Dec 142013

Burberry oxblood lip mist

As the winter months move through Northern California, I’ve been loving my deeper toned lipsticks more and more. The one that I’ve loved most has been Burberry Oxblood Lip Mist ($30) because of its rich, moisturizing formula, deep-jewel toned color, and sheerness that looks young and modern. Used without a pencil liner, the look is polished and yet never overdone (and certainly not goth!).

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Here are comparisons with other deep sheers in my collection–Burberry Blueberry Lip Mist (which is close), the sheer, deep wine Yves Saint Laurent Pourpre Intouchable (reviewed here) and Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli.  Burberry Oxblood has a good kick of color. With a medium-intensity liner underneath (I’ve been using Chanel Rose Cuivre (reviewed here), although others can be used too of course), it gives serious, rich, shiny color that lasts for hours. When worn alone, the wear time is better than Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, and about as good as the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine.

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Here is Burberry Oxblood on Liz, without any liner, primer or base.  Here is a full-face look:

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Here, she is also wearing Burberry Nude Radiance Fresh Glow on her upper cheek (reviewed here) and forehead, and Burberry Nude Radiance Fresh Glow Powder on her lower cheek (reviewed here). She’s also wearing Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a blush, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. She’s styled her fair with the T3 Bodywaver (also available at Sephora), Alterna CC Caviar Cream and Alterna Luminous Shine Mist.

Overall, I’ve been loving Burberry Oxblood. It’s been a lovely addition to my cooler-toned based looks this wintry season.

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Sep 272011

This recent story about Chanel’s Peter Philips’ work backstage at Jil Sander emphasizes that a modern look incorporates nudes. Above, Philips used foundation on the lips to simulate a nude lip. Unlike Fall seasons past, I’m definitely feeling nudes during 2011. This includes nails, including Rococo Nail Apparel’s Nude Wardrobe over at The Beauty Look Book and RGB’s nail collection seen here at Planete Beaute.

Some Fall lipsticks also have a nude vibe.  Like many women, I cannot wear a completely nude lip without looking a bit lifeless. Instead, this Fall I’ve been rotating some nude roses that give some color to lips (but not much). One was previously reviewed here, Burberry Lip Mist in Nude Rose.

This is in Burberry’s Lip Mist formula, which is both sheer and moisturizing. On Liz:

Another one that I’m enjoying is Dior Rouge Dior in Pisanelle Pink ($32/#428), released with this Fall’s Blue Tie Collection:

When this was released, I went back to look at it several times trying to decide whether I needed this one.  I decided that I did, and I’v been wearing it very frequently.  It’s one of those lipsticks that you can keep in your purse constantly to refresh during the day.  It looks good with a wide range of other looks, and adds a glowing look that is very polished.  On Liz:

Dior’s formula is very moisturizing–this feels like a balm to me. Keep in mind, the formula is a bit soft. Several of the testers that I saw were broken. I’ve carried mine around in my purse, and been careful during application, which seems to have worked to preserve the bullet of this very soft formula.

Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color in Soft Nude ($22/ #18) is a rosy brown nude:

On Liz:

Bobbi Brown’s Soft Nude is the deepest and most opaque of this group, easily covering my pigmented lips.  Bobbi Brown’s tended to look creamier than the others, which have a more luminous finish.  I’m having trouble locating this color for sale online–this may have been limited edition or is simply sold out.

Here is a comparison of the three:

I have to admit, it is nice to have a Fall season where deep reds are not required. I’m enjoying the ease and wearability of these colors. You can always smoke out the eyes, if you’d like emphasis. I’m declaring Fall 2011 the season of nude makeup.

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Lipstick in Soft Nude was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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Jul 292011

Burberry Lip Mist in Feather Pink ($30 #209) is part of  release of a new lipstick formula for the line.  This texture is a creamy gel.

We’ve seen a few gel lipsticks over the past few months, with Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, Dior’s reformulated Addict and a variety of others.  The formula of Burberry’s Feather Pink are the creamiest of the ones that I’ve tried.  They are sheerer than Burberry’s standard lipsticks, but the difference is not as dramatic as in the other lines.  I can get a semi-opaque wash of color with a single application layer with Burberry’s Feather Pink, and the wear time is far longer than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine.  Like the others, Burberry’s Feather Pink feels very moisturizing.  It leaves my lips looking fresh and moisturizing.

I’ve seen several reviews of Feather Pink on the internet, and it has been alternatively described as ‘warm,’ ‘neutral’ and ‘cool’ by various bloggers, including every variation in between (“neutral with a touch of warm,” etc). And it does look sort of neutral in the tube.  Having said that, I’m going to side with Team Neutral-to-Warm, although I must admit that this color is a bit of a chameleon.  It absolutely applies that way on my warm toned skin (my lips have a mauve tinge).

Also, I compared Burberry Feather Pink with what I consider to be a true cool pink, which is Chanel Rouge Allure in Pink Saphir (this was limited edition and I do not believe it is still available).  Here, you can see Feather Pink next to Chanel Rouge Allure in Confidentielle, Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia and Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle.

You can see how the sheer Feather Pink pulls warm on my warm skin tone, especially when it is placed next to the very cool Chanel Pink Saphir.

But on Liz, Burberry Feather Pink allows a lot of Liz’s natural pink-tone lip color to show through:

The lip picture (above) is a much more accurate interpretation of how Feather Pink looks on me.

I’m beginning to love this gel lipstick trend. I find them highly wearable and moisturizing.  As always, Burberry delivers an excellent interpretation of the trend.  I find that they wear time is on the higher end for a gel formula.  Burberry Feather Pink is an ideal choice for those who dislike the shorter wear time for the lighter shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.  Yet Burberry manages to deliver this wear time without adding any sticky or tacky feeling.  An ideal “date” lipstick, Burberry Feather Pink is also a beautiful, office-appropriate color that can be dashed on without a mirror.

Highly recommended.

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