As January came to a finish, I started receiving notifications about the latest Spring collections about to hit the local beauty counters; keep in mind it's now Autumn here. Lucky for me I had something fresh in my mind about what I wanted to purchase, because you can always count on pastels to make a re-appearance every year. I really needed to separate the wheat from the chaff; why go for the typical when you can have the extraordinary?
I booked my appointment, paid my booking fee and waited with bated breath for the 11th of February to roll around. Champagne was on offer when I arrived, but I couldn't fathom even one drop as I was still full from breakfast. And then the waiting commenced, I may've gotten there a few minutes early, but the customers seemingly outnumbered the artists - I later learned the artist who was to work on me was a tad late. Eventually, I was left in another artist's capable hands. We chatted for a few moments and settled on using Burberry's newest colours. I was dying to try Pale Barley eye shadow after reading Karen's, of MBB, review; I am always on a quest to find a beautiful, but subdued neutral. MAC's shroom and I go back to my days in college and Covergirl's Tapestry Taupe was a shade my mom purchased for me when I was 14-years-old. If you're looking for a dupe to Burberry's Pale Barley, definitely go for the latter.
For close to 45-minutes I was pampered even though I had nowhere special to go that day. After inspecting the artistry, I narrowed down the potential winners; I couldn't afford to invest in everything we tried! For my lips we went with Primrose Hill Pink No. 30 (not to be confused with Butter London's nail polish), Blossom Blush No. 5 for my cheeks and a smoky duo of Pale Barley No. 22 and Midnight Brown No. 21. From there I whittled down the contenders a bit more and I decided to just go with Pale Barley eye shadow and Primrose Hill Pink lippie; for good measure they threw in a miniature version of Rosewood No. 4 lipstick.
Pale Barley is a buttery cream with a hint of gold; it's great to wear alone or paired with another shade for more depth and variety. Most mornings, I pop this shade over a good eye primer, coat my lashes, dust a random blush on my cheeks and fill in my lips with Primrose Hill Pink. In just under five minutes I am good to go. As for Primrose Hill Pink, the colour matches that of its name - creamy pink, soft and lasts about four hours.
The Bagful breakdown:
- $45.00 and $49.00 AUS respectively
Value for money spent (performance and quality):
- 8 out of 10 bags - cost is a major factor here
Likelihood to purchase again:
- I'm good for a while now. Even though I recieved another invite to check out their Luminosity range, I think I can manage to get by for the time being ;)