Feature – Comparison of all Burberry foundations, including Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

I am super excited today because I have for you a pretty awesome round-up of the current Burberry foundation offerings. I will be reviewing the Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow foundations in both the liquid and powder compact versions. Super shoutout to Burberry for sending me these products to test out. I’ve had the Burberry Fresh Glow liquid and compact for a few years now, since it initially launched, and it quickly grew to be one of my favourite foundation formulas. I can always rely on it to get that dewy, glowy, fresh-faced look. I’m super stoked to also try out the Cashmere and Bright Glow formulas, since now I have a better appreciation of Burberry base products.

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation

This is the inaugural foundation released by Burberry and also one of its most popular. It comes in both a fluid and compact. The Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation is designed to give you a medium coverage with a dewy, glowing finish. It’s also infused with Burberry’s signature English blend of rosehip, tea, and lavender. The Fresh Glow Compact Foundation is a wet-and-dry foundation with adjustable coverage.

Both the Fresh Glow Fluid and Fresh Glow Compact sit on my makeup counter long term. The Fresh Glow Compact (C$62) is the only base product I took with me to Asia, because it offers incredible coverage with the most creamy (for a powder) texture. I have very dry skin and this not only does not cling to any dry spots, it also smooths out my skin so that it looks beautifully hydrated. I wrote a full review of the Fresh Glow Compact here a few years ago, and my thoughts haven’t changed. I wear Rosy Nude No. 31, which continues to be a good match for my skintone. This isn’t advertised anywhere, but I actually find that it contains colour correcting spheres to match itself to my skintone of the day. I have no idea how that works, but it always seems to blend in seamlessly.

The Fresh Glow Fluid (C$62) is another favourite. I LOVE using it with the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – it’s actually the only way I use this because it just delivers such an incredible healthy glow to the skin. My full review from a few years ago is posted here. I wear Beige No. 26 which is a good match for my skin tone – it’s a tinge darker than my normal skin tone but because it is relatively on the sheerer side, it does blend out nicely and it doesn’t look like it’s too off.

Burberry Cashmere Foundation

Burberry Cashmere Foundation was released last year as part of a foundation line expansion. It also comes in a fluid and compact. The fluid version of the Cashmere Foundation provides medium-to-high coverage with flawless, soft-matte, long-wearing finish. The compact version is also a matte, full-coverage foundation. The shade I have is No. 21 Ochre, and it is a tinge too light for my skintone, but once blended out it’s not too noticeable.

The Cashmere Fluid (C$62) comes in a very light, fluid texture and is very lightweight. It sets quickly so you really have to move fast to blend this when you first put it on. I generally apply this with my fingers because I find the warmth from my fingers helps it melt into my skin. It feels like weightless silk on my skin, providing medium coverage that is buildable to high. The one thing I don’t like about it is that it tends to sink into my lines a bit, because it is so lighweight. It’s not a big deal, and I can get around it by using a pore-smoothing primer. It is long-wearing, and has a bit of oil-control properties. I generally get about 7-8 hours of full wear, and then it starts to fade after that.

The Cashmere Compact (C$62) is a drier type of compact foundation. Compared to the Fresh Glow, which is creamier and more moisturizing, this one is more powdery and seems to work well as a setting powder as well as a compact foundation. I wearing this in the summer, because I can slap it on and it will last me all day. Coverage isn’t as great as the Fresh Glow Compact or the Cashmere Fluid, but I also don’t build it up as much just because it tends to feel powdery. It’s a fantastic choice for those with oily or combination skin.

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation

The Bright Glow Foundation range was introduced this year. It also comes in a fluid format and compact. The range is designed with its Asian customers in mind, offering a radiant, glowing complexion. It offers buildable medium coverage, as well as a matte radiant finish. The shade I have is No. 21 Ochre, and it is a tinge too light for my skintone, but I found that this formula does oxidize a tiny bit so once blended out it ends up being a good match. Compared to No. 21 Ochre in the Cashmere formula, the Bright Glow No. 21 is also a bit more yellow-toned, which makes sense considering it was formulated for the Asian market.

