I've been wanting to try these Burberry eyeshadows for so long after seeing Tiffany from Will Work for Makeup always rave about them. Time and time again, i would walk up to the counter and swatch them on the back of my hand and walk away because the price tag was just too hefty for a uni student like myself.
I made the decision to stay in Melbourne and do summer school, work and save instead of going back to Hong Kong last summer. 4 months of working and studying during summer was such a drainer, she knew how sad i was about not being able to see my family back home so she spoilt me with lots of beauty goodies when she got back from Hong Kong, including these :3
The fact that it doesn't come in a plastic packaging makes all the difference...suddenly my Chanel eyeshadows don't seem that luxurious.
The shiny, gunmetal compact housing the eyeshadows is super sleek and each packaged in a faux-velvet pouch. The pouch, the case, as well as the eyeshadow itself, are all embossed with the iconic Burberry plaid. Inside is a large mirror and a sponge tipped applicator. The compact snaps shut with a magnetic clasp. Overall, it's a heavy and sturdy case.
My mum picked up 08 Khaki, 09 Rosewood and 10 Antique Rose. All 3 of these colors are such suitable colors for autumn/winter; appropriate as we are entering the colder months in Australia now c:
Khaki is a cool green-greige. I love green but it's not a color that can been worn easily on the eyes. This is such a stunning color and pairs well with both the colors below as well as on its own as a smokey eye.
Rosewood looks pretty dull in the pan but when applied, it actually gives such a nice dimension and complexity as it looks different when it catches different light and on different skin tones as well. It is a light taupe that leans rosy-pink. It has a soft and subtle sheen that isn't too over the top; melting into the eyelid so beautifully.
10 Antique Rose
Lastly, Antique Rose is sort of in the same family as Rosewood. It is a deep muted mauve-taupe that pulls slightly rose. Super stunning. Here they are swatched in the same order, in natural light and under flash:
I'm going to keep this short because you've probably seen many reviews already but the quality of these eyeshadows are unequalled. Online swatches/reviews does not do justice to this product at all!
I have no idea why these are named "Sheer Eyeshadows" as they are the complete opposite. Perhaps it is because you can easily blend out a sheer, effortless wash of color over the eyelids or layer to build the intensity that you desire. Either way, the ultra-finely milled eyeshadows have superb pigmentation and the texture is velvety to the touch. The buttery softness means makes blending a dream.
Despite how soft these shadows are, I had no problems with fallout. Once blended, they seriously stay put for the rest of the day. I wore them for a good 16 hours the other day and at the end of the day, it still looked as fresh as when i first applied it.
The Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow formula is by far the best i've ever used. The Burberry eye shadow shade selection is quite natural but they are all so beautifully done. Most of the colors can be used as a stand alone wash shade but they also combine seamlessly together. I don't think you can ever really go wrong splurging a little extra on neutrals because you know for sure that it is something you'll always use and come back to.
Long story short: these are incredibly finely milled, have excellent pigmentation, flawless blendability and extraordinary staying power.
The only downside is, because the cases are quite heavy, i wouldn't say they're very travel friendly. I am already itching to add a couple more to my collection (Midnight Brown and Mulberry)...greedy much :3
Let me know if you guys have any other Burberry makeup recommendations c:
Which brand does your favourite eyeshadow formula?