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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Burberry Midnight Brown eyeshadow- Review, swatches and EOTD

I'd been eyeing the Burberry range since it launched about 2 years ago and have been wanting to try out some of the range. I finally got a chance to purchase some items when I was on holiday 2 months ago and as I've always loved the quintessential Burberry-esque smokey brown eye, I picked up Midnight Brown eyeshadow first.

The Burberry name automatically conjures up an image of effortless and chic style and this translates well throughout the products in the makeup range. The eyeshadow for example, comes complete with its own little velvet pouch with the Burberry pattern embossed on it.

The metal container the shadow comes in feels lovely to hold and also has the Burberry pattern embossed on it.

The product comes with its own applicator and a mirror but, while nice to have, I find both these items useless in eyeshadow singles.

I love how the Burberry pattern is even embossed on the eyeshadow itself. It's so pretty! It took a while for me to disturb the pattern but even after quite a few uses it's still very prominent.

Midnight Brown is such a gorgeous brown shade. It's like a rich chocolate brown taupe with shimmer through out it. I thought I had similar browns in my collection but it's actually a noticeably different shade. From left to right Burberry Midnight Brown, MAC Mulch, the darkest brown from the Dior Iridescent Leather quint, Illamasqua Ore pigment, the dark shimmery brown from the Sleek Storm palette, Smog from the Urban Decay Naked Palette and Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.

I love this eyeshadow as the quality is very good. The shade is pigmented and the powder is soft and easy to blend. I always use this on top of a primer but I haven't noticed any fading or creasing.

This shade works well both on the lid and in the crease and I use it in a variety of ways. One of my favourite ways of late is to use it to create a one shade smokey brown eye such as the one below.

To get the look I first applied MAC Cash Flow Paint Pot (gold) all over the lid. I then picked up some Midnight Brown eyeshadow on a MAC 217 blending brush and concentrated the colour on the outer V and then blended it into the crease. Once the brush had less product on it, I then blended it across the lid. I finished up by applying a light gold around the inner corner (Bobbi Brown Sunset Gold eyeshadow) and used Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 glide on liner on the bottom lashline. I went over this with some of the Midnight Brown as well.

This next shot really captures the lovely shimmer in Midnight Brown.

What do you think of Midnight Brown? Have you tried anything else from the Burberry range?

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