Sunday, 17 June 2012

A little Tom Ford and Burberry Beauty: Review & Swatches

My sister came home the other day with lots of makeup goodies from Tom Ford and Burberry so I quickly wanted to tell you about it. Since I've been introduced to Burberry I've loved everything about it - I actually think, it's the best brand if you are more mature as the eyeshadows are bright yet demure at the same time and even the shimmer in their products doesn't look obvious. On the other hand I do like Tom Ford, but only for eyeshadows and lipsticks - plus I find their line to be very overpriced. Having said that his foundations tend to meld into my sister's skin very well - in my case sadly it was a different story.

So, starting with Burberry, she got herself, my mother and I an eyeshadow each and couldn't resist the Limited Edition Summer Glow powder!

Left to Right: Midnight Plum (My sister's), Almond (Mine), Antique Rose (My Mother's)

Top to Bottom: Almond, Midnight Plum, Antique Rose

Almond: A medium brown shade a little less warmer than MAC's Cork. This shade is pretty much matte with a tiny bit of sheen which is actually very flattering. This looks fabulous when blending out darker colours, especially cool ones. I know it doesn't look like much but it seriously transforms an eye look.

Midnight Plum: The beauty of this colour is clear in its swatch. I think I'm going to have to get this for myself because I feel as though for olive skin tones it's the perfect purple/plum. Plus these sorts of colours really compliment brown eyes.

Antique Rose: A rosy mauve colour that looks quite demure once applied. I would pair this with a taupe - might sound strange but I'm thinking of Nars' Limited Edition Duo in Grand Palais where they paired a rosy shade with a taupe and it's actually very easy to create a soft wearable look combining the two.

All the Burberry eyeshadows (£23) that I have tried are very pigmented soft and easy to work with - honestly my favourite luxury brand - for a full breakdown on the texture please check out my previous review here!

Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact

This powder is incredibly soft, long lasting and blends very easily (£42, 10g) - it does not sit on the skin and accentuate pores so can be used on a wide variety of skin types. Unlike other highlighters Burberry's Summer Glow (mixture of peachy and tan tones) has an extremely muted amount of shimmer that intends to add a glow to wherever you use it. Depending on your complexion you might be able to use the darker quadrants to contour your face but I only think that'll work if you are fair. One can definitely use this as a natural highlight or all over the face if your just want to look a little bit more illuminated and glowy/healthy whilst setting your makeup too. The palette can also be used on the eyes very easily.

Squares swatched separately

Swirled all together

All of Burberry's packaging is really something to look at and they pair attention to every speck of their design. Furthermore, all of their compacts have a magnetic closure.

Tom Ford Cherry Lush

Cherry Lush (£36) is a gorgeous, highly pigmented raspberry red. Tom Ford's lipsticks have incredibly luxurious packaging with a creamy finish that is moisturising but surprisingly very long lasting, on me they last around 5 hours and subsequently leave a stain afterwards. They are very expensive and not something that everyone needs (other higher end brands will do) to have but if you do want to try them - you're not going to be disappointed.

Traceless Foundation - Sable

This colour would be comparable to NC30/35 and dries to a semi matte finish. Traceless Foundation is  Tom Ford's lighter coverage foundation but buildable to a medium coverage, even still not much is needed but make sure you buff it in well so it looks as natural as possible. I would only recommend this if you are looking for something to even out your skin tone. Additionally, I think this would be best suited for combination skin as the texture is consistency and texture is quite normal (not overly luminous or matte) Nonetheless, if looking from the price perspective (£60) I would say it's definitely not worth it as there are many more foundations offering the similar thing for a lot less - e.g MAC Face and Body, Bourjois Healthy Mix.

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen: Sable Intense (concealer tone), Lavender Voile (pink based)

Another take on Touche Eclat, these clicky pens come in many different correcting shades. The consistency is thicker and offer more coverage similar to Sleek's Luminaire Highlighting Concealing Pen but around about 10 times the price (£40). Having said that they do blend very nicely and Lavender Voile works particularly well at neutralising dark under eyes.

Tom Ford is available here at:
 House of Fraser

Burberry is available at Harrods and Harvey Nichols

Did anything catch your attention?



  1. i have the Almond shadow from Burberry and love it... you have an awesome sister :)

  2. the midnight plum shade looks amazing!

  3. Delicious post! Antique Rose is gorgeous! I need it in my life! Hope your mom love it.:)

    1. Thanks! Yup she really did - I feel as though their eyeshadow collection is unlike any other :)

  4. Great post! You lucky girl your sister is very generous! The burberry shadows look divine, so smooth and richly pigmented

    1. Yup she's the best! I'm so impressed with Burberry too xx

  5. I think I am in love with Midnight plum, what a gorgeous shade! xo

    1. Me too - I feel it coming into my possession very soon xx


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