Burberry Nail Polish ($21) is currently being rolled out as a new product category for the line. I’ve been impressed with many of Burberry’s formulas, and so I couldn’t wait to try it. Although some of my choices are still on backorder, I wanted to give you a few thoughts on some colors that have arrived– Nude Beige and Oxblood. Both are classic “Burberry” colors, and reminded me of the iconic plaid color that evokes the brand’s neutral aesthetic.
At $21, the price is friendly and the commitment is low. The bottles hold roughly 0.27 fluid ounces of product, which is on the smaller end for a premium polish (Chanel are typically marked at 0.4 oz., and Dior and Guerlain at .33 ozs.). Honestly, I rarely evaluate products on their volume, but the way that the packaging is designed seems to minimize the amount of product that you get. At any rate, I rarely finish a nail polish so this is unlikely to deter me from collecting more.
The bottles use a rich glass etched with the line’s logo, and the iconic plaid on the cap is etched in (just as it is with Burberry’s other fluid products).
When the caps are removed, you can see that the bottle extends upward:
The brushes are slightly wider than a typical old-style Chanel or Essie, which eases application (although not as wide as Guerlain’s or Dior’s). I found the Burberry brush highly workable and the formula was quite easy to apply.
Burberry Nude Beige is a neutral beige with high opacity and high shine (without a topcoat).
Many lines appear to find making a workable formula for a color this light is challenging. Lighter whites, pastels, and beiges can go streaky or require numerous coats, and then they look thick or weird. However, Burberry appears to have mastered the challenge quite successfully–this is opaque in two to three coats (depending on how heavily you apply this with the brush). It didn’t streak up or look goopy or thick. Pretty amazing actually. Burberry Nude Beige on my nails:
Here are some comparisons with some other light neutrals, including Orly Country Club Khaki (a taupe), Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (a light pink), Chanel Beige (which runs sheer), and Burberry Nude Beige (which is opaque):
Burberry Oxblood is a beautiful rich cool red. I adore this color beyond all reason.
Burberry Oxblood is shiny and opaque in two coats. It is gloriously pigmented. Yes, you need it.
Burberry Oxblood is lighter and more red, compared to some other vampy darks in my collection. Here are comparisons with the very dark Guerlain Vega, the shimmery Chanel Malice, and the dark red/black Chanel Madness, Accessoire, and Rouge Noir.
Overall, Burberry’s nail colors are impressive. The formula so far is excellent, the application is easy, and the overall look is gorgeous. These will fit well within the aesthetic of the rest of the line–excellence in formula, classic colors, and highly wearable and beautiful colors.
Available at Nordstrom, and other Burberry sources.
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