The Bright Glow Fluid (C$62) is the only Burberry foundation in a glass bottle. It’s a very hydrating foundation that is great for my dry skin. In terms of wear and texture, it feels more like the Fresh Glow, except that I find it provide a bit better coverage. Also I don’t need to blend this with the Fresh Glow base in order to get that luminous finish, Bright Glow Fluid alone will give me a glowy complexion. Of the three formulas, this one doesn’t wear as well, wearing off at around the 4-5 hour mark. It doesn’t have any oil control or skin balancing properties, acting solely as a glowing foundation. As I mentioned earlier, it does tend to oxidize a bit, but it’s not too bad and it’s definitely not like one full shade like other reviewers are saying. Although if you have oily skin, this probably won’t work at all for you.

The Bright Glow Compact (C$62) has a texture that is in between the Fresh Glow Compact and the Cashmere Compact. It’s not super creamy but it’s also not super dry, which is great for all skin types. The best part is that I found that it combined the hydrating properties of Fresh Glow Compact with the long-wearing properties of Cashmere Compact. It also gave me a very subtle glow, which was fantastic. This also oxidizes a bit, but it was very minimal. Coverage is light, but you can definitely build it up to medium.

My one big complaint about Burberry foundations is the weird shade range. I can wear anywhere from No. 20 to No. 31, which is very odd. While it’s great for the normal consumer who often chooses the wrong foundation colour, so having “adjustable” shades avoid mishaps, it is very confusing when I want to shop around for my shade in each range. That being said, I do have to commend Burberry for having such a wide selection of shades for women of most skintones. The only exception is the Bright Glow Foundation, which was created for the Asian market so the shades mostly suit Asian skintones only.

My top personal picks are Fresh Glow Compact and Bright Glow Foundation. If you have oily skin, the Cashmere Foundation is a fantastic companion for those with oily or combination complexions. If you have dull skin and need an easy pick-me-up, definitely go for the Bright Glow.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review
Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

Product provided by PR for review consideration; opinions are my own.

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Review + swatches – Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

I’m so excited to share with you my thoughts on the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (C$38). This was one of my most anticipated launches this year from Burberry. I love liquid lipsticks, particularly velvety matte ones as they apply easily and have great staying power. Burberry makes some incredible lipsticks, so it made sense that they also made a great lipstick lipstick.

The Liquid Lip Velvet is a matte liquid lipstick, but not so matte like the other matte ones you see on the market where your lips look kind of shriveled. This one has more of a velvet finish, and is ultra comfortable on the lipstick. I have very dry lips and I can wear this without needed to go home and rehabilitate my lips.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

The two shades I have are Regiment Red, which is an orange red (Burberry’s true red is Military Red), and Bright Plum, which is a plummy dark mauve. I LOVE BRIGHT PLUM. I can’t say that enough. Influenced by Angela, I’ve been slowly getting into dark lips, and even though this one isn’t super dark or vampy, it’s dark enough to change my look.

In addition to being a gorgeous shade, the formula is also fantastic – the Liquid Lip Velvet formula is almost moussy, in that it feels very creamy on the lips. It reminds me a little bit of the Jeffree Star liquid lip formula, but the Burberry one doesn’t dry down as much. It still feels very plushy on the lips, and it doesn’t sink into lip lines either. If you are someone with dry lips and want to try the liquid lipstick trend, you’ve gotta try the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets.

While it is available in a good selection of colours, I find that Burberry colours are starting to look the same as they basically just use the same colour but in different finishes. I would have liked to see them release more unique shades for each formula. They’ve started to do that a bit with the Liquid Lip Velvet line, but it still looks a bit repetitive.

You can purchase Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet now at Sephora in store and online, as well as at the Bay in store and online.

