Burberry Make-Up: First Impressions

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.


  1. dani@callitbeauty
    August 5, 2010 / 7:21 am

    i’m most excited to try the lip and cheek products from burberry.

    hibiscus looks gorgeous on you!

  2. August 5, 2010 / 7:51 am

    Hmmmm? It looks beautiful and super-luxe …. and relieved it’s slate grey hues rather than the (forgive me Burberry) chav-associated classic beige. For the hibiscus hue alone I think I’d consider a little pay-day treat…

  3. Sami
    August 5, 2010 / 11:37 am

    I love the lipstick detailing but personally I find the whole range to be a bit dull!

  4. August 5, 2010 / 11:56 am

    Thanks for the post! The hibiscus looks beautiful on you. your bf’s comment about chavs is funny. I think Burberry is alot less chavy after having emma watson modeling for them anyway.

  5. August 5, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Thank you! I do love Hibiscus, I need to get a bit more brave and wear it out side of the living room!

    Penelope – I totally agree that the Emma Watson thing has made the brand less chav-tastic. I actually really like Burberry in general – it’s all about how it’s work (ie. Not a check print base ball cap…)

    Sami – I can see what you mean about the dull thing. I think the range is very much targetted at the neutral lovers!

  6. August 12, 2010 / 5:20 am

    The lipstick looks beautiful on your lips. I really love their eyeshadows as well.

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