Remember that buzzing excitement over my Burberry and Chanel purchases? Yeah... I'm here with an update to tell you that I've returned all of it. All of it? Yep. All of it. I know there are people who will be aghast that I wasn't satisfied with luxury makeup, or shaking their heads at another American taking advantage of a store's return policies. But, considering how much all of this stuff cost, there's absolutely NO reason to keep stuff that doesn't meet your expectations or perform as well as the price tag indicates.
Let's break it down, shall we?
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Tisse Rivoli - I don't like baked shadows. There. I said it. I had that initial impression with the Wet 'n Wild Baked Not Fried palette from 2011. I blamed it on the "cheapness" of Wet 'n Wild. I don't like having to use shadows wet. I guess I thought Chanel would be different because, well, it's Chanel. And it swatched nicely while dry. I had such high hopes, but it didn't apply as pigmented on the eye and it creased on me within hours. Hours! It didn't matter what primer/base I used. For $61, I expected so much more and when it failed to deliver, back to the store it went.
Burberry First Kiss Fresh Gloss Lip Balm in Rose Blush - The super sheer wash of color was nice enough, but for something labeled as a "Lip Balm," it didn't moisturize any better than your standard lip gloss. In fact, I've had lip glosses that moisturize better.
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Peach Delight - It looked like the perfect peach for me on my hand, but on my actual lips... not so much. It wasn't as bright/neon as Devon Sunset was, but Peach Delight was still just a touch too harsh. Apparently I need something with a bit of pink in it to soften the color and Peach Delight didn't have it. Tulip Pink, perhaps, but I'm not really too keen on getting any more Burberry Kisses lipsticks at the moment. I have enough other colors to work through (even though a good peachy-pink is woefully absent from my collection) and the big, square Kisses packaging won't fit in the acrylic lipstick holder that I have. So annoying!
Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Mulberry 204 - As I stated in the original post, I've been wanting this shadow forever. I've seen so many blue-eyed ladies talking about how beautiful it was and how interesting the plummy-brown was in a sea of bronzes and brown neutrals. It would have been perfect for fall. Except, it made me look like I'd been punched in the eye. The plummy hue actually didn't show up at all on my eye, it just morphed into a muddy brown, like a three-day old bruise. I knew the first time I wore it that it would never get used again. Bye, bye Mulberry.
Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadow in Optic White 000 - This one was so disappointing on so many levels. Like the others, it swatched nicely, but on my eye it was just a white, glittery mess. It didn't look good as a wash of color, it didn't look good as a brow bone highlight, and it certainly didn't look good as a cheek highlight. Using it wet did help the pigmentation show up, but as previously mentioned, I don't like shadows that have to be used wet. If I want to ramp up the color or use it as liner, sure, I'll go through the hassle, but on a day-to-day basis? No thank you.
So, those are the things that I actually returned. Want to know two other things I would return if I had the chance? Burberry Nude Glow Pressed Powder in Porcelain 11 and Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Mink 102. The only reason I'm not returning them is because I ordered them directly from Burberry and their return policy is horrid - they won't take back anything that's been used. I thought I was safe with a powder and a cream eye shadow, but how wrong I was... Porcelain is actually darker than my skin, which is never ideal. And although it's touted as a "setting" powder, I'm shiny within an hour and I'm not even that oily. It might be better off in the winter or for super dry-skinned folks, but the color is still an issue. I've tried a multitude of brushes and sponges and puffs and I still can't get this to look good for more than five minutes and touch-ups are out of the question because of the horribly dark color. Mink is ok, color-wise, but certainly nothing to write home about. And since it says it's a "cream," I expected it to be along the lines of MAC Paint Pots or Maybelline Color Tattoos. Hell, even the weird spongy texture of L'Oreal Infallibles is more cream-like than the Burberry version. To me it feels like a regular shadow that's been put in a heavy, little pot versus in a traditional eyeshadow pan. I typically apply cream shadows with my finger, but for Mink, I actually prefer a flat shader brush to get any color to actually show up. I get that Burberry's schtick is sheer, buildable colors, for the effortless makeup look, but come on! It's kind of like the baked/wet shadow thing... who has time to layer and layer and layer stuff in the morning? I want truly effortless makeup that I can slap on, blend out, and GO!
So now that my luxury-makeup goggles have been removed, I'm going to stick with stuff that I can get locally and not have to order online without swatching in person first. I successfully killed a slew of lemmings this past weekend at Sephora, just because I got to swatch stuff and see what it was like in person instead of having to rely on other people's swatches online. Lesson learned.