The Story of Burberry Beauty Pale Barley Eyeshadow No. 22

Published in: Burberry, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Their love was forbidden, but they could no longer deny their passion.


By day, they sat across counters from one another, so close but yet so far, sneaking glances here and there whenever no one was looking. But at night, after the store lights dimmed and while the other eyeshadows slept peacefully in their pans, MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Sweet Satisfaction would sneak over to the NARS counter to meet Cyprus Eyeshadow, her one true love.

It was a clandestine affair, and it continued until Sweet Satisfaction started showing signs of a telltale bump…

Knowing that their families would never accept their cross-counter love, they boldly left the worlds they knew and sought refuge in a place called Burberry Beauty.

Burberry Beauty’s family had only settled the region in July of 2010. They did not yet have a competitive wall like the older, more established lines, but they greeted Sweet Satisfaction and Cyprus with open arms, making them feel at home.

Several months passed, and then, in the spring of 2012, Sweet Satisfaction gave birth.

She and Cyprus decided to raise the lovechild as a member of the Burberry Beauty clan, dressing the little one in Burberry Beauty’s distinctive family garb — a gunmetal case with a check pattern — and when they asked the Burberry elders to christen her, they agreed.

They named her Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley No. 22 ($29) and added her to the spring/summer 2012 collection.

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Burberry Beauty Sheer Eye Shadow in Barley No. 22, a new shade from the spring/summer 2012 collection

From the left: MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Burberry Beauty Pale Barley and NARS Cyprus

Swatches from the left: MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Burberry Beauty Pale Barley and NARS Cyprus

Wearing Pale Barley on my eyes

Wherever Barley went, other shadows marveled at her beauty and often asked about her parents. Her color perfectly combined MAC Sweet Satisfaction’s bronzed beige shimmer with NARS Cyprus’s shimmery bronzed taupe.

She was the offspring of two great shades, and in many ways, Barley received the best of both worlds. She displayed the soft, almost creamy texture of both the MAC Prolongwear and NARS eyeshadows, and, like her parents, refused to fall out. She also clung to lids all day long without creasing or fading.

At times, though, the other shadows would grow confused, especially when she introduced herself as “Sheer,” since her pigment was quite intense. With one layer, she could easily cover lids that were MAC NC42.

Eventually, she found fame, gaining popularity among women seeking an easy-to-blend bronzed beige eyeshadow with a touch of taupe, and when she graduated from school, she was even nominated, “Most Likely to Be Worn By Angelina Jolie to a Fundraising Benefit.” πŸ™‚

PRICE: $29
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Nordstrom stores and also online

Mortal enemies!

This was the first day in two weeks that Tabs didn’t scratch at the mattress first thing in the morning, huzzah!


I picked up a water bottle from Target last weekend ($2 from the section with all of the travel-sized thingies like toothpaste, etc.), filled it with water before bed, and set it on the floor next to me. Then, yesterday, when Tabs started clawing at 5, I grabbed it with a quickness and fired off a few quick rounds.

I’m not sure if it was the water that spooked him or just the shock of me moving as quickly as I did, but either way, it seems to have worked, at least for one day. No more tabby claws ruining the bed.

Thanks for the idea! I just hope he remembers the lesson… Tabs is cute and all, but he’s not exactly gonna make it to the end of Cat Jeopardy, if you catch my drift.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vonvon says:

    Muahaahaahahhahaha! A great love story! πŸ˜‰

    I have Burberry Almond no.6, but I find it to be a bit on the darker side….. This is perfect!
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  2. Ariana says:

    Such a pretty shade for a one shadow look πŸ™‚

  3. Blue says:

    The way you write your posts are just awesome – so creative and new and I love it. You just make it so much more fun to read, what with posts like this – also the “neutral eyeshadow club” one and the jeopardy one! I love your creativity, Karen.

  4. This is a really great shade! Such a nuanced neutral!

    Oh yeah, I forgot about the squirting trick! Glad it worked for you! No more clawing tabby at 5AM!
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  5. Gina says:

    One thing I LOVE about Burberry’s shadows is, they’re almost twice the size of a regular eyeshadow! Most eyeshadows are .05 oz, but Burberry’s are .08 oz. It makes the $29 price tag seem a lot more reasonable, especially when you know you’re going to use it often πŸ˜€

  6. Silka says:

    You are so talented! Your posts are the best!!

