Will Burberry Beauty Makeup Have Ladies Lining Up?

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Burberry Beauty Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Beige,

Pip pip, cheerio! Put down the coffee, love love , and bring out the tea, because the British are coming! — coming soon (later this month) to Nordstrom, that is. 🙂


British fashion biz Burberry is expanding its horizons, adding a line of makeup to its beautiful portfolio. The new Burberry Beauty line is now available for pre-order at nordstrom.com, and from what I’ve seen so far, the packaging is TO DIE!

The company, of course, isn’t new to beauty. They’ve produced beautiful clothing for years, and even in the beauty niche they’ve released perfumes (LOVE Brit Sheer).

The distinctive Burberry check pattern and textured trench coat themes weave their way into the new products for eyes, lips, cheeks and face; to my eye, the gunmetal packaging, embossed lipstick bullets/powder pans and textured boxes feel elegant, luxe and true to the spirit of the brand.

Even the color story reflects Burberry’s unique style. Unlike last year’s British beauty sensation, Illamasqua, a line that cultivates a fantastical, outrageous approach to color with their colorful alter egos, Burberry is hoping to focus a lens on light and effortless natural beauty, with products for gals (and makeup loving guys) who prefer an understated makeup look.

If you were hoping for budget beauty, well, Burberry did not comply. Products are priced near luxury lines like Burberry and Chanel, YSL and Dolce & Gabbana, with prices ranging from $27-55, yikes!

When I heard about Burberry’s new makeup line, there was a word that sprang to mind: hip. I wondered if they’d try to do something edgy and hip. I hoped so. After all, they’re known for timeless fashion, but I love it when lines, even classic ones like Burberry and Chanel, push the edge a little bit, ya know?

After taking a look at five of the items in the mammoth 94-piece permanent collection, my interest is piqued. I think we’re going to be getting some good stuff here.

The packaging: breathtaking (at least I think so). And the little details appeal to my inner design nerd. I’m impressed by how smooth these powder blushes and eyeshadows look and feel. The fine grains are virtually undetectable on my skin.

As a matter of fact, I think it’s time for a…

WARNING: From one makeup fiend to another, steel yourself before you try these blushes and eyeshadows, lest you spiral down a vortex into uncontrollable makeup lust!

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Clockwise from left: BurberrBurberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadow in Almond, Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation in Trench, Burberry Beauty Eye Definer Eye Shaping Pencil in Midnight Brown, Burberry Beauty Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick in Nudge Beige, Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet


Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer in Almond ($29)

Matte eyeshadows can be a bear to blend, but this golden brown spreads like buttah. Would-be jewel thieves might not like how readily the gunmetal compact captures their fingerprints, but the rich color and smooth texture more than make up for it, barring an arrest. 🙂 It’s definitely a splurge, but it’s not a bad one to make. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet ($41)

A definitive blush, and like the eyeshadow, this warm reddish peach, with its subtle golden glitter, seems to melt into my skin. It’s awfully spendy for a blush, but if you’re a girl who likes her luxury makeup and wears just one or two blush colors often, it might be worth the plunge. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A/A+

Burberry Beauty Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Beige ($30)

WOW! Burberry did not hold back when they scented this lipstick. There’s something old lady/Miss Havisham from Great Expectations about it; my nose detects can’t miss the strong notes of baby powder, along with a spoonful of wealth and “maturity” thrown in for good measure (unflavored, though). Super pigmented, Nude Beige feels smooth on my lips, but the color only lasts about an hour before I have to reapply. For sure, I like this more for the packaging than the product itself. That said, the side detailing on the bullet and its cap, which has a smart magnetic closure, are kinda gorgeous. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

Burberry Beauty Eye Definer Eye Shaping Pencil in Midnight Brown ($27)

A dark brown with subtle golden glitter, the tip of this pencil feels hard but applies smooth. The formula layers and blends easily beneath powder shadows, and it grasps my lash line for somewhere between four and six hours. On my waterline, however, it fades quickly, completely disappearing in less than an hour. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+/B-

Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation in Trench No. 05 ($52)

Okay, this might be an Asian thing, but does anyone else remember Pearl Cream (“made from real crushed pearls!”)? It was a face cream popular in the ’80s? My mom and aunts always had a jar in their medicine cabinets. So, this foundation has that same strong talcum powdery Pearl Cream scent, ha! It’s uncanny! Anywho, the sample I tested, Trench No. 5, is a warm light beige and sooo not my color, but I wore it around the house for fun. It offers sheer coverage and feels feather light on the skin, almost like a tinted moisturizer. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

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Closeup of the check pattern detailing on the packaging

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Tabs approves of Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet…

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Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet

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Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer in Almond

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Burberry Beauty Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Beige,

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Burberry Beauty Eye Definer Eye Shaping Pencil in Midnight Brown

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Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation in Trench No. 05

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Detailing on the makeup boxes

Swatches from left: Russet blush, Almond eyeshadow, Midnight Brown liner, Nude Beige lipstick, Trench No. 5 foundation

Almond eyeshadow and Midnight Brown liner

Wearing Russet Blush, Almond eyeshadow, Midnight Brown liner and Nude Beige lipstick


The new line is available for online pre-order now, with products expected to ship later this month. Burberry Beauty will also be carried at the following U.S. Nordstrom stores (with possibly more to follow): San Francisco Center (San Francisco, California), Garden State (Paramus, New Jersey), Bellevue (Bellevue, Washington), South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, California) and Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Illinois).

