Burberry Pink Taupe eyeshadow quad review and swatches

Burberry is famous for their fashion, but also their luxurious high end make up line. Their single shadows, especially Pale Barley, has won over the hearts of many bloggers thanks to its wearable everyday color and great formula. Today's palette has a close dupe for Pale Barley, which might interest you if you prefer quads over singles as I do. A quad also has double the amount of product but is less than double the price compared to two single shadows. It's still definitely a splurge 53€ for 5.4g/0.19oz. Fortunately the Burberry website does offer free international shipping which I love. If something is out of stock on the official website, you can usually find it at Net-a-Porter.

Burberry Pink Taupe packaging

The quad comes in a sturdy metallic compact with the classic Burberry check pattern faintly printed on the cover. It has some nice weight to it and there are no unnecessary applicators taking space. There's nothing wrong if you like to use those tiny sponges or brushes, but personally I prefer a more compact case. 


The eyeshadows are arranged diagonally and debossed with the similar check pattern, which is a very nice, luxurious touch. I don't mind 'ruining' the pattern as I use the palette, I'm thinking it's just a way of showing 'love' to the product. Burberry's choice of colors is always wearable, chic and elegant, definitely inspired by their fashion. The placement for the shadows is usually from lightest to darkest shade, medium shades having the most space. This makes sense to me, but the light cool-toned brown is such a gorgeous shade for softer, everyday wearable looks I'd like to dip my whole face in it. No wonder Pale Barley single is popular, as they look very similar. I'll do a comparison post once I have both.


- a pale greyish taupe with a satin finish
- muted, khaki grey with a satin finish
- subdued matte rose pink with grey and plum undertones
- a rich, dark chocolate shade with a matte finish


It's ah-mazing. I don't say this lightly when it comes to eyeshadows, as I've been spoiled with great formulations (Viseart, SUQQU, Rouge Bunny Rouge..). But Burberry's is among the best - even the notoriously hard to formulate dark mattes. In pink taupe there's a gorgeous combination of mattes and semi-mattes with a lovely, subtle satin sheen. I'd call the texture soft, but not buttery. The colors have a nice amount of pigment: they aren't in-your-face intensive, but build up nicely and softly. The shadows adhere well to the lids without patchiness or skipping, wearing beautifully without showing fading during the day. However, I do always recommend using an eyeshadow primer if you wear eyeshadow +8 hours and your lids are hooded like mine are. 

Make up of today

I tried a little stronger motd for Pink Taupe: with the khaki all over the lid and lots of matte brown in the outer corner. Other make up worn: Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick in Musings, Dior sculpt blush in 03, Addiction Skincare Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer


With well coordinated colors and this beautiful formulation, it's hard to go wrong with Burberry. Pink Taupe is among my favorite palettes thanks to the unique, subtle and elegant choice of colors, but so far none of Burberry palettes has let me down. They have a decent selection of colors for various eye/skin colors, and I can highly recommend picking up a quad according to your own taste.

Have you tried any of the Burberry eyeshadows? Are you intrigued to?

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