Burberry Beauty Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette

December 11, 2014

For the holiday season Burberry Beauty has released a stunning Complete Eye Palette quad called Gold No. 25 ($60 for 5.4 g/0.19 oz, limited-edition, made in Italy). It’s one of the prettiest eye palettes I’ve seen this season for the holiday (for me it’s tied with Chanel RΓͺve D’Orient). Gold No. 25 is an interesting quad of gold, sage, bronze and chocolate. The shades combined create unique and modern twist on a golden nude eye. It comes cased in a gold-colored compact with the Burberry check pattern (which has been designed specifically for the holiday beauty collection).

All the shades are shimmery in this palette with extremely good pigment. The shadows are buttery smooth with a rich velvety texture that adheres well to the lids. The color is easy to build, layer, and blend. Together the light gold and sage-gold shades create the perfect soft wash while the bronze and chocolate define the eye and can be layered for a soft smokey look.

I know many of my readers are conservative when it comes to shimmer for the eyes. I’m still at a point in my life where I love a good shimmer (even some frosts are good for me). I don’t know that I will ever stop wearing shimmer (right now I’m in my early 30’s). I think the shimmer in this palette is finely milled enough that it will be wearable even for those timid of shimmery shadows.

The colors in this palette include a cool-toned creamy gold, an olive gold metallic, a soft warm bronze and a sparkling deep chocolate.

Two more close ups, the top without a flash in natural light. The bottom is in direct sunlight.The colors are so beautiful and the combination is genius in my mind.


When I saw the promo photos online, I thought it looked remarkably similar to Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess. I’ve purchased a few of her quads and really like them, although most of the palettes contain a sparkle/glitter shade which I know will be a bit too glitzy for some. I personally find the sparkle wearable and conservative enough when layered over the other shades. A swatch comparison shows the Charlotte Tilbury to be a lot warmer in color compared to the Burberry. I think they are different enough to justify both, but if I had to pick just one, it would hands down be the Burberry Gold Complete Eye Palette.

One last shot:

I give Burberry Gold No. 25 a huge thumbs up. It’s the perfect mix of warm, neutral and cool, all in one palette. The colors layer together very well and the texture is smooth and easy to blend. I think it’s definitely worth checking out. It is limited-edition but still seems to be available online at many places including Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue (on backorder).

The Gold No. 25 quad was provided courtesy of Burberry for review consideration.

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  • Clever Girl Reviews December 11, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Too warm for me but really pretty texture.

  • Anonymous December 11, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I like this better than the CT quad as well. It is stunning.
    If you ever have time, could you explain how you apply and shade your eye shadow? It always looks so impeccably applied and really accentuates your eye shape. I totally understand that you are very busy so no worries if you don't have time πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina December 11, 2014 at 3:45 am

      Thanks Tanja, so sweet of you to say. I would say the key is blending. If I could just use 3 brushes, it would be MAC 239, 217 and 219.

      I usually start with a medium shade and pack it on the lids about 1 cm from lash line with MAC 239 brush.

      Then I'll take a lighter color with the same brush or 217 and apply it on top of the darker shade and blend upwards about 1/2 way up the eye. I like to use a fluffy brush like 217 to buff it out and just blend the colors together so there is a gradient.

      I'll usually take another darker shade and pack it along the lash line or outer corners with a dense brush. 239 works well, but for detail or a smokier look, I'll use the 219 pencil brush to apply slightly damp and then blend.

      Afterwards, it's just a matter of blending or adding more color.

      I hope this helps some!

  • Ana Brown December 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I super like the Golden Goddess. I love the shades for they look oh so natural on skin. Will check on this!

  • Candice Petersen December 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    The shade in this palette are to die for!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Sunny December 11, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Isn't this one a beauty??? I am tempted to pick up Nude Blush from the autumn collection now. I used to own Plum Pink which I ended up not liking enough to keep, but Burberry quads have progressed a lot since then.

    • Sabrina December 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Yes, it's stunning and I agree the Burberry quads have gotten better πŸ™‚ I can't wait to see what spring has in store for us!

  • Bella December 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I love Gold so much. I have Charlotte Tilbury Bronze Goddess too, but Gold blows it out of the water. It's not as yellowy-warm as Bronze Goddess and the texture ininfinitely better.
    I am amazed at the difference in texture between the newer Burberry eye quads and the older ones.

    • Sabrina December 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Hi Bella, I agree the new ones seem better, but I did like the original ones too πŸ™‚

  • transientbeaute December 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    This is indeed a stunning combination of colours

  • michelle December 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    This is very pretty as is the CT. I LOVE Burberry eyeshadow-really an all-time favorite! Also fell in love with Kevyn Aucoin's Number 1 palette–pretty spectacular buttery, blendable, nude shades. You should check it out:)

  • Yali M December 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I am new to your blog and have to say that it is great! Your comments are always well informed and your photography is great. I have always loved makeup but put that hobby (err.. obsession) on the back burner because I had small children and didn't have the time to devote to it. They are older now which means I get to "play" again. If you had to pick between Nude Dip and this palette, would you say that one was better than the other? Are they close enough to compare? Thanks and happy holidays!