Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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This Smoke Doesn't Get In Your Eyes
Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencil
Member Name: mrshez
Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencil
Advantages: Easy To Use, Comfortable To Wear and Long Lasting
Disadvantages: The brush is not tightly packed enough for the lower lashes and can tickle
I purchased the Smoky effect eyeliner in boots as I had run out of my Max Factor mascara and boots were having a 3 for 2 promotion and decided to treat myself to a couple of new eyeliners.
The Bourjois Eyeliner is in the form of a pencil and is designed to be used to draw a line above or below they eye and then be smudged to give a different look.
The pencil is two ended with a brush on one end and the pencil on the other. Both ends have a protective cap over the end.
It is available in 8 shades including classic Black and Brown and other shades such as Blue, Green, Grey and a Pink/Grey colour.
I bought the Black and also the Pink/Grey colour.
The price of the eyeliner is £5.49.
The Pencil -
The pencil is the same standard size as your average pencil. when you take the top off and try the pencil you notice straight away that the pencil has a very creamy feel to it and when I applied it to my hand to test the application it just glided onto the skin on my hand. The pencil does have natural waxes and vitamins in and this is what gives it the creamy feel and application.
Applying the pencil to the lower lash line I was pleased to feel that the pencil glided on my lash line and did not drag the skin at all, there is nothing worse than trying to apply an eyeliner that sticks on the skin and demands that you drag the skin to create a line, it is not only uncomfortable but also damaging to the delicate eye area.
I decided that I would apply the pencil to my top and lower lash line before trying to smudge the line with the provided brush. As I do like quite a thick line on my top eye line I found that the pencil was a little harder to apply onto the eye area, it was quite smooth to apply right on the lash line but applying anything other than a fine line was more difficult and did drag the skin a little but the skin there is not as tight as the lash line and therefore makes it a little difficult to apply.
The Brush -
The brush on the other end of the pencil is approx ¼ of an inch long and tapers into a very soft point on the end so that you don't over smudge and allows you to create a better shape with the eyeliner.
The brush is of good quality for the price allow I do usually use a eyeliner brush with more tightly packed fibres to create a better finish.
Once I had applied the eyeliner to both my top and bottom lash line I then used the brush on my top lash first and without much effort I was able to easily smudge the eyeliner and create a softer and less harsh finish. Because the eyeliner is creamy you could actually use your finger and get the same effect although it is more hygienic to use the brush provided as long as you keep that clean.
Smudging the eyeliner on my bottom lashes was slightly more difficult with the brush as its not tightly packed it actually tickled me and in the end I gave up and smudged in my usual way and used a Q Tip!
I was pleased with the overall effect and my eyes had just the right amount of smudge and looked less like eye liner and more like I had applied a creamy eye shadow.
What I was really impressed with was the staying power of the product, usually if I apply a cream based eyeliner on my top lash line within an hour or two some of the line rubs off onto the top half of my eyelid and ruins the effect but this one stayed in place almost all day and only required a touch up once through the day. The Black eyeliner needed a couple of touch us through the day but that's just down to the strong colour.
If some of you have the same problem a great trick is to take a little eye shadow the same colour as the eyeliner and dab a little over the eyelid as this not only stops it coming off but gives your look extra staying power.
The Product has been tested on people with sensitive eyes and also contact lens wearers to provide optimum comfort and I have to say that it was really comfortable to wear and did not irritate my eyes at all and I am a contact lens wearer.
Summary: A great way to create a smoky look