Burberry Beauty Liquid Lip Velvet Review

January 10, 2017

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Review via The Beauty Look Book Light Nude, Fawn Rose, Primrose, Dark Rosewood, Fawn

This month Burberry launches a new lip formula called the Liquid Lip Velvet ($34 each for 6 ml). There are 14 shades total with full opaque creamy coverage in bold matte colors. They have a lightweight whipped texture that covers the lip flawlessly and beautifully. The formula is just exquisite especially given the fact that these are full coverage and very matte in finish. I ordered five shades sight unseen based on online stock swatches. In the past I’ve been smitten with a number of the neutrals and nudes from Burberry as they are typically well executed and extremely flattering. (Review of the Kisses formula here.) I had high hopes for these as they looked perfect in the tubes! However out of the five shades I ordered I felt a bit let down after testing these – the colors just don’t work for my skintone.

The Liquid Lip Velvet formula is excellent – it’s unscented, smooth, offers perfect flawless coverage. For a matte liquid lip product it’s everything that I could dream of. However I found the shades I picked lacking. There was something missing in each of the colors I tested. They looked either too light, too dusty, a bit faded, or just simply did not have the right undertone for my olive skin. Being that they are matte I do think you need a smooth lip surface otherwise flakes or dry patches will be emphasized. They are also not transfer resistant. The light airy whipped texture makes these super comfortable to wear, but once on the lips they don’t set or stick like the ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills or Kat Von D. As long as you don’t touch your lips though they last remarkably well and don’t slide or bleed.

Close up of the sponge tip applicators:

Swatches, without flash:

Light Nude is a pale light beige cream
Fawn Rose is a dusty light cool neutral rose pink
Primrose is a bright blue-based pink
Dark Rosewood is a brownish rose
Fawn is a brown nude tan

With flash:

Lip swatches, below I’m wearing the Tom Ford Waterproof Foundations in Bisque and Sable mixed. Light nude is too pale for my complexion but I like that it has smooth streak-free coverage. Fawn Rose looks ok in the lip swatch but when seen on the entire face it washes me out. Primrose is such a gorgeous pink but has too much blue for my olive skin. Dark Rosewood looks a bit dark when seen against my whole face. Fawn is the one shade I think I can wear easily.

Comparison swatches of the nude shade:

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Comparisons via The Beauty Look Book

Comparisons of the pinks and rose shades:

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Comparisons via The Beauty Look Book

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Review via The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line I have a love hate with these. The formula is really quite good and I love how comfortable they feel on the lips. As much as I love the long lasting power of traditional liquid lipsticks, sometimes the way they dry down just doesn’t feel all that great. The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets feel like cashmere on the lips. I’m really bummed the colors didn’t work as I had hoped for me. I think my coloring for my skintone right now makes it where the ones I picked are unflattering, flat and dusty-looking on my skin. Based on the online stock photos I suspect I would have found the darker shades like Oxblood or Bright Plum more flattering on my olive yellow skin. I do think I can pull off the shades Fawn Rose and Dark Rosewood with a bit of tweaking if I add a soft rose or pink lipliner. On one occasion I mixed Fawn Rose with MAC Dervish and it helped warm up and deepen the color a bit.

If I were to do this one over, I would have passed on all of the colors. I do regret buying these. That being said I am more of a gloss and regular lipstick person.

You can find the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet online now at Sephora and Nordstrom. They retail for $34 each. I have one more liquid lipstick review to do before I do a roundup and comparison of liquid lipsticks I’ve tested. Do you have a favorite formula? If you tried these let me know what you thought!






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  • Candice

    Those shades look really pretty!

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • What a review! I can’t wait to add these to my collection.

  • Amazing review!! I’m very interested in these new lippies! Your swatches are so helpful so thank you so much! Can’t wait to try Dark Rosewood <3

  • Luka

    I think you are being too hard on yourself. 3/5 look good!

    • Thanks Luka – so sweet of you to say πŸ™‚

  • SJ Sellers

    Hi Sabrina! My absolute favorite formula is ByTerry. The formula is AH-MAZING. I very much wish she had more shades. I have been inventing new shades by mixing the five shades I have (with mixed results HAHA). Two of the shades I have are very much out of my comfort zone, but I try to tone them down with the nude shade. But when my 3 fave shades run out, I will absolutely repurchase. I also really love the applicator that comes with the ByTerry. It took me an application or two to get the hang of it, but now I don’t know why all cosmetic lines don’t use the same applicator. I recently tried the Chantecaille and it was ok, but I was underwhelmed.
    Thanks as always for the swatches!! xx SJ

    • By Terry is a great one! I only have 1 color but have 3 on my wishlist haha πŸ™‚ I actually hate the applicator on that one but it’s not a deal breaker and I can make it work πŸ™‚

  • These look gorgeous on the lip! Great shades too – Primrose is my fave.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  • Gail

    Thanks for the great review Sabrina. Gotta tell you I am lighter than you (NC10-15) and still had the same problems with these shades. I wish they would somehow rework the colors!

    • Hi Gail – good to know I’m not the only one who feels that way! Such a shame because the formula is so good I wish I liked the colors.

  • Colors are so pretty!! You are too… loved the post though… ????

  • I happen to think that 4 and 5 look very nice on you πŸ™‚ I’m not usually a matte lip fan (on myself), but will give these a try.

    • Susan

      Agree – they both look stunning and sophisticated in the photos

    • Thank you Annikky πŸ™‚

  • Lea

    I find this happens a lot with Burberry lips – the undertones are tricky to pick online, so I’ve determined to only buy in person or be okay with returning.

    • Interesting! I do think nudes or nude pinks can be SO hard to find the right color for. And yes I totally get how you would want to only trying in person lol.

  • Lu S

    looks awesome!

    lu |

  • The packaging on these is absolutely beautiful!! So sorry to hear that they didn’t work well on your skin tone – such a shame! I think I almost prefer the lips not to totally set so this formula sounds perfect for me, I can’t wait to pick some up and give them a go – thanks for sharing! xxx

    • Hi Frances – I hope you find a color you like! I think there are some great shades – I’m really yellow/olive so these didn’t work out so well for me.

  • Ruth

    I purchased fawn and dark rosewood and they’re supposed to arrive today. I hope I like them. On a side note, I’m loving Tom Ford’s waterproof foundation. I wear sable, so I hope fawn and dark rosewood look good on me like how they look on you ????

    • Awww thanks Ruth! Hope they work for you! The darker ones are easier to wear IMHO. We’re almost skin twins! Sable is what I would love to be year round, alas I’m feeling quite pale right now.

  • jonirae

    Thanks for the swatches, I’ve been waiting for a good review on these before trying to track down my final decisions… of course, they’ve been sold out off and on, which isn’t helping!!

    I expected Fawn to be more of a straightforward brown shade, and it looks really nice on you; it has a bit of pinkness/rosiness/something that I didn’t expect! I was thinking Dark Rosewood and maybe oxblood or bright plum… but I wish I could see them in person!
    Usually with Burberry their colors seem to be fairly consistent across the different formulas, so I am a little surprised that you had such trouble with the shades! It makes me a little more hesitant to order, but I’ll track down some swatches of the darker shades and will probably (definitely) break down and go for it!!
    thanks again! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Hi Jonie – I think there are definitely a lot of other swatches to search for comparison. I may be in the minority with my opinion on the colors!

  • I’m also more of a regular lipstick person, but this formula sounds really promising to me, it’s just a shame for the shades, I believe Dark Rosewood and Fawn would suit my skintone though!