(Left: Pale Barley, Right: Midnight Brown)
I popped into the revamped John Lewis beauty hall the other day to have a look at both the beauty hall (very nice) and two Burberry sheer eyeshadows that I've had my eye on for months. These are, already, easily my favourite ever eyeshadows. They are buttery soft and come in a range of incredibly flattering colours. As the name suggests, they are relatively sheer if you want them to be but the swatches above were a single swipe so they are easily built up for more impact. Pale Barley is what I had hoped MAC's Patina would be, a light tan-taupe with a golden pearl. Midnight Brown is a warm taupe brown along the lines of MAC's Mulch (one of my favourite shadows) but with a lot more dimension when applied. I've been looking for this shadow for a while, so I imagine it has been pretty popular. Whilst the swatches look quite shimmery and pigmented both are easily blended out to a more satiny, daytime-friendly look.
They are £22.50 each, which seems like a hell of a lot for a single shadow. However, as I said, they are incredible. MAC shadows weigh in at 1.5g with plastic packaging for £12, these are 2.5g and the packaging is beautiful. I'm terrible at maths, but I'm fairly sure that means the price difference isn't that great at all but the difference in quality is huge.
(Both shadows, hastily applied. Pale Barley across the lid and Midnight Brown in the outer-V)
And finally...these are the samples the lovely SA popped in my bag. I know they're reasonably cheap for brands to make, but the presentation of them is amazing and I was quite surprised how many he put in considering I* only bought two (albeit pricey) shadows. I've had quite a few counter experiences lately where the SA has told me they don't have any samples of foundations (*coughNARScough*) when they had a drawer full behind them, so it was nice to see someone actually using them for their intended purpose - to create possible repeat business.
*my mum kindly bought Pale Barley for me...and said she wanted a mention so, erm, hi mum!