Sunday, April 28, 2013

Burberry Beauty Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley, Midnight Brown and Mulberry

Nope, nope.  Not sheer at all.
If you ever had the opportunity to walk by a Burberry counter, it may be possible to walk right by it.  As a matter of fact, you may actually stop to play with the eye shadows a bit and still walk on by after a few minutes.  I'm very fortunate to have the Burberry counter at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in Manhattan a short walking distance away.  But I had the very experience I described.  Why is that?
Many of Burberry eye shadows are neutrals.  You won't find a vibrant green or a bright lime in the bunch.  Instead there is an offering of beautifully executed neutrals. Perhaps like me, if you find a few of them to your liking, your may also realize that these stand head and shoulders above other brands in many ways.

First the incredible packaging: they have heavy metal cases embossed with the emblematic Burberry nova checks.  The same details carry on the inside, just like the blushes.  There is a small sponge (useless) within.

Today I will show you the three I currently have in my possesion.  At one point I had Rosewood, which while a beautiful taupe, had a weird uncomplimentary clashiness with my skin.  So now I am down to Pale Barley, Midnight Brown and Mulberry.
Pale Barley (out of stock but to be re-released soon) is a gold taupe with a lovely profusion of shimmer that brings complexity to the shade.  This makes a beautiful easy wash shade for an easy eye look.  Smudged liner, Pale Barley, a swish of mascara on the lashes = perfect fuss free look.

Midnight Brown is a deep and pigmented brown with some more distinct and multi-toned shimmer.  It makes for an excellent color to smoke up around the lash line, or also easily works as an accent or a wash shade.  Again, another gorgeous basic.

Mulberry has a pleasing mix of warm purply tones and brown and adds a little kick to a neutral.  I often pair Mulberry and Midnight Brown in the autumn and winter to concoct a dramatic, but ultra sophisticated look.
I love how each of these colors can stand alone as a wash shade, but also has a superb blendability to pair with other shades for seamless looks.  They are pigmented and a dream to apply.  Burberry really does their eye shadow singles beautifully.
Though I am a huge fan of Burberry eye shadows, I myself am not itching to run out and buy the rest of them.  I enjoy saving space and depotting, but to depot a Burberry looks a bit too challenging for my tastes.  Also, one really appealing aspect of Burberry is the super luxurious packaging, too.  Right?

Are you a Burberry eye shadow connoisseur?  Which shades are your favorites?

Yup yup.  This checks off one more item off my Work List.

40 comments :

  1. It's true -- I would never depot a Burberry eyeshadow, but I kind of hate having a bunch of tiny individual pots. I recently got Rosewood, and I'm debating one of the cult colours like Pale Barley!

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    1. My friend depots them and they are so accessible and handy! I would like to depot them for the sake of having them more visible and therefore more used, but does seem like a big waste of beautiful packaging.

      How do you like Rosewood? It is so lovely in the pan. I'm not quite sure why it looked so bleeeeh on my lids!

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  2. Your swatches are gorgeous! I owned Pale Barley and Midnight Brown at one time, but neither of them worked very well on me - they were okay, but nothing special, and I never reached for them so I sold them.

    I looooove Trench though - it's my perfect blending out shade, and it's half pan!

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    1. I heard Trench is an awesome blending shade. I have a few RBR's I use for blending. Half pan! holy cow and these are huge pans so I applaud you! :) ^5!

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  3. I have six of these classic neutrals - Mulberry is the one we both own- such a lovely muted berry.I love the packaging and it would be a sin to depot. Burberry singles are the older more sophisticated options to Urban Decay's Naked Palette.

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    1. That's a great comparison! The super smoothness reminds me a bit of UD, but with zero fall out. What other shades do you have, J?

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    2. Pearl Grey, porcelain, rosewood, antique rose, gold pearl- I wonder since they really have all the neutral possible, what colours they will bring out next!?

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    3. Ooh, you have a beautiful selection! I vote LIME GREEN! :-) Very un-Burberry esthetic, no?

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    4. they need to think outside the "check"!

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  4. These are exactly the three shades I own! :-) I really like those but find it hard for spring and summer

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    1. I used them a fair bit in the cold weather and haven't been reaching for them much these days, either! I'm telling you, if I depotted them and had them in front of my face all the time, I would use them more!! :)

      We have good taste, Sara.

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  5. Like Sara, these are exactly the three I own! I had both Khaki and Rosewood at one point but I didn't think they were unique enough to keep. These, though? AMAZING.

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    1. Ha! We have fantabulous taste! I was playing around with these yesterday thinking, Holy Cow, these feel INCREDIBLE!

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    2. They ARE incredible. Seriously, Burberry and RBR have the best textures of any eyeshadows I've ever used. They're better than Suqqu and Guerlain. And I love Suqqu and Guerlain.

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    3. RBR & Burberry's have a lot of similarities, especially on the satin and shimmer finishes for SURE! I haven't tried any Burberry mattes. I wonder how they are?

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    4. I've only tried Khaki, and it was really nice, but the color wasn't particularly unique. I don't think they're *as* nice as the RBR mattes, but they're very close. Very close.

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    5. Hmmm... might have to go back to the counter and play some more.

