Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 Sheer Eyeshadow: Dark Sable, Mulberry and Porcelain White

August 12, 2012

Burberry Beauty has released a beautiful well-edited collection for fall consisting of:

  • three new eyeshadows Dark Sable No. 23, Mulberry No. 24, Porcelain White No. 25 ($29 each for 2.5 g/ .088 oz, made in Italy)
  • two new lip cover lipsticks Sepia Pink No. 32 and Mocha Glow No. 37 ($30 each)
  • a new velvet-finish foundation plus a few repromoted items ($54 each, 8 shades available)
Adina from Nordstrom San Francisco at the Burberry Counter just received the fall items last week and kindly emailed me swatches of the new items. I was drawn to the three new eyeshadows and immediately ordered them. Burberry continues to release high-quality products with beautiful pigments, textures and colors. I am very impressed and pleased with these three new beauties.
  • Dark Sable No. 23 is a matte dark brown. It’s similar to Taupe Brown No. 07 but slightly warmer and deeper. It has a smooth finish that is easy to apply. It does require a bit of layering and smoothing out with a brush but stays put for a long time on the eyes without budging.
  • Mulberry No. 24 is a beautiful complex deep dark wine plum shimmer with a reddish base. I am still experimenting with this color but so far love it. I’ve found that my favorite way to wear this so far is to layer it over Dark Sable along the upper lash line blended slightly for an intense non-traditional smokey eye. This combination creates a well defined eye that stands out without looking too harsh. It’s has enough plum pearl to prevent it from being a too auburn or red.
  • Porcelain White No. 25 is a soft white shimmer with a blueish flash. It has the same intensity as Pearl White No. 01 however Porcelain White No. 25 has a slightly sheerer base with more shimmer and more blue. I find this color a bit too sharp for my skin to wear by itself (I’m darker now this summer) but mixing/layering it with a color like Trench or Gold Trench gives a nice glow.
Some more photos and swatches:

Under artificial light:

Comparisons to other Burberry Beauty Eyeshadows:

Thoughts on the other new items available for fall:

  • Sepia Pink lipstick looked absolutely gorgeous but similar to Rosewood, I decided to wait and try in person (the closest counter is over an hour away so this might not be for a while)
  • Mocha Glow lipstick was tempting but I know it will be too brown/nude for me
  • Velvet foundation is something I will probably not try since my skin did not work well with the other Burberry foundation or glow product (both caused a bad allergic reaction for me)

A few other lovely blogs to check out with Burberry Fall 2012 features: A Lipstick a Day, Indigo Kir Royal and Lina’s Beauty Diary.

These three eyeshadows are my favorites out of all that I’ve seen released for fall this year. Dark Sable is probably too close to Taupe Brown to justify owning both, but I like that it’s warmer. Mulberry is a beautiful color that requires layering to work for me, but I love it. Porcelain White is a different kind of white. I like that it’s not a pure white or cream. The blue flashes are subtle enough to not look too blue and the texture layers well with other shades to add a unique touch. Overall Burberry continues to impress me with the high quality and beautiful colors.

I found the fall collection at Nordstrom in San Francisco. You can call the counter (415) 243-8500 ext. 1421. Ask for Adina πŸ™‚

Have you checked out Burberry’s fall offerings? Thoughts?

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  • I neeeeed mulberry and dark sable in my life! Amazing for autumn!

  • Magnolia

    Wow, Mulberry looks amazing! Are the eyeshadows limited edition?

    • Magnolia, I'm not sure but can ask the counter. So far I think most of Burberry's releases have been permanent except the holiday items.

  • Paige

    I have not explored this brand yet because there is no counter nearby for me to test their products in person. Mulberry looks very lovely for fall. However, I'm not sure if it is somewhat similar to my Chanel magic night already. I'll have to think about it.

    • Hi Paige, if I can find my magic night I'll check and get back to you πŸ™‚

  • mulberry looks amazing! Do you know whether Burberry is still releasing any quad?

    • I'm not sure. I haven't seen any official info yet. I do hope so!

