Review: Burberry Eye Colour Contour Pens (Almond, Pale Copper, Rosewood)

I love eye shadow sticks. They’re so convenient. And fast! My favourite so far is Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, followed by Bobbi Brown cream shadow sticks. By Terry ones, I find are WAY overpriced and the quality I find is inconsistent. Misty Rock underperforms compared to Brown Perfection, which is awesome. For the price, I only have 2 and I don’t think it’s worth the splurge. Overhyped in my opinion. Burberry ones are still new, but let me tell you, they are great! Reasonably priced too when you get it from their official website. They deliver worldwide, FREE shipping with no minimum amount spent! And I don’t think it’s a free shipping promo either. I bought a couple from Sephora because I didn’t know about Burberry’s website (Stupid!!) and Sephora sells this for RM145 each while Burberry sells it for only RM95. Talk about being ripped off! And the little package from Burberry comes beautifully boxed.






I sound a bit bitter, but dudes, for the price of 2 (at Sephora), I could buy 3 from Burberry! WTF!!!!!!!!!! OK, rant over. A lesson learned, go do extensive research before purchasing! So back to these pens. They are quite hefty but not so heavy it tires out your hands. The pens are also color coded – good intention but doesn’t really work. The pens are housed in dark metal, with black letterings and the color stripe isn’t that obvious either. I have to look for the name printed on the pen anyway, and it’s not easy to locate the name because everything is so subtle!



Burberry eye colour contour pens



See? The stripes look similar don’t they? And trust me. My eyesight isn’t that bad either. I bought Almond, Pale Copper and Rosewood. Almond is a cool ashy taupe and if your skin tone is right, you might even use it to contour. It’s matte but isn’t dry. Pale Copper is beautiful! Just like the name, it’s a light copper with shimmery golden tones. Rosewood is more purple, and the shimmerΒ is more muted and a little deeper.



sticks swatches



They last on my unprimed lids for as long as I wore them! The longest was 8 hours. No fading or creasing. They’re amazing! I’m planning to get Midnight Brown next. That’s the only other shade I’m interested in so far. That’ll be 4 in total already. This is how they look when worn alone on my eyes.



eye look Almond look



See that they look quite natural on the lids? They are pigmented, that’s for sure, but I think Burberry eye shadows are mostly like that. They just look very natural on the lids and I love that. Other than the packaging that makes me think I’m blind, I have nothing to complain about. (NOT you, Sephora!). Shipping from Burberry is from the UK, and it took them about 4 working days to reach me. Everything is well wrapped and intact. Super!

Have you tried these?


Edit 18 Jan 2017: It’s barely 9 months and the eye shadow sticks have died. They dried up and shrunk and when I try to use them, they get flaky. The quickest to dry up was Almond. Rosewood is also dead. Pale Copper is still OK but I’m not expecting much. I bought Midnight Brown in May last year, and that too has died. I am very disappointed, and even more so because I loved these so much. I thought maybe it’s only the tip. I chopped off an inch and it’s still the same. It’s so dry, when I swatch it on my arm, the colours don’t even show much. It dragged on my skin and the pen left flakes so I threw them out. I’m very sad *sob*



xoxo Lily



  • I LOVE THESE TOO. I do find the matte ones last longer on my oily lids than the shimmery ones. But still, they last longer for me than any other high end pencil shadow so ya! I’m getting another one too! Midnight Brown is one of my fave powder shadows so that’s what I’m going to get too! They look great on you Lily!

    • Lily

      I wore Almond today. I love that it’s so understated against my skin tone. So easy to wear! I erm, ordered Midnight Brown which I have in powder as well. Can’t wait!

  • These all look so gorgeous but I can’t stop staring at Rosewood! Do they set very quickly?

    • Lily

      Hey MizzJ, you still have time to play before they set, and after they do, they don’t feel dry either. You have to try!

  • In Spain and France the By Terry sticks are priced the same as BB (only they’re harder to get, and LM isn’t even in Spain) so we’re lucky in the sense. These look gorgeous I might actually cave in and walk into that Burberry store in Bcn…

    • Lily

      Come to think of it, these ones are even cheaper than the LM ones, which retail for RM99 at Sephora. I don’t know if Sephora just priced everything higher. There isn’t LM in my town so I wouldn’t know how much they are. By Terry the same price as BB? Wow, they’re super expensive here!

      • Yeah I know By Terry is really expensive everywhere else, but here it’s within “normal”. Oh if the Burberry are even cheaper then maybe I will check them out!

        • Lily

          If you do get them, let me know what you think!

          • I caved in and went to the Burberry shop here. I got this in dusky mauve. On me it’s a gorgeous taupe brown, not as “purple” as the name suggests (which is what i like). It’s gorgeous!

            • Lily

              Oh thanks for letting me know Sofia! I bought Midnight Brown and it’s beautiful too! It’s not as dark as the powder counterpart, but still lovely πŸ™‚

  • I like the look of these, very natural and wearable!

    • Lily

      Right? They’re beautiful.

  • Gorgeous! Argh that’s terrible for Sephora to over charge like that! I hate when I buy something and find it cheaper elsewhere after and can’t return πŸ™

    • Lily

      I know right? I feel like I was ripped off. Especially painful when it’s a 50% premium!

  • I was so curious about these, looks like I need Rosewood, my type of shade πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      These go on so natural. I think they’re great for work!

  • I quickly checked Sephora and Burberry website after I saw your rant on IG! πŸ˜‚ And found out they were the same price but I might purchase from Burberry just for the pretty packaging. I want both Rosewood and Pale Copper…time to drop massive hints to hubby. πŸ™ˆ

    • Lily

      Yeah, I don’t know why Sephora Malaysia price the products at such a premium! It’s not like Malaysians are especially rich. In fact, I’m sure you know, most people here probably can’t afford a lot of the stuff. I checked Sephora US and they’re priced the same as Burberry’s official site.

  • They look quite pigmented in the swatches photo but they’re surprisingly natural once applied – which I think is great! These would look lovely for work make up. My favourite would have to be Rosewood!

    • Lily

      Hey Valentine, I would agree these are great for work makeup. It’s hard to go overboard, and that also makes it mistake proof!

  • Kim Chong

    Hi! I’ve been a quiet fan of your blog for some time – i enjoy reading your posts πŸ™‚ I have super sensitive eyes that can’t take any makeup at all (bummer!), but i haven’t given up finding that ONE brand that maaaaaybe will allow me to use eye makeup again. Anyway, i checked out these eye pens over at the Burberry page, and the price has now increased to RM110! %($*@&#($*#$ Just thought I’d let u know that.

    • Lily

      Hi Kim, Thank you for letting me know! I just bought midnight Brown last week and it was still RM95! They must have only recently increased It. What a bummer!

  • Firn Heledien

    I bought Almond after reading your review and I love it! Great and easy, stays out without creasing or transferring. I now feel like buying the grey shade for an evening look.

    • Lily

      I’m so glad you like it too, Firn! Oh, Midnight Brown is absolutely great for that less intense smokey eye which you can even wear in the day. Just saying πŸ˜‰