Just a few weeks ago,Burberry’s Spring-Summer Collection 2012 hit counters at select Nordstrom stores. For a neutral lover like me, Burberry Beauty is a treasure trove of understated natural loveliness. The line is ideal for us over 40 women–there is no overt shimmer or glitter to fall on cheeks and the textures are creamy, thereby making it nearly impossible to settle into fine lines. I chose a few pieces from the collection ordering from the Bellevue Nordstrom by phone. I so wish I had a counter nearby to test colors beforehand. Oh well, first world problems, right?
I chose the neutral #22 Eye Shadow Pale Barley ($29)and mixed it two bright Lip Covers (Burberry does not call them lipsticks), #28 Devon Sunset a bright coral and #29 Golden Peach ($30).
Burberry eye shadows are soft, smooth, blendable and super easy to work with. Pale Barley is a luscious amalgam of gold, beige and taupe. At first glance, it appears as a typical taupe in the pan, but when swatched, the complexity of the shade starts to emerge. It simply glows on the eyes with a delicate sheen. It’s simply stunning! Being a chameleon, varying the intensity will make Pale Barley shift from gold to taupe to champagne. Using a variety of cream eye shadows underneath will also render varied results. I like to pair neutral eye shadows with different colors of eyeliners to make eyes pop. In the pictures below, I paired Pale Barley with bareMinerals Big and Bright Eyeliner in Oz, a pretty deep green. Any shade would work well–navy, purple, bronze–have fun and experiment!
Devon Sunset #28, is a pretty, fresh, bright coral. It was much brighter than I anticipated, however, it is a very pretty shade for that pop of color spring deserves.
When I applied Burberry Devon Sunset, I was slightly disappointed, thinking I had several duplicate shades. These were the suspects that immediately came to mind:
Chanel Rouge Coco Chintz is the closest match, but it has more pink. Paul and Joe #73 and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Liberte both have a lot more orange. So there, no real dupes!
#29 Golden Peach is an opague pale orangish shade–personally, to my eye it’s more apricot than peach and not all that unique.
The Beauty Look Book has pictures of some of the other lip colors and the two glosses.
Overall Thoughts: If you like neutral eye shadows with a little kick or that you can morph into several different looks, Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eye Shadow is a must have. By the way, although Burberry’s eye shadows are billed as ‘sheer’ they are very pigmented so no worries there. I have a few Burberry lipsticks in my collection, but what I hadn’t realized is that they are Lip Mists v.s. Lip Covers. I’ve decided I prefer the Lip Mists because they have more shine and are more moisturizing to my lips. I found the Lip Cover formula to be a bit drying–not overly so but I still prefer the Lip Mists.