General Thoughts: This line is targeted at fair-skinned women and is not well-suited for those over NC35 or NC40. Online swatches, other than for eyeshadow, are very inconsistent with how the products look in real life and I recommend you use caution when ordering online. Burberry has created a range of cosmetics that caters to the insanely popular and in-demand "make-up but no make-up LOOK." Only a few of the products have metal packaging: the foundation compact and powder compact, for instance. The lipstick and liquid foundation are plastic, as well as several others. The price point of the range is justified, right on target with other designer cosmetic ranges. Currently, it is only available for purchase at 6 Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom Online. The US Burberry site recently launched the cosmetics as well. I enthusiastically recommend their products and if you're interested in seeing the products in action, please watch my video!
Packaging: You can see the gorgeous texture of the paper. It is heavy cardstock and I absolutely adore this attention to detail! It's just a nice touch to the Burberry tradition. I didn't take photos of the metallic paper inside the boxes but I showed it in the video!
Foundation Powder Compact: It was difficult to capture the embossing on the metal packaging but I did the best I could. I should have taken a picture of the closed compact but obviously, I forgot to. This is my second favorite product from the line! Available in 9 colors and let me just say.. it is one tough foundation to match to! A perfect online match will be impossible to achieve. Just pick whichever color you are in the liquid foundation. I use a large powder brush to sweep it all over my face to set the Burberry liquid foundation. This is so lightweight and sheer a powder that your foundation will never cake up or look too powdery-matte. Full-coverage lovers beware :)
Details, via Nordstrom Online: Formula - An outstanding texture to be used dry for a sheer finish, or damp for more intense coverage. Comfortable all day long, it blends effortlessly. Benefits - An innovative formula that protects and refines the features. Seamlessly adherent and imperceptibly smooth. Protection - The formula keeps the skin soft and supple. Contains UV filters to protect from damaging environmental exposure. How to use - Burberry Sheer Foundation helps minimize any unwanted shine. Apply lightly for a natural look. Apply with a wet sponge for a velvety finish or a dry sponge for more sheer finish. Includes protective fabric pouch debossed with Burberry check. $55 USD.
Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation: I have discovered my replacement for my favorite [now discontinued] Dior HydrAction tinted moisturizer! The shades run very fair and I have 05 Trench, my summer shade, as I am quite tan at the moment. I would say 05 is best suited for NC25-30 so it's noticeably a bit dark for me, even now. I will DEFINITELY need to purchase 04 or 03, come winter! I use my fingertips to apply this and I don't use a moisturizer, only primer, beforehand, as this foundation is very moisturizing. The fairest of fair ladies will appreciate this range of colors most but if you are very oily or acne-prone and you are looking for a foundation with at least medium coverage, this foundation is NOT for you! The finish is very luminous and if you don't want a dewey look, you should also avoid this product. I have combination skin and it lasts at least 4 hours alone, just like my Dior HydrAction, but it does make me look oily at 3 hours if worn alone! It's best to set with a long-wearing powder, like the Burberry compact foundation.
The foundation display was unlike any other I've seen so I couldn't resist throwing in a picture! And isn't the foundation bottle an architectural marvel? Okay, I admit that's a bit extreme but it's a foundation bottle, for goodness sake.. I think we can afford to drool over it, right?! I love it ^_^
Details, via Nordstrom Online: Formula - A sheer and light cream fluid. A gelled structure for optimum light diffusion. Benefits - A subtle finish and natural glow that illuminate the skin. The skin feels beautifully bare, supple and comfortable. Protection - Hydrating formula. Contains UV filters to protect from damaging environmental exposure. How to use - Gently shake the bottle. For simple application, rub the foundation in your fingertips and gently sweep across your face, as you would a moisturizer, to give a really even tone. Apply with a brush for medium cover or with a sponge for a maximum coverage. 1 oz, $52 USD.
Blush: Peony 04 is well-pigmented and easy to use. It reminds me of Dior's blusher but it is much more powdery in texture than I would prefer. I don't like messes of powder dust all over my compacts. Nonetheless, the shimmer is very understated and this color is best for those of a fairer complexion. 03 Rose Blush, however, is the most universally flattering!
Details, via Nordstrom Online: Get a bright and radiant finish with warm glowing skin, reminiscent of the freshness of a spring morning. Formula - This airy micro-powder ensures rich shades. Silicones provide an easy glide. Benefits - An effortlessly natural fresh complexion and a healthy glow. Protection - Provides moisturizing benefits. How to use - Apply Burberry Light Glow on the hollow of your cheek to slim face, or apply it at the top of the cheek to highlight the face. Includes protective fabric pouch debossed with Burberry check. $42 USD but it comes with more product than your standard designer blusher!
Burberry 'Lip Cover' Soft Satin Lipstick: I purchased Tea Rose 08 based off the Nordstrom swatches but they are absolutely NOT true to color. Be wary if you choose to order online! Granted, the color is growing on me and I love that it leaves a stain behind. This means I don't have to reapply every 3 hours. The lighter shades, however, do not leave a stain so you will have to reapply every 3 hours - maybe every 2, depending on how often you sip on a latte. The next color I will be purchasing is Cameo 02, a must-have peachy pink! I added swatches to the video so check it out if you'd like to see what Cameo, Cameo Pink, and a couple others really look like.
