About a year ago I got bitten by the Burberry bug. Their beauty line appeals to every aspect of my own personal taste. The weighty packaging, the more natural shade selection, the “build it up or sheer it down” approach and of course, the etching in the pans or tubes. They are pricey; there’s no denying that. Compared to Chanel single shadows, though, you get more bang for your buck (Burberry weighs 2.5 grams while Chanel has 2 grams), the powder is more finely milled and the packaging is a significant upgrade. I have reviewed several shades of the Burberry line up in the past (just search Burberry in the right side bar and you will find them) but I wanted to do a comprehensive post of the 11 shades I own thus far. It’s not the fact that the name ‘Burberry’ is on it, either. You could slap any name on the front of these and change nothing else and I would still love them.
I don’t want this to be a words post as much as a visual one. As I said above I’ve already reviewed this formula and it’s obvious that I
enjoy love am obsessed with them. This is meant to be a reference point. I scoured my collection for shades I thought might be similar, some I threw in because they are popular and someone might want to know. Others may be similar in tone but not in finish, etc. The real point is that most of us have to order our Burberry products online and have to try to gauge the color or tone and if we will like it. Hopefully this will help if you own some of the shades I’m showing and can then determine if something will work for you based on a comparison view. Enjoy!
Burberry Pearl White 01 (this is the only shade that you won’t see side by side in-pan comparisons of because two of the shades I used are in large palettes)
Swatches L-R: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Fantasme, TheBalm The Stock Broker, TheBalm Envious Erin, Burberry Pearl White
Pearl White is the easiest to use on the brow bone because it isn’t frosty or glittery. The textures on of the all shades are stellar.
Burberry Trench 02 and MAC Brule (top) and Blanc Type (bottom) Not pictured is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.
Swatches L-R: UD Foxy, MAC Blanc Type, Burberry Trench, MAC Brule
Brule is closest but you can see Trench just melts into my skin tone. Foxy is my least favorite of the group in terms of formula (not as pigmented, kind of patchy)
Burberry Porcelain 03 with MAC Ricepaper and Inglot Pearl #393
Swatches L-R: MAC Ricepaper, Burberry Porcelain, Inglot #393
Ricepaper isn’t even close and #393 is more shimmery and more gold. All three have excellent formulas.
Burberry Gold Trench 04 with Le Metier de Beaute JoJo and MAC Soba
Swatches L-R LMdB JoJo, Burberry Gold Trench, MAC Soba
Again all formulas here are very nice and blend well. They are all quite different, but along the same color vein.
Burberry Chestnut 05 with MAC Brown Down and MAC Swiss Chocolate
Swatches L-R: MAC Brown Down, Burberry Chestnut, MAC Swiss Chocolate
Chestnut has a sheen the others lack but all three are buttery smooth. They all have a red undertone to them as well, Swiss Chocolate more so than the others.
Burberry Almond 06 with MAC Cork and Inglot Matte #360 (I’m not sure what happened here but everything is showing a bit more cool toned than they are and #360 is darker in real life than it’s appearing in the pan)
Swatches L-R: MAC Cork, Burberry Almond, Inglot #360
The swatches accurately portray how these look in real life, at least on my skin tone. Cork is the warmest of the three and Almond has that slight sheen/glow to it.
Burberry Taupe Brown 07 with Chanel Taupe Gris, MAC Brun, MAC Mystery and the bottom most shade from the Guerlain Les Fumes palette
Swatches L-R: Chanel Taupe Gris, MAC Mystery, Burberry Taupe Brown, MAC Brun, Guerlain Les Fumes
All of these are lovely, but the Guerlain shade is the most patchy/difficult to work with. Taupe Gris is very similar but has shimmer. Brun is kind of close but definitely has more brown.
Burberry Khaki 08 with Sunday Riley Fool’s Gold, MAC Flourishing, Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Lancome Erika F
Swatches L-R: Sunday Riley Fool’s Gold, Lancome Erika F, Burberry Khaki, MAC Flourishing, RBR Abyssinian Catbird
The only one that comes close is Abyssinian Catbird, but only in general undertones. I struggled to find a shade that was close and looked through a number of palettes and brands but these were the best I could find. Erika F and Fool’s Gold are drier textures but the others are incredibly velvety.
Burberry Rosewood 09 with NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Chanel Fauve (the shades in pan are slightly more washed out and are darker in real life)
Swatches L-R: Chanel Fauve, NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Burberry Rosewood, RBR Solstice Halcyon, RBR Bohemian Waxwing
I would classify all of them in the taupe family which is why this selection of shades is one of my top in the this post. I can’t find fault with any of the formulas so it’s just a matter of shade preference which one (or ones) you should get. Solstice Halcyon and Rosewood are closest.
Burberry Midnight Brown 21 with Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, MAC Satin Taupe, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird
Swatches L-R: RBR Delicate Hummingbird, MAC Satin Taupe, LMdB Corinthian, Burberry Midnight Brown, RBR Bohemian Waxwing
This is the other set of shades that rivals for the top. I love each of these shadows. The textures are absolute butter and the variations on taupe are divine. Midnight Brown is the most brown of the group and the darkest.
Burberry Pale Barley 22 with Becca Tussah, MAC Patina, MAC Jaunty, NARS Rajasthan Duo (gold side) and Chanel Safari
Swatches L-R: NARS Rajasthan Gold shade, Chanel Safari, MAC Patina, Burberry Pale Barley, MAC Jaunty, Becca Tussah
Pale Barley is most similar to Tussah, but Tussah is drier and less pigmented. Jaunty is a good alternative but is limited edition and it’s lighter. Safari is also a drier texture (as most Chanel singles are).
*whew* As you can imagine this post was pretty labor-intensive but I hope it was worth it! This is definitely the most comprehensive comparison post I have ever done. It was nice to see that so many of the Burberry shadows are actually quite unique. What’s next for me? I don’t have any other shades that are urgently calling to me but there is a rosy shade and a lavender shade I wouldn’t mind owning.