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Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Blush Review

January 26, 2013

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Spring 2013 brings Burberry Coral Pink Blush ($42) a warm, deep rose with a touch of coral. Like Burberry Hydrangea Pink (reviewed here, also released for Spring 2013), Coral Pink is a very intense color that requires care during application. In the photographs in this post, we used Nars Yanchiyo brush to ensure light, controllable color.

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Coral Pink and Hydrangea Pink look similar in the pan. When applied to cheeks, Coral Pink is warmer. 

I have no coral blushes remotely similar to Burberry Coral Pink. The closest that I found is Guerlain Series Noir Rouge G blush with the colors mixed. Here are swatches of Burberry Coral Pink, Burberry Hydrangea Pink, MAC Hipness, and Guerlain Rouge G:

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More swatches of Burberry Coral Pink and Hydrangea Pink are here. Here, Liz is wearing Burberry Coral with Burberry Mallow Pink (also new for Spring 2013). She is also wearing Nars Dark Rite under her eyes, and a touch of Nars Corcovado (Spring 2013) adding a touch of gold to the undereye area.

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Both colors will work on cool and warm skin types. That said, Hydrangea Pink will be more dramatic on warmer skin tones. If you have warm toned skin, Coral Pink will give you a vibrant but more natural look compared to Hydrangea Pink.

Another:

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Both blushes are a welcome addition to my collection. Although I love Burberry’s other blushes, these vibrant colors are lovely, gorgeous colors that brighten for spring.

Available at Nordstrom.com.

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Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Blush Review

January 25, 2013

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Spring 2013 brings Burberry Hydrangea Pink blush ($42), a beautiful rich pink fuchsia color. Unlike some of the Burberry’s previous shades, this color is bright and intense.

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We found that it was cooler than Burberry Coral Pink (also released for Spring 2013, review forthcoming). The shades are different enough when worn to warrant having both. For the record, Liz prefers Coral Pink and I prefer Hydrangea Pink.

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Here is Burberry Hydrangea Pink on Liz, together with Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Natural Lip Gloss (review forthcoming). We had to apply this carefully with a soft brush (Nars Yanchiyo) as the pigment is very bright. Fair warning–if you go after this Burberry blush with your standard blush brush, be prepared for some seriously bright color.

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Here, Liz has used the new Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow on her lid (review forthcoming), together with two of the softer colors from the Burberry Pink Taupe eyeshadow quad. She’s also using NARS Corcovado Eyeshadow Pencil under her eyes (from the Nars Spring 2013 collection).

Here are some swatches of Burberry Hydrangea Pink, compared with Chanel Ultra Rose, Burberry Coral Pink, Chanel Tumulte, Tom Ford Narcissist and MAC Pro Full Fuchsia.

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Although you can see that there are several out there in the ballpark, none are precise duplicates. Burberry Hydrangea is a fabulous, finely milled blush that seems to be more satin compared to the more intense, shimmery Tom Ford Narcissist. It’s much deeper than Chanel Ultra Rose and Tumulte, and more sophisticated and soft compared to MAC Full Fuchsia.

As I love colors like Burberry Hydrangea Pink, this was something that I’ve wanted since I saw the promotional images. Burberry delivered an edgy color that is definitely worth a look.

Available at Nordstrom.com.

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Sketchbook: Thoughts About Color Correctors

October 31, 2012

A few weeks ago, I became curious about color correctors. Above, are the results of my experiment and some thoughts about how things went. My adventure started at a few makeup counters where artists tried an orange or yellow-toned corrector to counteract my blue-toned dark circles and the now-highly faded remainder of sun damage (a treatment summary is here).

I used to think of color correctors as using a distasteful green color and I couldn’t imagine doing that. Well, as it turns out, green isn’t the type of color correction that I’d ever need, so I had a mental block against trying any. Yellow or amber are said to be best to counteract blue or ashiness. Here’s a summary of my experiment–first, face primers and then undereye correctors.

Face Primers

1. Make Up For Ever HD Perfecting Primer in Yellow #6 ($34) This is a sheer yellow that essentially brightens warm-tone pale skin. The line makes other colors (caramel, mauve, green). The strength is its stability. This certainly helps makes my foundation last all day. I found that the color-correcting properties were modest and subtle. However, it did keep my foundation from shifting or fading, thus maximizing coverage over problem areas throughout the day. If you are already  using a stable, long-lasting foundation, you might not notice a tremendous difference.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Tient Parfait Complexion Enhancer in #4 Apricot ($ 42) is a cosmetically elegant, luxurious mousse that provides a sheer coverage of skin-brightening, luminous color. This YSL Complexion Enhancer provides enough coverage that, when used with a light coverage of a powder foundation, is a nice, casual-day look. It really gives me a peaches-and-cream glow. No, really. Like many other YSL products that I’ve used, the Complexion Enhancer seems a bit fragile. Over time and in high humidity/heat, I noticed fading and disappearing long before sundown.

