Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour – Nude Pink, Garnet, Oxblood, Bright Coral, Blossom Pink and Rose Blush

March 14, 2015

This spring Burberry Beauty has released a new lipstick formula called Burberry Kisses ($33 each for 3.8 g / 0.13 oz, made in Italy). There are 28 shades of this new hydrating lipstick formula. It appears these have been launched to replace the original Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipsticks (still available at Nordstrom and Saks). A few of the older colors have been relaunched in the new formula but most of the shades are new ones. I was a fan of the Lip Covers and Lip Mists for their soft natural color and flawless application. Burberry has released some released soft pinks, nudes, mauves and roses but I know many could not wear the lipsticks due to the rose scent. The good news for those with sensitive noses is the new formula has no detectable fragrance or taste. I didn’t think the formula could get better but it has with improved wear, texture, buildable color.

I have six shades to share thoughts on today. The Burberry team kindly sent over a diverse range of six colors for me to test. I have yet to make a trip to my local Burberry counter to see all the colors in person but after putting six to the test I can say I will definitely be checking out the others soon. The packaging of the new Burberry Kisses is the same in size, design and form as the original lipsticks. They come in a silver squared tube that come with magnetic snap lids.

The formula of the Kisses lipsticks is like no other lipstick I’ve tried. These are like a weightless velvety cushion for the lips with truly buildable pigment. These are described as being able to give you sheer to high coverage and the formula is just that. One swipe gives a sheer even wash of color, multiple swipes will add more color without feeling heavy or looking cakey. Compared to the Lip Covers, the Kisses Lipsticks have less of a slip and less shine, but still look natural and meld into the lips. If you’re well acquainted with the lipstick formulas Burberry has released, I’d describe the finish somewhere in between that of the Lip Velvets and Lip Covers. They do have a moisturizing and hydrating feel but don’t feel heavy or thick. Lasting power is quite good, I had no fading within 4 hours of wear (but I didn’t eat or drink in that testing period).

The 28 colors are grouped into five main color categories of Nude, Pink, Coral, Brown/Rosewood and Red. Six shades I have to share, all are creams without any visible shimmer:
  • Blossom Pink is a soft neutral pink nude that leans more pink
  • Garnet is a medium rosewood plum mauve, it’s a nice polished medium-dark pink mauve that doesn’t pull brown or too dark
  • Bright Coral is a vibrant coral that is very bright on my complexion
  • Nude Pink is just that, a nude pink, very similar to Blossom Pink (which is more pink), this is a flawless nude pink lipstick, it’s light on my pigmented lips but doesn’t wash me out, if you have lips that are lighter this will look darker on you
  • Rose Blush is a soft mauve rose about 1.5 shades lighter than Garnet
  • Oxblood is a classic deep vampy wine color

Swatches and more views:

Lip swatches, for skintone reference I’m wearing NARS All Day Luminous Foundation in Punjab mixed with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow mixed together:

I pulled a few of the older Lip Covers to compare with the new Kisses formula. There is only one that I have both the old and new formula of to compare, Oxblood is identical in the new and old formula in color and coverage, the older version is slightly more glossy.

* Note Devon Sunset has also been released in the new formula, but I haven’t seen both side by side to compare the colors

One last shot below of the new Burberry Kisses, left to right is Nude Pink, Oxblood, Bright Cora, Nude Blush, Blossom Pink and Garnet

Bottom line gorgeous. The formula of the Burberry Kisses is really good. I plan on looking into the other colors very soon. There are quite a few new lipstick formulas that have been launched this spring and you may be wondering which one is best. I think each brand has developed unique formulas to suit different tastes and likes. My quick take based on what I’ve tested:

