I visited my local Burberry counter yesterday to have a look at the new palettes, and came home with 02 Mocha. Unfortunately my SA was away, and the testers were not out yet - I chose Mocha as it contained 'safe' neutrals, in the absence of a tester.
Sadly, this palette has completely underwhelmed me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a Burberry Beauty fan, and rarely have a bad thing to say about the range.
But this palette, in my opinion, is awful. However, I will present pictures and swatches, and give my thoughts in an objective manner.
Burberry Complete Eye Palette in 02 Mocha contains four neutral shades:
- A matte bone shade, similar to Burberry Trench;
- A medium golden neutral shade, similar to Burberry Gold Trench;
- A medium warm brown shade, similar to Burberry Almond or Chestnut;
- A medium to deep warm brown that leans red, not comparable to any existing Burberry single.
(similarities derived based on shade finish and depth - not on the palette containing 'dupes' - the singles are superior in every way to this palette)
The palette comes in the typical Burberry velvet pouch, and contains three applicator tools - a sponge tip, an angle brush, and a blending brush.
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I shall write about the practical aspects of the palette before giving my thoughts on the shadows themselves.
Weight versus price
First up, the weight of the eye shadows. The palette contains 5.4 grams of eye shadow. A Burberry eye shadow single is 2.5 grams.
Here in Australia, a Burberry eye shadow single is $45.00; the palettes are $85.00.
An eye shadow single equates to $18.00 per gram; the palette equates to $15.75 per gram.
So from a bang-for-your-buck perspective, you do a little better with the palettes over the singles, in AUD.
USD comparative: eye shadow single $29.00/$11.60 per gram; eye shadow palette $59.00/$10.93 per gram.
GBP comparative: eye shadow single £22.50/£9 per gram; I don't have a GBP price for the palettes yet, but will update as soon as I can find it.
Burberry did surprise me a little with the inclusion of the three tools.
The sponge tip applicator is stock standard - but of lesser quality than the sponge tip included in the eye shadow singles. The sponge moved around too much - like most sponge tips that you get with eye shadows (singles or palettes) it felt cheap, and like the sponge would easily rip or dislodge.
I've been trying to figure out the hair used in the mini blending brush. It is quite soft, and appears to be natural hair. The hair feels softer than goat - but apparently Burberry use pony and goat hair blends in their full size brushes. Regardless, the little blending brush is soft, but useless. It might make a good little brush for patting on setting powder under the eyes, but for eye shadow - forget it.
The little angle brush was surprisingly good. It is synthetic, and quite stiff. You won't be able to apply a clean precise line with it, but it is nice for getting eye shadow along the lashline. It is a little harsh though - it isn't at all soft. This would make a nice little eyebrow brush.
In summary - ditch the tools or use them for something else.
The compact is about the same size as the Burberry blush and bronzer compacts. It is heavy and of solid construction, and magnetised - standard for Burberry packaging. The compact has a mirror - but no inside compartment for the tools. To carry the tools 'on board' you need to keep the compact and tools together in the Velvet pouch.
The eye shadows
Okay, now onto my scathing review.
There is no other way around saying it - the quality of these eye shadows is crap. I can only assume these palettes are made in the same factory as the Burberry eye shadow singles, as both say 'made in Italy', and the packaging is on par with the rest of the Burberry line.
On swatching, I knew the eye shadows weren't going to impress me. The dark shade appears 'nice' in the swatch pictures, but as I am sure most of you will notice, the other three shades look rather 'meh'.
I applied the shadows onto bare skin on one eye, and on top of a primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) on the other eye. Straight up, the primer made absolutely no difference to the application or colour payoff of the shadows.
Each shade varied somewhat in how it applied and wore.
The matte bone shade was dry and chalky, which if you look closely at my swatches, you will see this in comparison to the other three colours. I had hoped that the eye shadow perhaps just swatched poorly, but no - when applied on my eyelids, there was absolutely no payoff whatsoever. It was dry, almost chalky, and not the quality I expect from Burberry. I attempted to layer it - and nothing. The colour is on par with Burberry Trench single eye shadow in the pan - I adore Trench, and it is far superior to the bone shade in this palette.
Matte bone shade = epic Burberry fail.
The medium golden neutral shade applied reasonably well. It went on smooth, but again, it was lacking in pigmentation. There was some shimmer apparent in the swatch and in the pan, which didn't entirely translate onto the skin. Very average, and very dupe-able. The colour is on par with Burberry Gold Trench single eye shadow in the pan - but again, the Gold Trench eye shadow single is far superior.
Medium golden neutral shade = very average.
The medium warm brown shade is a bit of a chameleon - in indirect light it looks quite neutral and almost taupe, but in true light the warmth is very apparent. When applied to my lids, this had an almost orange hue to it, the type of hue you see in cheaper brown eye shadows. Not nice. This shade has a satin appearance in the pan, which did not translate onto the skin - it applied very flat and dull. This shade is on par with Almond and Chestnut in the pan, with reference to shade depth. And again, the eye shadow singles are superior. Chestnut is the closest in the single eye shadow range to this palette colour. I do not own Chestnut as personally I do not like it on myself (it is too warm), but I do own Almond - and in this instance, I would most certainly choose Almond eye shadow single over this shade in the palette.
Medium warm brown shade = cheap.
The medium deep warm brown shade swatched remarkably well - I got a little excited over this one. But alas, the pigmentation just wasn't there on my eyes. I packed the colour on, and lightly blended it out - and it ALL blended away, leaving me looking bruised. The shimmer apparent in the pan and in the swatch did not translate onto the lids. There isn't a similar colour to this in the single eye shadow range, but in the pan the depth looks on par with Midnight Brown - imagine Midnight Brown with a red undertone to it.
Medium deep warm brown shade = bruised.
These eye shadows were not buildable at all. I tried and tried to pack them on, to no avail. As soon as I went in with a brush, it all brushed away, leaving a dirty bruisy colour behind. It was so sheer, I could clearly see the veins in my eyelids.
And the fall out - THE FALL OUT!! It went everywhere!! Half way down my face!!
I left the eye shadows on for an entire afternoon. After about six hours, the colours had muted and faded a little - and still looked terrible. The dark shade retained the most pigment - on both eyes (both with and without primer) - but still looked rather ordinary.
In summary, I have been left very disappointed by this palette.
The Burberry eye shadow singles are far superior, in every way.
The colour payoff might be better over a more 'wet' base, but I honestly believe that a good quality eye shadow at a high end price point should have good colour payoff without one (even if it doesn't last a long time). I will try this palette over a more wet base (like a cream eye shadow or concealer), but I am not getting my hopes up.
The only shade that may have potential for me is the dark brown shade over a more wet base (or used wet) - but the colour is not remarkable enough to warrant keeping this palette.
Oh Burberry, how did you get this palette oh so wrong?
This is my honest opinion peeps - take a look at these palettes in person if you get a chance and make up your own mind - but I would not recommend buying these sight unseen.
I will return to Burberry once the testers are in and see if the other five palettes are as terrible as the Mocha palette - I am interested in the Smokey Grey and Pale Nude palettes - Smokey Grey in particular had some deeper greys that aren't present in the single eye shadow range. But I suspect I will be left underwhelmed with those as well.
If any of my readers have the chance to test these palettes, please report back to me with your thoughts - I would love to hear them.
In the meantime, I shall stick to my beloved Burberry eye shadow singles.
Thank you for reading.