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      31.01.2012 15:11
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      A pretty decent eyeliner for the price paid!

      I bought the 06 Violet Artiste eyeliner as a potential dupe for my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner in the colour Lust, a deep purple with glitter. Even though my Khôl & Contour pencil is glitter-free, at a fraction of the price, I thought it was worth trying!

      ~~Product Description~~
      Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil is perfect to blend and shade the eye area. Available in a delectable palette of shades from pearly pastels to dramatic darks.
      Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil are great to blend and shade defining the shape of the eye or apply to the inside of the eye for intensity.

      ~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
      Boots are currently selling these at £4.16 each. The eyeliners come in a range of wearable and more vibrant colours.

      ~~My Thoughts~~
      I really like the colour. It looks a little deeper than my Lust Urban Decay eyeliner, but it's very nicely pigmented. The pencil is quite hard, but actually glides on quite well. I was also quite impressed with the staying power. The eyeliner doesn't smudge very much. I swatched this eyeliner on my hand for the review, and after several rubs, the colour remains very visibly.

      What I didn't like about this eyeliner was that the pigment looks a little flaky, especially if you draw thicker lines, therefore the texture and look isn't as uniform as I would have liked. The flakiness can make the eyeliner look even unflattering up close if you're too heavy-handed! Having said that, I think this eyeliner is pretty decent for the price paid.

      I prefer creamier consistencies, since they feel better on my eyes, but I would actually wear this once in a while because I do like the colour and the staying power is quite good. 3 stars from me since this eyeliner does flake a little too much...!

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      21.03.2011 11:58
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      A good eyeliner but it doesn't last long enough

      Like many women, I use eyeliner to define my eyes and make them stand out. Bourjois eyeliners are something I have purchased several times over the years. I normally go for this Kohl and Contour Eyeliner.


      ***The Brand***

      Bourjois is a Parisian brand which has been around for almost 150 years. It is named after Monsieur Alexandre Napoléon Bourjois who created the world's first powder blusher in 1863. The brand originally created makeup for theatre performers but later branched out into makeup for the ordinary woman. The website, www.bourjois.co.uk has some interesting information about the brand's history and several pictures of vintage makeup designs.

      Today, Bourjois aims to make Parisian style accessible to all by creating daring looks that don't break the bank.


      ***Price and Availability***

      Bourjois products are very reasonably priced and most of them cost under £10. This particular eyeliner is £4.99. Products are available from Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets and are occasionally available from online discount cosmetics retailers.


      ***The Product***

      The Kohl & Contour Eyeliner comes in a wide variety of shades from black and brown to purple and green. I currently have it in black and grey. Black is ideal for night time but grey works well during the day when black would be too harsh. The eyeliner comes in standard pencil form with a plastic lid. Each eyeliner is the colour of the liner colour it represents. The product is described as one used to "blend and shade defining the shape of the eye".

      I always apply eyeliner to the outer rim of my eye, along my lower lash line. I never apply to the inner rim, with the exception of white eyeliner, as it makes eyes look smaller in my opinion. I find the eyeliner to be quite soft and it goes on easily without the need to apply too much pressure. I can press a little harder to create a defined look or apply more softly to create a lighter look. I can also use my little finger to smudge the eyeliner to create a slightly different look.

      I find that the eyeliner lasts about 4-5 hours normally, which is a reasonable amount of time. It's fine for a night out but less so during the day, when I have to carry it around with me to reapply, or else let it wear off. For the price it is very good but I have since discovered Urban Decay eyeliners which last all day - they are more expensive however.

      This eyeliner is a good product in many ways - it is comparatively cheap, comes in a variety of different colours and looks good. However I'd rather pay slightly more money for a product that lasts longer.

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        18.11.2010 08:14
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        I'll stick to my rimmel eye liner

        **This eye liner now comes with an attached sharpener**

        I needed to purchase a new eye liner and I usually stick to the rimmel one which I know and love however when I was in Boots I spotted a deal which meant if I bought the Bourjois new mascara for £9.99 I would get their khol and contour eye pencil worth £5.99 free. Never one to miss out on a deal I snapped it up!