  • I need Mulberry to join my stash. My nearest Burberry counter hasn't received this collection yet so I'm on tenterhooks waiting for the phone to ring.

    Thanks so much for the comparison swatches. I was seriously considering Dark Sable but one look at it compared to Taupe Brown and I can see it would be much too warm for me.

  • The colors are so amazing! I wish we had Burberry in India and would have bought all those fabulous neutrals

  • Wow I'm def getting Mulberry! Thats beautiful!

  • Louisa

    Thanks for your comparisons. I already have Taupe Brown, so I'll skip Dark Sable. I ordered Mulberry last week, due to arrive tomorrow. Hope it is different enough from LMdB Alexandrite, which I already have –another plummy color. Will let you know.

  • I am in SO MUCH LOVE with Mulberry right now! It's so gorgeous and I can totally justify spending the money–despite swearing that I wouldn't purchase anything new for at least another 2 weeks–because a.) I don't yet own any Burberry shadows (I know!), and b.) because I don't have anything like Mulberry in my collection. I also think I will try the new foundation–I've been waiting for Burberry to release a foundation for combination-oily skinned gals for a while now, so I'm quite pleased!

    Amazing pictures as always, Sabrina!

  • Mulberry! It looks so amazing on your photograph. Speaking of photography, I must commend you on producing such clear pictures of swatches. I can see clearly the difference between Porcelain White and Pearl White. Amazing work as always, Sabrina!


    P.S. I will check this collection in person this afternoon, I hope I can sneak a drive to local Nordie before my son's swimming lesson.

    • Thank you Claire! Hope you find some goodies πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sabrina,

      I just picked up Mulberry and Gold Trench eye shadow. I tried the Sepia Pink lipstick, it looks similar to Rosewood, perhaps slightly cooler/pinker, but on my lips, both look almost identical. The Mocha Glow is a bit too dark for my taste, a good, sheerer shade would be Chanel RC Shine in Chic but Mocha Glow has a nice shimmer particle to it that I think will look lovely in darker skinned ladies. You are right about Dark Sable being similar to Taupe Brown, I couldn't even notice the difference. I think Porcelain White is worth owning if one wants a powder version to Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Fantasme; it is quite sheer and of course, not as glittery, but layerable on top of darker shades.

      In regards to the Burberry palette, the lovely, Burberry counter manager in Bellevue, WA (Angie) kindly informed me that they will be released probably around the holiday. As a consolation price, Nordstrom will be having Burberry specials during the Trend weekend (September 15th). For $150 purchase, the GWP is a Burberry make up bag, a full-size eye shadow (shade pale, cool pink, sorry I didn't get the name, but it is an existing shadow that will be dc'ed), a mini kabuki brush (!!), a mini perfume, and a carded sample of concealer. For $200 purchase, they will throw in an extra lip-cheek color in a little cube key-chain of a dusky/nude rose shade (Could this be a preview to come; a lip-cheek product from Burberry?? Gasp!). Sorry for the long reply, I hope this will help your reader.


  • Jane

    Hi Sabrina, I would love to buy some more Burberry eyeshadowns but trying to cull down the dupes in my collection. Do you know if Mulberry (SO BEAUTIFUL) looks anything like the dark burgundy brown shade in the Guerlain Les Bois de Rose?

    • Hi Jane, I don't know off the top of my head but will try and check later this evening and get back to you.

  • Jane

    Thank you, Sabrina! πŸ™‚

  • that Mulberry shade is amazing – probably just the push I need to finally try the Burberry makeup range.

  • aaah Mulberry is beautiful!!!

  • Aww thank you so much for mentioning my blog!!! I'm always looking forward to reading your reviews!! It means the world to me πŸ™‚ Again thank you!!! Much love xxx

  • I haven't seen these in person, it is tempting for me to get both Dark Sable and Mulberry. Thanks for the lovely swatches.

  • Mulberry and Dark Sable look amazing! Thanks for the gorgeous photos and swatches!

  • I like the taupe brown~ That'll make people looks sexy~