The swatches

Bright Plum and Regiment Red

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Customize a timeless gift with My Burberry Black

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My Burberry Black is the latest in the line of My Burberry fragrances, which also include My Burberry EDT, My Burberry EDP, and Mr. Burberry for men. I did not like My Burberry EDT or EDP, they were both very muddled, too floral, and I couldn’t figure out what I was smelling. My Burberry Black, on the other hand, is a deliciously floral and sensual fragrance that’s sexy and sophisticated at the same time. It contains top notes of jasmine; a heart of rose and peach, and base notes of patchouli and amber.

I get a very strong rose scent from My Burberry Black, and I can’t seem to smell the jasmine and peach at all. There is also a lot of patchouli and amber, as the rose scent is definitely a dark one. A little bit goes a very long way, and you only need one spritz to get the full effect; two will be way too much.

My Burberry Black review

One of Burberry’s focuses now is on monogramming, as you can request your trench coats to be monogrammed via the Burberry web store, as well as at Burberry standalone boutiques. Since My Burberry was inspired by the iconic trench coat, you can now also request your My Burberry Black bottle to be customized with up to three initials, monogrammed onto the bottle to create the perfect gift. I received mine as a gift from PR, and I was absolutely touched by the detail in this gift. You too can share this joy with your loved one!

You can purchase My Burberry Black at Sephora, Burberry stores and online, The Bay, and other places that sells Burberry fragrances. Prices range from $82 for the 30mL, to $138 for the 90mL.

My Burberry Black review

The product featured in this post was provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Burberry makes some of my favourite lipsticks; their Kisses formula is a pigmented, yet still ultra comfortable lipstick that’s great for every day wear. Recently Burberry launched the Full Kisses line, which is a creamy full coverage lipstick. I received four shades to try:

  • Light Crimson No. 517 – bright coral pink
  • Coral Red No. 525 – a bright orangey red
  • Nude No. 505 – light brown
  • Military Red No. 553 – true blue-based red

The texture of these lipsticks is very creamy, with a lot of slip, and feels very comfortable on the lips. Pigmentation is great, being semi-opaque in one swipe, and achieving full opacity in multiple swipes. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, despite the full pigmentation, and it doesn’t settle into fine lines. Wear time is great – I get a 4-5 hours of wear with the Full Kisses formula, which is shortened if I eat or drink too much.

The bullet is different from other lipsticks on the market, having a very flat top allows the user to draw very precise lines to create a perfectly sculpted pout. The only other lipstick I’ve seen like this on the market is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution line, which also has a flat tip at the top of the bullet.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Now despite all the awesome things about this lipstick, I need to explain why I actually really dislike it – the lipstick design is just not practical. I love the flat top which makes precise application a breeze, which is super important in a full coverage lipstick like this. However, that top of the lipstick does not screw down, which means I have to be extra careful when removing and replacing the lipstick cap because the inside of the cap will graze the side of the lipstick. This makes on-to-go application nearly impossible.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

When compared to the original Kisses formula, Full Kisses is a lot creamier, with more slip. The original Kisses is definitely more gel-like. Despite this difference, I actually find them to apply and wear very similarly in terms of wear time, pigmentation, and feel on the lips, with maybe Full Kisses being a tinge heavier than the original Kisses.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

All in all, the inconvenience of that bullet tip is enough to offset everything else that’s great about these lipsticks. The original Kisses formula comes quite close to the experience you’d get with Full Kisses, so I would recommend those instead. The original Kisses lipstick also comes in a wider number of colours. With all the other awesome lipstick formulas on the market (see Bite Amuse Bouche), it would be tough to recommend Burberry Full Kisses.

You can purchase Burberry Full Kisses now at your local Nordstrom, the Bay, or online at Sephora.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right (one swipe then layered): Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red, then a layered swatch of the original Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Summer fragrances for men – Mr. Burberry, Givenchy Gentlemen Only Parisian Break, and Mont Blanc Legend Spirit

mr. burberry review, givenchy gentleman only review, legend spirit review

This spring/summer, we’re seeing a lot of new fragrance releases for men. I have three that I want to share with you today – all of them I love – so that you can pick one for your man to wear.

