Lips, Reviews

Review: Burberry Lip Cover in No. 16 Claret

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You all know already that I’m in love with Burberry products. Mostly I’ve been sticking to their powder products so far (eyeshadows and blushes), but I decided it’s way past time to expand my horizons. So today I bring you: Burberry Lip Cover in Claret.


Burberry Lip Cover Claret

Like the other products in the Burberry Beauty line, there’s really no mistaking what brand this lipstick is from. The hefty plastic case has the Burberry check etched into the gunmetal-colored lid, and the Burberry name is printed on the base of the tube. Magnets in the case keep the top on securely; no worries about it falling off. The only issue I have with the closure is that the magnets seem to be only on the front side of the case. For the most part the magnet will spin the cap into place, but if you put it on backwards the magnets aren’t strong enough to spin it around on their own and need a little assistance from you. First world beauty problems, right?  In all you get .13oz/3.8g – similar to comparably-priced lipsticks.


Burberry Lip Cover ClaretClaret is a red-based pink that walks the line between everyday and bold. The swatch below shows the true color, but it can pull almost red in certain lights. I’d say this is an excellent color for anyone who doesn’t feel quite ready for a true red lipstick. If you click the picture you enlarge it you’ll see that it has very fine silver shimmers that are visible in the tube. Swatched and on the lips you don’t see the individual shimmer particles but they add some dimension to the color. The finish stops just short of being glossy.

Application, Texture & Wear

Burberry Lip Cover Claret Swatch

The texture of the lipstick is creamy and a bit thick, especially if you apply it straight from the tube. It doesn’t feel goopy or slippery, but it’s not weightless either. The creaminess made me think it would slide around, but I haven’t had any issues with it moving. After the texture, the next thing you’ll probably notice is the fragrance. It’s fairly heavily rose-scented – the same scent as Burberry’s blushes, if you’ve used those. The fragrance does translate to a faint taste that lingers for a good hour or so. I probably wouldn’t want to wear it while I was eating. It’s opaque in one swipe from the tube, or a couple thin layers using a brush. The wear time is around 3-4 hours for me (including several cups of coffee) and it leaves a nice stain. It fades off evenly, and I haven’t found it to be drying.

In Short: The formula is really nice and the color is gorgeous, but I’d caution anyone who dislikes strong fragrances to try before you buy, if you can.

Burberry Lip Cover in Claret ($30) is available at

1 Comment

  1. Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    December 23, 2013 at 3:51 am

    burberry would totally be my favorite lipstick formula if not for the scent! i don’t hate it but it is strong enough for me to not want to put it on in the mornings EVER cause i’m super sensitive to fragrance in the mornings :(((

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