This is my first foray into Burberry eyeshadows. As in the case with a lot of people, I will first dip my toes into a brand by trying one product, and then it's all downhill from there - I will be drawn into trying more and more of their products. This is definitely the case with Burberry.
Dark Sable #23 is one of three new Sheer Eye Shadows in the Burberry Autumn Winter 2012 makeup collection. As expected from Burberry, it is a beautifully executed down to earth neutral shade.
I much prefer Burberry's eyeshadow packaging to their lipsticks - the whole design is more in proportion and feels comfortable in the hand. The compact is rather hefty and the metal finish is a fingerprint magnet.
A sponge tip applicator is included but nothing to sing about. I wish they would include at least a mini brush on the other end for touch up emergencies.
Dark Sable is a velvety rich chocolatey coffee brown with no shimmers. The colour is not quite milk chocolate but not quite 70% cacao either. I think it's perfect for an Autumn Winter colour palette.
As with all Burberry eyeshadows, the texture is amazing - to touch, it has more of a super smooth texture rather than the expected powdery feel. Dark Sable is very easy to blend and can be either worn as a liner, a sheer wash or a serious smokey eye. I like to apply it as a sheer wash (to define eye sockets/crease) with a fluffy blending brush, over smokey smudged pencil liner.
I know lots of people will think this shade is actually quite boring and any other line would have a similar colour. That is true in a way. But with Burberry you are paying for flattering neutrals, amazing texture and beautiful application. And that is it's beauty - sometimes you just want a fail proof makeup staple - and with Dark Sable, you can't go wrong.