Monday, January 28, 2013

Burberry Beauty Mallow Pink, Pink Sweet Pea and Coral Lip Glow

Burberry has released a few new lip glosses for spring. The ones available at the Nordstrom counters include Lip Glows ($27 each) in Mallow Pink No. 19 (bright coral red), Pink Sweet Pea No. 20 (hot fuschia glow) and Coral No. 22 (sparkling orange). These colors are vibrant and unlike anything else in the Burberry Beauty line. Being the neutral-lover that I am, I was a bit intimidated by the shades but decided to give them a try. The shades are very pigmented with a high-gloss shine. After playing with these over the weekend I've decided they will be lovely for going out or special occasions. For my medium toned skin, coral is the only one that I feel I can pull off comfortably at the office or for everyday.


I could only get one lip swatch, here is Mallow Pink No. 19 (sorry for the crappy quality, this was taken with my iPhone):

Swatch comparisons below show how vibrant and rich the Burberry spring glosses are. There is a slightly transparent quality because of the gloss formula, but the spring colors are highly pigmented. Below MAC Astral, Lé Métier Hibiskiss, Burberry Mallow Pink, Burberry Pink Sweet Pea, Burberry Coral, Chanel Désir 168, Chanel Nakkar 149, Burberry Cameo:

Overall thumbs up. Beautiful vibrant shades that are very wearable. For me, Coral is the only one I can safely pull off everyday, the others work but are more color than I'm used to. Still, the pigment and shine is just incredible. Lasting power was medium - better than Chanel glossimers, but not quite as long as say Bobbi Brown.

Have you tried Burberry's spring lip glosses yet? 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Burberry Gold Pearl No. 26 Eye Shadow

Burberry Beauty has released one new eye shadow for spring called Gold Pearl No. 26 ($29 for 2.5 g/0.088 oz, made in Italy). It's a pale yellow gold that is different from any other Burberry shadow I've tried. Gold Pearl is a super-sheer gold. The base is a pale yellow but barely shows up on the skin. When applied, all you really see is gold shimmer. This color requires a moist base to prevent it from looking chalky. Applying this with a brush results in a soft dusting of gold micro-glitters. I've played with this color for about a week now - I don't really like it but I don't hate it. It's a pretty gold shade for a dusting of shimmer and very different from Burberry shadows in general. I like variety of textures, pigments and finishes - it's just not quite what I expected. At this point, I'm still undecided.

Here it is swatched several ways, it was really hard to photograph due to the sheer/sparkly nature. Do check out other blogs for other views - on the arm here it just looks all chalky and sparkly. Over a base and applied heavy the pale yellow base shows up more but it looks chalky.

Comparisons by request to a few others: Burberry Trench, Gold Trench, Pale Nude Quad (*second yellowy shade swatched only), Chanel Eclaire and MAC Gold Dusk Pigment (discontinued):

Have you tried Burberry's Gold Pearl Eyeshadow? What did you think? Did it work for your skintone? Burberry's spring line is now available at select Nordstrom counters and Nordstrom online. I ordered my items from Nordstrom San Francisco.

Burberry Beauty Spring 2013 Picks

Coming later today: Burberry Spring 2013 Picks. Above, clockwise from the left: Coral Pink No. 09, Hydrangea Pink No. 10, Gold Pearl No. 26, Mallow Pink No. 19, Pink Sweet Pea No. 20.

For now here are a few of my favorite posts from other blogs covering the spring collection:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Careless Whisper

Deborah Lippmann's Careless Whisper ($17 for 0.50 fl oz/15 ml) is a sparkling champagne nude. It's a sheerish sparkle that is easy to apply but requires three coats for full coverage. It's not as sheer as Diamonds and Pearls (which I don't own but have tested at Nordstrom). Careless Whisper has a lovely sheen that comes from the multi-colored sparkles suspended in a beige base. It has an iridescent sheen but looks very natural on the hands.

Here it is swatched with three coats:

Comparisons to a few other nudes: Dolce & Gabbana Nude, Chanel Lily Beige (discontinued), Dior Beige Lotus, Deborah Lippmann Naked and Butter London All Hail McQueen.

Overall love. It's a beautiful natural nude that has a lovely sheen.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Groove is in the Heart

Deborah Lippmann Groove is in the Heart ($17) is new from Deborah Lippmann for spring. It's one of those bright baby pinks that makes you feel happy just looking at it. If you look closely at the bottle, you can see tiny silvery sparkles, however on the nail it applies like a non-shimmery cream. The coverage is smooth but it does require two coats for full coverage. I had this applied with a professional manicure using Deborah Lippmann's base coat and OPI's top coat and it has lasted quite well. I'm on day five right now and there have been no chips or tip wear.

Swatched with two coats, on me it pulls a bit warmish, but I consider it more of a neutral pink:

Groove is in the Heart is a quite similar to other bright baby pinks. The differences are slight compared to others but the main difference is that Groove is in the Heart pulls more peach. The two most similar shades I found were Chanel May (more rose/pink) and Dior Rosy Bow (also more pink, but not quite as rose/mauve as May). I wasn't able to get good swatch comparisons due to the cloudy weather here.

Bottom line: thumbs up. I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus, the spring collection should be available at Nordstrom, Neimans and most Deborah Lippmann locations now.

Have you checked out the spring collection yet?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous ($17 at Neimans and Nordstrom) is part of the Romantic Rapture Collection for spring 2013. It's a beautiful sparkling steel blue with a slight transparent finish. The shimmer is quite complex in the bottle. There are flashes of teal, steel gray, blue and pearl. On the nails it applies more like a soft pearly baby blue - more so than what you see in the bottle. It's not quite a jelly-finish polish, but it has a soft transparent quality. I applied with two coats, but probably could have used a third for full coverage.

