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Bourjois are my favourite cosmetics brand to go to for eye shadows and I have owned this little pot of complimenting shades for about a year now and I love it.
I have the one pictured above, which consists of a sparkly dark grey - almost black, and sparkly grey/silver colour and a sparkly white shade which all compliment each other perfectly when worn together.
The eye shadows themselves come in a little round pot with a window in the top so you can see the colours within. It opens via a little round button on the top which you push and the lid lifts up. Inside are the three shades next to each other in a half moon shape, and you also get a double ended application stick. I tend to carry around another little one in my make-up back to use when applying the white shade, and for this I tend to use a brush rather than a stick.
They are very easy to apply once you get used to doing it using a really small applicator, which can be a bit fiddly to begin with but its easy to get the hand of. The different shades blend perfectly when worn together and I find that its easy to get a nice even coverage of each. Some eyeshadows I use tend to move around and flake easily so I end up with a lot under my eyes and on my cheek when applying but that is not the case with these, it stays where I put it. I tend to apply the darker shade closer to my eyes and then get lighter as I move away from my lashes. The staying power of these is really really good too, once applied I find it can last a whole day with only the lighter shade needed a touch up, the darker ones really do stay put which is great.
Overall I would definitely recommed it, it might seem a bit high priced but you get three eyeshadows and their staying power means it will last you a long time as you dont need to keep re-applying it. Perfect complimenting colours for your eyes in a nice little round pot - I will definitely be replacing mine when it eventually runs out - if it ever does!
I have the Bourjois Effet Lumiere in shades of green. There are three different shades of green eye shadow, ranging from dark to light, in a round plastic compact-style container, along with a curved applicator.
The packaging is quite cute, and it's also practical as it clicks together properly and only opens when you depress the small gold release button while pulling upwards on the lid. This is great as it means it's easy to travel with and won't spill. It's also definately a positive to have three matching shades of varying intensity together as this theoretically makes for easy blending in a convenient package.
The eye shadow itself is good quality, it's quite nice and creamy and I find that the colours are quite vivid when applied. No complaints there. Particularly the dark colours are quite long-lasting too.
So why did I only give this product 3 stars then? Well, I find that because all the colours are sitting directly next to each other, rather than in separate little slots as with most eye shadow trays, you end up either contaminating the colours, or using them only in the middle. This is fine for me at the moment as I haven't used too much, but it looks like i will have to throw away a fair bit at the end.
Also, I find the applicator really awkward to use. I know you're probably supposed to use your own special brush and everything, but the whole point - for me - of having these compact packs is that they're convenient to use on the run or while travelling, so I tend to use the applicator they come with. Because of the shape of the packaging, the applicator they provide with this product is also curved. This means that not only is it awkward to hold and use, but you also can really only use one side of the foam applicator - trying to use the other side that curves inwards is just impossible.
Finally, I find that although I like these shades of green (one is a dark almost khaki green, the middle shade is more of a moss green, and the lightest shade is a very luminescent almost pastel-pistachio sort of colour) individually, I'm not convinced that they actually work well together. The two darker colours are not too bad together, although you do then end up with SERIOUSLY green eyes. The lightest green though is very light and can look quite luminscent on the eyes, which in my opinion, need some balancing out with another colour, not more green. I tend to use the green in combination with either a nude or a dark purple/aubergine, and that works ok.
All in all, the eye shadow is nice but I'm not sure that these packages are all that great in themselves. I probably wouldn't buy one again.
This is one of my favourite eye shadows and I tend to use it on a daily basis. It is a trio format which contains three shades that usually compliment each other. I have the bronze trio, which contains two shades of brown (one mid brown and one dark brown) and a gold-yellow shade. It is available in several different shade combinations.
For the bronze trio, the gold-yellow and mid brown shades have a bit of shimmer to them, which subtly catches the light from time to time. The darker shade does not have as much shimmer and is more of a dramatic colour. I tend to use the mid brown shade the most often, followed by the gold-yellow shade. I don't use the dark brown shade much on its own but I sometimes use it in conjunction with the mid brown shades.
