Burberry No. 05 Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette

December 2, 2012

Burberry No. 05 Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette ($59 for 5.4 g/0.19 oz, made in Italy) is one of my favorite Burberry quads for color selection and pigment, however I found the texture to be slightly inconsistent among all four shades. Initially I was worried this might be too warm, but it works well with my skintone and the colors in this palette create a perfect warm smokey eye. The colors include:
  • a warm yellow cream shimmer – smooth and buttery like most Burberry single shadows, great for a blending color
  • a warm shimmery sienna, soft texture, easy to apply but not so easy to blend (needs a more precise application)
  • a dark chocolate brown with gold flecks of shimmer, great pigment, but also harder texture like NARS Galapagos makes it not so easy to blend/smoke out
  • a satiny dark black, soft texture rich pigment, blends well
The yellow and black are amazing in terms of texture and pigment. They are like most Burberry singles – buttery smooth and easy to apply/blend. I found the performance of the two browns to be similar to NARS Galapagos and NARS Mekong. Both are gorgeous dark smokey eye colors but require a more precise application. Blending works as long as it’s minimal otherwise the result is slightly patchy and uneven-looking. (Examples of easy-to-blend dark shades for me include NARS Fez, Cordura and Burberry Midnight Brown.) Still – with a bit of work using multiple brushes and a layering approach this palette works well for me. It just takes more time and precision than your typical eyeshadow.


Overall I think it’s really lovely and unique. While the colors seem basic, the combination is very flattering on the skin for a sultry smokey eye. It works well with a variety of shades for lips and cheeks. It’s neutral enough to be easily be incorporated into any look/outfit, yet has the warm sienna shade and warm yellow satin that gives this a unique twist to the traditional smokey eye.
Have you tried Dark Spice yet? What were your thoughts?

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  • Adele

    I was looking into this one, but I'm pretty sure it's entirely too warm and possibly too dark for me based on your lovely swatches! I do have and love Plum Pink, though.

  • Just gorgeous!

  • Lovely bold shadows. πŸ™‚

  • ahhh so gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Do you like this or Mocha better if forced to choose one?

  • I'm not sure this would work for me – I'm thinking it may be just a bit too warm for my cool-toned skin. What do you (or anyone else who's tried it) think?

  • Such a stunning quad!! This one would surely work for me… Thanks for the swatches.

  • This quad is stunning and would surely work for me… LOve it so much!!!

    Thanks for the swatches…

  • I absolutelty LOVE these colors! although I love the burberry makeup, i have yet to purchase any! i have been following your blog for quite a while, but for some reason I have never commented before. I LOVE what you do-all of your swatches are amazing, you have quite the makeup & nail polish collection-i can't lie, I'm envious! you inspired em to start my nail polish collection, which has most definitely multiplied!

    i was wondering if you were planning on swatching YSL Premiere Neige #33 – I know it is a topcoat, but it looks extremely unique!

    love your blog,
    sorelle in style

  • Lovely and unique indeed! Gorgeous colors.