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  6. Hi Bellyhead :)
    Been reading your lovely blog for sometime thanks to seeing your comments on Lolassecretbeautyblog & GummyVision. Although I am sadden to see you may stop after fulfilling your list :( Booo!...I adore your writing style ;) & great photos too!
    I have Pale Barley, Midnight Brown, Rosewood, Almond, Pearl White, & Trench. Have had them for over a year now & hit pan on all of them (Trench & Pale Barley are half gone! Never in my lifetime have I done that with any other eyeshadow I owned) That's how much I love these babies! Lol, it help me get rid of my other eyeshadows that barely had a dent in them. Only other ones I own right now aside from the Burberry ones are 3 RBR & just recently bought a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl. I'm so happy to have reduce the amount of eyeshadows I own, now if I only could control my lipgloss addiction :/
    My beauty pipe dream would be that Burberry would come out with their own empty, sleek magnetic palette embossed with their nova checks so I could depot mine & have them all in one convenient place like you did with your RBR shadows, but of course I know that ain't happening in my lifetime!
    Do you plan on getting anything from the Burberry Autumn 2013 collection? The lip mist are screaming my name & I think a nail polish is too, lol
    xo Naomi

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    1. Hi Naomi! Hi PAN ON ALL OF THEM?! That's amazing! I love how you've streamlined to the very best. I'm trying to get there, but I think I still have too much stuff! The Autumn looks beautiful, and I really like the Lip Mist formula so I'm looking forward to checking them out, too. :) Burberry Nail POLISH? WIll wonders never cease from the brand? First bright blushes and now nail polish.
      Thank you so much for finding my blog and also for taking time to comment. It means so much to me to know someone is actually reading this thing!!! :))

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    2. Hi again Bellyhead :)
      I forgot to ask you something- what do you use to wash your Tom Ford brushes? I recently acquired a few thanks to your series on them (after I had more than once talked myself out of buying them!!! >_<...really, thanks! lol) I've used only the cream foundation brush so far (love it) & after one washing with my usual brush cleanser it looks to be stained :'( Help!
      xo Naomi

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    3. You'rrrreeee welcome! :-)
      I use the Becca brush soap which is discontinued now. D: I am really upset about it. It did an amazing amazing job on all my natural hair brushes even for those I used with foundation. The nice people at Zuneta told me that the solid soap from Beauty Blender is a good substitute for it. I tried it and thought it did was actually very good. You might give that a try. I also know people use oil to break down the foundation, and then washed through with soap.

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    4. Funny you mentioned Becca brush soap, I have searched high & low for that damn soap! Lol...I actually purchased it on Beautyhabit when it was on backorder & they kept teasing me that it would be back in stock- 4 months later they finally told me they would no longer be carrying it, but thankfully they gave me a refund. Good to know about the solid soap from Beautyblender, I'll shall give it a try :) After spending so much money on these beauties I want to keep them looking & feeling as soft as the day I bought them ;)
      Thank you!
      xo Naomi

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    5. Becca soap makes me sad. So very very sad. I'm glad you got your money back! I have many great experiences with Beautyhabit and their CS.

      Let me know how the BB soap works for you. :-)

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  7. I will have to treat myself to one of these one day:)

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    1. Most definitely, laitae! A perfect neutral for any makeup lover. :-)

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  8. I love Burberry Sheer eyeshadows! The SA giggles when I stop by because I'm the one who swatches; oohs & ahhs over the incredible texture, pigmentation and colour; and stares at them while my pocketbook screams at me to leave. While Burberry Trench may not be the most exciting shade, I'd love to get it when I finish my current beige/ivory/cream shade. I think it will be an excellent brow highlight and blending out shade for myself. Do you have any interest in Trench?

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    1. BBN! Trench gets mentioned ALL the time as everyone's favorite blending shade. For me, RBR's Gracious Arasari does that and I'm not sure I need another something else though. I think you need to get it because...um, HELLO, BURBERRY!

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  9. I really need more of these babies! I have pale barley and I looove it. I really appreciate the soft shimmer and lately I've been ditching all my glittery frosty eyeshadows so I kinda need more Burberry :p. I need Midnight Brown in my life, like now!

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    1. Midnight Brown is a great basic brown with oomph. I love that one! More Burberry is required in your life, Teri!

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  10. I don't like Trench, it can look ashy on yellow skin tones and in office lighting it looks ghastly I tell you. It looks blended at home but in the office omg...no!
    Blending shades are not needed when you have fine powder foundation to be honest.

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    1. LOL on your comment! I am 99% of my life in horrible flourescent lighting and am yellow. I'm now dying to see how terrible it can possibly look on my eyes! XD

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    2. Hey Anonymous, thanks for your 2 cents. I didn't know this!

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  11. Ah, those look so beautiful. Pretty glad, this one instance, that we don't have Burberry counters here. My pockets breathe a sigh of relief!

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    1. Hee hee. NYC is full of temptations. ARGH!

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  12. i want mulberry so badly!! i love burberry shadows, and i totally had the same experience as you, walking away from the counter SO many times!! but now i have pale barley, midnight brown, dark sable, antique rose, pale pink, almond... and the pink taupe palette! Getting a little crazy, over here lol

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    1. hey, crazy! you need to go pick up the Mulberry now! :-)

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  13. Hahah "nope. not sheer at all." I've said this on so many blog posts, but every time I see a post on one of these Burberry shadows, I always love the color. I think they have such a great selection of shades

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    1. Right?! Totally not sheer! I don't understand why it is named that way! They have beautiful colors. I really love these three.

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  14. Burberry is my all time hands down favourite eyeshadow brand!! I often buy and regret from other brands but never with Burberry :D I completely agree with Adele above that I like them better than Suqqu. My collection (hoard) is up to 15 now (trench, porcelain, pearl white, pearl blue, pearl grey, gold trench, khaki, almond, rosewood, taupe brown, dark sable, midnight brown, midnight purple and mulberry). Love them all to bits. They all go so well together. Have hit pan on trench - it is the perfect highlighting colour but I think it works best for NC25 and below.

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