It comes with its own applicator, which I don't always use to apply the eye shadow. Instead, I will often use a mini eyeshadow applicator as this is flatter and not as curved, and I find it easier and quicker to apply the eye shadow with this. The eye shadow does not crease on application and I can spread it easily across my eyelids without having to spend much time making sure that there is an even coverage.
After being applied in the morning, this eye shadow will mostly last until well into the evening without needing to be reapplied or even touched up. If it does begin to fade, it is most likely to occur in the outer corners of your eyelids. I have noticed that the gold-yellow shade seems more prone to fading than the darker shades and does sometimes need to be touched up during the afternoon. On the occasions that I use the dark brown shade, it rarely starts to fade at all.
My Overall Verdict
I thoroughly recommend this eye shadow as it is one of the best quality eye shadows that I have tried (along with Maybelline). It is a bit pricier than some other brands, but in this case I would say that you get what you pay for as it is long-lasting. Despite using it on pretty much a daily basis, it doesn't look like I need to replace it anytime soon. This may be because I tend to alternate between two of the three shades though, so you might run out more quickly if you are continuously using one of the shades.
In short, this product is fantastic. I am still using a trio I bought 3 or 4 years ago when I wanted to create smoky eyes as a one-off look for a party and could not find any other eyeshadow trios which gave a smoky colour combination. It cost about £5 if I remember rightly, although now Boots are selling it for £6.35 and it is an absolute bargain, I cannot recommend this product highly enough.
It is currently available in Boots in 3 colour combinations - smoky (as pictured - the ones I have), browns and blues. They are the only reasonably priced eyeshadow trios I have ever seen where I can imagine you actually wearing all 3 colours together. This is one of my main makeup bugbears - the colous duos and trios that don't actually look right together and mean you have to buy 2 (or the more expensive single pots) to get the combination you want.
The packaging does not particularly striking and it does not have the gloss and gleam of the more expensive brands but all the same it is fairly unusual and perfectly fit for purpose. The pot is round with a transparent half moon at the top so you can see the colours without having to open it. The container itself is made of matt grey plastic and the eyeshadow palette is half moon shaped. The applicator is curved too although to be honest I am not keen on this as I find it too fiddly to use. I would prefer a standard applicator.
You get a lot of product for your money. I line my eyes with the black section most days and have done for months and I still have about a quarter left. The only thing I find is that I still have LOADS of white left, quite a bit of grey and not much black so I will have to replace it all despite only actually needing to replace the black. That said though, it is so cheap and long-lasting that I don't care at all.
It goes on very nicely and feels smooth to apply. I also find that it is long lasting and lasts as well as any of my more expensive brands. The only criticism is that the black is not as dark and charcoal-coloured as I would like so for big nights out I use my daker MAC shadow.
In general though, I cannot recommend this eyeshadow trio highly enough.
I have always been a fan of the smoky eyed look that you see on celebrities these days, but after scouring the shelves I could never seem to find any eyeshadows which would replica the look for me, as you can only ever seem to get eyeshadows in one colour and I realy didnt fancy spending money on 2 or 3 different eyeshadows just to accomplish this look.
However one fateful day I was lucky enough to have the Bourjois effect lumiere eyeshadow catch my eye. It was in a round pot which was a trendy silver solour which refelected the colours inside. There are 3 eyeshadow colours a perly white, grey and a very dark grey it also contains the eyeshadow applicator. As soon as i saw this product I knew I had to have it as it was exactly what I had been looking for. It was a bit more epxensive but hey I was only having to buy one eyeshadow rather then a combination which surely would have worked out double the price!
What is great about this eyeshadow is that Bourjois have really chosen shaded that work in harmoney with each other and so while i was creating the smoky eyes they blended efforstlessly into each other. They are also made from very fine powder so it glides onto the skin and really makes it look nice and smooth.
