My initial thoughts about the blushes from Burberry Beauty were that most of the colors would be too dark for my medium skintone. Diane and I had visited the counter the week after the line launched at South Coast Plaza back in July. After swiping and brushing several shades on my hand and testing a couple on the face I thought they swatched pretty dark except for Peony (reviewed here). I tested out Cameo on the face and it turned really dark on the skin so I thought the other shades would be just as dark. Diane from Orange To L.A. did a lovely review of Blossom and it has been on my lemming list ever since.
I checked out the Burberry line again in San Francisco back in August and tried Russet and Blossom once again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these two shades applied much better on the face compared to what swatched on my hand and also were much better than what I saw in the compact. The blushes have a similar texture to the eyeshadows: soft finish, finely milled, slightly more powdery feeling than most pressed powder blushes. There is a lot of pigment in these but the soft texture allows you to blend and layer softly for a natural look.
In natural outdoor lighting, no flash:
Russet is the perfect shade of tawny - beautiful for fall. This was the shade I had my eye on from the beginning but when swatched on my fingers appeared way too brown and orangey. Don't let that fool you - if you can get to a counter try it on the face. It's beautiful. Amy from Café Makeup just did a beautiful review - you can see how pretty it is on her and she has fairer skin than me. I didn't have time to do a comparison but it reminds me of Chanel Tweed Sienna and Ambre.
Blossom is a beautiful complex-but-not-too-frosty coral that brightens the skin. I thought this would turn orangey on my skin as well but it brightens the face with a lovely glow. It's like NARS Torrid but with a bit more pink and doesn't have that overly-frosty finish that NARS shimmer blushes can sometimes have.
All three of my Burberry Blushes swatched on bare skin: Russet, Blossom & Peony
One last view:
Overall thought: Love but I wish the line had a bigger color selection. The Burberry Beauty Line has beautiful packaging and design with high quality products. For those not familiar with Burberry Beauty, it is currently exclusive to Nordstrom.com and a few select Nordstrom locations in the US.