  7. Joyce says:

    I love these neutral shades because they all seem to have a touch of taupe in them. Sooooo gorgeous. I need all 3 ASAP, but out of your swatches, Pale Barley is my favorite. <3
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  8. Chris25 says:

    I love this story! And you are making me want Sweet Satisfaction. If I get it, it’ll be my billionth neutral e/s….

    Today was my first Writing Workshop class! It wasn’t so bad. I just might survive this semester. πŸ™‚

  9. Nina says:

    another stellar entry, Karen! πŸ™‚

    i know it hurts to spritz our furkids, but its for their own good!

    this eyeshadow is gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Nina!

      Have your kitties been behaving? I hope they haven’t gotten into any three-way fights lately!

      • Nina says:

        i think they have been ignoring each other lately … which is something i am very happy about! πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          I didn’t realize there was so much cat politics between them! Is LOL stirring up the pot?

          • Nina says:

            Anja is very prickly and doesnt like being disturbed …. πŸ˜€ so its mostly her!

          • Karen says:

            Ahh, she sounds like a diva. Gotta love ’em, even when they’re acting crazy. πŸ™‚

            Sometimes I think Tabs needs a kitty friend, but then I think about the fights… He’s very territorial, and I’m pretty sure it would take a long time to broker peace between him and a new cat.

  10. steph b says:

    I just got this and loooooove it. It is a bit too warm for me, but I don’t care. It is such a lovely, glowy neutral.

  11. jennifer s says:

    Love your writting style karen! Cant wait for your novel.

  12. Julliah says:

    this post is amazing

  13. Cass says:

    I had two cats who unfortunately passed away in the last 2 years with cancer. I ended up adopting another one that I was fostering. The water bottle worked with all 3 of them wonderfully.

    Enter my new foster cat from hell. It worked for him for a week. Then it became a game! I would squirt him when I climbed on the dresser in the bedroom and for the first week, he would run away and let me get back to sleep. Then he started going back a second time and I would squirt him again. Then it got to the point where I was squirting him 5+ times.

    Finally I gave up. No more squirting. How did he respond? He started going up on the dresser and MEOWING to let me know that he was up there!!!

    Hopefully Tabs will learn from the lessons and not end up loving them. πŸ™‚

    • Cass says:

      I meant when he climbed into the dresser, not when I climbed on it. I guess I should have proofread it. Oops.

    • Karen says:

      Oh, what a funny guy! I’ve heard that some cats really love water… your foster kitty sounds like he has a LOT of personality. πŸ™‚

      I have a feeling Tabs will respond well to the water bottle. He hates water!

  14. Melissa says:

    I just purchased this little beauty too. I love it!! It’s my new favorite shadow. I found it similar to Benefit’s Fawn Over Me eyeshadow, except slightly more bronze. It’s also smaller and more expensive, but still totally worth it.

  15. nekosan says:

    We trained our first ca so well with the water bottle that we were able to just say “pssht pssht pssht” (make a water-bottle-spraying-noise) to punish him.

  16. lol! I love this post…your writing is inspirational to me : )

  17. DanielleO says:

    Beautiful post! (and eyeshadow πŸ™‚

  18. AO says:

    I am going Burberry crazy lately. Just ordered a boatload of stuff online last night. And i received my haul i ordered a week ago. My other makeup brands are now giving me the side-eye because they think i am playing favorites…. lol

    Love this line..

    Great review Karen… πŸ™‚

  19. The burberry is pretty but you’ve just sold me that MAC shade. I love it!

  20. corallista says:

    Looking at the swatch I wouldn’t have thought it would show up on me but if it shows up on NC42, It’ll show up on my NC40 self too!
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  21. Kim says:

    My three favorite things about this post are the beautiful shadow, the excellent origin story and the cat jeopardy comment. In reverse, of course. I laughed audibly, but quickly recovered with “aw, Tabs, but you’re still handsome”. πŸ™‚

  22. Rola says:

    Pale Barley is a gorgeous neutral. There are never too many neturals for me. Interesting post:)

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