Swatches:

Under Eye Color Correctors

1. MAC Studio Finish in Pure Orange ($12) I became curious about this product watching this video on the MAC website. It features concealers for hot climates (where I’m currently visiting). After researching it, I found advice that this will work to color-correct light skin tones if it is blended with concealer or foundation. I’m sure a makeup artist has no trouble doing that, and this is the most cost-effective corrector on the market. It’s highly pigmented, and would probably last a year if not longer. I found that I lacked patience to dilute this on a daily basis, I just didn’t have the knack–some days it was too orange, some days not enough. Not for me. This also comes in a pot for $18.

2. Bobbi Brown Correctors in Porcelain Peach and Peach ($23 each).  Bobbi Brown makes four (4!) different peach correctors. Porcelain Peach is lightest and Peach is the third darkest. These worked pretty well. They are not as cost-effecient compared to MAC Pure Orange (nothing is!) but they were super easy to use. They blend well, and look close to natural.

3. Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen in Amber Eclat ($52) This worked best of all of the options that I’ve tried (I bought two), even better than Armani’s Master Corrector in #2 Orange. This looks quite natural and has good lasting power. I use a concealer over this.

Close up of the Tom Ford brush:

Although Tom Ford makes concealers, Amber Eclat is a corrector–so it has a decided amber-orange tone. Here’s a quick comparison with some other concealers that I happen to have with me on this trip–Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer in #1, Armani Maestro Corrector in #2 and Chanel Pro Lumiere Corrector in #10 (this may be discontinued):

As you can see, the Tom Ford leans orange, and the Armani almost disappears in its natural look. They actually work nicely together.

Some Results of My Experiment

For face primers, I did not find a corrector which really does the job. I fell in love with the YSL Perfection Enhancer in Apricot for a peaches-and-cream glow, does that count? I only wish it has the longevity of the Make Up For Ever HD Primer. The best thing that works if I want a flawless canvas is a light concealer. As I said here, the Giorgio Armani Maestro Concealer gives me a very natural, undetectable look.  If you need more coverage,  Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer ($32) is absolutely bullet proof and comes in a wide color range. Vichy Dermablend Liquid Foundation ($28ish) is another good choice.

For eye primers, Tom Ford won my heart. Although I use a concealer over it, I find my concealer lasts longer, and I need far less of it, wearing the correct. It just works well. 

For more about correctors, I found Goss Makeup Artist video here very helpful.

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Burberry Lipstick

Burberry Lip Velvet Long Wear Lipstick

October 11, 2012

My helpful sales associate Adina at Nordstrom San Francisco (415.243.8500 ext. 1421) sent me this picture that she took of all of the new twelve Burberry Lip Velvet Long Wear Lipstick. I thought it would be helpful to post them here for you, as the line is rolling out now. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried these yet, but I thought that sometimes a little bit of information on a new lipstick line is best to pass along rather than to remain silent and have you order the wrong color.

Also, on October 20th, Nordstrom San Francisco is having a nice gift with purchase for $150 minimum, including a full size eyeshadow and a mini Burberry buffing brush, and an awesome cosmetic bag. If you call Adina, she can tell you more.

For more about the Burberry Lip Velvets:

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Burberry Velvet Foundation Long Wear Fluid Foundation: Review and Swatches of All Shades and Comparisons

October 11, 2012

Burberry has recently released another outstanding foundation to its line–the Burberry Velvet Foundation Long Wear Fluid Foundation ($54). Although with a more limited shade range that the lines standard Sheer Glow Fluid Foundation, the consistency and excellence of the first has been retained.

Once again, Burberry has released a foundation that is long wearing, truly buildable, long wearing and non-clogging. This is a fabulous foundation for someone who wants to look flawless. In this released, the foundation provides a matte finish–one that is best in class.

Nordstrom was kind enough to provide me with tiny sample pots of all shades for this line:

You’ll notice that notice 201 is warm, and 202 quite pink. I am #203. Originally, I purchased #205 sight unseen by phone, but found it far too dark for my NC15/20 skin tone. Although it is a matte, it does not feel dry or accentuate any dry patches or tiny lines. Another picture:

I found that I had retained my tiny sample pots from my original swatching session of the Burberry Sheer Glow release. Although some of the pots had dried a bit, I did my best to find enough of each so that you’ll have a comparison. The Burberry Velvet Swatches are across the top. The Burberry Sheer Glow Foundation shades are across the bottom. As you can see, there is not an absolute correlation between the shade numbers–for example, #4 in Sheer Glow is quite different from #204 in Velvet.

One more:

 Bottom line: If you are looking for a matte foundation, Burberry Velvet Long Wear is well worth your time. This is available from Nordstrom.com with free shipping.

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Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer Review

July 11, 2012

Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer ($40) is a creamy, opaque concealer that comes in a brush-pen format.  I think we are all familiar with other brush-pen concealers–Yves Saint Laurent (or should I say “Saint Laurent Paris”) has the most famous version–the three shades that promise to impart subtle luminosity just under the eye. I must confess that I never appreciated the Yves Saint Laurent version. It’s too sheer and subtle for my taste. After using two or three, I stopped repurchasing because it seemed to add an unnecessary extra step.

