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Reviews Revisited: Volume II

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It’s time for Volume II of Reviews Revisited.  Today (as suggested by the lovely Driveller Kate), I’m going to talk about some products that I’ve changed my mind about since my initial review.

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Let’s start with Burberry Pale Barley & Burberry Midnight eyeshadows ($29 each at Nordstrom; Pale Barley not currently available), which I’ve changed my mind about twice! Here are my original reviews; I initially adored both. Then I fell out of love, decided they were too subtle, and sold both. Now, I miss them – I wear subtle neutrals to work every day, and wish I still had them.

I purchased Burberry Trench at the same time, and have consistently loved it and used it – check out the pan! Continue reading

FOTD: Party Look Featuring Two YSL Glossy Stains

Makeup used - excluding base items

Makeup used (excluding base items): Rock & Republic Bedroom blush, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon eyeshadow, Burberry Trench eyeshadow, YSL Glossy Stains 1 & 4 (layered), Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

In order to avoid the difficulty of scheduling a holiday party, my fiancee’s employer has a post-holiday party every year.  The party was last weekend, and here are some photos of the makeup I used and the final result.

Since I got ready at night, I had to take the photos with flash; I prefer natural light, but these came out surprisingly well, though I do look a bit, ah, dewier than I did in person!

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The first photo in the post contains almost all of the makeup items I used; I’m also wearing MUFE HD foundation; NYX Taupe blush (to contour), and Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (which I just forgot to photograph).  I might be wearing concealer, but I don’t remember.

Most of my makeup is pretty self-explanatory, so I won’t go into detail.  For the lips, I used YSL Glossy Stain 1 (Violet Edition) as a stain – a single layer – then went over it with Glossy Stain 4 (Mauve Pigmente) to add shine. I really like the final result; it’s not quite as deep in color as wearing 1 Violet Edition all by itself.

 

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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