        The khol and contour eye pencil looks very sleek and trendy in its design in my opinion. It has silver writing on its black casing and the two compliments each other very well. The eye pencil also has a sharpener enclosed in the lid which I think is a great idea as I am always losing my sharpener in my big make up box!

        The description on the pencil tells us that the eye pencil has been tested on sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers and so I can only assume that it would be ok to use if you do have issues with your eyes.

        To access the khol pencil you need to pull off the lid. I find it best just to twist the lid slightly to avoid just pulling off the cap that covers the sharpener. You can then apply the pencil in the same was as you normally do. My pencil is the "noir expert" variety as this was all there was and it is a very dark black. I found when it was first applied that I was quite surprised at how dramatic it looked. It also looked quite harsh. I like my eyes to be the focus are when I am fully made up but even so I think this look was a bit much for me with this pencil as I am used to my rimmel eye liner having a softer look to it even though that is black too.

        I have found that the eye pencil seems to apply relatively easily over my eye make up but it does not glide on as easily as my Rimmel liner or my Urban Decay one.

        We are told that the pencil can last for up to sixteen hours when we apply it. I have found this to be a total exaggeration though! I work long days granted, but usually after around four hours the eye liner is already smudged all under my eye which is definitely not a good look!

        When it comes to washing off the eye liner I find I do need to rub at my eyes quite a lot with the make up wipes and that the liner also then smudges all over my face! Of course this isn't ideal but I find this can happen with other brands too so I don't think this is brand specific.

        I don't think I would purchase this eye liner again as it is more expensive than my usual brand and it doesn't last the same either unfortunately. This is a real let down for me as I am a fan of Bourjois make up in general and usually find it to be of a good quality.

        I award this product 2 stars and one of those is for the sharpener!

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          28.09.2010 22:16

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          My everyday eyeliner.

          I chose the 'ultra black' look and use this eyeliner as part of my everyday make-up.
          Appearance:
          This ia a typical pencil style eyeliner (requires a pencil sharpener). The colour of the pencil denotes the colour which it dispenses. The ultra black version consists of a black pencil with gold writing. Overall, this is a simple classic design with no unnecessary packaging.
          Performance:
          I found that this eyeliner does not require repeated application in order to get the desired effect around the eyes. One or two strokes of the pencil is enough to produce a dark enough line.
          One problem often encountered with eyeliners is the fact that they often smudge or faid during the day, requiring reapplication. I was pleased to find that this Bourjois eyeliner does not tend to fade and in fact can keep a good consistent line and colour through an entire day. It does not run or smudge around the eye like other eyeliners so there is no need to be repeatedly checking in the mirror to see if oyur makeup is still intact!
          Although not particularly cheap, this eyeliner is worth the money in my opinion. As it doesn't require frequent reapplication, the pencil itself lasts longer and you can be confident that your eye makeup is going to last.
          This eyeliner can be used minimalistically for an everyday look or can be applied more heavily for going out so is a makeup bag must-have/

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          08.09.2010 15:31
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          A great every day eye liner pencil

          Sometimes I try out different items with makeup, but this eyeliner has pretty much remained a staple in my kit. It has been around for ages too, I have been using it for at least 6 years if not more...

          The eyeliner costs £4.29 at full price from Boots, but sometimes you can get these on offer such as 3 for 2, or use your points to get them, so works out a little better.

          Now what do you get for £4.29? Well, it's not really a fancy item, and you won't be blown away by the chic design of it. It is a simple eye pencil, which needs to be sharpened to use (i.e. not a twist up stick).

          The lid is silver coloured (and a little boring), and the colour of the main pencil corresponds to the shade which you are buying. The writing on the pencil informing you of the brand etc is in a silver font, and the pencil looks smart and attractive, although unexciting. I don't think I'm really bothered about having an exciting looking pencil if I'm honest! Its simple, functional and easy to hold, which is everything I'm looking for.

          This pencil comes in 11 different colours, mainly browns, blacks, and greens. I have a black one, and a 'bleu original' which is an aqua green kind of colour.

          What I love most about this eyeliner is that unlike some that you have to line a few times to get any decent colour on your eye line, this one applies good colour instantly, and you don't really have to go over it too much to build up the intensity.

