Burberry Beauty Light Glow Blush in Misty Blush No. 8 on cheeks and Lip Cover in English Rose No. 23 on lips
To say one merely “walks down the street” in her signature Burberry trench coat doesn’t do justice to the coat. Walk? Nay. Ladies strut in Burberry. Both in their coats and in beauty products from the Burberry Beauty brand. Like Burberry’s coats, pieces in the makeup line exude elegance with a timeless ease that wears well with pretty much anything.
Despite not having been on the makeup scene long (less than a year!), with only a couple of seasonal collections under their check pattern belt, the company has done a good job bringing their luxuriously unfussy sensibility to the products I’ve seen.
With their Spring/Summer 2011 release, an 11-piece collection of limited edition and repromoted products for eyes, lips and cheeks, Burberry sought to channel the same effortless look they like to send down the Burberry runway. Sculpted cheeks softly glow in pink, rose and tangerine; rosy nude lips blow kisses; and eyes, softly defined with powder shadows in beige, rose and brown, charm unsuspecting passersby.
I looked at four of the new pieces today…
Clockwise from the lower left: Lip Cover in Delicate Rose No. 22, Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush No. 7, Light Glow Blush in Misty Blush No. 8 and Lip Cover in English Rose No. 23
Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush No. 7 (left) and Light Glow Blush in Misty Blush No. 8 (right)
Burberry Beauty Spring/Summer 2011
Light Glow Blush in Earthy and Misty ($42 each)
These powder blushes were made for runway cheeks, but I mean that in the best possible way. When I wear them, I look more like I’m running to catch the bus, but I think that’s a good look too. Matte neutral brown Earthy and matte warm pink Misty look natural on the cheeks, almost like nothing at all. I find myself having to build the color up with three layers, but lighter lovelies might prefer one or two (and might even try using Earthy as a bronzer, too). If not for the price, I think I’d like them even more. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Lip Cover Lipsticks ($30 each)
Whoever dreamed up this lipstick’s magnetic cap deserves a raise. The click it makes is almost as satisfying as Coca Cola on a hot day. Rosy brown English Rose and peachy pink Delicate Rose impart a soft sheen and subtle color to lips. Neither shade will stick around through dinner, but they do last about three hours between meals. The yummy light flavor and scent remind me of Sweet Tarts and roses, and the texture feels light, moisturizing and creamy on my lips. I like them both, but I don’t like the price. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Swatches from the left: Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush No. 7, Light Glow Blush in Misty Blush No. 8, Lip Cover in Delicate Rose No. 22 and Lip Cover in English Rose No. 23
Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush No. 7 on cheeks and Lip Cover in Delicate Rose No. 22 on lips
The colors aren’t going to spark any revolutions, but the prices might (they’re right in line with Chanel and Dior). I feel there are some very flattering, solid staples here, and if you lean toward the Trish McEvoy/Bobbi Brown makeup aesthetic with shades on the quieter side, you might really find a lot to like. The collection is available now at select Nordstrom stores and also online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I just got back from my appointment with the personal stylist at Nordstrom. I’ll give you the 411 tomorrow, but in short, it was COOL!