It is just 2 more days til Christmas! Are you back with your family and preparing for the big feast? The lil bub fell sick again last week, and between sharing some soup with him and my own marathon bout of the flu, I’m down as well. Oh well, it can only get better! And there’s nothing cheerier than some spots of gold! Burberry’s Winter Glow Collection for Holiday 2014 finally landed in Singapore 2 weeks ago, and they held a big party at their counter for everyone to check out the products. I was able to swatch everything, but since it is so late in the season already (I’m looking forward to Spring 2015!), I limited myself to just 1 item!
Burberry’s Winter Glow Collection is a story of pale gold and deep red. In keeping with traditions, this Holiday 2014 collection is packaged in lush gold with the signature Burberry plaid emblazoned across the metallic packaging. There are 2 brand new, limited edition palettes at the heart of the collection:
Burberry Gold Glow No. 01 is a soft golden luminizing powder that is scented with the new My Burberry fragrance. It has a beautiful embossing on it which gives the powder a luxurious feel, and the powder itself is soft and incredibly finely milled.
Although encased in a bright gold on the outside, the powder itself is actually an antique gold with a very soft shimmery finish. It is a very unique color, quite a bit warmer than most other highlighters I own, and very Asian skintone friendly. Here are a few comparison swatches against other golden highlighters that I own to give you an idea:
Burberry Gold Glow Fragranced Luminizing Powder is the sheerest of all the highlighters swatched here, and took dozens of swipes to get to the level of pigmentation shown above. It a soft warm golden sheen when the light hits, and is very easy to use without fear of over-applying. I was surprised to find that Surratt Artistique Blush in Aureole is actually the closest (although the lighting angle above makes it less obvious) but the golden shimmery sheen finish is the same between them, only that Aureole is slightly cooler and lighter in tone. Cle de Peau Beaute’s Luminizing Face Enhancer #12 seemed close in the pan, but is much more golden. Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold from Holidays 2013 has a much whiter base, and Chanel Dentelle Precieuse is much warmer and has a peach tinge. Cle de Peau Vintage III Palette and Guerlain Compact Meteorites Wulong both looked golden in the pan but swatches out more pink.
The powder also comes with a large squarish flat brush which feels quite soft but is rather dense and way too large for my face. It gives us an idea of the other use that this powder is intended for. In conjunction with the launch of My Burberry Eau de Parfum, Burberry has created a complete range of products for fragrance layering. Burberry Gold Glow Fragranced Luminizing Powder marries the seduction of fragrances and makeup, allowing you to brush on a veil of glow over bare shoulders or décolletage, on top of My Burberry Moisturizing Body Mist, Shower Oil and/or the Parfum.
Burberry Gold Glow No. 25 is the other limited edition palette that features 4 coordinating shades of muted metallic eyeshadows. Here are the swatches.Dee
From left to right (corresponding to shades on palette from bottom left to top right):
I have also swatched the Burberry Gold Glow Fragranced Luminizing Powder on the right as a comparison. The color is very similar to the light gold in the eyeshadow palette, but much much sheerer.
I did not pick up this palette because I found the shades individually to be highly dupable, and I was not quite sure how often I would find myself wearing an entirely golden-brown eye look. Regardless, the texture is amazing as one would expect from Burberry, and the shades are all very well pigmented.
The collection also contains 2 lip mists and 2 lip glows in a limited edition gold color and ox-blood which is a classic Burberry shade. Here are the swatches.
From bottom left to top right:
I’m in love with the golden packaging throughout the entire collection, and everything is delicately and wonderfully done. However, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Gold Glow Fragranced Luminizing Powder as it is quite a unique shade, and I love the soft shimmery finish very much. Priced at SGD88 (or USD68) for 10gm, this is one of the more affordable high-end designer highlighters ever marketed.
Have you picked up anything from this collection yet?
I was provided with a sample of the Lip Glow in Oxblood No. 23 and nail polish as a thank you gift for attending the launch party. The Gold Glow Fragranced Luminizing Powder featured in this post was purchased by me. The gifts had in no way biased my opinions about the collection, and the views expressed above are my honest views.