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!
The hefty compact is embossed with the classic Burberry pattern.
It comes with a sponge applicator and a pouch.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!
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