Eye Makeup

Burberry Beauty Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows

August 16, 2015

Earlier this year Burberry Beauty launched new formulas of eyeshadow to replace the original versions. I featured the four Wet & Dry Glow Eyeshadows eyeshadows earlier this year back in the spring. Today I have thoughts to share on several of the Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows ($29 each). Much of the Burberry Beauty line has gone through a revamp over the past year. Color products have been reformulated and launched in
batches, starting with eyeshadows, followed by Kisses Hydrating Lip Color and most recently Kisses Lip Gloss. There are a number of new product launches in eyes and lips as well. I hope to feature those soon – today I have swatches of nine silk eyeshadow colors.

The new Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow comes in the same size compact as the original Sheer Eyeshadow formula. They are priced the same but the new formulas have slightly more product at 2.7 g / 0.09 oz (the original versions were 2.5 g each). Both the old and formula have a mix of matte, satin and high shimmer shades. The newer formula shimmers are more finely milled and less powdery in texture – they are still very soft and easy to build but the pigment has improved significantly. The quality of the new Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows is excellent and among the best I’ve ever tried. If you’re looking for high quality staple colors to give a classic polished look, Burberry is the way to go if you don’t mind single eyeshadows. They are easy to apply and blend easily. The mattes are very good mattes – I usually hate matte eyeshadows because they often look chalky or apply unevenly on my skin (the only exceptions for me are from Urban Decay, Tom Ford and Edward Bess). The Burberry ones go on smoothly and have a richly pigmented finish. The shimmers have a very soft finish – they aren’t high frost.

Some of the original colors have been relaunched in the new formula. I swatched some of them side by side and find they are not the same. My holy grail neutral was Pale Barley No. 22. It’s been launched in Pale Barley No. 102. It’s still a very good neutral and very similar. The original version is more shimmery and more complex while the new one is more finely milled and slightly sheerer in finish.

Descriptions of nine of the new colors:

  • Porcelain No. 100 is a pale shimmering ivory champange
  • Stone No. 101 is a richly pigmented matte bone color
  • Pale Barley No. 102 is a sheer-to-medium neutral fawn shimmer
  • Rosewood No. 202 is a shimmering mauve beige neutral
  • Dusky Mauve No. 203 is a deep brown mauve with satin shimmer
  • Mulberry No. 204 is a plum red shimmer
  • Chestnut Brown No. 301 is a deep cool brown shimmer
  • Storm Grey No. 303 is a shimmering warm grey
  • Jet Black No. 308 is a richly pigmented matte black

Close ups:


Swatched with a heavy hand (these were swatched with fingers only):

Swatch comparisons of some of the old vs. new shades. The original Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow formulas have numbers with 2 digits, the new Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow formula colors have numbers with 3 digits. Some colors weren’t relaunched in the new version but I pulled a couple to compare.

I was a huge fan of the original Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow formula but somehow they’ve managed to make it new and improved with the Wet & Dry Silk formula. I prefer to apply these dry – the pigment is so good and shows up really well on the lids. I have tried the darker colors wet and the color intensifies if applied wet. I recommend you check out the swatches on Natural N Chic Makeup – she has swatches of more colors on her blog and also shows the effect when used with a damp brush (the pigment is impressive!). Overall I’m pleased with the new formula. I think they are more conservative in the shimmer factor compared to the original formula but the shimmer is still visible. I do prefer the original versions of Pale Barley and Rosewood and am glad I have backups of both. However the new ones are very similar and have a more satiny finish which make them easier to wear for those conservative on shimmer. If you do like a good shimmery shadow there are four Wet & Dry Glow eyeshadows which I reviewed here. I really like that formula and hope Burberry expands the color range in the near future.

Bottom line thumbs up. You can find the Burberry Beauty Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows for $29 each at all Burberry Beauty counters. Online at Burberry, Nordstrom, Sephora (just launched!), and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Five of the eyeshadows were provided courtesy of Burberry for review consideration.
Four colors were purchased by me.

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