Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Rosewood No. 09 and Trench No. 02

Burberry Cosmetics conveys understated elegance. Reminiscent of their famous Burberry trench coat, this brand exudes class in an under-the-radar type manner. I first stumbled upon Burberry Beauty almost a year ago while on vacation and had no idea that Burberry had even launched a cosmetic line (apparently it had just been released). I remember taking a quick peak, but nothing more than that thinking that I would see it again in my local Nordstrom's once I returned home. A whole year has passed and Burberry is still only available in a handful of Nordstrom's (they are slowly expanding to more locations). Burberry Beauty began intriguing me once again when I started hearing high praise for their sturdy packaging (love), their well-edited line of soft colors (love), and their makeup that has staying power (love).  The only thing holding me back was the fact that the counter was more than an hour and half away without traffic. That and the whole out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality totally took place here. I guess other brands (hello Le Metier De Beaute) captured my attention and held it for quite some time.

It became very obvious that as the months ticked, my ability to just dart off to the counter to have a look was diminishing. Finally, I  thought I had seen enough reviews online and seen enough swatches to make a rather educated online purchase without regret and just fulfill my desire for some Burberry cosmetics in my life! I ordered Rosewood No. 09 and Trench No. 02 - two colors that are universally flattering and pleasing.

Trench is a buttery cream color that is great for an overall wash of natural color. Their nova check is embossed into the shadow but dissipates after a several swipes of your eye shadow brush. It comes boxed in a heavy cardboard box lined with foil. All their powdered products (blush, eye shadows, powders) come contained in a heavy felt bag also decked out in nova check print. I'm a sucker for packaging and this high-end brand really delivers the goods. Unlike Chanel or Edward Bess, Burberry Beauty comes with a magnetic closure to ensure their will be no "oops" moments in your purse if you decide to tote it along. Each eye shadow also has a mirror attached - convenient for touchups - and a  sponge tip applicator with "Burberry" imprinted on it.    

Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey states, "The colors are taken from the signature Burberry color palette - natural, light, timeless and iconic. We have been inspired by our beautiful stormy, cloudy, misty, hazy skies followed by the gentle glow of the British sun," explains Bailey.

Retails for $29.00 USD and can be found at select Nordstrom's (San Francisco, South Coast Plaza, Garden State, Michigan Avenue, and Bellevue) or online at http://us.burberry.com they also ship to 46 other countries and are currently offering free shipping!

Rosewood No. 09

Trench No. 02

Yes, there are really two colors there. ;) Trench is on the top and Rosewood on the bottom

Rosewood on the left and Trench on the right. 

Easy to blend, buildable color that gave fool proof application, other words...love, love, love!

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