I have had this for a while now and it seems to last forever as you only need a small amount to achieve the look you want. They also offer a vatiety of colours with pinks and blues.
Effect Lumiere, or light effect is the name of Bourjois eyeshadow trios. They come in three "themes" "les argents" which are greys and white, "les bruns" whch are shades of brown and "les narurels".
I have the "les naturels" which consists of a creamy/gold, light brown and dark brown eyeshadows.
It comes in a brown/pink round plastic box which is 5.5cm at it widest point. The writing which is all in french on the front of the box is golden. There is a semicircular window through which you can see the three eyeshadows which are in an arch shape and go from lightest to darkest, as they are in this shape there is more of the lightest and darkest shade than the light brown shade.
The box opens by pressing a gold button on the outside of the box and then flips open from the front, it then shuts by clicking it back into place. Inside the box underneath the eyeshadows there is a double ended applicator which is also arched shaped. This makes it a little more difficult to use that a straight applicator
On the back of the box there is advice to how to use the shadows, it says to apply the lightest shade to eye lid and brown bone, the middle shade to the eye lid and the darkest shade near the eye lashes.
A difference between this and the no7 eyeshadow trio that I reviewed is that the lightest colour is very shimmery. You can put the lightest colour on by itsself all over your eyes up to the brows to create a brightened iridescent effect to your eyes. It is very natural looking so seems like you are not wearing it but your eyes naturally have a sheen to them! I also sometimes just use it on my brow bone to highlight the area.
The light brown looks a bit orange when applied over the gold but as the colours are very subtle it does not look obvious. I either use the dark brown in an arch on my eye socket to make my eyes appear more open or completey over my whole eyelid, I really like this colour is it is similar to my eye colour.
The eyeshadows are very smooth to apply and do not irritate my eyes at all. If you touch the shadow after you apply it it feels so silky. Dont be afaid to do this as they will not smudge. Ive found they last for hours and are very easy to remove with makeup remover, or just water.
They cost 6.50 in Boots which is another plus over the no7 eyeshadows, 3 pounds cheaper! I think they are just as good as them too.
These trio eye shadows come in different colours, each trio has 3 shades that are either from the same colour family or combined to compliment each other.
I believe these come in bronze, pink, purple, blue and silver trio shadows. There could have been a pastel trio but I'm not sure if that's now been discontinued. (I haven't seen it in recent years)
In each trio there is one dark shade - to give depth to your look, an all over lid colour in a medium shade and a light colour, meant to be used as a highlight.
I loved these palettes, as they were easy to use and I didn't have to look through loads of shadows to get the perfect colour combinations. The texture of the shadow is smooth and easy to apply and blend. Some finishes are matte, some glittery and some frosted.
The only reason why I've not been using these very often anymore is because I'm addicted to expensive eye shadows and the amazing vibrant shades they come in.
I'd say this is a great way for beginners to start their eye shadow collection, as you can hardly go wrong with these fab trios!
I have one of these eyeshadow compacts, "Violet Imperial 49", which features a lilac, a mid purple, and the darker bright violet shade. It comes with a double ended brush but no mirror. I use one end of the brush for the lighter shades and the other for the darker so that the colours do not become one purple blur.
I am very happy with the quality of these eyeshadows, they are similar to the Little Round Pot Eyeshadows but in smaller quantities. On the reverse of the packaging underneath the barcode there are make up artist tips that advise you to apply the lightest shade up to the brow bone, the middle shade all over the lid and the darkest shade along the upper lashes which is good advice and can create a great effect. I also like to use the darkest shade under my lower lashes so that my eye make-up doesn't look top heavy. You can also use all the eyeshadows separately and they will look good.
One of my favourite eye make-up looks is to use the light shade up to my brow bone, then the darkest over my eye lid and along my lower lash line. I then use Bourjois' Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in "Noir Précieux 04" along my top lash line and at the outer corners of my eye, before applying more of the light shade to the inner corners.
As a trio eyeshadow this is great value for money, and sometimes can be found at Superdrug or Boots under special offer, but not as often as other Bourjois products are reduced.