          I use these liners on my bottom lash line, and occasionally on the top lash line if I'm feeling my hands are not going to be steady enough to apply a liquid line (I have those days when I just can't be bothered!).
          It's a really nice liner to use as it is, or to smudge to get that smoky effect. It doesn't come with a smudging tool, but I'm quite happy using either my finger tip or a cotton bud, as I'm sure most people are (probably more hygienic too!).

          I have tried other cheaper liners by Rimmel etc, but have not found them as good as this one. I have also tried a Lancome pencil, which was good, but not quite as good as this surprisingly, so I've been sticking with Bourjois. It lasts really long though, and one of these pencils can last me over a year (I guess as it glides on so easily, I don't have to use so much of it), so in this case, a cost of £4.29 is nothing at all.

          I think it would be nice if they expanded their colours a bit more in this range to offer funky colours like Barry M does, as I'm quite into these vibrant colours at the moment, but hey ho!

          All in all, I think it's a good value pencil, which although is a tiny bit more expensive than some cheaper brands, I think the colour pigmentation and quality of the liner makes it worth it.

          A recommendable eyeliner for daily or special occasion use!

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            29.08.2010 18:27
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            A great eyeliner

            **What is it?**
            An eyeliner pencil from Bourjois available in seven different colours. It doesn't come in any packaging and looks like any other eye pencil on the market.

            **Is it any good?**
            It applies very easily as most Khol eyeliners do, it is soft on the eye and I found that I did not have to push very hard for the eyeliner to come out on my skin. I also only needed to go over the line of my eyelid once as it came out very strong.
            I chose to buy the vert inspire colour number 05. I didn't realise it was going to be so dark, it is more like black than green and my complexion and eyes can't really carry off black eyeliner. Due to this it is probably not a product I will buy again but this is my own fault for not checking the colour in the shop with a tester.
            This eyeliner does not smudge easily and I should know as I am a chronic eye rubber! It also lasts all day although I am not sure it lasts as long as the sixteen hours the Bourjois website promises it does. Although maybe it would, because taking it off with eye make-up remover was a bit of a challenge.
            On the plus side it didn't irritate my eyes at all and I would be keen to use this product in another colour.

            **Where can I get it and how much is it?**
            This can be bought online from the Bourjois website or in a large number of chemists and departments stores. It costs £4.29 from Boots which I think is a resaonable price for eyeliner.

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            25.10.2009 14:54
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            A Fabulous Eyeliner For Every Occasion

            I have an eyeliner collection that makes Imelda Marcus shoe collection look tiny in comparison and yet so far I have only reviewed one! So time to put that right.

            Well as we have already established I am slightly obsessed with makeup and when in any store or chemist like the magpie I am I am drawn to anything with shiny colours! which is why I am always attracted to the Bourjois stand with its pretty pastel pots and lovely colours.


            ==== The Eyeliner ====

            This particular eyeliner is called the Kohl and Contour and like most pencil eyeliners is shaped would you believe it like a pencil. It is available in 10 different colours from pearly pastels to dramatic darks and apart from the black and brown the all have a shimmer to them and are not matt.

            The pencil is a standard size eyeliner pencil and uses soft wax in the pencil which makes it very easy to apply and also to blend.


            ====How Did It Work====

            I choose the soft pastel blue shade and I found that it was very easy to apply and even from new I did not need to soften it myself as I often have with other pencils. because it uses natural wax in the pencil it does not drag the skin at all.

            I used it on my upper lid and was apply to draw a very precise line as I had the blue colour I also found that if I wanted a more natural look it was easy to blend the eyeliner to create a smudged effect.

            As the product is tested under opthalmoogical control it is safe to use along the inside rim of the lower eyelid which creates a more dramatic look.


            =====Durability And Removal====

            The eye pencil did not smudge throughout the day and I was surprised by this as its easy to blend on application I feared that it may smudge while I was wearing it and I am pleased to say that it did not.

            It was very easy to remove with cleanser and I didn't need to drag my eyelids to remove it.


