Sheer Eye Shadow
Last Updated:09.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

There are sheer eyeshadows that apply well and wear evenly, but this collection of powder eyeshadow singles from Burberry is not among them. In fact, these singles are possibly the most disappointing misstep in Burberry Beauty's entire line. Not only do they have a chalky texture that applies unevenly, the soft satin finish doesn't cling well. Even worse, the amount of powder that does manage to cling ends up fading within a few hours.

Whether or not these eyeshadows are "weather inspired" (whatever that means), or the packaging is gorgeous (which it is), it doesn't really matter because the color doesn't stay on. There are many, many, better eyeshadows—including from drugstore brands—for half the price.Find better options on our list of Best Eyeshadows.

  • Beautifully packaged.
  • Wide selection of shades.
  • Attractive, soft satin finish.
  • Chalky, uneven application.
  • Color clings poorly and fades quickly.
  • Overpriced given the poor performance.
Brand Overview

Strengths: Great highlighting lotion and powder; some good foundations; selection of lip color products, including Lip Velvet.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent eyeshadow quality; limited shade selection in complexion products; Burberry Beauty has poor in-store and online availability, items are often out-of-stock for long periods of time; strong, pervasive fragrance is an issue in several products.

British fashion house Burberry has a long history, dating back to 1856 when the company opened its first store in Basingstoke, England. Initially specializing in outerwear, Burberry is credited with creating the first true “trench coat” for the British military in the early 1900s, which quickly gained popularity with the general public after World War I. In the years since their trench coat became a fashion staple, Burberry has become a global brand, and now has stores all over the world. In 2010, Burberry, taking a cue from other high fashion brands such as Armani and Chanel, launched its own line of cosmetics—Burberry Beauty.

Burberry Beauty’s lineup of products is relatively small compared to those of competing designer brands, but it includes all the basics: foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. Unfortunately, many of the Burberry Beauty products have better packaging than performance, and definitely more style than substance. The bottles, compacts, and various cases look very high-end, with each product featuring the iconic Burberry “check plaid,” a pattern the company began using as its signature in the 1920s. Unfortunately, iconic brand symbols and pretty packaging don’t necessarily make for great makeup.

Despite its designer pedigree, Burberry Beauty is sadly mediocre—especially given its heritage and price point. If a designer name holds more allure for you when shopping for makeup, then Dior, Chanel, or Armani are all much better options.

For more information about Burberry Beauty, visit www.burberry.com or call (877) 217-4085.

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great shadow, but don't test on bunnies!

I agree with the other reviewer... who could not LUV this shadow? I have the shade Almond also, and it really is THE perfect medium "teddy bear brown." I don't know why Paula found these "chalky," I don't find mine chalky at all, it's almost creamy! A truly silky matte with a gorgeous finish on the lid and great color payoff dry or wet. Lasts all day! BUT, I didn't realize that hey test on animals, that's awful. For that one reason, I can't recommend the shadow, and would not buy another.

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I don't know how anyone could not love these shadows. They are the best I've ever used, and I have an embarrassingly large collection of shadows both high and low end. My favorites are Almond (a perfect soft, creamy, matte medium brown) and Midnight Brown (a darker, satiny brown with subtle sparkle). Rosewood is a beautiful cool taupe. The packaging is lovely, you get a good amount of product. I don't know, I love all of them that I've tried—the only drawback is that they are tested on animals.

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Brianna V.
These eyeshadows are great!

I disagree with the Beautypedia review. These eyeshadows (monos) are great. I have used them since they came out in July 2010 and I have never looked back. The mix of talc and dimeticone makes them glide on very easily. The darker colours are very pigmented and the lighter ones can be built up. My favourite is midnight brown, a lovely warm taupe with micro particles. They are 2.5 grams, which is more than double the usual amount of product in other high end brands in the same price range.

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I love these shadows - perhaps try them with a primer (I have oily lids so I always use one.) The colors and texture blend beautifully, and stay put until you decide to remove your makeup.

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Andrea Joy L.
Surprised at your review!

Honestly surprised at your review! Burberry shadows are probably my favorites and i reach for them most. I have tried about everything out there and own quite a few different brands, both from drugstore to very high end. I find the glow/shimmer/gleam from these more subtle than any other brands, perfect for my over 40 self. Too much shimmer is not my thing. I always wear a primer underneath, as I do with all shadows, and they last all day.

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