Details, via Nordstrom Online: Discover supple and light colors that reflect the natural lip tones. Formulas are hydrating and give a full lip in tone, coverage and color fidelity. Formula - Super-light 'second skin' texture provides intense moisture immediately after application. Combination of oils and light waxes helps easy application and extreme comfort. Benefits - Pigments dispersed in a clear gelled structure ensure high color fidelity. Shiny polymers offer perfect luminosity. Balanced color palette from nude trench tones to Burberry reds. Protection - Contains anti-aging ceramides for fuller lips. Guarantees continuous hydration. Contains UV filters to protect from damaging environmental exposure. How to use - Apply like a normal lipstick or apply to your finger and push into the lip to give a more natural color. To enlarge the mouth, use a lighter lipstick in the middle of the mouth. To reduce the mouth, choose a darker shade. $30 USD.
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow: My favorite product from the entire range. I plan to collect every single shade.. and this is coming from a woman who is reluctant to purchase single shadows. They are so pigmented, last all day without a primer, and are true to color in pan. They also blend like a dream but I wish the packaging was a bit less bulky. They're slightly inconvenient to travel with.
I took a photo of some of the shadows and edited the picture to show the shadows as true to color as possible. Unfortunately, Nordstrom has very yellow fluorescent lighting so you'll have to refer to my photo of Almond 06 and compare it to the color of Almond in this photo as a reference point!
Details via Nordstrom Online: Experience natural and earthy tones reminiscent of the English countryside and adaptable to all skin tones. Color selection captures the ease and versatility of the collection and ranges from classic trench coat-inspired shades to smoky metals. Formula - The innovative composition reconciles comfort with long-lasting wear. Light, yet creamy, this performing powder offers optimal adherence. Benefits - Ensures a smooth application and flawless color fidelity throughout the day. From the most natural look to the most sophisticated finish. Protection - Silicones provide extreme emollience and comfort. How to use - Enhance the contours of your eyes to give them a stronger definition. With the applicator, sweep the color gently across the eyelid to achieve depth. Apply to lower lashes if needed, taking it a little lower than you normally would across the eyes. For best results, apply effortlessly which will enhance natural contours of your face.
Includes protective fabric pouch debossed with Burberry check. $29 USD and worth every penny!
Burberry 'Lip Glow' Natural Lip Gloss and Burberry Lip Definer Shaping Pencil: The gloss is best suited for those who do not want a pigmented gloss. Unfortunately, my lips are quite pigmented and I prefer color that is apparent to the eye. Furthermore, the gloss is rather sticky, which my ultra-sensitive lips cannot tolerate. At the $27 USD price point, you're better off purchasing a Chanel Glossimer. The lip pencils are nothing interesting. Truly rectangular, black packaging with a metal cap with Burberry emblazoned on one side. Nice color selection but each one will cost you $27 USD. Personally, I'd never dish out that much on one lip pencil. [My favorite is Lancome's Le Lipstique - not only do you get a ton of product but it comes with a brush on the end!]
These are NOT true to color! I wanted to show you the packaging :)
Burberry 'Eye Definer' Eye Shaping Pencil and Burberry 'Effortless Mascara' Volumising Enhancer: The eye pencils and lip pencils have the same packaging, which I really love. Though the packaging could have sucked me in, I didn't purchase any of the eye pencils because they reportedly have no lasting power and smudge easily. I suggest you avoid, too, at the price point - $27 USD. The mascara didn't really strike me as MUST-HAVE, either, and at $28USD, I would much rather pick up a YSL Effet Faux Cils or DiorShow. Still, I might give it a try eventually ;)
I apologize for the blurry photo but once again, it was just to show the packaging of the products.
Burberry Sheer Luminous Pressed Powder: The Pressed Powder is very similar to the Foundation Powder but without the bottom compartment for the sponge. My best friend purchased 01, which is for those who have yellow undertones and 02 is for those with pink undertones. Purchase the Foundation Powder instead! I don't recommend this product at all. This is $45USD but believe me, the foundation powder is sheer enough to set your foundation with and you're better off investing an extra $10 for one that you can use wet as a true foundation. Plus, you can use the powder foundation for touch-ups, too. Versatility always wins!
Burberry 'Warm Glow' Natural Bronzer and Burberry Beauty Brush: I do not want to pay $48USD for an orange bronzer but if you're of an olive complexion, it may still work for you. The brush is a masterfully designed Kabuki brush, priced at an exorbitant $52 but quite worthy of the price. It is incredibly soft and dense. At far as I've heard, there is no shedding, and it is best suited for its design intention - BRONZER. The shape would also work for all-over powder but I prefer using a shorter-bristled brush for powder.
This post took me over 3 hours to compile. Whew! Now on to edit my video.. I will post a link to the video once I upload it later tonight! Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0WobS1CQ9A
In the video, I demonstrate how I used the products since I'm sure everyone is dying to see them in action ^_~ If you read this review first, you can watch the video from the start or opt to skip all the talk and head straight into the demo.