Mr. Burberry is the newest of the three fragrances here, the male variation of the ever popular My Burberry. It contains top notes of grapefruit, cardamom, and terragon; heart of birch leaf, nutmeg and cedar; and base notes of sandalwood, guaiac wood and vetiver. This is the woodiest of the three fragrances, with a heavy focus on the base notes, but it’s not a woody fragrance per se. I have My Burberry and I don’t really like it at all, but Mr. Burberry I can stand behind. I like this most on the boyfriend on date nights out, because of that heavier base focus.

Givenchy Gentlemen Only, Parisian Break is new for spring. It contains top notes of mint and lemon; heart of sage; and base notes of Haitian vetiver and ambroxan. It is a lightest of the fragrances here, and reminds me of a day at the beach. This is perfect for daytime wear – one spritz is enough for a subtle whiff of fragrance, and it isn’t so overpowering that makes it work appropriate. Due to the lightness, it’s not the most long lasting scent, but I actually quite like how it smells after it’s mostly dried down and dissipated – a very subtle yet sexy after-scent.

Mont Blanc Legend Spirit has top notes of bergamot, pink pepper, and grapefruit; heart of cardamom, lavender and water notes; and base of oakmoss, white musk, cashmere wood, and white woods. This is the all-day, every day appropriate scent that is great for night or day. If your guy is a man of habit then you should pick up this one for him because I think this is your perfect all rounder that is also all-season appropriate. It’s not super fresh, but it’s also not super woody. I sprayed the boyfriend with it as soon as I received this in the mail and he agreed that he’s a big fan. One spritz will go a long way, and it is also relatively long lasting.

Which one do you think you’ll like the most?

Review + swatches + look – Burberry Spring 2016 makeup – Burberry Eye Colour Contour, Kisses Sheer Lipstick, Eye Colour Cream, and Nail Polish

burberry eye colour contour review and swatches

Following the popularity of the Face Contour and Highlight Pens, Burberry has introduced Eye Colour Contour Pens (C$32) to help you create a perfectly smoked and sculpted eye look. Burberry is my go-to brand for the ultimate sophisticated makeup look, and these Eye Colour Contours make creating a modern eye very easy. Available in seven runway-inspired shares from brightening neutrals to smokey browns and greys:

burberry eye colour contour review and swatches

  • Natural No. 100
  • Almond No. 104
  • Pale Copper No. 106
  • Midnight Brown No. 108
  • Rosewood No. 112
  • Dusky Mauve No. 116
  • Stone Grey No. 124

burberry eye colour contour in rosewood, dusky mauve, and stone grey review

The three shades I have are Rosewood No. 112, Dusky Mauve No. 116 and Stone Grey No. 124. Rosewood is a beautiful metallic bronzey taupe, Dusky Mauve is a smooth shimmery plummy mauve, and Stone Grey is a cream cool-toned grey. The lasting power of these Eye Colour Contours is just amazing – I have oily lids and without a primer, this lasted me a whole 12 hours (including a two-hour nap) with zero smudging and fading. The colour is extremely easy to apply, and the slimmer head also allowed me to apply this as a liner on my lower lash line. It’s extremely easy to blend out with any eyeshadow brush (I’ve used fluffy brushes or my MAC 239 and they both work equally well), and once set it just stays on there until you remove it.

Burberry kisses sheer tea rose and burberry eye colour cream in nude gold review and swatches
Burberry kisses sheer tea rose review and swatches

Burberry has also released a new addition to the Burberry Kisses collection – Burberry Kisses Sheer (C$36) – a collection of 28 lipsticks that offer balm-like hydration with the colour saturation of a lipstick. I am a huge fan of my Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red; it is one of my favourite red lipstick formulas because it is so lightweight. Burberry Kisses Sheer feels like a lip balm on, which is amazing for my parched lips. It offers incredible colour so you still get the coverage of a lipstick. The shade I have is Tea Rose No. 277, a nude blush colour. I’ve stopped wearing a lot of nudes because I prefer lipsticks with colour now, but because of the sheerer texture, I can still wear this without looking too faded out.

