Jun 112012

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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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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Sep 082011

Burberry Beauty’s Natural Sheer Lip Mist in Blueberry ($30 / #6) is a lightly textured deep blue-red.  I happen to love lipsticks in this color family.  They can look so pretty and dramatic on pale skin.  Some, like Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir, are highly dramatic, requiring a bit of care and precision in application (and re-application).

Burberry’s Lip Mist in Blueberry is a softer, moisturizing version of this trend.  It’s a color that one can dash on in the morning.  The cool, slightly mauvey-blue tones is part of this gorgeously-engraved bullet. The formula is light, moisturizing and has a slightly gel-like feel.  The color gives excellent coverage–it’s not as opaque as Chanel Rouge Noir, of course, but still covers my naturally pigmented lips very well.  On Liz:

Here’s Burberry Lip Mist in Blueberry in close-up on Liz:

Here are some quick swatches next to Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli (reviewed here), Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir (reviewed here), and Nars Velvet Lip Gloss in Baroque (reviewed here) and Club Mix (reviewed here).

Burberry Blueberry fits well with clothes in the Fall and Winter months.  It’s deep enough to be within most makeup-wearer’s comfort zone, but has enough color and pigmentation to make a subtle statement.  Many women are afraid of reds, but are comfortable with off-reds, or sheerer reds.  If so, Burberry Blueberry might be a good transition color for you to increase your comfort level withe more vibrant colors.  I love the formula and, of course, the iconic packaging.  Highly recommended.

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Aug 042011

Burberry Fall 2011 includes Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick in Nude Rose ($30 #25), a highly wearable deep nude with a strong rose undertone.  There are various colors that are so easy to wear that you barely notice that you have them on–several easy pinks fall into this category.  A nude rose can fall into this category, as long as it’s not too nude (which can make one look lifeless) or too brown (which can make one look stuck in the 1990’s).  Nude Rose is an elegant solution.  The final effect gives a beautiful polish and finish to the overall look, providing a flattering soft color that works on almost any age.  It’s a nude that makes one looks polished and alive.  On Liz:

Here are some swatch comparisons of Burberry Nude Rose with Burberry Lip Mist in Copper Mist (review forthcoming), which is sheerer and more gold, Chanel Rouge Coco in Plumetis (review here) which is more pink) and Chanel Patchouli (review here) which is in the same family but is less creamy and more shimmery.


I can recommend Burberry Nude Rose–it has a creamy, pleasant formula that looks very polished and luxurious.  My husband swears that  Burberry’s formula are the ‘most kissable’ of all of the high end lipsticks that I own.

Just a word on Burberry in Nude Cashmere ($30 / #26), also released in this collection–no.  To elaborate, for some reason this color just turned gray on me. I’ll just say it.  Although I’m an avid fan of the universality of Burberry’s color palette, I’m not sure what they were thinking on this one.  To see the shade, Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has swatches here (although she notes that this isn’t a color that she prefers either).

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Jul 122010

Mega-brand Burberry has launched a beauty line that evokes luminous skin, contoured cheeks, neutral eyes and signature lips.  The line is composed of 96 products, including foundations (a fluid and a powder), mascara, finishing powder, bronzer, lip sticks, glosses, liners and eyeshadows.  The Burberry palette is decidedly neutral, inspired by rainy weather and the iconic trenchcoats that made Burberry famous.

The line is launching now in only 30 locations throughout the world.  In the U.S., Nordstrom is selling the line in only five locations–Nordstrom San Francisco Center (San Francisco, CA), Nordstrom Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ), Nordstrom Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), Nordstrom South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA) and Nordstrom Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL).  The San Francisco Center store has a newly-built counter that has all products available, and these are sold online on Nordstrom’s website.

The packaging is heavy and beautiful, etched with the signature Burberry plaid.  The surface of the face powders, blushes and eyeshadows bear the same styled etching, as do the lipsticks.  This is certainly a line for those who wish to keep their vanity top stocked with beautiful, coordinating pieces.  With so much history and marketing behind the Burberry brand, as I approached the Nordstrom counter I had to wonder whether how the products themselves compared to other luxury brands.

My overall impression of the brand is that–consistent with their promotional picture–the focus is on creating a perfect neutral “no makeup” look, or one that adds color very judiciously.

My first question to the sales associates that I spoke to was whether the line had any “hero” products.  According to her, the basics of the line are intended to be integrated for a simple, contoured look.  The models in the promotional pictures are wearing the foundation, the bronzer, and a combination of neutral eyeshadows.  Although there is the possibility for amping up the eyeshadow by using a dark navy, or a red lip, many of the products in the line are geared toward a polished version of one’s self.  There are no teal eyeshadows, black lipsticks or silver liners.  In terms of the available colors, this is a conservative line–in the same spirit as Edward Bess.  According to the press, Burberry partnered with a French company, Inter Parfums of Paris, to develop these products.

I tried Burberry’s Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick in #04 Rosewood ($30), which is featured in the above promotional picture.  The packaging is heavy and beautiful.  The cap is magnetized, rather than offering a mechanical closure.  It can only be placed on one way–when the magnets in the cap and base properly connect–so you may find yourself spinning the cap to find the right position before closing the tube.  It has a mirror finish that does pick up fingerprints, and shifts from silver to grey depending on the light:

Inside, there is a deep browned red that borders on burgundy, with a slight silver-grey undertone that keeps the color very neutral.  This is clearly a color that will nearly always be appropriate.

The color applied slightly lighter in color than I expected from the dark color in the tube, but I found it pleasantly opaque and slightly matte.  This gave the lips a very natural look:

I found this lipstick surprisingly emollient and moisturizing–noticeably more so than the Chanel lipsticks that I typically use.  I detected no smell or taste. They were very easy to apply.  I really loved the feel and look of Rosewood, and plan on going back for more of these in different colors.

Here is an on-the-lips swatch of Rosewood on Liz:

Here is Liz wearing Burberry Rosewood, and also Chanel Tient Innocence in Cameo, Guerlain bronzer, Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils mascara and Prestige Total Intensity liner in Deepest Black:

Overally, I’m very impressed with Burberry Rosewood lipstick.  Although I was initially concerned that the line would be more packaging than substance, I’m pleased to find that I love Rosewood and a beautiful, polished every shade that I will enjoy.  The soft, moisturizing feel and the beautiful near-matte color give a very polished, natural look.  I cannot wait to learn more about the rest of the products in the line.

I understand that Burberry will not have seasonal collections, but rather release new products as they believe appropriate.  I’m taking this to mean that, although it is likely that colors like Rosewood will sell out, that such colors are part of the permanent line and will become available again.  Also, we won’t be seeing Burberry do four or five launches every year.

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