What do ya think so far? Is Burberry Beauty on the right track?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. If you’re new here, thank you for visiting. Makeup and Beauty Blog is a makeup blog with daily product reviews, beauty tips, giveaways and the random shenanigans of a crazy cat lady/makeup enthusiast named Karen (that’s me!). 🙂


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  1. Jenny says:

    yay! I heard about this from vogue awhile ago, but was curious to see the pricing. love the packaging, not so keen on the pricey cash range =(

  2. Molly says:

    Love the packaging- NOT about to spend that much though! Also, I’m curious to see if you can use the eyeliner with a regular sharpener- the square shape seems like it could be an issue. Do they sell an outrageously priced special sharpener :-p

  3. Stef says:

    Oh crap, I’m in trouble…I am such a sucker for quality packaging. And this is off the charts. I will simply explain this to my mortgage company. I’m sure they will understand.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Should you buy the Opal by Clarisonic =-.

  4. Debby says:

    GORGEOUS packaging, but I just can’t bring myself to go up a price tier to designer cosmetics.
    .-= Debby’s last blog post… UHA High Concentration Matcha Milk Candy =-.

  5. Amber says:

    The packaging is awesome. The prices are ridiculous. The lipstick looks pretty on you, though — I found it unappealing in the product shot. I think I was imagining some kind of matte disaster!
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Balcony birds =-.

    • Karen says:

      I think the lippie depends on how you work it. If I lay too much of it down it’s a little too p0rn star, but with a light touch it’s actually very natural and pretty.

  6. Rinnie says:

    This looks like something my mom will be asking for during christmas, she loves anything Burberry. And yes, I remember pearl creme too, and it is such an asian thing(I’m Thai) and I when I was litte I was affraid of breaking the jar thinking it was soooooo expensive because it was made of real pearls.

    • Karen says:

      Does she wear blush? I’m betting she’ll love this!

      Isn’t that funny about Pearl Cream? I remember seeing the commercial and wondering why crushed pearls were such a big deal.

  7. Nancy says:

    that almond eyeshadow is beautiful. is there a mac dupe?

  8. Marina says:

    I love Burberry (and own quite a few items) of course and it looks lovely on you 🙂 I want to get a lipstick and a bronzer, love the design of mascara.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres Shadows in Bronze Gold Review and Swatches =-.

  9. jess says:


    I think the market is over saturated with designer lines…expensive makeup with debatable quality for sky high prices no one can afford? I’ll pass.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jess,

      If you want to leave a link back to your site, just click the “comment love” box before you submit a comment. That way you don’t have to type in your URL each time you leave a note. It’s automatic and totally easy!

  10. Sarah says:

    Does the Burberry Nude Beige Lipstick compare at all with Revlon’s Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude?

  11. Sabrina says:

    Karen – thank you so much for the review and putting together an AMAZING look! You’re as stunning as the models on burberry.com. If the result of the products on me is like it is on you, then it’s worth the 1.5 hour drive for me to go check it out.

    I cringed at the prices a bit, but I’m a luxury fanatic. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will find something I like. I was most interested in the lipsticks & glosses, but now that you mention the scent, I’m a bit weary. I have an uber sensitive nose. But you have me intrigued. I must go to SCP when the line is launched.

    Will you perhaps do a close up of the eyeshadow on your eye? (Please? Only if you have time.) I love that picture of Tabs’ nose. Such a cutie.
    .-= Sabrina’s last blog post… Paul -amp Joe Eye Glosses- Celestial- Halo -amp Murmur =-.

  12. Nina says:

    Oh my gawd – the packaging is beautiful! So sleek … I want the lipstick and the eyeshadows, all of them.

    Must.practice.self.control. 😛

  13. amy says:

    the lipstick looks beeyoootifull! too bad the staying power is so meh, cause i’ve been trying to find that perfect nude lippie.. problem is i’m pale as a sheet so most nude lippies are too dark. also, it’s frickin expensive!

    ps, if you have the time, please drop by my fledgling blog? I’m having a small giveaway =)

    .-= amy’s last blog post… LEMMING FOR UDS LOVECHILD =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      Have you checked out MAC Viva Glam Gaga? It might work for you.

