It’s no big secret that I’m a neutral makeup lover. Come on. Give me a naturally flushed peach blush, a nude-toned shadow or a ‘my lips but better’ shade of lip product and I’ll tip toe into the corner and slap it on till my little hearts content. Colour, on the other hand, takes me a bit longer to get used to. I eye it up cautiously, apply in the safety of my home with Bioderma close by and if I venture out in it, well we’re onto a winner baby. When an edit of Burberry’s SS13 ‘Siren Red’ Beauty Collection* that’s just landed on counters arrived on my desk, I was split. All due to be part of the full-time range, neutral lip and eye offerings were dwarfed in comparison to a darn hot, pink blush; it couldn’t be ignored. A tried and tested trio, here’s the need to know…
Burberry are well established on the beauty map for two things: their lipsticks and their eyeshadows – remember the Pale Barley phenomenon? In their latest drop they add a new shade to their shadow stash – Sheer Eye Shadow Gold Pearl No.26 - a yellow golden shimmer. It reminds me of Benefit’s Lemon-Aid, but in powder form. The yellow tones help to neutralise the lid and counteract any redness, but in terms of colour payoff and texture it can come off a little sheer and chalky; Pale Barley still takes the eyeshadow crown. I’ve never given their glosses a go before, but their new Lip Glow in Fondant Pink No.21 really impressed. Not too sticky, nor streaky and long-lasting for a lipgloss in my books, nice work Burberry. The colour is perhaps a little too nude for my tastes these days – never thought I’d say that – but the formula’s a winner. Now onto that blush – Light Glow Hydrangea Pink No.10. Slightly duskier than a fuchsia, neither warm nor cool toned, and boy this stuff is pigmented. I applied to the cheeks, then dusted over with my foundation brush to calm down the colour slightly to blend it out and it pinched the perfect pop of colour into my round little apples. Love it.
With my cautionary colour tale told above, surprisingly my pick out of the punch really is that blush. A punchy pink blush would come out on top, who knew? Perhaps I should dip my face into the bright makeup pool more often, huh?