(Again, it's Saturday early morning in Malaysia and the Far East, but it's just past 9PM over here on Friday. And I am still hoping to catch a glimpse of what Catherine Middleton or now, Duchess of Cambridge, is wearing to the dinner party at the Buckingham Palace. I couldn't earlier, as I was preparing dinner for my own HRHs ;) and now multi-tasking, trying to get this post up as soon as I can while trying to get my Princess to bed!)
Let's take a look at the packaging first. If you have followed this A-Blush-A-Day series for the past few days, you'll notice that I have reviewed mostly the blush itself, then the swatches and not paying much attention to the packaging except may be the Anna Sui blush which I reviewed on Thursday, etc. OK, I know it's not the most ideal reviews I had written, but I wanted to pay more attention to the product(s) per se, and partly also because of the time factor. I have quite limited time to blog recently and at the same time, I still have my moments of teary outbursts because of my Dad, and I also WANT to go back to Malaysia so badly!
Well, that's quite a bit of digression.
I think the packaging of Burberry Beauty makeup products deserve a mention, as it is relatively new in the market, what more in Malaysia, which was just launched at the end of January this year, and of course, the packaging incorporates the iconic lines of the Burberry check and architectural columns.
And it feels quite weighty too.
Anyways, very soon, I discovered the 'magic' behind this Earthy Blush shade.
On the pan, it looks, well, as you can see in the photo above, like the colour of some earthy clay or like some very clean white-beige sand. Again, I have to mention that I really like the Burberry check pattern embossed onto the surface of the blush. (I know I am very cheong hei = long-winded)
It comes with a brush which is very well-made, and the bristles feel soft. I have been using the brush provided to apply this blush since I started using it - very convenient! And it picks up just the right amount of product and deposits the blush onto my cheeks easily.
The blush has a soft and silky smooth texture with good pigmentation, and the intensity of the shade can be built up easily. At the same time, it's difficult to go overboard with such kind of shade even if you were to 'overdose' on it, that is using a heavy hand when applying it. Well, the most you would get, in my opinion, would be a very tanned look (for someone NC25 like me). I would say this blush has a matte finish.
Left: 1 swipe of the blush and swatched onto my inner forearm
Right: Several swipes of the blush and blended onto my inner forearm
It is a very light brown/beige shade with a matte finish.
So, how do you think it would look like on my cheeks?
On my cheeks
Now can you see the rosy glow on my cheeks? The pink rosy glow is more prominent in the photo above that was taken indoor by the window on a sunny day. And this was what I meant by 'magic' earlier. It looked plain beige on the pan but on my cheeks, it gave a warm rosy glow to my face.
The photo below was taken around the same time I took the photo above, but I was facing the window directly and the glare from the sun outside sort of washed out the colours. But you can still see the radiance as though I was using a bronzer.
*Some application tips taken from their Press Release
Apply Burberry natural blush on the hollow of your cheek to slim face or apply it at the top of the cheek to lift the face.
I think because of its shade, this blush can also be used for some light contouring. I will try to do it in another post.
This retails for RM140 (7g), £29.00 in the UK, and is not limited edition, though it is part of the Burberry Spring Summer 2011 Collection. And some may feel that it's rather pricey, I think it's a fair price considering the amount of product, how well-made the packaging is, and it's Burberry after all! And another good thing to note is there is almost no mark-up in pricing at all, taking into account the current exchange rate of £1~RM4.90 (approximately, at the time of writing).
*This product is part of the goodie bag I received at the Burberry Bloggers' Party in Malaysia in March 2011.
If you are new to my blog, this is the 5th post of A-Blush-A-Day project. Basically, I will feature one blush a day for 30 days. If you have missed the previous posts, here you are.
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
P.s. Please take a peek at what the brain behind this A-Blush-A-Day project, Jennifer, Elaine, and other bloggers who participated are up to with their blush collections.