One product that has been in my make up bag for the past six years (seriously) is Bourjois Effet Lumiere and even six years after buying the product I still love using it. Whilst my make up bag is absolutely full to the brim of all the Barry M colours you could ever imagine, a select few MAC Pigments (ahhhhh true love) and a whole variety of other eye shadows I've picked up over the years, I always still happily use this shadow from time to time.
Effet Lumiere is an eye shadow trio with three complimentary shades. The one I own is Les argents 46 which contains white, grey and an almost black shade, perfect for creating that smokey look. I also have one with different depths of blue (sorry I'm not sure of the official name for this one) which is also good but I don't use as much as the other one simply because I don't wear blue eye shadow very often. I mine so much at the time that I recommended my mum get one when she was in search of a neutral eye shadow collection. She got the Les naturels 53 one, which as you might expect contains natural neutral tones; cream, beige and brown. I have used my mums in the past (until my recent bout of yukky conjunctivitis I had never had it before and neither had she so she didn't mind me borrowing a bit!) and whilst hers creates a very opposite effect to mine (mines all about the drama, whereas hers is all about looking natural), both are absolutely brilliant. On the official website as well as these collections there are also Les bruns 41 which is as you might guess a collection of brown shades, from light to dark, Prune royale 48 which again is quite a neutral brownish collection but with a slightly purple tint again with shades from light to dark, Les pastels 54 which contains three pastel shades; green, blue and pink and finally Les artistiques 55 which contains cream, purple and a sort of greeny/bluey/grey shade! I have also seen other variations available on the net containing collections in various shades of green/purple etc on the internet although these aren't on the official the site so may have been discontinued but are most probably available in some places.
The great thing about most of these options (not including Les artistiques and Les pastels) is that you have three shades of the same sort of colour. You have a lighter shade for highlighting, a mid shade of main colour, and a dark shade for contouring. Of course they don't have to be used this way but it is an excellent option and means the colours all work just right with each other. The latter two collections, Les artistiques and les pastels, provide a variety of colours, which is great for if you want to build up your colour collection or get a bit creative.
From here I will be talking mainly of Les argents, as it is obviously the one I have most experience of, although I would imagine most things I am saying will apply to whichever shade you choose and application wise the same applies of all the trios that contain light to dark shades of the same colour range but not to the two that contain three different colours.
So as mentioned in Les argents there is a white shade, a grey and a very dark grey/almost black. There are several ways that you can apply it. One way that is particularly good is to apply the white shade to the inner corners and under the brow bone to highlight, using the mid shade as the main colour on your actual eyelids and using the darkest shade in the crease to create depth and definition. The very darkest shade could also be applied close to the lash line as eyeliner and to create definition. Another way that would be good is blending from the white in the inner corner of the eye lid, through the grey in the middle and have the dark on the outer corner of the eyelids. Also there are no rules saying you have to use them all so if you want to go for a somewhat softer look, then the grey could be used for contouring and definition, rather than the really dark shade, or if you want full on drama you could use the very darkest shade over the entire eyelid to create that ultimate smokey look. For a smokey look that isn't as dark as using either the grey or the black over the eyelid, the white could be used over the entire eyelid with the lighter grey being used as a contouring colour, and the the very dark shade being used sparingly just in the crease and along the lash line. There really are no rules as such, you can use this however you feel looks best, or even just use the colours individually. It is great to have all three together though to create a perfectly co-ordinated look on the eye. The many different variations you can create using this show the products versatility. Again the same application goes with most shades, generally using the lightest colours for areas you want highlighting and the darkest shades for the bits you want contouring and defining.
With the ones that have three different colours then you can get as creative as you like, creating multicoloured looks, or again simply use each shade individually.
