Burberry Gold Pearl No.26 Eye Shadow: Spring Summer Makeup 2013



Gold Pearl No.26 is the only eye shadow in the Burberry Spring Summer 2013 Makeup Collection, part of a look described as ‘effortlessly seductive’, with a siren red lip, sheer glowing complexion and almost bare eyes, leaving the lips in focus.  I adore this style of makeup, which I think will work beautifully with some of the red lipsticks in yesterday’s post, particularly the cool toned Kate Moss for Rimmel shade.


When I first swatched this eye shadow I thought it was a seriously bare, wash of pale yellow gold that brightened the lid. It wasn’t until later, under direct light, that I noticed the sparkle or pearl element of Gold Pearl.  It’s not particularly noticeable in the pan and difficult to capture in a photograph, but morphs into a micro sparkle (I wouldn’t even call it glitter) that’s wearable for daytime in my opinion.


You can just about make out the sparkle here when the sun came out… interestingly it looks more obvious the less product you apply, or the more you blend it into the skin. I did the first heavier swatch using the foam applicator in an attempt to make the product more visible. The one above was applied with a fluffy brush (my new MAC 217 which I’m loving!).


Can you make out the ever so slight sparkle in this pic?  It’s more obvious in real life, especially in direct sunlight or under electric light.  Gold Pearl is applied all over my lid, with a little Clarins dark brown eye shadow in the socket and along the lash line. When I took these pics, I didn’t realise Burberry’s SS 2013 Look featured a red lip, or of course I’d have gone for that too… I might try to recreate that another time.

Dark shadows courtesy of my 5 year old son who wanted cuddles at 5am this morning (and was soon ushered back to bed when I realised what time it was!)

Worn alone, Gold Pearl has an instant overall brightening effect on the eye and would look pretty paired with pastel shades for day or smoky for evening… I think it would look lovely with grey or aubergine tones.  There is a little fall out from the sparkle, though a primer and loose powder may help reign this in - didn’t bother me as it’s quite pretty, but may irritate some.  

Is this colour for you or do you prefer deeper tones?  Next on my list is the Pink Taupe Eye Quartet and a Spring-friendly lipstick… any recs, or any other Burberry makeup products you love? We don’t have a local counter so I’d love some suggestions to order online.

Burberry Eye Shadow in Gold Pearl No26 is available now rrp £22.50* here.

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