    • Kate & Zena says:

      Amy, I’m super super pale (I have mainly Northern European heritage) and I love Revlon’s ColorBurst Lipstick in 035 Blush. It might be the perfect nude on you. It’s still dark on me but I love the color.

      P.S. You are not pale (which is a compliment, by the way). I’d love to have a little color. Ivory (the lightest shade in drugstore ranges) can be up to a whole shade darker than me.

  14. Kymberlee says:

    Just curious, but since you’re always reviewing new makeup, what happens to all of it after you’re done reviewing? I know that you’ve done giveaways but it seems like you would still have a TON between product reviews and stuff you actually buy. I’d love to see your whole collection!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kymberlee,

      I keep a lot of it for archival purposes, so when people ask questions like, “Is this green similar to the one released in 2007 from the fall collection?”, I can dig into the stash and answer.

  15. Jenna says:

    I’m relieved by the way you described the scent of that lipstick- goodbye super expensive lemming!

  16. Crystal says:

    WOW! Those colours are perfect on you! I always love that combo, soft brown smokey eyes with natural pinkish lips. But the price range means I’d only get these for my birthday or something, lol.

    • Karen says:

      I hear ya. I save my pennies every year for a few luxury birthday makeup items. Last month was my bday and I picked up T. LeClerc powder. Have you tried it yet?

      • Crystal says:

        Holy smokes, that is some pretty packaging T. LeClerc have. I’ve never heard of them til now, I guess it’s on the “gift to myself” list now, haha. Happy belated bday 🙂

  17. beth says:

    I am so excited for this. Called around and nordstrom in chicago is not getting it until early august and I wont even be in town at that point! I am interested in seeing the eyeshadows and blushes; i have a lot of lipsticks and while the packaging is really really really drawing me in, i think i can pass. cant wait til i can play in person.
    .-= beth’s last blog post… poizenisxkandee- -chicagostyle thats nothing Stuck b-w a couple on an escalator out of a busy red line stopInstead of let go 20sec- they reached around me =-.

  18. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous packaging and product! Kinda a splurge though so it may be lucky it doesnn’t seem to be available in my neck of the woods…yet. lol I picture picking one of the compacts up and it having a luxurious weight-y feeling. You know what I’m talking about? Thanks for featuring this!
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Smashbox Beauty Bliss- Three Celeb Sightings- =-.

  19. ezzie says:

    absolutely beautiful! & the almond shadow is such a pretty neutral tone and looks lovely on your eyes! 🙂

  20. oliviia says:

    oooh i think that this foundation and cheek combination looks flawless on you 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Oliviia,

      Thanks! Please note, though, that the foundation I’m wearing in the pic above isn’t the Burberry one. I mention in the review that the color is way light for me, so I wore it around the house to test. In the pic I’m actually wearing Laura Mercier Oil-Free topped with a 50/50 mix of MAC Blot and MAC Prep+Prime Powder.

  21. marisol says:

    Looooooove the packaging especially of the foundation.

    OT question but how do you maintain your brows so neat? They look great!
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Haulidays =-.

    • Karen says:

      I pluck ’em myself. I try to do a little bit every day, like when I get out of the shower. When it’s time to put on makeup I use a very precise angled brush (the MAC 266!) and a pan of MAC Concrete eyeshadow.

      You get yours done at the Benefit Brow Bar, right? I’ve always wanted to try them, but I have weird control issues with other people touching my brows! Plus, I have an irrational fear of wax dripping into my eye…

  22. Alexzandra says:

    This collection seems really pretty, but I’m not sure I prefer it to some of the other luxury brands out there. I think I’ll have to see this one in person before I make any purchases.

  23. Glosslizard says:

    I will be checking these out in person, they do look lovely! Also, the Russet blush is almost the same color as Tabs’ nose! 🙂

  24. eestar says:

    do you know if the burberry products are limited edition or permanent line?

  25. Karen B says:

    Looks so so pretty. Of course it doesn’t help that I’m a sucker for all things Burberry… The only thing that really piqued my interest product-wise is the blush but I think that’s a bit expensive though to spend on a blush. I’ll have to see it in person first.
    Do you think the pan is small for the price?
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Organize Your Bling- =-.

  26. Vonvon says:

    Wow for the whole collection. love those patterns on the lipsticks and shadows.

    Nude Beige lipstick looks slightly pinkish, no?
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Back In KL -amp Some Updates =-.

  27. Krys says:

    I’m seriously thinking about buying that blush but aside from that your complexion looks stunning in that photo! What foundation and moisturizer are you using there? (you are just so shine free/even toned/poreless!)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krys,

      For this pic I used Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation with a 50/50 mix of MAC Prep+Prime Powder and MAC Blot buffed into skin with a kabuki brush. This lil’ cocktail photographs really well.