            ====My Conclusion====

            I think that this is one of the most versatile eye pencils on the market. It is soft in texture which makes it easy to apply and you do not need to drag the skin making it easier to get a good result. even though its quite a soft pencil I was still able to get quite a sharp line if that was the look I wanted.

            The pencil is also easy to sharpen as its a standard size and does not require a special sharpner.


            ====Cost And Availability====

            The eye pencil is available in department stores and most Boots stores and if you shop in Boots they often give out £5.00 vouchers to be used on certain brands and they quite often include Bourjois.

            Cost is approx £ 4.20

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              05.08.2009 17:34
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              Decent enough for a subtle look

              I wanted to try a new black eyeliner, and having popped some other Bourjois products into my basket already at the time I quickly snapped this up. Little did I realise that I had actually purchased this product in grey ("02 Gris Ingenieux") - the bright shop lighting had made it hard to distinguish this dark grey pencil from black. Still, I decided to give the product a go and let it convert me to a shade I had previously avoided.

              The pencil comes with a very robust plastic lid, which handily doesn't fall off or crack easily when jostled about in a make-up bag. The product is very easy and comfortable to hold, so applying isn't a chore. The pencil applies easily, gliding on effortlessly. It is extremely soft, however, and becomes blunt with ease - though sharpening this pencil isn't a difficulty. Based on this I would say that if you want an eyeliner that is good for precise lines to add intensity to your eye make-up then this isn't the product for you. What you can achieve with this pencil is a subtle, understated look - particularly in this grey shade - as smudging or blending the product outwards with a smudging brush to create a less harsher line takes little effort.

              The product does, disappointingly, smudge and fade with wear throughout the day, so if you're looking for a long lasting eye pencil then I would look elsewhere. In a positive light, this does mean that the product is easily removed at the end of the day, with no need for harsh scrubbing.

              I ended up abandoning this eye pencil after a couple of uses, as it doesn't create the sort of look I was after. If, however, you are looking for an easily applied eyeliner to create a subtle line to define eyes, and which is also gentle on sensitive eyes, then at around £4 I would say that this is ideal.

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              30.07.2009 14:41
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              I wouldn't recommend it.

              I was looking in Boots for a new eyeliner. I've always liked Bourjois so I decided to choose theirs.

              *Packaging*
              The eyeliner pencil looks just like any other. The pencil is matte and black in colour and it feels nice and comfortable to hold. The name and details are all written in gold which looks very eye catching. There is a plastic black lid to the eyeliner pencil. No matter how much it gets bashed about in your bag the writing still manages to stay on the eyeliner, which I like. I always like my products to look perfect.

              *Using The Product*
              I use this eyeliner on my waterline and it's very easy to do. The colour goes on smoothly and creates a very black line. I don't even have to go over twice with this, so application is quick and easy.

              *The Results*
              Straight away I'm left with lovely eyes that stand out. But after 30 minutes the eye liner had almost entirely come off. And it had managed to smudge at the side of my eye and underneath, even though I'd never touched it.

              *Conclusion*
              I am very disappointed with this. I thought it would be good because of how nice it was to apply but it seems to have no staying power what-so-ever. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There are far better eyeliners for around the same price (around £5?).

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              25.02.2009 00:37
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              A pefect eye-liner to create bold and smokey eyes.

              ***LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT EYE-LINER***
              I have used and tried many different eyeliners but most of them don't give a real dark look and a lot of them sem to have worn of by the middle of the day. I am always tryign out new eye-liners and I am yet to find one which gives me that look I want and a look that lasts througout the day, so I don't need to keep re-applying.

              ***BOURJOIS***
              Boujois are a very popular brand of make up and their products were first used on actresses in Paris in the 1980's who were constantly using thick, greasy creams which were uncomfortable to wear and were also damaging to the skin. Today Bourjois is the oldest French cosmetics company in operation, who are always truly dedicated to be one step ahead with innovative products and the latest colours. Boujois make-up ranges from neutral shades to vivid colours of the rainbow. They sell eye-liners, eye-shadows, mascara, lip gloss, lip liners, lipsticks, foundation, concealer, powder, blusher and nail care and colour.