Burberry’s is decidedly not like the Yves Saint Laurent. Burberry Sheer Luminous Concealer, despite the word “sheer” in the name, is a true concealer that has a pigmented opacity. It truly does conceal. It is more similar to Lancome Effacernes in that it takes very little to cover dark under eye circles, but the Burberry is not nearly as dry-looking. I get lasting coverage that doesn’t seem to migrate into creasy areas.

When Burberry first launched, I was gutted that there was no concealer in the line. Now I see the wisdom of the plan–they wanted to get it right. And they did. Bullet-proof. By the way, it takes a good 20 clicks or more to get this started.  But once it’s primed, it’s only one or two clicks per use. This NC15 (leaning NC20 right now) chose No. 1, the lightest of the eight available shades.

It’s quite a light shade–bordering on a just maybe a touch too light, but I’ll keep it. Here’s the swatch panel from Burberry’s website so you can get a sense of the range of colors:

Right now, Burberry’s and Edward Bess’ Platinum concealers are my favorites. Which are yours?

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Nordstrom Anniversary Preview: Burberry

June 18, 2012

I’ve just been told that Burberry will be offering this Lip Glow Trio for the Anniversary Sale this July. This includes the most popular shades, Rosewood, Blush and Nude Beige, and sells for $65. I find the formula of these glosses are fabulous. In fact, they are edging out Chanel Glossimers in my purse these days.

The Burberry counter will also be holding an Anniversary event on July 20th & 21st that features a gift with purchase. This includes a bag, mirrored compact, Body fragrance sample, and mini-lipstick for a $125 minimum purchase. I’m sorry, we don’t know the lipstick mini shade. Please call your local Nordstrom counter to see whether they are also having this event.

 

 

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Burberry Lip Glow Hibiscus Gloss

June 13, 2012

Burberry Lip Glow in Hibiscus ($27/ #13) is  a rich cool red lip gloss. The formula feels lush and moisturizing–while visiting drying climates, I find Burberry’s gloss formula soothing rather than drying.

Sometimes women who are comfortable in neutrals begin to transition toward red lipsticks, but feel that the look is too strong.  A sheer red is a nice transition–it allows one to have a strong color, but the sheerness keeps the color from going too strong. I found that Hibiscus is a gorgeous color–Burberry makes this color in a lipstick formula for those who prefer to go that route (swatched here at Drivel About Frivol). Here is Burberrry Hibiscus gloss on Megan:

 

Burberry Hibiscus gloss is sheerer than similar colors in Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line. Here is Burberry Hibiscus swatched next to Chanel Triomphal and Chanel Fatale, both rich reds. Also, I swatched Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lacque in Dragon (sadly, now discontinued), which is more pigmented and rich than the other three:

Overall, Burberry Hibiscus is a gorgeous formula with a strong sheer red tone that is well within anyone’s comfort zone.

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Burberry Tulip Pink Lip Cover #27 Review

June 11, 2012

Burberry Tulip Pink Lip Cover ($30/ #27) is a pretty peachy pink cream lipstick.

This is a very easy, sophisticated spring/summer color that looks lovely with neutral makeup.

Sometimes a neutral or nude can take life from one’s face–Burberry Tulip Pink has just enough of a suggestion of color.  It has a creamy, pearly texture that feels very moisturizing and comfortable. As with any on-the-lips picture, please remember that your own natural lip color might give you a different look. This medium rose came out a lighter creamy pink on Megan:

Here is a comparison with the more nude Burberry Nude Rose. It’s not a vibrant as Chanel Rouge Coco Magnolia, and less red than Chanel Rouge Coco Camelia.

Burberry is one of my top five lipstick brands–well deserving of the title high-end. Burberry Tulip Pink is a good “keep in your purse” color–it’s universal enough to go with almost anything.

As an aside, I love the Burberry website–their lipstick collection colors are all so tempting!

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Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Review

May 4, 2012

Burberry Beauty has a limited edition Iconic Nudes, which includes the Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact ($50). A combination of two bronzers, a light whisper pink and a pearly highlighter shade, this bronzer adds a soft layer of natural blush-bronzer to those with lighter skin tones.

In sun:

In shade, the pearly texture of the powder can be seen:

Here are swatches both blended (on the left), and of the individual colors on the right:

Burberry’s standard line of bronzers includes a variety for a range of skin tones. This palette appears to be desgined for lighter skin tones–perhaps NC 35 and higher. The colors are so soft and delicate that it’s difficult to apply too much.

I applied the left (bronzer) side of the palette mixed, using a kabuki brush (the Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush) on the contour area of the cheek, and touching it on the forehead, bridge of nose and chin.  I used the hightlighter/blush (the right side) on the top of my cheek. I then used the highlighter color applied lightly just under my brows for a tiny highlight there.

The colors are very soft and natural, and should accommodate both warm and cool skin tones. This is absolutely gorgeous, lovingly made, and embellished with the iconic Burberry check. Absolutely amazing, versatile palette for a natural, glowing look.

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