Burberry eye colour cream in nude gold review and swatches

In addition, I have two products from the S/S 2016 runway collection – the Eye Colour Cream in Nude Gold No. 121 (C$34), and Nail Polish in Optic White No. 440 and Stone No. 104 (C$23 each). This is my first time trying the Eye Colour Creams and I have to say they are SO fun to use! The texture is like a squishy dough, and the colour swatches to be like a drier cream. Nude Gold is a really pretty sheer, cool-toned gold that looks amazing layered on top of other shadows for a pop of shimmer. The Nail Polish in Optic White is a true white that would be great used in nail art – I wouldn’t be brave enough to wear this on my own. Stone is a more wearable light beige shade. It is also my first time trying Burberry nail polish and I am definitely in love with the formula, the brush is wide for optimal coverage with the least swipes, and it also dries down quickly.

burberry Nail Polish in Optic White No. 440 and Stone No. 104 review and swatches

Swatches

Burberry Eye Colour Contour in Rosewood, Dusky Mauve, and Stone Grey

burberry eye colour contour in rosewood, dusky mauve, and stone grey swatches

Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Nude Gold, and Burberry Kisses Sheer in Tea Rose

Burberry kisses sheer tea rose and burberry eye colour cream in nude gold swatches

Burberry Nail Polish in Optic White and Stone

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Look

I’m wearing Burberry Eye Colour Contour Pens in Rosewood all over my lid, with Dusky Mauve to accent. Both colours blended together look so good!!

Burberry Spring Summer runway look review
Burberry Spring Summer runway look review
Burberry Spring Summer runway look review

Valentine’s Day look featuring Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette, Face Contour and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch

Burberry Beauty is one of my favourite office-appropriate makeup brands with reliable products, so when I was looking to create a romantic look for our Valentine’s evening out, I naturally turned to Burberry.

On face:

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
On eyes:

Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look
Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look

On cheeks:

On lips:

Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look

The star product of this look is indisputably the Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in No. 02 Nude Gold (C$72). This neutral-toned gold highlighter is an absolute beauty – imprinted with a lace embroidery design and housed in a sleek, magnetic metallic case, this highlighter is a definite must-have for any highlighter or Burberry fan. I had to really convince myself to dip my finger in this because otherwise it would have gone in my makeup archives where I store all the products that I only look at and not touch. I’m very happy that I did try this out because this is one of the smoothest, most buttery, and most pigmented highlighters I’ve ever used. It reminds me of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in terms of how soft this feels and how pigmented it looks, but it’s way less powdery with almost zero powder flyaway. Despite its softness, the lace print is nicely pressed into the powder and will last at least a few uses with a fluffy brush.

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch

The Face Contour Pen in Medium No. 01 (C$39.00) and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance No. 01 (C$39.00) are complementary contour and highlight sticks housed in slim, twist-up pens. They remind me of the Clinique Chubby Stick Contours, but the Burberry pens are much slimmer in shape and can easily create a more precise contour, especially around the nose area. The texture of the Contour Pen is creamy without being slippery. It’s able to draw a precise contour line, but still blend out effortlessly to avoid the harsh lines. The colour is a nice neutral-brown that works great to create a daily wearable contour. While grey-toned contours are very popular as well, I find that when contours become too cool-toned, they tend to look too ashy and editorial, while neutral-toned contours work very well on my skin on a day-to-day basis. The Face Contour pen is also available in Dark No. 02 (C$39.00) for darker-skinned ladied, but I haven’t tried it.

