Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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A pretty look, but overpriced for a pretty standard performance.
Bourjois Effect 3D Cosmic
Member Name: CherryCoke_x
Bourjois Effect 3D Cosmic
Advantages: Lovely colours, hydrating, beautiful sparkle
Disadvantages: Wears off very fast, certainly doesn't hydrate for 8 hours
For my review of the Bourjois 3D Effect Lip gloss I am using shade 46 - Rose Lyric.
I bought this lip gloss on a complete whim - I am very much a make-up addict, and when I saw that Tesco had a 3 for 2 sale across cosmetics on payday, well, I got very giddy! Straight to the Bourjois stand for me! I do love my lip glosses, lipsticks, lip stains...let's just say lip products in general...and any reason to try a new one is a good reason in my book!
I was first attracted to this particular product over others because of the packaging. It is a lovely looking slim line tube with a shiny silver lid. On the top of the lid is a small coloured disc which reflects the colour of the gloss in the tube, and printed atop is a small silver number representing the shade code. The brand name "Bourjois" and the information "Effect 3D. Volume & Shine Elixir Gloss" is elegantly printed on the tube in silver to match the lid. It looks expensive, high quality, and with the slight curve of the tube and lid, it is very feminine. It was easy to view the vast array of shades at a glance as the tubing is a clear plastic, allowing the glossy & sparkly colours to shine through. As I have said above, I chose the colour 'Rose Lyric'. As you can most probably gather from the name it is a pink shade. Quite a deep pink actually, with a gorgeous slight silver shimmer throughout. It is a very beautiful colour, and quite elegant. Not at all Barbie-esque (though I am not ashamed to admit there is a Barbie pink shade available which I am tempted by!)
Once I had been drawn to the product simply by its visual aspect, I was then won over by its claims; "Action Baum Hydration" and "8hrs" are printed in silver towards the bottom of the tube. Now I have to admit, the claim of it being simply hydrating would be far easier to believe than the full 8 hours of hydration. I say this because I have known the majority of my previous lip glosses to slide off, and print onto drinks glasses etc, so I could not see how I would be able to get 8 hours of hydration from one coat - however - slightly sceptically I did decide to give this a go. I love a product with good hydration, so even in the 8 hour time scale fell through, I was sure I would still be pretty happy.
As soon as I was in the car I was whipping this product from my bag and trying it in the passenger side mirror (much to my boyfriend's bemusement of why I was so excited!) and I was extremely happy. The lid screws off very smoothly, revealing a clear plastic wand and lovely petite application brush. The brush holds a perfect amount of product to cover my bottom lip, allow me to press my lips together, and have a good coverage on both lips. (I, personally however, do love a bit extra cover and sparkle so now I tend to cover my bottom lip; press my lips together; and then dip into the tube again; add another coat to the top lip; press my lips together again; and then am very happy with the look. There is most definitely though, plenty of coverage from the initial application I describe should you like a more subtle look). The pink shade looks stunning - it is not at all 'in your face' and looks a more glamorous version of my natural lip shade, and obviously, the sparkle adds to the glamour (and manages it without making the glitter over shadow the colour of the gloss!)
The applicator is of a very high quality. I have not had any issues with losing any fibres from it, and the brush has not lost its shape. You do have to treat it carefully though, as the hole for the brush to go back in the tube is quite small, and so you could easily damage the brush were you to catch it onto the sides. The casing itself is also high quality. So far, I have not had any of the printed information rub off (though I am sure it will wear away with time) and the lid has only slightly marked/scratched where the silver colour is. I am obviously happy with this as I find when the silver or other colourings start to scratch off a lovely looking lip gloss, it can soon start to look cheap and nasty.
Ok, so down to the feel off the gloss. Well, it really does feel lovely on the lips. It is a very smooth gloss and doesn't feel at all tacky or sticky when applied. It glides on very easily, and does not gunk up or make you feel like you have eaten a very greasy fry up! It almost feels kind of watery on the lip, though not at all in a bad way. It is actually very pleasant. The sparkle cannot be felt, which I am very thankful for. I have had glosses with sparkle before where it felt like I had glued gravel to my lips - awful! Bourjois have very successfully avoided this feeling with this lovely gloss. The sparkle makes my lips look fuller too I believe, as when I applied it I did seem to have a fuller looking 'pout' as it were. I also noticed that when I smiled the lips looked far more smooth and attractive with this on. As I mentioned before "3D Effect" is printed on the tube, and while I have to be honest that I am not sure what a "3D effect" could be on already 3D human lips, I am assuming that this fuller look is perhaps what Bourjois were shooting for, and if that is the case, then the claim made is very much true. My lips most definitely can feel the hydration, and I imagine that is what is to thank for the lack of gunk and stickiness. When wearing my lips feel soft, and after it has been removed my lips do not at all feel dry and I could choose not to apply a balm and still feel soft. As for the "8hrs" of hydration claim printed on the bottle though, I am sad to report that it is not true. Well, in my experience anyway. Just talking seems to wear this gloss away fairly swiftly, and it does not stand any chance against food or drink, so unless you are constantly applying the gloss I do not think you can get 8 hours hydration - there does not seem to be much of a balm left behind when it does come off, and so, there is no product there to hydrate unless you physically keep putting it there. When buying it I did expect this to be the case, as you know, but I was still somewhat deflated at the rate in which it wore away. This is not to say, however, that I do not recommend it - I do. Just do not buy it expecting it to last on an evening out without a fair amount of reapplication because it won't. I have been sat here writing this review for no more than 40 minutes whilst wearing this gloss, and it has almost completely worn away. My lips do feel soft, but over time they are getting dryer and my balm will come out soon.
At £7.99 per 5.7ml tube, this gloss is rather pricey for what it does. In my opinion it is a pretty standard gloss, just with very attractive colours. I perhaps wouldn't pay full price for it, but were I to see it on another 3 for 2 offer, or a similar offer, I will definitely purchase another shade or two. It also has a life of 18 months, and a little does go a long way even if you do have to apply frequently, so I guess if you weighed up the time it is going to last versus the cost it actually isn't too horrendous...but I would still have to see it on sale to purchase again.
All in all, I would recommend this product, but with a warning of don't let the 8hrs of hydration draw you in because that promise is just not true. The colours though are fantastic though so give it a shot if you see a good deal near you! I just can't bring myself to give any more than 3 stars because of the untrue claim, and I feel, overpricing of a pretty standard gloss.
Summary: Recommened, but mainly for the beautiful colours and the lovely sparkle.