  • The Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gels offer a range of lighter colored nudes to brighter neutrals with a glossy sheen. If you have dry lips you need to prep your lips otherwise the colors will emphasize lip lines. Range offers one shimmer (Have We Met?) and the rest are non-shimmers. These have a very soft vanilla scent (emphasis on very soft).
  • The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Cremes are for those who like strong bold colors with super saturated pigment and long wear color. This range does have a few neutrals but the focus is on bold rich color, all are creams. The formula is hydrating. The color options are heavy on the reds and corals. There are also good mochas, plums and brights. These have a soft vanilla scent.
  • Chanel relaunched their Rouge Coco Lipsticks (to be reviewed soon). This range offers a wide selection of neutrals in the nude, pink and rose range, there are also a couple medium mauves and then you have the jump to brights and deeper colors to choose from. The colors have a soft shimmer mixed in for dimension with a medium glossy finish. Some have more shimmer than others, but they all have a luminous look. These have a rose scent.
  • The Burberry Kisses Lip Colors are somewhere in the middle of all the others with coverage that is buildable from sheer to  medium-full coverage without any shimmer but don’t look flat. The finish is very natural with a slight sheen but don’t have that high shine finish and the formula melds into the lip for a natural look. This launch has the widest range of colors to choose from neutrals, roses, pinks, mauves, reds and corals (although it does seem to lack any brown-tones).

I’ve found something likable in all the formulas I’ve tested but I think the Burberry line will appeal to more people due to the color range and the fragrance-free formula. You can find the Burberry Kisses Lipsticks at Burberry.com right now. Also available at select Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online this month.

Have you tried the new Burberry Kisses Lipstick formula yet? What did you think?

The Burberry Kisses were provided courtesy of Burberry for review consideration.

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  • Mandy S March 15, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Nude Pink and Rose Blush looks amazing!! x


    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Mandy!

  • The Whimsical Fox March 15, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Oh my gosh, I need all of these in my life! Particularly Oxblood and Garnet. These look really gorgeous on you as well – the formula seems very smooth/creamy. x

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Garnet is quite amazing. I thought it would be so dark based on what it looks like in the tube but it applies beautifully. I love that these can be layered for the desired pigment.

  • Makeup Sessions March 15, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I just ordered Nude Pink, Tulip Pink and Rose Blush 🙂 Love all the shades on you!

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Yay! Thank you for the kind comment 🙂

  • Rachel Polansky March 15, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I love the Garnet color, going to go order it right now!


    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm


  • nueyork March 15, 2015 at 1:27 am

    These are all so beautiful! I really love the range of shades here.


  • Cheryl March 15, 2015 at 3:45 am

    These are so pretty and that presentation box: wow! Rose Blush is calling my name!

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Cheryl, I agree the box Burberry sent these in is really quite beautiful 🙂

  • Maiko Sharp March 15, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Oh how gorgeous are all of these colours, I love them all and need them in my life

  • Maggie A March 15, 2015 at 5:02 am

    The blossom and nude pinks are my favorite!! 🙂

    Maggie A

  • Clever Girl Reviews March 15, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I'm really loving Oxblood and Garnet.

  • Jessie-Ann Lewis March 15, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Oh wow, Garnet and Oxblood look beautiful.. the formula sounds great and I just love how shiny they are. I think I'll have to place an order! Beautiful photography btw! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Jessie-Ann!

  • thebeautybloss.com March 15, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Wow, want them all! Nude and blossom pink would be my top picks if I ahd to choose.


  • Lys ModestMix March 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my, the coral shade is gorgeous!

  • februaryisashortmonth March 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I've always wanted to try Burberry makeup! I just ordered a couple of the Soft Satin lipsticks, can't wait for Kisses to arrive!

  • Anonymous March 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry for my english. For a damaged and dry lips, what lipstick moisturizing, shiny and media coverage you recommend? thank you very much

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      I would say if your lips are dry and damaged, you would need to take care of them with a treatment. I don't know that I've found a lipstick that will fix dry lips. Some of my favorites here:


    • Anonymous March 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      You are right and I read it with interest. Thank you very much for the advice. Ana

    • michelle March 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Sabrina! I was out of town for Spring Break and this post was what I had been anxiously awaiting! I am especially thrilled to learn, NO FRAGRANCE ANYMORE-YAY!!! :)) Loving Nude Pink & Rose Blush♥
      The reason I am dropping this comment here is because I think I have found a new dry lip HG and that is the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment. Pricey at $35 for .35oz but a little goes a long way and when you are desperate, you feel like you would spend any amount! HTH:)

  • Rebecca Chung March 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Gorgeous! Rose blush and oxblood are my faves so far. Thanks for the review and swatches!

