Hello Gypsies! Let me start off by apologizing for my long absence in blogging but I went on a much needed holiday and enjoyed every minute of it. I decided to take a short break in work and refresh my mind, body and soul. I am back and ready to start talking beauty so let us get started!
Burberry has introduced its Spring/Summer 2016 make-up collection, Velvet & Lace, inspired by the brand’s womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 collection, “Functionregalia.” It features intricate lace-inspired detail, dark and impactful red hues and metallic accents. The collection also introduced two limited edition palettes and limited edition shades of nail polish and eye colour cream. I was fortunate enough to receive the Runway Palette in Nude Gold ($68), Eye Colour Cream in Charcoal ($30) and Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood ($34). The lipstick and eye colour are not new but were included in the package I received.
Let us start with the Runway Palette that comes in two shades, White Gold & Nude Gold, both which are limited-edition. These powders are lightweight and illuminating that are set with a lace pattern which makes this aesthetically appealing to the eye. I will discuss the Nude Gold as that is the shade that was sent to me and most appropriate for my light/medium, olive skin. This shade is a light/medium gold with a muted undertone and a frosted finish. The powder is buildable without looking cakey or emphasizing pores, especially if used with a good powder brush (I like the Troy Surratt Artistique Highlight Brush $115). This lasted a good six hours before fading and settled in beautifully to give my skin a glassy, high fashion look. The muted undertone is what really made this a standout shimmer powder as it cancelled out my sallow skin and looked natural. This is a winner for me.
The Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Charcoal ($30) is a repeat but definitely a great compliment to this collection. I have reviewed these Eye Colour Creams (HERE) and was impressed with how they performed. This shade can easily be layered and take your eye look from a natural and sheer wash of gray to a more intense smoky eye. I prepped my lid with the By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer ($48) and then layered my lid twice with the shadow to get the look I was going for; a subtle, smoky look. It lasted a few hours before I saw fading even with my eyelid prepped. This is good news for anyone that wants to have control over application and final look.
The Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood ($34) is a deep burgundy shade that seems to appear in almost every collection Burberry launches. It represent the Burberry look accurately and the shade is universally flattering. I like to use this as a stain since I am gravitate towards a nude lip but can appreciate its diversity and intensity.
Verdict? I absolutely love the Runway Palette in Nude Gold. With all the shimmers that have launched in the past year, this one is a stand-out product. My only complaint would be is the lack of new shades launched which makes this collection overall a bit dull and predictable. I hope the next collection introduces more shades and new products.