The white shade in Les Argents is a matte finish which is absolutely excellent for highlighting. Whilst I love my shimmery sparkly eye shadows and tend to opt for them a lot of the time for nights out, just under the brow bone using a matte white eye shadow really does lift the brows and help change the whole appearance of your face. Using a matte eye shadow can be better for this as not only does it look natural but it doesn't take any of the shine or focus away from your eyes. I use my white in this so often for this purpose and it definitely has got used up a lot quicker than the other two shades. It's also great for applying to those inner corners of the eye to widen the eye area up and make it look brighter and more awake.
The grey shade is a lovely slightly sparkly colour and is perfect for creating smokey looks. What is great is these can be applied wet or dry. Whilst applied dry the grey can be used to create a little subtle definition for a day time look, applied wet it has all the strength and intensity to give full on colour to the eye and create a gorgeous smokey look.
The dark grey/black is very very deep, even applied dry the less is more rule really applies here. When adding for definition in the crease, add slowly and build up more if you need to but you most probably wont, it really is very dark so you do only need a little but the look it gives is amazing. Applied wet onto the eyelid this will give the darkest most dramatic cat eye look, which will look amazing but is really reserved for those nights out. It can also be applied wet along the lash line as an eye liner and works fantastically for this. If applied over eyeliner itself it intensifies even further and looks brilliant.
When applying these eye shadows the look between applying them wet and dry is very noticeable. Dry they are softer and subtler whereas they are much more extreme wet. They can be applied wet by simply wetting your brush with water or a wet wipe or for the most intense colour they can be applied wet with mixing medium (you can make your own = 1 part glycerine, 3 parts water).
Due to the fact that there are three shades that work perfectly together, but so many different ways in that you can apply them to create completely different looks these really are so versatile. There are multiple looks you can create from how you place the shades, and again even more options through whether you apply them wet/dry/with mixing medium/over eyeliner etc. The options are almost endless which is perhaps why I have come back to using this so many times. It really is so versatile.
The eye shadows wear well, they will definitely with stand a night out or a full day's work and don't smudge, fade or crease. As with all eye shadows, the look and the longevity is greatly improved by using an eye shadow base or primer (my personal favourite would be Urban Decay Primer Potion) but even without this these eye shadows look great and continue to do so all day/night.
The packaging is fairly simple and classy, coming in a shade which represents the shade inside, with a little window through to show the eye shadows inside. They come with a double ended sponge applicator, which is fine and of a good quality (although obviously very small) but I prefer to apply using an eye shadow brush. Unlike the packaging for my Little Round Pot eyeshadow by Bourjois, this one hasn't broke and has withstood the years and yes, the one I have now is the very same one I had 6 years ago and is still fine and pretty much full (despite average useage) now.
I don't use this eye shadow every day, in fact not even every week but I have used it on many occasions and it really has lasted well. The only reason I don't use it all the time is because I have so many eye shadow options that I use different ones all the time.
The eye shadow currently retails at £5.85 at Boots. I think this is a good price and I would recommend buying it. Anyone who has read my Little Round Pot review, will notice that for a similar price I said it wasn't worth buying it due to the fact that you can get Barry M, GOSH or even MAC Pigments (2.5g jars off ebay) for around the same price. The eye shadows in this trio are almost the same as the ones in Little Round Pot but they have the advantage of having three complimentary shades and packaging that doesn't break. Whilst these shadows have nothing to really say negative about them I don't love them as much as Barry M, MAC or GOSH. It's not that there is anything bad as such about these, it's just that those others mentioned are even better. That said because you get a collection of three colours here for the price of one of the others (albeit the amount of each colour is smaller than what it would be in a single eye shadow by any of the other mentioned brands, but still lasts more than well enough anyway) I would definitely recommend anyone wanting to create a look which would require different shades of the same colour to buy these. For anyone looking to add a few colours and shades to their collection it's a cost effective way of doing it, and you shouldn't be at all disappointed with the results.
Eyeshadows / A harmony of three soft, satin shades that all work seamlessly together / Blend one, two or three of the shades together in any combination / The silky fine powder is so smooth, the colour glides gently onto the skin giving it a soft satin finish /