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! Do you have any other colors on your wishlist?

  • Sue March 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

    The Burberry lip shades are so pretty. Love every color but the one that really stand out for me was the Rosewood. I find it perfect for my lips.

  • glambunctious March 16, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Bright Coral looks amazing on you! So summery! Garnet and Rose Blush are also super beautiful. Now to decide which one I'm going to buy between them… 🙂 Thanks for the in-depth review and swatches, Sabrina!

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Glambunctious! Bright Coral is REALLY bright! I think I prefer Devon Sunset (more in my comfort zone lol). Glad you liked the review 🙂

  • Gemma Carey March 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I haven't tried Burberry products before! These lipsticks look so gorgeous and shiny! The bright coral looks like one I would buy myself!


  • Gail March 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    They sound very nice! I'm anxious to see more shades. I especially like Rose Blush on you. Thanks Sabrina!

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Gail!

  • Eileen March 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    First off, I must say how beautiful your opening photograph is. The composition and color choices are simply first rate. All my rose bushes are chock full of buds and seeing your lovely selection of flowers has me impatiently waiting for my buds to bloom.

    As for Burberry, I bought Rose Blush on impulse and it turned out to be a good one 🙂 It's a very easy shade for me to wear and the color is right in my comfort zone. The subdued satin finish is contemporary and is a nice option for those of us who find full on mattes to be dry and flat looking. Yes, it was a very good impulse, indeed.

    • Sabrina March 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Eileen! So well put as always, these are indeed modern lipsticks that have a soft velvet/matte finish without looking flat. It's pure love.

  • Louisa March 17, 2015 at 3:14 am

    You look beautiful! Thanks for this post and update on the new scent-free formulation. I have the lip mists but never wear them, as I am put off by the scent. I love their colors so I will give them a try again. Thank you!

  • Elly Wang March 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the review, Sabrina! I just got a couple of the Kisses from Adina in SF yesterday without testing them since they didn't have testers. These are my first lipsticks from Burberry I have outside of the Lip Mists (love how moisturizing they are, although the initial fragrance is a bit strong). I wonder if you feel it's worth getting any of the old Lip Covers before they're gone; or are the Kisses better in every way (hydration, color, texture, duration, etc)?

    • Sabrina March 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Elly, I think it's tough to say for sure since I haven't seen all of the Kisses. I suspect there are some colors that are re-promoted shades or really close in color.

      I do think some of the Lip Covers are worth getting before they are gone. In particular Nude Rose or Rosewood are classics but you might want to check with Adina to see if there are dupes with the Kisses.

      I did love the original Lip Covers but the Kisses are better in terms of wear/duration.

  • vine March 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hi Sabrina!

    Thanks for the review, it's extremely helpful, as I'm currently deciding which Burberry Kisses lipstick I should choose 🙂 I was considering Nude Pink, although it seems similar to Tom Ford's Blush Nude, which I already have… Unfortunately Burberry's not available in my country, so I can't check the colour myself at the counter. Do you think you could help me with this one? Maybe there are other shades similar to Nude Pink that come to your mind, so that I could compare the colours?

  • Amanda Hollingsworth March 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I love all the Burberry makeup. It's feels so sumptuous and the packaging is awesome. I always feel really excited when I get an order direct from them too as the presentation and packaging is second to done.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth March 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Forgot to say but Rose Blush looks absolutely beautiful on you. Xx

  • Алена Алёнка March 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    On your lips all look great! I liked Nude Pink.

  • Princ3ssJasmin3 March 29, 2015 at 11:08 am

    They're so pretty! This is a bit random, but you have such a nice lip shape aha! You suit them all so well x

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  • María Blardone March 31, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Wow !! Oxblood is incredible
    Lots of love, xx


  • Elizabeth Lissie August 3, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Nude pink and Rose Blush and Oxblood look so amazing!
    I've got english rose)

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