Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Midnight Brown: Another Perfect Neutral from Burberry

Despite my recent decrease in cosmetic purchases, one item has remained on my wish list for months. After pointless deliberation over something that ultimately seemed to be a delay of the inevitable I gave way to the perfection that is Burberry and purchased their Sheer Eye Shadow in 21 Midnight Brown. 

You may remember from my review of Pale Barley (here) that I repeated the word "incredible" over and over as a means of describing the texture. Velvet to the touch, intensely pigmented and easy to blend there isn't a thing wrong with the formula of these eye shadows. Though I may be getting a bit carried away, I'd go so far as to say that a healthy selection of shadows as high quality as Burberry's is really all I need ... though we know my self-control will never be that restrained! 

While aesthetically pleasing packaging does little to support a product does not perform, it can turn an excellent eye shadow into a true luxury object. Burberry's gunmetal cases, plaid velveteen pouches and thick cream boxes are classy and stand out in a sea of gaudier contraptions. Though you don't have to twist my arm to visit the book shelf for a backdrop, Burberry's products are majestic enough to seem at home against the spine of an old classic (this one is Daphne DuMaurier's Jamaica Inn, if you were curious). 

In regard to the color I will say this: Midnight Brown is the perfect brown. This shadow does for rich cocoa what Le Métier de Beauté's Corinthian does for taupe. Much like its light cousin Pale Barley, Midnight Brown is dimensional on the eye and requires no accompaniment to steal the show. 

Midnight Brown manages to be equal parts coco, russet, espresso and amber. Depending on the light it shimmers and shifts highlighting different parts of the eye makeup expertly. Applied generously on the lid and carefully along the lower lash line with only a touch of mascara, Midnight Brown makes the perfect, effortless day-to-day smoky eye that I'm certain I'll turn to this fall. 

So there you have it. I'm enamored once again and willing to further explore the Burberry shadow range. While I'm uncertain about the red undertones of the new Fall 2012 releases, I'd be eager to hear your thoughts.

Have you tried Burberry's powder formulation? What is your favorite Burberry eye shadow?