Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite, Review, swatch & FOTD

Burberry is in the hearts of many beauty enthusiasts. It is not hard to understand why, the design, the packaging as well as the longevity and texture of their eye shadows and blushes are phenomenal. The amount of high-quality product you get with a Burberry purchase is usually more than that of other high-end brands (for eye shadows 2.5 g of product, instead of the usual 2g or 2.2g) and you get it in a sturdy heavy luxurious compact.

This is why when the brand silently launched two more eye shadows to join their permanent line back in June, they were sold out within days. Luckily these two are back in stores and online in case you still couldn't make-up your mind. I have been getting reader requests to review more Burberry, so I thought I am giving these two a go...


Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite




Burberry calls their eye shadow line "sheer" but don't worry, these lack in no means any pigment. I believe they only try to indicate that they can be sheered out if needed. Two of the new eye shadows are called #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite, which are two of the signature colors of the brand. They also have nail polishes named after these shades, which I reviewed a while ago. Now all I am hoping that they bring steel grey as an eye shadow. Dark grey base with golden flecks, would be lovely for holiday, don't you think?


Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite

#27 Storm Grey is a mid-toned grey taupe with right amount of warmness to it. It is a chameleon shade and looks different under different light conditions, sometimes even casts a tad of green in there, go figure. The texture is buttery and satin texture has the most wonderful subtle shimmer to look flattering instead of flat. It has been said that Storm Grey is a cooler version of the famous Pale Barley. I would like to add something more to that, although I like Pale Barley, I found it always way too subtle, I am happy to say that Storm Grey is more "there". It is not shouting in any way but it is more apparent on my lids, which makes me happy.


#28 Graphite is a mid-toned to deep anthracite with matte to satin finish. It also has slight brown undertones, which gives some warmth to it and makes it neutral rather than warm or cool.I have read that the texture of this one is not au pair with Storm Grey so I was expecting that it would be patchy or a little dry but I am happy to report that mine is none of these. It is buttery and smooth with great color pay-off. I would like that it is a little deeper so that I can use Storm Grey and Graphite together but we have to remember that these are singles and they are not designed to be worn together. If Graphite would be deeper, it would be too dark on the lids by itself. Two of the shades are rather close though, especially once applied. So I think getting one of them is enough for a reasonable mind (wish I had one of that)


Swatch with studio light: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite

There are many good comparisons done for these eye shadows, so I am skipping this part and I will be linking some of them at the end of this post. If you wonder how they look like on the lids, here it is. I love it, I love them both, together, one by one... They are phenomenal. I am especially delighted with the neutral take on smokey eye without getting too dark, too warm or too cool. 

Below I am wearing Storm Grey all over the lid and Graphite at the outer corner and crease. I added a tiny amount of MAC Crystal Avalanche on the inner corner, which I prefer to "Nylon". CA became my go-to inner corner highlighter at the moment. As for the liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on in Uzi matches very good with Storm Grey and Graphite.


In action: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite

Here is me, wearing Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite, crazy hair, some blush and a Guerlain Rouge G of which I can't recall the name but it is probably #06 Garance :-) (read: lousy b-blogger, note to myself: take the pictures of the products after application). The make up lasted on me over 14 hours, but we know this is one of the (many) strengths of Burberry eye shadows. Beyond 14 hours? I don't know, I had to go to sleep. I am planning for a full 24 hour test sometime but I don't know how I feel about sleeping with make-up.


FOTD with Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows in #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite

Check out these wonderful reviews for more swatches and helpful comparisons: Chic Science, Belletristic Beauty, Gummy Vision and The Beauty Look Book. #27 Storm Grey and #28 Graphite are available in the States but I haven't seen these in Europe yet. Burberry Europe website doesn't list them either. I believe they should be available sooner than later though. Just as a small sneaky peak side note, there will be more Burberry in a few days, like, Fall goodies and stuff, so stay tuned if you like this brand ;-)

Final thoughts: I think both Graphite and Storm Grey are great additions to the line because I found the single eye shadows of Burberry were either too cool (Pearl Grey) or too warm (Taupe Brown, Pale Barley etc.). so to me they fill in the gap. I like both of the shades for a subtle natural smokey eye for all year around.

Have you checked them out? Which one do you like most?

18 comments

  1. I bought these a few weeks ago and I love them. I probably use them more than any of my other Burberry shadows, I love the smokiness they create on my eyes :)

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    1. I know, me too. I like these two more than any of my other Burberrys :-)

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  2. Those look gorgeous! I just don't get why we don't have this line here! :(

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    1. Oh Helene, I am sorry to hear that. Burberry could't somehow roll out properly, it is also hard to find them here. I am just lucky and live next to a counter. Those two shades didn't make their ways here though.

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  3. This was such a timely post for me. I am having a single eye shade moment this week - although with Chanel's Ombre Essentielle in Gri Gri. Now you have reminded me of my Burberrys in Midnight brown and Mulberry, which look great on their own too. High quality shades can do it all - lid, transition, depth, texture and Burberry are some of the best. I am feeling that Storm Grey! Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I am hoping Storm Grey is going to be available in Europe very soon. I love Midnight Brown and Mulberry too, two of my favorites from the line! By the way, heads-up, Burberry Fall is available at their website, I just happened to order some pieces ;-)

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  4. New to your blog, fantastic review by the way

    Just wondering how does Stormy Grey compares to the silverish color in the Armani Fall '14 duo you posted recently. Thanks.

    Daisy

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    1. Hi Daisy, thanks for your kind words :-*

      Armani Fall Duo has a more shimmery/metallic purplish grey/taupe. Stormy Grey is more subtle in shimmer, it has satin finish and it is more grey/taupe without having blue/plum. Stormy grey has a slight greenish undertone on me.

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  5. Love the look! I like that there is a tiny hint of brown in them, making them more neutral than cool. I didn't realize these were new additions to the lineup, so completely ignored them when I last went to drool over the Burberry counter.

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    1. Yes that tiny bit of brown makes it so flattering and easy to work for warmer complexions. They are not released everywhere though, so I hope you have luck in finding them at your local counter. Let us know.

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  6. Wow... impeccable timing! I was just reaching for my pale barley single when I wished it was a little bit less subtle...and then I saw this post. It finally looks like there are wearable greys for me :).

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    1. Exactly, this is what I think each time I weat Pale Barley. I like neutral looks but after investing half an hour on makeup I would like to see a little that there is something there ;-)

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  7. I rarely go for grey shadows, but Graphite is really catching my eye! Looks very pretty on you. Have a great weekend, Sara! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen,
      these are more taupe greys with hint of brown so I believe it is easier to wear than any other treys out there. Have a great weekend too.

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  8. I bought storm grey, but skipped on graphite because of so many people saying the texture was a bit dry. After reading this, I have some hope and think I might go back and get it.

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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  9. I love the look of both of those, though will probably just get storm grey as am sure I'll use that one more. They don't seem to be out here yet in the UK, yet the Fall Nude Blush palette is which seems odd, I was tempted by the Fall palette but it potentially looks like it could look like a bruise so I am waiting for reviews first :)

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  10. Wow, they both look fantastic. Even though I wasn't sure before, now after your beautiful FOTD, I know I need them both! Just added them (and the Guerlain "Les Sables") to my wishlist - which is getting longer and longer, sigh.
    Thank you for your review.
    I wish you a wonderful sunday.
    Stephanie

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  11. i've been wanting to get these, but i've been pretty restrained when it comes to shopping lately. I feel like storm grey is very similar to armani #9 - is that true? :)

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