Burberry Beauty is making a move on the must-have category with a line of $30 luxury lipsticks that look almost like bargains in spite of the price.
As soon as I saw Burberry Beauty’s Lip Mists, I wondered if I was witnessing a case of corporate espionage aimed at Chanel. These nine shiny, hydrating lippies share more than a few characteristics in common with the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines ($32).
First, there’s the finish, which has a similar subtle shine — a dewy, creamy sheen that pairs perfectly with a summertime tan. The colors themselves are rich, lightweight, long-lasting and loaded with pigment, and like the Shines don’t look heavy like a matte. Both of these lippies tread a lovely line somewhere between slightly sheer and fully opaque, but Burberry bests Chanel here in a few key areas.
Like wear time. The Lip Mists outlast the Coco Shines by a good, long while, and I wager they contain a little more color. Being slightly thicker than, yet not as slick as, the Coco Shines probably helps them last.
I like these so much that Wild roses couldn’t keep me away. Wild rose extract, which these contain, supposedly increases the amount of moisture they deliver to lips. Burberry also claims the extract stimulates the production of collagen, but I’m not too sure about that.
Yesterday I applied two layers of Feather Pink after lunch. Five hours and two cups of tea later, it was still going strong — and that’s without a layer of lip pencil underneath.
Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry (left) and No. 209 Feather Pink (right)
Swatches of Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry (left) and No. 209 Feather Pink (right)
Lip Mist in No. 209 Feather Pink
Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry
Heads up for the ladies with a great sense of smell: these have a potent taste and scent, like a mix of roses, Sweet Tarts and mint tea. The scent, which lingers for about an hour, probably sounds weird, but I think it works.
If you prefer conservative lip looks, these just might rock your world. The limited color palette sticks to nine safe neutrals, pinks and berries (nothing too crazy here), but then again, this is Burberry, aka the folks who perfected the timeless trench coat.
Even though the makeup line is still relatively new, from what I’ve seen so far, Burberry Beauty doesn’t seem to be chasing cutting-edge color lines like MAC. And that’s fine by me. Glittery neon orange lips have their time and place, but if you’re looking for a moisturizing, pigmented, long-wearing luxury lipstick that just plain works, you can’t do much better than this.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Nordstrom stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (Love everything about ’em but the price)
Tabs has a new nickname…
I think the rain this week pushed Tabs past his usual limits of crazy because yesterday, for the first time ever, he swiped at my face. We were playing around his cat tower when he reached out and swatted my cheek, leaving a tiny scratch along my jawline.
We’ve been friends for what, five years now? — and he’s never resorted to anything like this. I feel oddly betrayed (I know! So cat lady!). El Hub thinks he just got too excited and couldn’t contain himself, which is probably the case, but still. That husky tabby is totally on my sh*t list today.
His behavior also earned him a new nickname: Edward Scissorpaws.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,