[caption id="attachment_8338" align="aligncenter" width="258"] Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick comes in 30 wearable, sophisticated shades, including Rosewood, shown here.[/caption] Oh, Burberry. Your plaid is a statement, your clothes divine, but your new Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick ($19.99 for deluxe sample, Amazon.com; $30.00 for full size, Nordstrom.com)? Well, the packaging is gorgeous and the shades are sophisticated, but the formula is a bit dry. Here's more:
[caption id="attachment_8339" align="alignright" width="242"] This is me, wearing Burberry Lip Cover No 05 in Heather Rose. I have lip gloss over top - I don't find the formula to be very moisturizing or shiny.[/caption] As far as the main ingredients in lipstick go, the more emollient or moisturizing ingredients that are listed amongst the first five, the more moisturizing the formula will be. Moisturizing ingredients to look for in lipsticks include (but are not limited to):
As for the main ingredient in Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick, that is Polyglyceryl-2 tetraisostearate, an emulsifier, which enables water and oil-based ingredients to mix better. The rest of the top 5 ingredients are not all that moisturizing either, including Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, and Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate. I mean, yes, Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick does contain palmitoyl oligopeptide, which has been shown to stimulate collagen production in human fibroblasts, as shown in a 2007 study in Dermatologic Therapy. This may keep lips firmer over time. So yes, I do give Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick credit for being an anti-aging formula, technically. But would I say it's a superior moisturizing formulation? No.
[caption id="attachment_8340" align="alignright" width="300"] Close-up in No. 05, Heather Rose. The formula is medium-pigmented and builds more color easily. It is not durable and has a waxy flavor.[/caption] Lack of moisturizing benefits aside, Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick has a fair amount of pigmentation. It is not sheer but not as bold as many colors out there - a desirable medium for most women. The color also builds. The product has a finish that is neither shiny nor matte. If you prefer a glossy look like I do, add a gloss over top. The texture is smooth, and the formula glides easily over the lips. It is not very durable. I have to reapply every 2-3 hours. There is no flavor. It's a little reminscent of Lancôme lipsticks, with their bit of a waxy taste.
[caption id="attachment_8341" align="alignright" width="272"] Bottom Line: The case and the shades (Heather Rose shown on my hand here) are magnificent. The formula - 'eh. I wish Burberry sold a sophisticated metal lipstick holder, then we could have the best of both worlds![/caption] Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick has amazing packaging: from the sleek metal designer case to the imprint of the Burberry plaid all over the lipstick itself, it's hard for the high fashion-loving woman to pass by. With that said, the formula is not superior - smooth but drying to the lips, medium-pigmented but tastes a little waxy. If you're into appearances alone, the packaging and sophisticated array of colors make Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick a buy. If you're more into moisturizing and lip-beneficial formulas, Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick is definitely a pass-by! Lipstick Rating: 7/10