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

I didn’t use the Fresh Glow Luminous Pen in this look, but I swatched it below with the Contour Pen for your reference. For a highlighter pen, this is not as frosty, and is more of a day-time appropriate highlighter. This pen is drier than the Contour Pen, and dries down to more of a glow. If you want something subtler, this highlight pen does a great job at giving you a dash of highlight to contrast with your contour.

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

Lastly, I previously already reviewed the Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red, but I have to reiterate how much I love this red lipstick. It’s such a lightweight formula so your lips don’t look heavy at all. My boyfriend generally isn’t a fan of heavy makeup, so my compromise to him is a lighter lipstick formula so that it doesn’t look too overdone. I wore this as a stain during the day and the fresh colour was perfect for the look.

At night, I switched this out for Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood, which is a darkened mulberry with a matte finish. It vamped up the look just enough so that it was night-time appropriate, but not overly so that the boyfriend was uncomfortable with it. The Lip Velvet formula has a matte finish but felt super lightweight and comfortable on the lips. My lips were particularly dry yesterday, but I didn’t notice any creasing or colour migration into my dry lines. It also wore very well as it lasted through our entire dinner and movie. I swatched Oxblood below (one, two and three swipes).

Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch
Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch
Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Review + swatches + look – Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 and Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31

Burberry rain or shine palette spring summer 2015

In the second part of my Burberry makeup reviews, I will be covering the Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 and the Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation. I previously reviewed the Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10, the Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10, and Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 here.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 (C$36) is a rich, blue based red. The formula is almost like a gel-cream, in that it’s very lightweight and super comfortable to wear, but is creamy and has the pigmentation of the cream lipstick. The formula is very buildable, you can get a sheerer, more jelly-like look with just one swipe, or you can build it up to a rich red with multiple swipes. Even after building this on the lips, it still feels virtually weightless. I’m a huge fan of the Burberry Kisses formula, and while normally reds are harder to wear and pull off, both the colour, formula, and texture of Military Red makes this an accessible and wearable red for everyone that’s still glamourous and very beautiful.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 review
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 review

Hands down, the Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31 (C$64) is my favourite powder foundation formula. I previously expressed my utmost love for the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation and Luminous Fluid Base, and I continue this tribute to the Fresh Glow Compact Foundation. I’ve used several in the past, but I’ve pretty much given up on compact foundations because they tend to cling to dry spots, and as I’ve gotten older, I seem to be getting more and more dry spots. Fresh Glow Compact Foundation is a super creamy, very lightweight powder foundation that provides sheer to medium (if used wet) coverage.

Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation review

I’ve been mostly using this on days when I need to even out my skintone a bit, but don’t need much coverage, and it does exactly that. I really helps to make my skin look more even-toned, helping to tone down the redness or any unevenness in the skin. I haven’t found this foundation to cling to any dry spots at all, and it just looks super natural on with a matte but subtly glowy – like a lit from within – finish. Oil control is average; I usually have to blot a few hours in anyways and this is no different. This isn’t a dealbreaker though, and all in all I still really like using this.

You can purchase Burberry makeup products in Canada at the Bay Richmond Centre, the Bay online, as well as at Nordstrom Calgary and Ottawa.

burberry kisses lipstick review spring 2015

The swatches

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 (left to right – two swipes, one swipe, three swipes)

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 swatch
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 swatch

Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31

Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31 review and swatch

The look

Wearing Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 on the eyes (all 4 shades, blended sheerly), Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 on the cheeks, and Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 on the eyebrows. These products were previously reviewed here.

Also wearing Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31 as the base, and Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 on lips.

Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red
Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red
Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red

Review + swatches + look – Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10, Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 & Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

burberry makeup review canada

Burberry is one of my favourite high end designer brands. I own two Burberry coats, and they’re both some of my most prized possessions. In recent years, Burberry makeup has been revamped, being designed in sync with the seasonal runway collections released by Burberry. Today I’m sharing with you three Burberry products that have so far been winners in my books – the Complete Eye Palette, Light Glow Blush, and Effortless Eyebrow Definer. All packaged in a gorgeous bronze compact with the classic check print, the design of these products embody the true spirit of the classic and modern look of Burberry.

