Let Your Eyes Glisten with Burberry Midnight Brown When the Clock Strikes Midnight!

Burberry No. 21 Midnight Brown

A little while ago I was in the area of the only Burberry Beauty counter here in Belgium. I thought I’d check out the relatively new Oxblood lipsticks (still think I need the Lip Mist version at some point), but I ended up going home with No. 21 Midnight Brown Sheer Eye Shadow. What can I say? I love neutral eyeshadows, and Burberry makes some of the best neutral eyeshadows I have ever laid my eyes on!

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow compact

The hefty compact is embossed with the classic Burberry pattern.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow pouch

It comes with a sponge applicator and a pouch.

Burberry Midnight Brown

Burberry No. 21 Midnight Brown Sheer Eye Shadow 2.5 grams/0.088 oz. RRP in Belgium: 25 euros) is a mid-to-dark-toned plummy brown with the most beautiful iridescent pearl you can imagine. I decided to call it plummy, but it could look bronzy or even taupe-y depending on the light and the shades you pair it with. I still don’t get why Burberry calls these “sheer,” as Midnight Brown is incredibly creamy with through-the-roof color payoff! It is a swipe-on-and-go type of eyeshadow that produces no fallout whatsoever. Even with the rather shimmery finish, Midnight Brown manages to be absolutely classy.

Burberry No. 21 Midnight Brown Sheer Eye Shadow closeup

Now here is the thing: with all the neutrals I already own, when I buy more, especially a single eyeshadow, it has to have a lot of depth. This is where Burberry doesn’t disappoint. Each time when I put Midnight Brown and Pale Barley on, I am dazzled by the pretty shimmer. Pale Barley has to be the single eyeshadow I reached for the most in 2013, and I foresee Midnight Brown getting the same amount of love!

Here is how Midnight Brown swatches:

Burberry No. 21 Midnight Brown Sheer Eye Shadow swatch

I compared Midnight Brown with some similar shades in my stash. From left to right: Guerlain Bronze Ora Iridescent Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Busted, Burberry Midnight Brown, Chanel Harmonie du Soir, Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss, Dior Iridescent Leather:

Guerlain Bronze Ora, UD Busted, Burberry Midnight Brown, Chanel Harmonie du Soir, Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss, Dior Iridescent Leather comparison swatch

I wouldn’t call anything a dupe here, though it is somehow similar to the 3rd shade in Cosmic Bliss. Cosmic Bliss definitely has a more toned-down satin finish though.

For the look, I used Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick as base, with Midnight Brown in the center of my lid, and the dark khaki brown in Chanel Charming on the outer third. I used the peachy beige in the palette to highlight under my brow bones and the fawn in my crease. I highlighted my inner corners with Rouge Bunny Rouge Embrace of Cashmere, and smudged the gel liner on my lower lash line out with Midnight Brown.

Burberry Midnight Brown, Laura Mercier Khaki EOTD

Burberry Midnight Brown EOTD

For the rest of my face, I have Chanel Inspiration on my cheeks, Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as bronzer, and Guerlain Coque d’Or Rouge Automatique on my lips. The photos are color-correct from what I can tell, but for some reason Coque d’Or looks more coral and pink here than in real life!

Guerlain Coque d'Or Rouge Automatique FOTD

Burberry Midnight Brown FOTD

soaked in luxury alisa dress

Bottom line: While I can’t bring myself to call a 25-euro single eyeshadow a necessity, if you are a neutral eyeshadow connoisseur, you might get along really well with Burberry Midnight Brown! The mesmerizing pearl will always make my heart flutter.

PS: Can I get a hallelujah for peplum dresses? I got this Soaked in Luxury Alisa Dress (the brand is Danish. I have no idea how available it is outside of Europe. I still find it strange how the dress looks much better in real life than it does in the promo images though) for the holidays, and I appreciate it more than I could have ever imagined! The peplum disguises that food baby we all know too well with the holiday feasts. I have a hunch that some more peplum dresses will soon find their way into my wardrobe. Mwahaha!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • TracyBeautyReflections

    LOVE it on you! I need to use mine more often. It’s such a great stan alone shade. LOL at the food baby haha. Just wait till you hit my age Sunny-it becomes a food TODDLER if you eat too much. :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! Also thanks for the heads-up. I’m not exactly looking forward to that though LOL

  • rachlovespenguins

    I’ve kinda been wanting that Oxblood Lip Mist ever since I found the press release. As for this lovely shadow- plummy, bronzy, and taupe-y are about the only things I ever hit pan on, so this is right up my street. I’ve really been relying on my stand alone shades lately. Too lazy to mix and blend, hahaha.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Rach, I’m pretty sure this is something that works well on its own! I love the color or Oxblood, but I think I read somewhere that it doesn’t apply 100% evenly. I also want to swatch it next to Dior Black Tie, which is a shade that has been on my wish list for a while now.