Swatched, here you see more of a powder baby blue shimmer:

Here the pearly frost is more visible:

Comparisons: Deborah Lippmann's Moon Rendezvous is similar to OPI's Moonraker. The difference is Deborah Lippmann's has a more sophisticated complex shimmer while the OPI has more of a frost finish (with a bit of visible streaking due to the metallic quality). The OPI is also darker by a few shades and a bit more dramatic. NARS Full Metal Jacket is quite a few shades darker and deeper. Chanel Skyline is more of a sky blue. When Skyline is side-by-side to Moon Rendezvous you can see a bit of the teal undertone.

Bottom line - perfection.

Deborah Lippmann Romantic Rapture Nail Polish Collection - Spring 2013

Latest from Deborah Lippmann - the Romantic Rapture collection for spring 2013. Groove is in the Heart is a bright cream pink, Moon Rendezvous is a dreamy shimmery steel blue, Careless Whisper is a gorgeous nude sparkle. Swatches to come soon!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

OPI - A Butterfly Moment

Mariah Carey and OPI have partnered to release some beautiful shades this month. As soon as I spotted A Butterfly Moment on DSK Steph, I knew I had to have it. I literally ran to my local Ulta and was ecstatic to find all shades available. A Butterfly Moment is a frosted nude-pink shimmer. On me it's fairly nude in the sense that it's close to my natural skintone. I found it a bit too neutral for me - although I suspect it would look a lot prettier on either paler or darker skintones. Still it's a good work-friendly neutral and the pearly pink shade is just so pretty in the bottle. I found the formula to be a little on the thick side - I recommend you let your first coat dry completely before applying a second. Two coats were definitely needed for smooth even coverage.

Swatches - depending on the light you can see some of the golden glow:

A few comparisons to Chanel Perle Rosee (discontinued), Chanel Rose Cache, Chanel Rose de Vents (discontinued) and OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes:

Did you pick up any of the OPI Mariah Carey shades? I already can't wait for the Oz collection to be released in stores :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chanel Raffinement vs. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Per request, here is a comparison post of Chanel's Raffinement Quad ($58) and Edward Bess's Cosmic Bliss ($68). Both are glorious neutrals. To me they are different enough to justify owning both. The differences:
  • Chanel Raffinement has shimmer that is more frosted than the colors in Edward's quad. The pales are also quite a bit lighter. Overall the quad pulls a bit warmer and slightly more pinkish/plum on the eyes. The darkest shade is also a matte.
  • Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss is more of a neutral/satiny palette. The colors are a bit darker and more neutral. The shimmer factor is not quite as high as with Chanel.
Both are equally good in pigment, texture and lasting power. I cannot choose between the two - I love them both.

One more view, not in direct sunlight:


Hope this helps!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Current Lust List

Currently lusting over:

1. Tom Ford's Private Blend Fragrances - I'm slowly transitioning from my usual light airy scents to ones that are a bit darker and more complex. I've been lusting over Santal Blush for ages (see Temptalia's review here) but also received a small sample at the counter of Tobacco Vanille (which made The Non-Blonde's top vanilla perfumes list). I can't decide!

2. Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush - this is new for spring and on its way to me :) It's online now at See it swatched on Gummy Vision.

3. Deborah Lippmann has some lovely spring nail colors coming out soon. I'm really curious about Moon Rendezvous (available for pre-sale on Neimans).

4. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille - sweet smokey vanilla perfection in a bottle. I've never been able to pull the trigger on purchasing this one. Perhaps this year will be the year! I see a trip to Barneys in my near future. Details online at

5. NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil - gorgeous swatch on Makeup and Beauty Blog and also listed as being used for Helmut Lang's Spring 2013 show, beauty breakdown listed on 15 Minute Beauty.

What's on your current lust list?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

On Instagram: beautylookbook

I'm finally on Instagram! I've had an account for over a year but never figured out how to create a public profile. You can follow me here :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

YSL Bronze Pyrite #35 La Laque Couture

Last year YSL reformulated and repackaged their nail lacquers into their La Laque Couture. I haven't had a chance to play much with the new formulas (although I do own three). They come in a lovely square-shaped bottle with a removable cap. The brush is wider than most brands, but also skinny (flat). I normally prefer brushes that are not quite as wide, but the YSL applies very easily with the shape of the brush. Bronze Pyrite #35 is the first YSL nail lacquer (in the new formula) that I've tried and so far I'm impressed. It's part of the spring 2013 line ($25 for 0.34 fl oz./10 ml).

As you can see Bronze Pyrite is a beautiful metallic. It's a true metallic in the sense that it goes on with a metal finish (rather than sparkle or shimmer). There is a lot of color mixed in. On the nails I would describe it as a pewter. Depending on the lighting, sometimes there is a very slight khaki/greenish glimmer. I was pleased that it applied with minimal visible brush strokes. The pigment is rich and only needed one coat, however 2 coats was best for me.

At an angle you can see a bit of the khaki glow:

Here are a few views of the packaging and brush: 

Here it is swatched on me:

Compared to other metallic/high shimmers, YSL Bronze Pyrite is the most foiled/metallic looking compared to other similar metallics. Chanel's Graphite has a more complex finish with larger sparkles, Tom Ford's Silver Smoke is lighter and more neutral with a finely milled shimmer, Dior Timeless Gold has a more sophisticated shimmer and Chanel Diwali has more dimension.

Overall a huge thumbs up. I did get some tip wear on day 3, and on day 5 it started to chip a little. I found it lasted quite well throughout the week.

There is one more shade from YSL spring, a gorgeous seafoam green called Jade Imperial #34. I passed since it seemed so similar to one of the shades from last year's OPI Holland collection but I didn't try them side by side to compare.

I purchased mine from Nordstrom.

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