I’ve been intrigued by Burberry cosmetics ever since they launched but somehow refrained from dropping £22.50 on one of their single shadows (it might still happen though!). Somehow £40 for a palette of four shades was much more *PUN ALERT* palatable. So I took some Christmas pennies and ordered Mocha 02 (from John Lewis if you’re interested with free collection from my local Waitrose!). I chose this quad as I thought if I was going to spend this much on eyeshadow it should be a palette that I could in theory wear every day and therefore really get my monies worth. I chose well!
Let’s start with the packaging shall we? Oh my goodness even the cardboard feels expensive. It’s textured and heavy duty. But who cares about cardboard! Not me! Not when there is an adorable little velvety ouch inside embossed with the Burberry check with cute pockets for little tiny makeup brushes! You get a teeny tiny blending brush (which actually is not horrible), a sponge tip applicator and a perfectly usable angled brush. Ordinarily I just throw out applicators that come in palettes but these are actually perfectly good for use in a pinch.
The compact itself does not disappoint once again the steely grey plastic has the signature check embossed on it. The plastic feels sturdy and high quality, the magnetic closure has a very satisfying ‘snap’ to it and the mirror is large enough to be properly useful.
As for the shadows I am in love. This is the perfect neutral palette for me. you have a light matte cream highlight shade, a softly shimmering golden brown, an almost but not quite matte warm medium brown and a satin deep chestnut. On me the palette definitely pulls quite warm. On the eyes the shades perform even better than they swatch. They are pigmented, smooth and incredibly easy to blend. They don’t kick up any powdery fallout at all. you get 5.4g of product for your money.
What has impressed me most is the wear on these. Even though I use a primer daily I normally do get some fading towards the end of the day, probably because I have oily hooded lids and I tend to rub my eyes a lot. With these my eyeshadow honestly looked as good at 8pm as it did when I applied it at 6:30am. LOVE.
For me the palette is worth every penny. The shades a just delicious, the quality is fantastic but more importantly it’s everything I need in an all in one palette. I have a matte highlight (which is my preference). A lid shade, a soft medium brown to blend through the crease and a darker shade for the outer corner and as a liner. I don’t need anything else! My only concern is how on earth do I choose which shades to try next?!