When I first heard that Brit brand, Burberry were launching a make-up range I didn’t really know what to think. The brand has a somewhat mixed reputation – part the ultimate sophisticated Brit brand, part chav.
In fact, when I was excitedly opening and playing with the bits from Burberry my boyfriend looked over and commented – ‘Isn’t that for chavs?’ I did quickly set him straight – this make-up range is pure luxury.
The packaging alone had me ooh-ing and ah-ing before I even had a play with the textures and colours. The pewter coloured metal is sturdy, and includes magnets to secure. The lipstick lid feels the most luxurious – gently popping shut and swivelling the lid into perfect place. The packaging is subtly embossed with the traditional Burberry print check design and the eyeshadow even comes with a soft protective outer case.
Before I move on to talking about the colours and textures I should mention the prices – obviously this sort of luxury doesn’t come cheap. Both the sheer eyeshadow and lipstick are priced at £22.
So, onto the colours – the lipstick (shade Hibiscus No.20) is a true statement berry-red. The embossing continues on the outer layer of the lipstick – adding to the luxury feel. The texture and pigmentation really impressed me – the lipstick glides on and delivers strong colour. Although I have to say, this isn’t a colour I would consider wearing day to day I was surprisingly happy with how it looked on my skin tone. Because the texture was so soft and moisturising it didn’t feel uncomfortable to wear.
Onto the eyeshadow – Pearl Blue No.16 – an icy pale blue. Not normally a colour I would feel comfortable wearing either because of the 80’s connotations of blue eyeshadow… but since I picked up the Soften the Mood Mineralise Trio from the MAC In The Groove collection I have renewed my like of pale blue as a highlight. The Burberry blue is very smooth but sheer – so not highly pigmented. The colour comes out as a very pale blue that is shot through with some small glittery bits for added sheen. To be honest – I was a little surprised to find glitter in an otherwise extremely high-end product.
Having had a chance to sample a couple of the products from the range I can summarise my first impressions of Burberry Make Up as being very sophisticated luxury make-up. Something I would see as a real treat rather than an every day make-up purchase. The sort of thing I may have to drop a few hints to the boyfriend about (if I start now, he might have gotten the hint by Christmas).
I am very keen to check out the blushers from the range as I have seen these on other blogs and they look lovely.
So what do you think of the Burberry range? Must have, wish list or can live without?
** The Small Print**
PR samples for review.