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Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick Review & Swatches

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Burberry Lip Cover

When I purchased my Burberry Lip Mist sample card (reviewed here), I also picked up a Lip Cover sample card.  These are actually not intended to be purchased – they’re supposed to be given away free at counters – but they’re worth the purchase for me, especially since each sample is good for multiple applications.

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Burberry Lip Mist Lipstick Review & Swatches

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Burberry Lip Mist Samples
I’ve heard many, many great things about Burberry’s lipstick formulas, but at $30 each, I wanted to try before I bought one.  So, I went to eBay and bought a sampler set of four Lip Mist lipsticks, which I am going to review today, as well as a sampler set of four Lip Cover lipsticks, which I will review separately. Burberry also has a third lipstick formula – the Lip Velvets – but there is no sample set has been made for those.  Note that these sampler sets were not intended for purchase; they are intended to be given away at counters.

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Burberry Midnight Brown Sheer Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Today, I have the third and final of my three Burberry eyeshadow reviews – this review is for Midnight Brown, which works really beautifully as a crease color for me.

As I wrote in my reviews of Trench and Pale Barley, Burberry eyeshadows are packaged in a square metal compact, which is embossed in the signature Burberry pattern. Although the compact is really lovely, I actually find it kind of impractical. It doesn’t open flat – it only opens to about 90 degrees.  Additionally, it’s magnetized (which is fine), but the polarity is such that the eyeshadow compacts don’t stack neatly – sometimes they stack, and sometimes they repel.   The compact contains a sponge-tipped applicator, which I find odd; who applies a luxury-brand eyeshadow with the enclosed applicator instead of a brush?

As you can see, Midnight Brown looks a bit glittery in the pan.  I was put off by this initially, but it turns out that when applied to the eye, the glitter basically disappears, and Midnight Brown is just a beautiful, multi-dimensional brown.  When I went to the Burberry counter, my intent was just to purchase Trench and Pale Barley, but the makeup artist / sales associate applied Trench all over my lid and browbone, then used Midnight Brown in the crease to contour my eye – it’s really perfect for that. After much thought over the state of my budget, I decided to get all three eyeshadows, and I’m very glad that I did.  When worn over primer, Burberry eyeshadows last all day without creasing for me.

The following swatches are on bare skin.

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – indoor natural light

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – outside direct sunlight
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Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Burberry Pale Barley

Today, I have the second of my three Burberry eyeshadow reviews – this review is for the extremely popular shade Pale Barley, which is a fantastic lid color.

As I wrote in my review of Trench, Burberry eyeshadows are packaged in a square metal compact, which is embossed in the signature Burberry pattern. Although the compact is really lovely, I actually find it kind of impractical. It doesn’t open flat – it only opens to about 90 degrees.  Additionally, it’s magnetized (which is fine), but the polarity is such that the eyeshadow compacts don’t stack neatly – sometimes they stack, and sometimes they repel.   The compact contains a sponge-tipped applicator, which I find odd; who applies a luxury-brand eyeshadow with the enclosed applicator instead of a brush?

Like Trench, Pale Barley is fantastic – I think it really lives up to the hype surrounding it.  I think I would consider it a hybrid of a satin and a shimmer finish – as you can see from the swatches below, the shimmer is so subtle that it really just adds dimension rather than being an obvious shimmer.  It’s really lovely, and even more beautiful in person.

The following swatches are on bare skin.

Burberry Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown swatches

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – indoor natural light

Burberry Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown swatches

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – outside direct sunlight

Update January 2013: I’ve heard that this shade has been discontinued; I don’t know for sure, but it was shade No. 22 and it’s not listed on either Nordstrom or the Burberry website – both skip from No. 21 to No. 23. So, it does appear to be discontinued.  I would suggest MAC Patina as a substitute / dupe for Pale Barley – the texture isn’t the same, but the color is quite similar. The Delicate Hummingbird blog has a comparison swatch here.
And, it turns out that it was just out of stock – should be back in stock shortly!

Burberry Trench Sheer Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Burberry Trench

I recently bought three Burberry eyeshadows: Trench, Pale Barley, and Midnight Brown.  Today, I have a review of Trench, which is a fantastic highlight color.

Burberry eyeshadows are packaged in a square metal compact, which is embossed in the signature Burberry pattern. Although the compact is really lovely, I actually find it kind of impractical. It doesn’t open flat – it only opens to about 90 degrees.  Additionally, it’s magnetized (which is fine), but the polarity is such that the eyeshadow compacts don’t stack neatly – sometimes they stack, and sometimes they repel.   The compact contains a sponge-tipped applicator, which I find odd; who applies a luxury-brand eyeshadow with the enclosed applicator instead of a brush?

Despite the packaging’s shortcomings, the eyeshadow enclosed is fantastic.  Trench is buttery soft, and blends flawlessly.  It is an ivory color – which is the perfect highlight color on me, and has a satin finish, which I also love as a highlight.

The following swatches are on bare skin. Due to my skin tone, Trench is a bit difficult to see.

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown - swatches

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – indoor natural light

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown - swatches

Trench, Pale Barley, Midnight Brown – outside direct sunlight

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Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact Review, Swatches, Photos

Burberry Sheer Summer Glow
Burberry’s Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact is a limited-edition product for this summer.   Nordstrom’s website has the following information on its intended use:
 How to use: gently blend the four shades using the Burberry Beauty Brush. Apply all over the face for a fresh and natural glow. Each shade may also be used separately to highlight and sculpt the face by applying color to the forehead, eyes, cheeks and chin. 

Thus, it’s intended as both a highlighter and a contouring product.  However, I prefer my contouring products matte, so I intend to use it as a highlighter and a bronzer. 
The Sheer Summer Glow compact packaging is exactly like an oversized Burberry eyeshadow: both are housed in square, metal compacts embossed with the signature Burberry design.  While I love the heft of the metal compact, the compact is magnetic in such a way that’s it’s physically impossible to stack the eyeshadows/ Sheer Summer Glow (the magnets repel each other), which I find very annoying for storage.
Burberry size comparison
Inside the compact, there are four squares of color. Each is large enough to pick up individually, or they can be swirled together.  All four are shimmery – but it’s a glowy, illuminating type of shimmer, not one where you see the individual particles of shimmer/glitter.  The powder is very high quality – it is very soft, smooth, and blends flawlessly. 

And, swatches! This is all four swatched individually (the pink is almost invisible on my skintone), and then blended together (also almost invisible on my arm). Please click on the swatch photo to enlarge it.  Because of the way the colors show up on me, I anticipate that I will mostly use the left half as a bronzer, and the right half as a highlighter.  I can also use all four shades together as a subtle highlighter. 

The Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Compact is available at Nordstrom.com, and a few select Nordstrom stores have Burberry counters (I’m lucky that there is one near me so I was able to go see this in person before purchasing!).

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