Designer Christopher Bailey is a man of his word. Back in 2010, we spoke to the Burberry creative director when Burberry Beauty first launched at Nordstrom. At the time, the line had no foundations for women with dark skin tones, but Bailey promised that some were on the way. Now, the makeup line has delivered, with four new foundation shades for darker skin tones. "People like the fact that it's light and breathable," Bailey said of the foundation. "The whole philosophy of it is that it enhances you, rather than covers you." Expect to see that — plus more of the Spring 2012 beauty look — in the brand's new campaign, featuring British model Jourdan Dunn.
The luxury beauty market is a crowded space, so if you're going to join it, you'd better do it in a big way. And that's just what Burberry did with its first foray into color cosmetics. Designer Christopher Bailey explained how he delved into the brand's history, drawing inspiration from its iconic trenchcoats and check for everything from packaging to blush colors. The rich textures and understated hues make this line pleasurable to use and easy to wear. One thing we'd like to see for 2011: an expanded range of foundation shades, which would create a full-blown case of anglophilia on Team Bella.
Burberry lovers rejoice! Today, the British brand launches its cosmetics collection at Nordstrom. Two years in the making, the collection delivers a light, natural look through foundation, powder, bronzer, eye shadow, and lipstick. In a nod to the brand's iconic trenchcoats, the packaging incorporates gabardine textures and — of course — the signature check, seen on the gunmetal exterior and embossed on the product itself. Don't be surprised if the lipsticks become a runaway hit; smooth, creamy, and richly pigmented, they're as luxurious as anything Burberry has sent down the runway.