Burberry Beauty’s new line includes Rosewood #09 Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer ($29), a soft, shimmering gray-brown with a touch of rose. Packaged in a heavy metallic compact etched with Burberry’s iconic plaid, the eyeshadow is etched with the same plaid-on-fabric pattern that Burberry uses in its clothing and accessory lines. There is a large, usuable mirror and a sponge tipped applicator included as well.
One of twenty eyeshadows released by Burberry, Rosewood has a faint shimmer quality. Many, if not most, of the eyeshadows in the line are matte. All appear to have a similar, good level of pigmentation that is similar to Chanel’s eyeshadow singles (of the Ombre Essentielle line). Most of these shadows are variations of browns, beiges and chestnuts. There is a soft grey-blue, a navy, a nice lavender, a good shimmery pearl-gray and a black. The entire line of eyeshadows is comparatively conservative, even by the standards of other high-end lines like Chanel, Guerlain and Giorgio Armani.
Although Rosewood is shimmery, it lacks any metallic quality. It melts into, rather than stands out from, the lid. You may find that you have forgotten that you are wearing it, it is a “my lid but better” shade that would pair well with the darker shades like #05 Chestnut, #7 Taupe or #8 Khaki (a deep khaki green). Here is a swatch comparison to two similar colors in my collection, Chanel Safari and MAC’s Satin Taupe. I chose these because I thought most readers would have one or the other in their collection, and so they served as useful comparisons.
I tried Rosewood paired with Burberry’s Midnight Black Eye Definer Eye Shaping Pencil ($27), topped with Burberry’s No. 08 Khaki Sheer Eyeshadow ($29) over the liner and tucked into the crease. We put No. 01 Pearl White Sheer Eyeshadow on my browbone as a highlighter. I quite liked the look. Although I was concerned about the term “sheer” in the product name, Rosewood can be built up nicely without becoming cakey. It is a well-formulated, pretty color that adds a soft, natural sheen to the lid. It sits nicely on the skin, and does not emphasize any imperfections.
Many high end makeup lovers will enjoy these eyeshadows. The question for some will be whether these colors are already available in other lines, and whether the packaging makes these shadows lovely for at-home use, but quite heavy for travel. Based on my very quick review, I found the following shades quite appealing:
- No. 5 Chestnut
- No. 7 Taupe Brown (matte)
- No. 8 Khaki
- No. 13 Lavender Blue
- No. 14 Lavender
- No. 16 Pearl Blue
- No. 17 Pearl Grey