Burberry Beauty – Now At Saks!!!

Beautiful Burberry

Introduced at Nordstrom and Harrod’s this past fall, Burberry Beauty has quickly become my favorite cosmetics brand.  From the second I saw the introduction advertisement with three glowing, porcelain finished, smoky-eyed models; it was love at first sight.  Being such a big fan of the brand and all things anglophile it was hardly a surprise I would want to try their beauty products, but would I really love them when I used them?  Well, yes as a matter of fact I do, and after a year of using the products I am very nearly exclusively a Burberry girl.  As with all things that I fall in love with, there is the fear they will not last, so imagine how happy I was to see the brand is now being carried at Saks as well – another important conquest in the retail world – Hurrah!!!!

Since the demise of Prescriptives, I had been going through a less-than-fabulous trial of new products over the past two years, trying to find the perfect foundation products to replace my beloved custom-blended foundation and powder.  It’s tough – I am so fair as to be quite nearly blue, my skin really doesn’t like or need a heavy foundation, and a little glow is a must.  It was a somewhat expensive period of trial and error – some foundations too opaque, tinted moisturizers too sheer, colors that looked great in the store mirrors but in the light of day were waaayyyy off (Can we say OC orange? Or jaundice yellow anyone?  How about a vaguely greenish one? – no really, I mean green).  And don’t even get me started on the glow factor – shiny, sparkly, or weird iridescence that looked like fish skin – yikes!  I was pretty much over it all, so seeing those lovely English Rose models was a moment of inspiration – here was a brand that should really understand how to work with pasty, pale skin, right? Absolutely!  Their luminous foundation/skin glow/power products give me a terrific base to work from and suit my complexion well – and they are light weight and buildable, so they adjust coverage easily.

Pleased with my first products I was quick to try the others and was not disappointed.  Nearly every product was better than the last.  I adore their mascara as it has just the right texture, and this fall they introduced a new color called Midnight Blonde, that isn’t black, isn’t brown but IS perfect for everyday.  The eye shadows are butter soft and blend like a dream while managing not to fade, and they have been designed to be used both dry and wet for deeper color.  The pencils are smooth without being too smudgy; in fact I love the eye pencils so much I have acquired FOUR colors already – way beyond my typical black of days past.  I even like their lip products and I am not generally a big fan of lippy in any form – gloss, stick, etc… However I am finding I love the lip gloss and may even learn to love the lipsticks as the colors are good, the textures nice, they smell good without being overwhelming and they last astonishingly well. 

Burberry is rolling out the products in phases, so the number of product types is small and there are some key items such as concealer that haven’t been released yet.  They also keep a very moderate and focused color palette, with natural and smoky shades that reflect the brand’s modern yet classic vibe.  Some women may not love the limited selection, but for those of us who tend to become befuddled at the MAC counter, it is a god-send!  After all, how many browns can a girl own?  No…wait…don’t answer that…I know first hand – waaayyyy too many to make any sense at all.

The packaging is achingly chic – weighty, sharply square, and modern in Burberry plaid etched gun metal grey.  They all sport excellent closures including clever magnetic closures for the lipsticks and eye shadows, and come with little plaid etched black velvet slips to keep everything nice.  The brushes are divine, and while they have only introduced four so far – a stellar Kabuki brush for powder and three great eye brushes – I have them all and cannot wait for more. 

These lovely goodies are not cheap with single eye shadows and lipsticks and glosses running in the $27 to $30 range, in line with Dior, Trish McEvoy and the like.  However, the simply gorgeous packaging coupled with the quality of the products makes using these products feel special every time you open them, so you feel like you really have gotten your money’s worth.  With my “TRY to have just a bit less, but make sure it is the very best” approach these products are a perfect fit and I have significantly reduced the total number of products in my make-up wardrobe. 

And now for the confession: yes, I did have to go and get the Burberry make up bags to match.  I really had to, it just didn’t seem right to keep these gorgeous goodies in an elderly Kate Spade bag.  So they now travel in style tucked inside super chic black and grey Burberry Beat Check and black patent trimmed bags to match my big travel tote.  The coordinated treasures make my little OCD heart simply sing and I have both simplified and glamorized my make up routine all in one go!

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