Collection: Burberry 2014 Fall/Winter, The Bloomsbury Girls
Happy Friday the 13th!
When shops like Sephora or Hudson’s Bay run occasional 10–20% off sales on cosmetics, I like to take the opportunity to pick up high-end nail polish brands I haven’t tried before. (Plus, VIBs get 20% off at Sephora this weekend, starting today!)
The last time Hudson’s Bay ran such a sale, I picked up two such polishes: a Burberry and an Yves Saint Laurent. Today, I’m reviewing the Burberry.
Elderberry (407) is a super vampy blackened plum cream that can easily be read as black if the light is low.
I’ll be honest. The main reason I chose this shade is this:
I don’t think I’ve ever had an elderberry before. Hell, I don’t think I’ve even seen one before. They look pretty, though:
Before I get into the actual polish, I just want to say that I really dig Burberry’s packaging for all their makeup. It’s sleek and nicely reflects their brand’s signature plaid and khaki trenchcoats. All in all, quite luxurious. Their nail polish is also not quite as expensive as those of some other luxury brands, though the bottle does only hold 8 mL, which is barely more than half the typical 15 mL salon brand bottle.
First off, I’m going to have to complain about the brush. It just doesn’t work for me! It’s flat, and the widest freaking brush I’ve ever seen next to Dior’s. I am telling you that this brush is actually the width of my entire pinky fingernail. But the difference here is that Burberry’s isn’t paddle-shaped like Dior’s (which I love). It’s just squared off! With this brush, it’s nearly impossible for me to get neat application right up to my cuticle. Burberry…WHY? Whose cuticles are square?!
Formula-wise, this color feels like it applies well, but—and I’m not sure here whether it’s mostly due to the brush or to the formula—it’s a little streaky. I used two coats in the swatch, and it pretty much looks even, right? Well, in bright light, you can see streaks in the surface. You can get away with two coats, but the unevenness would bother me and I’d really have to do three.
I’m also not totally in love with the color. A little too dark. I like my non-black vampies to actually look like a dark color. Elderberry is just a touch too close to black for me with indoor light.
I’m quite sorry to say that I don’t recommend this polish. It’s not terrible, but I expect better from a luxury brand. Monty Python, you steered me wrong! I wish I’d gotten a brighter color now, like Teal Blue or Dark Bottle Green.
Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish is US$22 / CA$23 and 0.27 fl oz / 8 mL. The formula is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in Luxembourg. (Guess what else is, too?! Their ingredient lists are similar, but not exactly the same.)
Burberry Group plc was founded in 1856 by 21-year old draper’s apprentice Thomas Burberry. The famous Burberry trench coat was designed in 1914 for the British War Office. Their cosmetic line was launched in 2010. The company is based in London, England.