Every season, Burberry presents a different variant of the delicate English beauty, and I must say that while they are always immaculate, it is often too soft for my liking. But this FW2014, Burberry upped their ante with the Bloomsbury Girl Collection, featuring 2 artistic complete eye palettes.
I was immediately drawn to Burberry Complete Eye Palette #12 Nude Blush as it reminded me of #6 Plum Pink which has been on my wishlist forever.
When swatched side-by-side, it was clear to me that good things really do come to those who wait, as Nude Blush is more varied in finish and tones, and hence more exciting than Plum Pink. Whilst the color story is fairly similar – purples and browns – Nude Blush is cooler in tone, has a mix of matte / satin / metallic / shimmer shades, and a greater range of intensity from light to dark. In contrast, Plum Pink is warmer, the shades are “muddier”, and matte/satin across the palette. The only thing that is similar about the 2 palettes is how light the top left highlighter shade is, and neither shows up on my skin.
The shades in Nude Blush, from bottom left to top right, are:
The very first time I applied Nude Blush on my lids, I was blown away by the intensity of the pigmentation and smoothness of the eyeshadows! Compared against Burberry’s SS2014 palettes (reviewed here), Nude Blush is much more pigmented and easier to blend. As I had noted above, I initially had reservations about the medium mauve shade as it did not swatch smoothly on my hand. But when I applied it with a brush on my lids (without primer), the result is a lovely wash of color as shown in this EOTD below.
I applied the medium mauve all over my lid, and darkened the outer corner with the dark eggplant. Followed with the metallic copper in the crease, and blended out with the pale matte beige. Lastly, I also lined the lower lash line with the dark eggplant.
Another way of wearing Nude Blush is to apply the metallic copper all over the lid, blending out at the crease with the matte pale beige. Finished by winging out and lining the lower lash line with the dark eggplant.
Burberry Complete Eye Palette in #12 Nude Blush is a beautiful quad with shades that are classical Burberry and easy to wear. The quality is top-notch, and when combined with Burberry’s high-quality hefty casing with magnetic closure, it is an irresistible force. Just as with all the other quads, Nude Blush is permanent so there is time to contemplate. Personally, I am getting bored with all the purple variations out there… they inevitably result in the same sort of EOTD as the first one above. However, the addition of a metallic copper and shimmers in the eggplant shade makes Nude Blush quite an exciting palette for the normally reserved Burberry.