Burberry Beauty Spring 2012 review


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:

Total amount for Burberry Pale Barley and Primrose Hill Pink:

  • $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 ;)