High-end Lipstick Review Series: Burberry

Burberry Lip Cover

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick

Burberry makeup isn’t sold in Canada except for a few select Burberry Stores in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. I visited the Toronto Burberry Store on Bloor Street and they had very little makeup in stock. The only other way to buy Burberry makeup is online from Saks Fifth Avenue where a Burberry lipstick will set you back $41.45 CAD plus $18.32 shipping* and $7.85 “duties & taxes” for a whopping total of $67.62 CAD!

*free shipping is offered on orders of $100+

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

I was actually able to pick up this lipstick while I was in England at the Burberry Store on Regent Street for 22 pounds 50, which is roughly $41 CAD. I had a lovely experience shopping there. I was really drawn to shade No. 23, English Rose, sort of a neutral, rosy pink with brown undertones.

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Swatch: Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

English Rose swatched

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Burberry, like Tom Ford or Chanel, has totally nailed high-end packaging. The substantial, square silver tube engraved with the classic Burberry pattern is gorgeous. It has the magnetic closure too. I also love that the lipstick itself has the Burberry diamond check pattern. 3/3 Duchess points


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I liked the formula of this lipstick. Is not my favourite of all time or anything, but I do like it. Its quite creamy and feels very comfortable on the lips. I found it a bit opaque and it almost had a heavy, traditional “lipstick” sort of formula if you know what I mean, but overall not bad. 2/3 Duchess points.

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I kind of feel the same way about the wear as I do the formula – its ok. Not my favourite, but not the worst either. It stays on well, but has a tendency to wear off a little unevenly and unflatteringly. Its one of those lipsticks that can gather around the inside corners of your lips. At least on me it does. 1/3 Duchess points

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The scent of a lipstick has such a big impact on whether or not I enjoy it. I generally just prefer unscented lip products. I’m not a big fan of the scent of the Burberry lipstick. I was actually really shocked to discover it has that old-fashioned “makeupy” smell like your grandmother’s makeup would have. Not exactly what I was expecting from Burberry. Even less enjoyable is that it also has a bit of an old-fashioned soapy taste when first applied. 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Despite the icky scent/taste, I don’t believe the Burberry has irritated my lips at all. I haven’t had any sort of reaction to it. (Neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
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I definitely don’t like this lipstick as much as my MAC lipsticks. -1 Duchess point

Would I pay $42+ CAD for another one?
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Especially considering the shipping and duties/taxes I’d have to pay to even order another Burberry lipstick, I have to go with no. I am not in love with this lipstick, mostly due to the scent, but also the formula. -1 Duchess point

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick total: 5/14

high-end lipsticks comparison









At the end of the series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading
Nerdy Librarian Girl


Filed under Giveaways, Lips, Lipstick, Reviews

17 responses to “High-end Lipstick Review Series: Burberry

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  8. This is a cool series! Just found your blog and will now read the other reviews. Personally, I wouldn’t buy most of the high end brands because almost all of them are somehow associated with animal testing (Don’t mean to ruin anything for any one, sorry), but I still like to read about them 😀


    • Thank-you! You actually make a very good point. I know many people make their purchasing decisions based on whether or not the product is cruelty-free, so its important to remember. Although many cosmetic companies stopped animal testing, now that they are selling products in China (a country which, by law, requires all cosmetics to be first tested on animals) their cruelty-free status was revoked. I really admire cruelty-free bloggers for keeping us informed!

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      • China ruined so many companies for me.. I am only trying, but it’s hard to actually have all the information needed.. I started a cruelty free brands list and mostly combined several lists, that I would use to find out about brands.. there’s not much left if you leave out the ones that are part of bigger corporations but don’t test themselves.. But I also think everyone should make their own decisions 🙂


      • It is really complicated. Its great that you include cruelty-free info on your blog. Your blog is awesome! (and I love your glasses). I also totally agree that everyone should make their own decision.

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  9. Loving this series! Based on your observations – it does seem like this is a pretty penny to pay for something that is less than fabulous. Although, I admit, I don’t mind “old fashion” makeup smell – like the L’oreal lippies have and to a certain degree, the traditional smell of the Bobbi Brown lipsticks. But I don’t like an overly perfumed or soapy taste. 🙂

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  10. What a great idea for a post series! So excited to check out your other reviews too 🙂 xx


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