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.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette “Light and Tan vibes”

This is a limited edition release for spring/summer, a face palette of “sunkiss powders”, meant to “sculpt contours, brighten features, correct or intensify the complexion, all the while revealing the full splendour of the tan”.

It comes in two colours — Tan & Flash Cruise, which has darker bronzers and more vibrant blush shades, and Light & Tan Vibes, which is the lighter and more tonal palette I picked up. This retails at Space NK for £64, but I got mine for £44 (including the £5 delivery) with the help of some discount codes and accumulated reward points (university students on a budget have to do what they can).IMG_6185The palette is beautiful to look at. It’s elegantly packaged in a sleek art deco inspired plastic casing, which feels sturdy and well-made. The six shades (15g of product in total) are arranged in a zig-zag pattern that mimics the outer shell, allowing for easy mixing of colours.

The powders are very soft and very pigmented, especially the warm pink blush shade and the bronzer — I had to be much more light-handed than I’m used to. However they do blend out really smoothly, so it’s easy to make these look seamless.

IMG_6187Here are swatches:IMG_6312.JPG

The shades in this palette are:

  • a bronze shimmer — this could be used on top of bronzer to create a radiant glow, or mixed in with the pink blush to create a warmer shade.
  • a warm watermelon pink with slight shimmer — I love this shade. It looked a little daunting in the pan, but once blended out gave the most beautiful vibrant flush.
  • a shimmering champagne rose — this is very pigmented and gives an intense highlight.
  • a matte beige — I’m not sure if this is supposed to be used as a highlight, but unfortunately it’s extremely close to my skin colour and doesn’t show up. It could also be mixed with the other bronzer shades.
  •  a matte rosy beige — this is beautiful mixed in with the bronzer, or worn as a neutral blush colour.
  • a warm bronze with slight shimmer — the shimmer doesn’t translate much to the face.

I can definitely see these shades being flattering on a wide range of skin tones, even sun-starved people who don’t have much of a tan to enhance. The shades are all stunning, there’s an excellent mix of mattes and shimmers, and they work together harmoniously to liven up the face. The formulation of these powders is also excellent, they’re a treat to use and last all day without fading.

On the whole, I’m thoroughly impressed with this palette and definitely recommend this to anyone who can get their hands on it. The neutral, tonal range of colour is perfect for creating a soft, diffused and radiant summer look.

Edit: I’ve read on several other reviews that people had problems with kickup. I tested this out by swirling a large Zoeva powder brush in the palette and it did have significant powdery kickup. However I hadn’t actually encountered this problem prior, because these powders are so pigmented and soft that I usually just touch my blush brush to the powder and that would pick up enough product — no kickup at all.