In my childhood home, there was a beautiful cherry tree in the backyard. The trunk had a deep brown color with a hint of red. The outer bark seemed to be tinged with silvery sheen. This is the same way that I describe Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown ($29 #21)(available at select Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com). Midnight Brown is part of Burberry Beauty’s Fall collection and it is a stunner.
The shadow comes packed in a heavy luxury case with a super sharp, slightly smoked mirror, and generous 2.5 g/ 0.88 oz. amount. Its texture is buttery soft. The texture has a multidimensionality that does wonderful things with light. If you compare the texture of the top of the shadow in the pan, compared to how it looks in the mirror, you can see the different tonalities.
Because of the tinge of red, Burberry Beauty Mightnight Brown doesn’t read “taupe” to me. It reads “taupe’s best friend.” This is a beautiful brown mixed with a slight hint of red. Usually, taupes have a hint of mauve or mostly grey (not red). But because of the tinge of grey, is the perfect brown to wear in the crease/socket and/or along the lashline to add dimension to a taupe wash. I tried this during a makeover with Burberry Rosewood (a taupe, swatched below) and they worked beautifully together.
On the far left are comparisons between Burberry Midnight Brown and Burberry Rosewood. You can see that Midnight Brown is a deep brown, but not as deep as the highly pigmented, deep brown NARS Mekong. Burberry Midnight Brown is not as red as Chanel Cinnamon, and not as taupe as Chanel Safari. On the far right, you can see the red-brown metallic Shu Uemura ME Brown 850. These swatches are in sun with flash.
Another set of swatches–same shadows, same order:
One final (this one in shade with flash):
Burberry Beauty’s Fall 2011 Collection includes this Midnight Brown Eyeshadow, a matching eyeliner, two colored mascaras (an olive army green and a brown). There is a lip pencil and two new lipsticks in the standard formula (#25 Nude Rose lipstick, #26 Nude Cashmere). There is also the glorious Fresh Glow illuminating primer, which I’ve reviewed here. From these choices, and after one of the best makeovers of my life (more on this later), I walked away with Burberry Midnight Brown, Nude Rose lipstick and the Fresh Glow.
Obviously, nearly everyone needs a few great browns in their collection. In my personal opinion, Burberry Midnight Brown is in the same color family as MAC Mulch. But really, I far prefer Midnight Brown. The Burberry texture is better, the pigmentation is smooth and soft, the application is quite easy, and the tonality is absolutely beautiful. For me, Burberry Midnight Brown is a must.
For Sabrina’s review of the Burberry Beauty Fall 2011 collection, including her views of Midnight Brown, see here.