      • rachlovespenguins

        Ooo I hope you can swatch and share with the rest of us soon!

  • peggy timmermans

    For a neutral…I think this is stunning! And very festive to me at the same time!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I’d wear a pretty, shimmery neutral eyeshadow all year round!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    Such a lovely shade ! I could use a peplum too after the holidays :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I think the same goes to everyone!

  • http://www.beautyloves.be/ BeautyLoves

    This is right up my alley! Burberry do the best eyeshadows and I haven’t even tried any of them! Must put this on my to do list for 2014 :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Stamatia, you really should pick one or two up just to see how great they are!

  • beautiesatwork

    lovely colour ;D and the pattern and packaging are gorgeous as well

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, I agree! It’s quite hefty too, and I love that about it!

  • Samantha M

    Stunning shade! I want!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Samantha, this is definitely a gorgeous one! If you get it, I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

  • Lily

    OMG I forgot about my Midnight Brown!!!! Love love love it to bits. I have to take it out again :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh yeah! I remember reading about it on your blog. You must take it out soon :)

  • ValleyDoll

    What a stunning shade ! Definitely something for me :-) ! x

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, check it out when you’re in Brussels next time. I hope it’ll look fab on you!

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    I have never owned any of the Burberry products but read their eyeshadows are great. Would love to try their lipsticks and foundation, but I don’t know where would they have a counter closest to where I live. I wouldn’t like to order anything off the website without seeing it in reality although I may risk like I sometimes do :-) I hope you’ll have a fab evening :-D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, you should check! There is only one counter in Belgium. Fortunately it’s not an area that I never go to ;)

  • http://www.iseemakeup.net/ Lauren @ iSeeMakeup

    This is right up my alley! What a beautiful shade (that needs to be in my stash ASAP!)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lauren, I hope you’ll like it as much as I do! I really hope Burberry will add more pretty sparkling shades to the line-up.

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    What an elegant new year’s eve look!
    I’m always paying attention to good shimmery taupe shadow since I’ve recently hit pan of my beloved Chanel Vega (dc’d). This one looks quite similar!
    Happy new year!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Lena! It must be sad to hit pan on a discontinued shade! I THINK Vega has more gray in it, but it’s hard to say! Happy new year to you too, Lena!

  • Bella

    You look very pretty!!!! Love the dress too, and your wavy hair. I should dig out my Burberry eyeshadows sometime…since you’ve also reconnected me to my Guerlain Meteorites ;).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Bella! Definitely dig them out! What shades do you own?

      • Bella

        Happy happy New Year Sunny!!! Hope that many of your dreams come true :). I have Burberry Trench, Rosewood, Midnight Brown, Pale Barley. A bit boring I guess, I could kick myself for having missed Mulberry. I used these regularly for a while, I have quite the Burberry blush and lippie collection too, but really, then I discovered Nars and Burberry was history LOL. I keep meaning to declare a Burberry Week, but then another great Chanel or Nars combo comes to me in my sleep and it doesn’t happen LOLOL!!!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Happy new year to you too, Bella! Oh no it’s not boring at all! I owned Rosewood briefly, but unfortunately it’s not a taupe that looks optimal on my skin tone. I still think I might need Trench, but I do already have several great brow highlighting shades, so I’m still on the fence. I didn’t know Mulberry was limited edition? I’m pretty sure I saw it when I was at the counter 2 weeks ago!

          • Bella

            Maybe it only was limited on the lone website where you can get Burberry in the Netherlands..indeed I see Harrods still has it too, but they charge 20 pounds to ship here so it’ll have to wait for a trip!

          • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Hmm that’s strange. I hope that webshop will restock soon! If not, Brussels is not a long trip for ya! Stop temping me with Trench now LOL

  • SprinklesOnACupcake

    Perfect newyear’s eve look!! Happy new year xx

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Petra! You have a great one as well! <3

  • http://www.belletristicbeauty.com/ Jenny

    I adore Midnight Brown. I love every Burberry eyeshadow I own. Even though they are a little pricey, they are completely worth it. One of the best formulas out there. Your look is absolutely gorgeous, Sunny! You look so beautiful!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Jenny! I don’t like Rosewood quite as much, but it’s more because not every taupe eyeshadow works well for my skin tone!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I love these kinds of colours that are but aren’t taupe, green, plum, brown, they’re everything and none of them. It looks gorgeous on you.
    PS I remembered you the other day because I was flying into the North of France via Belgium! I landed in Charleroi and had a quick lunch in a place called Tournai, then straight off to France!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, yeah I think that’s what Midnight Brown is! That’s why describing Burberry eyeshadows is always such a pain :p

      Oh yaay you were in Belgium! I have actually never been to Tournai!

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        It was nice but don’t worry there was nothing too outstanding about it!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    i just got myself pale barley but not i’m looking at this.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha how are you liking Pale Barley? I’m so glad Burberry brought it back!

      • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

        i haven’t used it yet. in an attempt to try and stall excessive buying i’m setting aside some of the things i bought in the last few months to ‘open’ them when i get an itch to shop. sounds weird i know… :P

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hahaha that’s actually a great strategy! Do let me know how you get along when you finally crack it open ;)

  • Jacqueline Ma

    Burberry eye shadows are one of my loves, Midnight Brown is just awesome isn’t it. I must use them more often!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, I agree! Bust yours out and give them some love! xx

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    Midnight brown is also one of my fav shades from Burberry, together with Mulberry and Pale Barley. I completely agree with you about the depth. Gorgeous look as always!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Sara! I am not so sure about Mulberry (it looks a bit reddish? Reddish eyeshadows never really look right on me. That or I have to be really careful with concealing the undereye area, and I just haven’t found the PERFECT product for that), but Pale Barley is definitely the single eyeshadow that I used the most times in 2013!

  • http://eyespaintedblack.com/ Natasja

    Wow. It’s a gorgeous color and it looks great on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Natasja! It’s so irresistible!

  • lola

    Excellent review, Sunny! I couldn’t agree more– Midnight Brown and Pale Barley are what eyeshadow dreams are made of. Not only are they my two VERY favorite Burberry Shadows, but they rank among my all-time favorite shadows, period. The texture is so creamy and smooth, the color payoff is astounding, and the finish is utterly gorgeous. I love your EOTD– you really illustrate just how stunning Midnight Brown is!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Helen! I still can’t over how much this one just sparkles and sparkles in a very tasteful way!

      • lola

        That’s just it– the sparkles are very tasteful and not at all over-the-top. It’s completely office appropriate and can be worn daily. I think that it is the perfect shade of brown– not too yellow or red–just the perfect scrumptious shade.

  • marciaf

    I love this eyeshadow! I wear it with Pale Barley and always feel fabulous when I do. Oooh, that’s what Lola just said. So funny but true. Midnight Brown is fabulous and very flattering on you.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO I need to pair it with Pale Barley once! Today I wore it with Bobbi Brown Slate in the crease.

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I was just thinking that I have too many neutrals but this makes me think I don’t have enough browns, LOL! Lovely pick. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah. Every time I think I should stop buying neutrals, something is bound to tempt me!

  • silverkis

    LOL!! Peplum tops have been sneaking their way into my wardrobe lately too! You rock that Burberry shade!!! I can’t seem to make browns work on my lids without looking droopy… now, you’ve inspired me to rediscover browns!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, girly! Hmm I think it depends on the shade as well as how you place it. I hope you’ll find a way for browns to work for you! I have a lot of them and they’re great :p

  • http://www.theavantguardian.com/ the|avantguardian

    Wow, gorgeous color! I feel like this color is calling out to me!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      If you like pretty pretty neutrals you have to at least swatch Midnight Brown!

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  • expatmuaddict

    Sunny I just recently bought this as well-exact same colour! I haven’t had time to even open it yet though…but I LOVE how it looks on you so I can’t wait to now, beautiful colour!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh wheee you should open it NOW! It’s a shade I don’t see myself getting tired of!