Review | Burberry Beauty Complete Eye Palette in No. 01 Smokey Grey

Made in Italy, this new eyeshadow palette from Burberry Beauty contains 4 densely-pigmented and complementary eye colours.

Smokes always catch my eye and this quad was no exception – I was immediately drawn to its quartet of matching hues when I first saw it at the counter. I didn’t have time for swatches then but Burberry Beauty Singapore recently sent me this palette, giving me the chance to play with it at leisure.

In it are:

  • A luminescent ivory
  • A shimmery gunmental
  • A matte smokey pewter
  • A satin black

The ivory and grey are buttery-smooth and deposit colour easily. They can be almost too-pigmented, so do use a light hand if you prefer something less strong.

The pewter can skip a little as a swatch but it applies like silk on the eye – this, together with its lovely taupe overtone, makes it an excellent shade for my socket indent.

The black is wonderful with its satin sheen and depth, lending effortless definition and properly finishing a smokey eye.

While its ability to create a complete eye and its complementary colour combination are great, what really gives this quad my firm stamp of approval is the blendability of the colours and how seamlessly they feather into one another, the transition almost-imperceptible.

According to the brand, ‘the skin protecting, glide-on formula is blended with satin smooth silicones and enriching conditioners’. Perhaps this accounts for their texture and blending prowess.

The palette has a nett weight of 5.4 g (1.9 oz).

Like the brand’s makeup compacts, it comes with a protective velvet case that is marked with the distinctive Burberry check.

The pouch, designed for travel, holds 3 eye brushes: A slanted liner brush, a sponge-tip applicator and an eyeshadow brush.

They might have the brand’s name classily printed on their handles but they don’t feel particularly special. Nonetheless, they will serve their purpose, if you’re in a pinch. I much prefer to use my own brushes, of course.

Like the pouch, the metallic compact bears the brand’s signature check print. I love its luxe heft and pewter shine.

In Singapore, this pleasing palette retails at S$85. Happily, it will be part of the brand’s permanent makeup range. I wouldn’t say you need it (I surely don’t, given my extensive stash of smokey shades) but it’s a treat and is workhorse-worthy, if you have a penchant for smokes.  ;)


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