Glowing Golds: Burberry Beauty Complete Eye Palette in Gold Shimmer No. 28

I ordered one of Burberry’s eyeshadow quads off the Burberry website a few days ago, in the shade Gold Shimmer No. 28. This is part of the Christmas collection, and comes in limited-edition gold packaging (as opposed to the usual gunmetal grey). The palette was £40 and came with complimentary next-day shipping.

I was really impressed with the way my order was packaged. The box was lined with tissue, my bill folded into a gold envelope — everything was very luxe and so much attention was paid to detail. While you do pay a premium for luxury brands like Burberry, in my experience with other beauty brands of similar price points, none of them come close in terms of presentation.

The palette comes in a black dust pouch housing three small applicators — a sponge tip applicator, a small blending brush and a small eyeliner brush. img_0019img_0017L–R: A neutral yellowy gold, a warm champagne gold, a soft light bronze with gold shimmer, and a cool medium bronze with gold shimmer. The shimmer in these colours is very refined and comes across as a glow rather than a sparkle.

I’m very happy with this purchase. On most days, my eye look consists of just swiping one or two neutral shimmers across my lids and lining with a soft brown pencil. This palette is ideal for that — all the shades are extremely, extremely wearable and don’t have any visible sparkle or glitter. They impart a soft glow and some warmth, which is exactly what I love. The pigmentation is medium, comparable to The Legendary Muse by Charlotte Tilbury. A single swipe definitely gives you visible colour and glow, but they aren’t the kind of shadows that go on full-on opaque in one pass. I found the colours to be buildable and they lasted all day on my monolids without transferring around or smudging on my lower eyelid.

I do think that this is a palette better suited to light skin tones, as the shades are all fairly light and might all look similar on a darker skin tone. This is perfect for people who like an all-over wash of colour, but might not be for people who use matte transition shades or need a black liner shade in their palettes. If shades in this are up your alley, I highly recommend it — these apply like a dream and the finish is just gorgeous.

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Charlotte Tilbury: The Dreamy Look

A couple weeks ago, I fell in love with the images from Charlotte Tilbury’s Holiday 2016 collection campaign:

mtqwmtq5odyymja0mtg4mtc4Because just how beautiful is that makeup.

I purchased three items from The Dreamy Look: the Legendary Muse luxury eyeshadow palette, the much-raved-about Filmstar Bronze and Glow, and the Hot Lips Matte Revolution lipstick in Secret Salma. I bought the lipstick in Charlotte’s flagship store at Covent Garden, the others I ordered online. My online order came with two samples — of the matte revolution lipsticks in Amazing Grace and Very Victoria (which I think I have to pick up soon, because the name! and it’s such a beautiful, soft taupe-nude shade).

The Legendary Muse palette is completely up my alley: it’s a beautiful collection of subtle warm honeyed shimmers. The absence of a dark shade from this palette was a plus rather than a drawback for me, since having monolids, I don’t wear deeper colours on a day to day basis. Charlotte describes the shades in this as a “dreamy, pretty, flattering combination of champagne golds, Ibizan sunset golds, and pale, angelic, softer bronzes”.

The compact was lighter than I expected. This palette comes in the limited edition packaging that her Fallen Angel palette from last holidays had. Pigmentation was good, but not fantastic. This palette is not suited to fans of bold, cut-crease eye makeup — it’s very subtle. On me, it lasted from morning to evening without fading noticeably.

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The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is something I’ve wanted in a long time. Just about everybody that’s used this loves it, and I have to agree — it’s a fantastic cheek duo. First off, the packaging is stunning, an embodiment of vintage glamour. The bronzer is not too warm, has a slight sheen but isn’t shimmery by any means, and the highlight is glowy and luminous without being over-the-top. The bronzer is subtle on me, even though I’m fairly light-skinned, and has to be built up for a stronger definition. The highlight goes on quite strong with just one or two swipes. Both powders blend out effortlessly and seamlessly; I don’t think it’s even possible to mess up with this.

img_0008Swatches. L–R: Legendary Muse eyeshadow palette prime, enhance, pop and smoke, Filmstar Bronze and Glow sculpt and highlight.

img_0009Bottom to top: Legendary Muse eyeshadow palette prime, enhance, pop and smoke, Filmstar Bronze and Glow sculpt and highlight.

Charlotte’s Hot Lips Matte Revolution lipstick in Secret Salma is described on her website as a “natural deep-rose plum”, which I think is pretty apt. It’s designed for tanned skintones, but I think it suits my light Asian skintone really well. The packaging is the standard rose-gold bullet, with the squared-off lipstick shape for easy application. The Hot Lips lipsticks also come with a kiss embossed into the bullet.img_0010This lipstick is a flattering rose pink shade. As I’m sure everyone knows, the Matte Revolution formula is incredibly comfortable and long-wearing. This hides rather than enhances my lip lines, making my lips look fuller and healthier. It applies smoothly without tugging or dragging.

Overall, I think this is a beautiful collection and definitely worth checking out in-store if you’re into natural, softly glam makeup looks. Such a collection, I feel, could easily read as dated and old-ladyish, but this collection manages to stay modern and wearable while still conveying elegant, yesteryear glamour. All the products are an absolute joy to use and look at, look seamless worn and last well throughout the day. If you’re after a stronger Instagram-worthy kind of look, though, you might want to pass over this one.