Burberry Beauty Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Beige,
Pip pip, cheerio! Put down the coffee, 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.
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!
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
Closeup of the check pattern detailing on the packaging
Tabs approves of Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet…
Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Russet
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer in Almond
Burberry Beauty Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Beige,
Burberry Beauty Eye Definer Eye Shaping Pencil in Midnight Brown
Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation in Trench No. 05
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,
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