So, as well as spending a little money with Dolce & Gabanna the other day, I also indulged in a little Burberry. I hadn't been planning to, but the sales girls were so friendly, and the colours were so much nicer than I was expecting, that I felt duty-bound to pick up a few bits and pieces! After a bit of a mass swatch, I picked (l-r) Sheer Eyeshadow No9 Rosewood, Light Glow Cameo Blush No2 and Sheer Eyeshadow No10 Antique Rose.
I've read some criticism of the range that it's all too neutral, too safe and a bit dull. Well, yes, if you love your brights and deeps, then I can understand those thoughts. Me though, I love me some sophisticated, polished neutrals, and this collection has them in spades. I thought the entire collection glowed with quality, and I'll be popping back this week for a lipshade (or two).
On the left there is Rosewood, which is a delicately glowing, pinkish taupe. It's lightly shimmering, and very flattering, perfect as a crease-shade, or for a light look all over the mobile lid. On the right is Antique Rose, a more matte, slightly plum-shade. It's slightly more intense than Rosewood, and I used this to create a bit of an edgy smoky eye recently, a look I'll show you in a FotD coming up soon. I really, really, really liked it. Which kind of guarantees no one else will, but hey ho ...
Swatches shown dry over unprimed skin. Although they're called sheer, they're actually fairly opaque, and when I wore them over primer, I had no issues with fading or creasing, even after about 14 hours of wear.
Onto the blush, the range of shades is actually quite small (three), but this was the one that called out to me. I don't own many pinkish blushes, but this one struck me as very fresh-looking, and vibrant when I swatched it.
It's a matte shade (I prefer my blushes matte, so I can add highlight where I need it, rather than risk getting the dreaded "glitterball" effect), and on the more coral side of pink. It's fairly long-lasting, needing a top-up only after about 8 hours of wear, but I like it a lot, it makes a change from my more bronz-y or orange shades! I like to think it's fairly flattering on my skin tone, and doesn't make me look too flushed. It smells faintly of roses, too, which pleases me, oddly.
What's your opinion of Burberry Cosmetics? I love the classily quirky packaging (also adore that the boxes are lined with pewter to match the compacts), and the textures are, whilst not the most buttery and pigmented I've seen - that would be Rouge Bunny Rouge - are very high quality indeed. I'll definitely be investing in more. Very soon....
The Fine Print: I bought these on the same day I got treated like poo by Dolce & Gabanna after my hard day in East London. My bank manager reminded me this week that I bank with them, and NOT vice versa. I love a funny bamk manager I do. I should get one.