You can purchase Burberry makeup products in Canada at the Bay Richmond Centre, the Bay online, as well as at Nordstrom Calgary and Ottawa.

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 review

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 (C$64) is a neutral palette with a rose touch. The shades are shimmery silver, shimmery champagne, shimmery taupe, and matte rose-pink. The texture of the Burberry Complete Eye Palette is super smooth and almost creamy, with the bottom two shades giving off excellent pigmentation. The eyeshadow quality is really excellent, blending super easily and looks very classy on the eyes. The top two shades look extremely similar once applied on the lid, which is kind of pointless. It would have been nice to include a deeper plum or a matte light pink or something to be more unique. Another downside is that because the eyeshadows are so soft, they seem to be a lot of loose powder flyaway, even if I just lightly pat my brush against the powder.

With all of the large neutral palettes coming out with 10-12 shades, this four-pan neutral palette is actually a nice change for once. In deciding which colours to use, it’s really foolproof and easy since there are only 4 colours (and I mean that in the nicest way possible!). I didn’t get into neutral palettes for the longest time, even giving away the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette right after getting it as soon as it came out, so for years I relied on these smaller neutral palettes instead. The pink and taupe combination is super girly and romantic, but still grown up. I foresee myself wearing this lots, especially for more formal occasions where I don’t want to wear something too over-the-top in terms of makeup.

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 review

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 (C$49) is a beautiful bright matte fuchsia blush. I absolutely love Hydrangea Pink – it gives off the most natural flush of colour and just blends in the skin so well. This is my first and only Burberry Light Glow Blush but I’m already wanting to collect more – you really can’t go wrong with the matte but glowy formula and the soft texture of the blush. Pigmentation is also excellent, and a little bit goes a long way. I like to use a fluffy blush brush to apply this – just lightly press the brush on the surface of the blush, tap off any excess, and then blend on the cheeks. The brush that comes with the blush is well made and is actually quite soft (unlike Chanel’s!). I could see myself using the accompanying brush if I take this with my on travels, in case I didn’t want to pack too much extra.

Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 review

Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 (C$33) is a dark brown, hard pencil-type eyebrow pencil. I tried swatching this on my hands but it won’t swatch at all, but on the eyebrows it’s super easy to apply and looks effortless. I love the double-ended design, with a chiseled pencil on one side and a very well-made spoolie on the other. The pencil is super pigmented – a little goes a long way. I also feel like it contains a tiny bit of wax content to help my brows stay in their place. The spoolie is very firm, allowing me to brush my hairs into place. I’ve been using this all the time since I received it, and I’ve only used a tiny bit off the tip of the pencil, a testament to its “a little goes a long way.” The colour Ash Brown is slightly too dark for me now that my hair is more of a dark cherry, but it doesn’t look too unnatural. Ash Brown is a good colour for people with black hair, anything lighter than that and you should try Sepia 02, the next colour down.

Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 review
Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 review
Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 review

Overall, all of these Burberry products are incredible and must-haves for any makeup lover. You may not love the colours shown here, but Burberry makeup comes in a plethora of colour options, so you should at least check them out in store to see if there are options that better suit your needs. While they are expensive (luxury brand!), you really get that luxury experience that comes with the price tag. I know I enjoy my makeup application process way more when products are packaged so nicely.

The swatches

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 swatches
Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 swatches

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 

Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 swatches
Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 swatches

The look

Wearing Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink No. 10 on the eyes (all 4 shades, blended sheerly), Burberry Light Glow Blush in Hydrangea Pink No. 10 on the cheeks, and Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03 on the eyebrows.

Also wearing Burberry Fresh Glow Compact Foundation in Rosy Nude No. 31 as the base, and Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red No. 109 on lips. Reviews for these products to come soon!

Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red
Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red
Burberry makeup look with eye palette in rose pink and burberry kisses lipstick in 109 military red