              ***THE EYE-LINER***
              This Eye-liner is about 12.5cm long with the lid on, and is a dark shade of black, this particular eye-liner which I am reviewing is called Ultra Black. This pencil claims that you can use it to blend, shape and define the shape of the eye or apply to the inside of the rim of the eye for intensity.

              When using this eye-liner for the first time, the pencil was soft, and easy to apply, but this wasn't so soft that the liner in the pencil broke or fell off. I didn't need to apply much pressure to use this eye-liner. It was a vary dark jet black colour which is what I have been looking for.

              I used this liner to line the whole of my eyes and it lasted throughout most of the day and only required one touch up half way through the day which I thought was good. Even though it required a touch up, I didn't need to line the whole of my eyes again, only parts of the eyeliner had smudged slightly or worn off.

              This eyeliner comes off every easily with a make up remover/facial wipe and I wasn't left rubbing or scrubbing at my eyes to try and get this off.

              This pencil also sharpens very well and the liner in the pencil doesn't snap or break off which is fantastic, as some eye-liners I have previously used have snapped of a few times when sharpening them.

              ***AVALIABILITY/PRICE***
              This is avaliable from Boots & Superdrug, and prices are roughly the same is each which is about £4.20, which I think is reasonable as it is a very well known and good quality brand.

              On the boots website I have noticed that they do a few other colours including:
              * Bleu Evasion - Which looks like an electric blue colour.
              * Noir Expert - Which is just a black colour.
              * Brun Expressif - Which is a medium brown colour.
              * Bleu Original - Which is more of a turquoise colour.

              On the Boujois website they have a picture with lots more colours such as purples, Pinks and a silver colour as well.

              On the Superdrug website where I purchased my eye-liner from, they only show the Ultra Black colour which is the one I purchased. How-ever I remember seeing other colours such as Silver and brown when I was looking at this eye-liner.

              ***OVERALL OPINION***
              This is a great eye-liner which definately lives upto the popular and well known brand name. With minimal touch up, this lasted throughout a whole day in the office. This also blends very easy if you like to create a smokey eyes this eye-liner would be perfect for it. This is an eye-liner I will definately be sticking to as its the best one I have tried yet, and I've tried quite a few! I would definately be tempted to try the other colours out as well.

              (Review also on ciao)

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                31.05.2008 15:22
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                It has its uses but it's not right for an everyday eyeliner

                I'm a huge fan of bourjois products and as boots always seem to be selling them at a discount price, I usually buy them. My sister bought me this for my birthday after my old eyeliner turned into a tiny stub.

                I have this pencil in black (O1), although I have also tried the other colours on my hand, the dark blue colour is lovely. The pencil is about 5.5 inches long, and reasonably thin (no jokes please). It's black with a silver lid and the outside is covered in lots of writing and bar codes.

                I use eyeliner on a daily basis on my bottom eyelids and I have been using this one for since November, needless to say I'll need a new one soon, but I probably won't be buying this again.

                The pencil is easy to hold, (although I'm still adamant that eyeliners should have little indents on them, like some pens do to make them steadier.) and the eyeliner glides on easily enough. I found it difficult to get a clean line though as khol pencils tend to be more smudgey and better for smokey eyes. However if you always have a sharp point on the pencil, it's possible to get both a clean line and a smudgey one depending on what you want.

                In terms of staying power this eyeliner isn't brilliant, it wears off during the day, even without crying or rubbing, so if you have hayfever or anything, this isn't for you. It's minimal lasting power is a bonus however in terms of removal, it comes off almost altogether with a quick shower and is swept off in a moment with make up wipes (I use simple facial wipes, they get rid of everything).

                I'm not the best at liquid eyeliner, so tend to use pencils to line my upper lids however this pencil isn't good for this as it isn't solid enough and seems to cover the eyelid in smudgey black.

                It's a very expensive product, for what you get anyway, and whilst the pencil takes a long time to wear down, it isn't a brilliant eyeliner unless you just want to buy it for making smokey eyes for nights out.

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                Eyeliners / Blend and shade to define the shape of the eye or apply to the inside rim of the eye for intensity / Available in a delectable palette of shades, from pearly pastels to dramatic darks /