and I’m so sad that the only product I can use is their eye shadow. I don’t own any yet, but I’m crafting a list, haha! Trench is on it 😀 I’m glad they gave you so many awesome samples, and everything looks glorious.

    • #14 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

      Urge, that’s so frustrating Larie! You’ll have to spoil yourself with a few extra shadows then 🙂 I was super-excited that they sent so many samples, especially since I don’t have in-person access, so it really helps!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by judit1661 on June 16, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    💗everything is lovely, except the rosewood lipstick really is just off a bit on you. Wouldn’t you say? Not quite great. You can send it to me and I’ll try it and see if it is off on me or not. Il be happy to help you out that way. that’s just the kind of friend I am! — Judi

    • #16 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 3:50 pm

      lol You’re too funny Judi!!! Haha yea, I’ll get right on that sending that lippie 😛 In the meantime you should spoil yourself with a few items huh? You’re worth it!! 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Denise on June 16, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    Russet looks so gorgeous on you! AHHH, I’m seriously lemming the blushes right now. And Trench has been on my wishlist for like, a year. I bought a Burberry lipstick in Blush a couple years ago when it first launched at Holt’s, and I absolutely LOVE it and have read/heard great things about their other products… but because I live so far from a Holt’s, I haven’t really looked into anything else. Of course, this post is totally making me want to venture downtown more often! You mentioned that you had made a phone order — did they ship it to your house? If so, how much did shipping cost? That would seriously save me so much time…

    • #18 by Latoya on June 19, 2012 - 8:34 pm

      Standard shipping rates from Holts is $15, but I think they skipped the shipping in my case since I spent so much LOL!! It isn’t too terribly high if you’re spending a fair bit or if you’re getting a number of things I guess…for me, it was either that or wait till I’m somewhere that they sell it, because they won’t ship Burberry from Neiman’s for whatever reason, boo 😦 I definitely think if you can Denise, and can justify the cost, try out one of the blushes and/or shadows, they’re really lovely, and I adore using them not only for the quality, but for the whole darn experience!! 😀

  10. #19 by Eugenia on June 16, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Fabulous, Toya! I’m so envious of all these gorgeous Burberry beauties – makes my craving for them even stronger, lol! I love your choices and the presentation in the Burberry box was just the icing on the cake … the birthday cake, that is! 🙂 I love the looks you created & I have a hunch that come the fall when your tan has faded some, everything here will look even more spectacular!

    • #20 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 3:52 pm

      I suspect you’re right my dear 😉 I’m fighting hard not to go and order a few full-size lippies to go along with everything, they’re soo lovely. I plan on picking up more goodies from a few other fabulous lines so just you wait!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by Tati D. on June 16, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    Russet looks amazing on you! Happy belated birthday, haha. I’ve always wanted to try some Burberry products, you picked a really nice variety to try out!

    • #22 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 3:54 pm

      Thanks Tati!!! I really am enjoying them 🙂 God help me though, the brand is NOT cheap!! Haha

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. #23 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 17, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    Wow, you went all out for this! Gosh, I wonder if we should all just stop shopping in person and make telephone orders instead. 🙂

    I LOLed at the last shot you included – precious! I’m so glad you’re loving the line. While I have been tempted, the shades generally look so pale that I wasn’t drawn to make purchases in the past. It’s very interesting that at a time when makeup lines failed for a lot of designers, Burberry became a smashing hit!

    Enjoy your goodies and thanks for sharing them with us!

    • #24 by Latoya on June 18, 2012 - 3:57 pm

      You’re welcome of course, Liz 😉 I know what you mean about the shades being very demure – maybe it helped that I ordered over the phone, so I couldn’t get turned off haha. I have quite a few sight-unseen purchases planned for this year, here’s hoping they all work out as well as this haul! (and are easier on the wallet :S)

      Sent from my iPhone

  13. #25 by Amy on June 18, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Oh dear, these look so lovely on you that I now have a renewed interest in the line…You look gorgeous, and I love your silly face! (It does show off the blush to great effect!)

    • #26 by Latoya on June 25, 2012 - 7:35 am

      Hahaha yea, it’s a ridiculous face but if you could see the warming effect of the blush, it was worth looking silly 😛 Honestly, I think the lippie samples are what sold me the most Amy – its a glorious formula!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  14. #27 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on June 19, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    I love your description of the packaging as statuesque. It has so much….presence.

    I have Burberry Fever, and you are NOT helping. 😛

    I’m just trying to restrain myself from ordering something RIGHT NOW, since I will be by a Nordstrom in July and able to scope the line out in person. Ah! Must. Be. Patient. (And definitely have to investigate this could-be-genius-could-be-hokum luminizer.)

    Thank you for the swatches! It’s so hard to bite the bullet on Burberry, considering there are no locations nearby.

    • #28 by Latoya on June 25, 2012 - 7:38 am

      ~sigh~ I feel your pain Maggie! Definitely hold out till July, you can do it! I lucked out but I’d be nervous to order more sight-unseen; and I did a LOT of research first!

      I was confused at first when you said you had Burberry Fever, I thought it was a shade in the line!! LOL

      Sent from my iPhone

  15. #29 by kat on June 20, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Oooh everything looks so pretty! I love the packaging!

    • #30 by Latoya on June 25, 2012 - 7:39 am

      I know Kat, it’s divine!! So perfect 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  16. #31 by Tara on June 21, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    NICE haul! I love Burberry. ANd WHAT is that shimmery foundation stuff; I NEED this in my life!

    • #32 by Latoya on June 26, 2012 - 3:52 pm

      Hahaha well, I hope you get it then, Tara 🙂 I’m trying to use up this sample product first which is taking ages, but then I plan on giving this another go – I just have to be missing something, ’cause in swatches…damn!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  17. #33 by sarah on February 9, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    where did you buy these in canada?

    • #34 by Latoya on March 2, 2015 - 6:04 pm

      At the time, I’d ordered them from Bloor St. Holt Renfrew…but it’s been removed from that store since 😦 I think you can still buy Burberry from the BC store!

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