Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette Swatches, Pics and Review

Always on the quest for eye palettes that travel well, I decided I should try a Burberry Beauty Complete Eye Palette. Deciding to purchase one was easy; deciding which one was more difficult. I anguished over internet pictures, blog swatches, and department store stock images to determine which quad to try. My local Nordstrom doesn't have a Burberry counter as very few do. It's fortunate that the Nordstrom website has some really great images of these quads making it a little easier to narrow down the choice of my first Burberry palette. I chose Dark Spice for it's color composition in that it was differed more from things I already have than the other choices.

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Each Burberry Complete Eye Palette has an all-over luminating base color, a liner shade and two coordinating mid-depth shades for mixing and creating structure and contour. The eyeshadows are blended with silicons making this the smoothest eye shadow I have ever used. I found this quad to be silkier in application than regular Burberry eye shadows. The phrase "like buttah" comes to mind.

Each Burberry Complete Eye Palette comes in a velveteen pouch with the trademark Burberry plaid embossed on them. The pouch holds three mini eye brushes.


I did my makeup with these brushes and was quite surprised. I usually toss accompanying mini-sized brushes but I thought I should try them out of sheer curiousity. The angle liner is, hands down, the BEST angle liner I've ever used. I LOVE IT!!! I'm really particular about brushes so trust me and use this brush if you get a palette.


The palette is strong and sturdy and feels good in your hand. I know this won't break or explode when I travel. It also is the perfect size and shape to stack in a makeupaholic's storage drawer. It has the classic Burberry pattern as well.


The shades in this particular palette are smashing!! The creamy gold at the top corner in the first picture glows with golden shine. I thought it might be an odd yellow, but it is really illuminating. After I applied my shadows, I applied a pop of it over my iris to bring light to my eye.

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The liner is a beautiful rich grey black that is one of the best liners I've ever used. I applied it on the waterline and lash line and it wore like iron. It virtually bonded to my skin and didn't waver throughout the day. It was astounding. All the shades had close to zero fallout.


On of my favorite eye shadows is Burberry's Midnight Brown. I thought it might be close to one of the shades in the Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette. The following picture shows Midnight Brown on the top. You can see that by comparison, Midnight Brown has a silvery taupe shimmer to it. My swatches were done with sponge brushes, which tend to soak up color, so they look a little sparse.


Much like any good addict, I started with one Burberry Complete Eye Palette and when I experienced the superb quality, I acquired more for Christmas. Reviews and pictures to come. In the meantime, you can purchase any of the palettes online at Nordstrom for just $59.  That's less than four Mac eyeshadows PLUS you get the best liner brush known to person kind.


Which Complete Eye Palette would you like to see next?  I don't have them all, but I'm willing to take requests!

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  1. I love this combination of colors. I guess the black is more standard, but the other three are all rather unique, while still being very neutral and wearable

    1. I liked how the black has a hint of blue. It is my favorite of the four shades.

  2. This is such a beautiful palette! Id be tempted if I didnt already have so many!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  3. My number one lemming! AHHHHH! This looks stunning on you, so gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Brooke! I think my lids looked better in person than in the photos. There's so many interesting things that can be done with this palette.

  4. Looks nothing short of amazing!!! Also looks AWESOME on your eyes! *jealous*

  5. I've been lemming these for some time now and like you, I can't see them in person. I'm interested in the Mocha. I just bought a Lancome that looks similar to the pink one. Keep the reviews coming!

    1. Oh, Cindy, don't tell anyone but I have some Armani quads, too, because I couldn't decide. Many colorful reviews to come. :)

  6. They blend into each other so beautifully. I think sometimes neutral shades can clash because of their tonal differences but this palette looks so coppery gold and pretty on you!

    1. Oh thank you!! As much as I love my browns, this black is drool worthy.


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