  28. Rita says:

    Blah, too rectangular and lame for me. I don’t think Burberry Beauty is going to be available in my country/town, so I wont’t be missing anything.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rita,

      I guess the style’s not for everyone. Still, if you ever get the chance you might want to check out the blush just to peep the texture… it’s lovely!

  29. parsi says:

    I love the colors. I see a rather large purchase in my future. Soo much makeup soo little time. I was wondering about the foundation shades. Was the #5 too cool and light for you? What color do you think you’d be? I normally wear BB warm sand in the moisture rich and shell in teint innocence and pro lumiere. I was thinking I’d be either 5 or 6 in the burberry foundation but I’m not sure. If you don’t mind my asking, what other shades of foundation do you wear.

  30. Kristen says:

    I have been waiting for this for sooo long, but now I think the colors are a bit too neutral for me! I hope there are more dynamic shades in the full collection…I want to buy it just for the packaging!
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… BeneFit’s New Palettes Take You From Work To Weekend in a Snap =-.

  31. amy says:

    Nude Beige lippie is gorgoeus! I hope Burberry is coming to Holt Renfrew in Canada. Though this line may be way over my budget.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Great for Light Makeup- NARS Skin Softening Milk Cleanser =-.

  32. Lindsay says:

    Very pretty but the packaging is blah.
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Giveaway Winner Announcement- =-.

  33. Sylvie says:

    *Big fat yawn* I’ve got nothing against them, heck I’ve been wearing their Touch perfume for almost 10 years and I own a few pieces of of clothing from them but this is just plain boring.

  34. LuvJ says:

    Hi Karen

    I’m curious to know if you feel that the foundation is running light and on the pink side? I almost ordered #5 as well (NC30-35) currently. The packaging is so luxe!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi LuvJ,

      It’s light, but more yellow than pink. I’m actually not wearing it in the pic below — in the review I mention that it’s way too light for me, but I tried it on just to test the texture and coverage.

  35. Naïade says:

    The eyeshadows and lipsticks look so pretty !
    .-= Naïade’s last blog post… Secret Story 4 – les candidats passés au crible =-.

  36. Mary says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’ve read your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I check back here throughout the day, and I love your humor, and Tabs!

    Just wondering if you have the ingredients for the foundation? If you do, could you let me know if it has dimethicone in it?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  37. stephanie says:

    I have seen this in the mags and was immediately bowled over by the fab packaging…yes, I have been known to keep my makeup in boxes and line it up like at the store…This line will have to make an appearance on my ‘store’ shelves!
    Does the Midnight Brown liner have glod flecks in it or is that your camera magic?

  38. sophie says:

    I love the color of the lipstick. Is it more like a pale pink? And it looks very sheer on your lips, how much coverage does it provide?

  39. Phyllis says:

    OMG I *want* the Nude Beige lipstick and Almond eyeshadow! Thanks for the pics and reviews!

    Do you think Trench #5 is the right shade for NC30? The beauty adviser at Nordstrom recommended that color for me. Can’t wait to check it out at Mich Ave next week!
    .-= Phyllis’s last blog post… MAC Prep Prime Beauty Balm UVA-UVB SPF35 PA Review =-.

  40. kristie says:

    Thanks so much for the swatches Karen. The packaging is so pretty but the colors are just not blowing me away. I know they’re trying to do the natural look but Chanel does it much better =)

  41. Awesome! I can’t wait for this to come out so I can try it. I’m not big on different colored makeup and I usually go for the more natural look on myself so I’m excited to try this out.

  42. Silvana says:

    Love their makeup ….is that a cat smelling the blush ? 😉

  43. jana salamanca says:

    I’m a little late, but I just had a Burberry Beauty makeover today at the Saks on Fifth Avenue, NYC.

    I fell in love with their products 🙂 Yes, super expensive, but I’m hoping they will be well worth it.

    I too bought the eye shadows….I purchased antieque rose (#10) and barley (#22). I have olive skin & brown eyes – these colors made my eyelids pop and several complimented on how great it looked. I bought the brown eye liner, but I don’t plan on using it for eyeliner (sorry, my heart and soul will always love MakeUp Forevers aqua black eyeliner), but for shaping in my eyebrows! I know in the product description it doesn’t say eyebrows, but the guy said it had universal uses! Score. I also bought the sheer concealer. Since I do use black eyeliner sometimes I can get that “black eye” underneath look and a dab or two with the concealer and POP my eyes are looking glam.

    The prices are a little scary, with my concealer purchase, two eyeshadows and eye liner my total came to $136 – YIKES. However, after having the super sleek packages that they came in I’m started to think that it was a deal! (what’s wrong with me?) I plan on going back to purchase the “hibiscus” sheer lipstick – which is awesome.

    Anyways, thanks for the great Burberry blog review!

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