Christoper Bailey’s Burberry Beauty

Cara Delevingne for Burberry Beauty Spring 2011

Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Beauty collection has the same cool Brit style as the personified fashion label. Pared down, and with direct roots to the Classic Burberry Trench, Burberry Beauty is expensive looking and exudes an oh-so-luxurious appeal. Two years in the making, the line pays homage to Mr. Bailey’s vision of a modern English rose. “The Burberry girl wears just a trace of makeup — no crazy eyes or crazy lips,” he says. “Makeup should enhance women, not just cover up what they perceive as flaws.”
All of the product are housed in super sexy, platinum checked packaging, which Mr. Bailey says “The idea was for the products to look and feel like things you really want to have in your bag.”
Stellar packaging aside, I took the product out for a spin on several of my photo shoots and was thrilled with the results. I absolutely adore the liquid foundation, which has a beautiful, velvety finish. For those who prefer a powder foundation, you won’t feel left out as the foundation powder is a fantastic alternative. It is perfect for a quick touch up on set ( or on the go) and my models loved the way it felt on their skin. Both formulations provided great coverage where needed without looking overly made up and best of all, after a long shoot day, the finish still looked fresh and dewy, not caky. For the color in the collection, it’s all is subtle and low-key with a soft-glaze appeal. The pigments are quite good, which for me meant that I could replicate the color seen in the compact, onto the skin. Oftentimes, when a color product looks great in the pan of the compact, it won’t have enough pigment to create that same color on skin. These buttery shadows didn’t have a whisper of that problem at all. The eyeshadow and blush all had a comparable velvety finish of the pressed powders and foundations. It was hard for me to select just one favorite from the collection— it could have been the lip glosses which are rich and creamy without being even a little gooey on the lip, with colors that were perfect compliments to the rest of the collection. Or maybe the perfect blush shades. I don’t know, I think I’ll just have to settle for all of it. I only have one negative: I wish they offered richer shades for women of color because its clear that the entire collection was definitely designed for the lighter shades of pale. Hopefully, Mr. Bailey will consider releasing those much needed additions in the near future.
I just had to include the Autumn 2010 advertising campaign video because its so beautiful…The girls look flawless and you really get a sense of the luxury of the product… Enjoy! TBS

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