When Burberry Beauty first came out, and everyone raved about Pale Barley eyeshadow, I popped everything on my wishlist. But being a brown girl, I was hesitant to buy anything from the brand for fear of it not working with my skin tone, like many other luxury makeup. The packaging alone made it very difficult to deny myself at least a trial with Burberry Beauty. As you saw in my NET-A-PORTER haul, I picked up two things from the brand: a single cream eyeshadow and a set containing some of their best sellers.
When I looked at the cream shadows, I decided to stay true to my style of everyday neutral eye looks. I went with the Burberry Beauty Eye Color Cream in Gold Copper No.100, $30.
Packaging: The Burberry Beauty Eye Color Cream comes in a square glass jar, with their signature plaid lid and Burberry simply written across the bottom. The packaging is what initially peaked my interest in the brand, after the glowing reviews from beauty bloggers and youtubers. It’s sleek and a little heavy which adds to the expensive look and feel.
Formula: The texture is smooth but the cream feels pretty hard in the pot, which makes it hard to get a lot of product out. I figured the best way to apply this would be by warming it up with your fingers to get a creamier texture. This helped but it still didn’t achieve the pigmentation and blendability I was hoping for.
Color: I realized that creams are my preferred formula of eye shadow. I’m obsessed with illusion d’ombre from Chanel and the Eyes to Mesmerize from Charlotte Tilbury. Cream shadows are so easy to apply, even for a basic makeup wearer like myself. They’re usually creamy, pigmented and fairly long-lasting, so my expectations were somewhat high for the Eye Color Cream.
Initially, my expectations were not met. When I first swatched the Eye Color Cream, the color looked nothing like it did on the model online (she was a black woman). Sometimes products don’t swatch well, but they still perform well. So I tried them on, and that was not the case here. When applied dry, Gold Copper leans more cool than warm in time, which you would not expect. It wasn’t until I sprayed a little setting spray on my finger after dipping it in the eyeshadow did I see the Burberry Beauty Color Cream shine. After applying it wet, the gold tones really shined through and gave me what I’d been looking for. I love versatile products and that’s what the Eye Color Cream tries to be. It can be applied dry for a sheer, cool shimmer or wet for a bit more intense, warm coppery gold.
Longevity: A con of the color cream is that it doesn’t stay on the eyelid for long without primer. In my experience, cream shadows are usually long-wearing on me, no primer needed. This wore off within a couple hours.
Review: The Burberry Beauty Eye Color Cream in Gold Copper sounds like something that I’d usually be obsessed with. It’s a gold eyeshadow in luxe packaging; it literally screams my name. Though it looks good on my vanity, the performance left me wanting more. I love the idea of a versatile product but only when it does its job(s) well. When used dry, the pigmentation was a little too sheer. Even though it does intensify when used wet, it just didn’t give me the look I was going for.
What’s your favorite cream eyeshadow?
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