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Who are Bourjois
Bourjois are the people who make make-up and they have a range from eyeshadow to lipgloss and all are rather good in quality and quantity. Usually you'll easily find this range in Boots or Superdrug and sometimes their products are more than worth the price that you pay but sometimes they're just not.
There's no fancy box or anything similar just the little tub which is about 2 inches all around and about 3/4 of an inch in depth - seems small right? The bottom half of the tub is transparent and you can see the colur of the eyeshadow this way quite easily and the top half is black with gold writing on and a little gold button to open the tub - a bit fancy really but nothing over the top. Inside you have the eyeshadow (in my case I have silver) and it's pressed so that there is more with a small applicator approximately an inch long which is transparent with a white pad on the end. I didn't think that the small applicator was very necessary as a lot of people who buy their own brushes wont use this and it would easily get your fingers dirty as it just lies on top of the powder so it's not very suitable but still a good idea for people who do need one.
Ease of application
As I stated there is a padded applicator which to use is a little fiddly if you have long nails (which I do) but easy once you get the hang of it. I prefer to just use my own though in this case as it's much easier and the pad gets quite dirty and I end up with powder on my fingers which then gets everywhere quite easily (usually myself!). I would suggest that people use their own but if you are somebody who likes to change their brushes every few months then it might be worth using just for that eyeshadow.
Is it waterproof?
Since when have you ever found a waterproof eyeshadow? I'm still yet to find one that lasts longer than a couple of hours without smudging! obviously this gets in the creases and it smudges and after a while it doesn't have that "freshly put on" make-up look and it just does not look the same as when you first put the eyeshadow on after about an hour and after two you start to ask if you even put eyeshadow on so this is something that you need to keep applying really or just find a base that the eyeshadow will stay on. For me this is tricky because my skin tends to get a little oily so this depends on your skin type as well. Otherwise - it's a powder and no powder is waterproof.
Does it irritate your eyes?
It doesn't irritate my eyes but it might irritate yours. When purchasing any make-up always use a tester and leave it for a couple of hours (do some shopping) if you find it a little irritating then do not buy it but if you haven't had any problems then it's ok to buy. Bourjois is one of the apparent better brands so there should be no problems concerning irriations to the eyes and I do find this unlikely but there's still a chance of being allergic to this product so always test make-up as it's just a waste of money if you buy now and find out later.
I bought this tub for £3 which is pretty decent and it's roughly the same price still possibly £4 in some places. Some people might this that this is a rip off and quite simply not worth it but there's a reason this review is called the neverending pot! It's not for the illegal substance as this is about make-up - but simply because I've had this eyeshadow for ages and it barely even looks used and I have used it quite a few times (I did wear this daily at one point for a month and it didn't go down). So I would say that for the price this is excellent value!
The quality is pretty good to be honest and even though you have to apply a couple of coats and sometimes a base I still feel that the amount you get and the colour is still good value for money.
I have rated this product four stars because even though it's long lasting and good for the price I feel that it could have been slightly bigger to allow adequate room for the applicator to be separate from the actual powder or just remove the applicator and reduce the pricing a little. This is something I would recommend to a friend who likes to wear eyeshadow and I will buy another tub when the one I have eventually runs out.
I bought these on a 3 for 2 at boots.Usually £6.99 each I think this is a fair deal for a good quality product and brand such as bourjois. I'm sure other stores stock bourgeois but I have always bought from boots and depending on the size of the store find that there is always a good selection of eyeshadows. In the range there are the little round pots of which there are approximately 18 shades.The night range which is aimed at giving a more dramatic shade have around 8 shades and the day range or the light range at time of writing this I believe have 3 shades. So on a 3 for 2 it is worth experimenting experimenting with different shades and this time round I got the prune intense which is a dark purple, the citron givght which is a pale yellow and the amb're a paupieres which is a soft apricot colour. Day and night shadows covered then!
Instantly recognisable as bourjois.The colour of the packaging represents the colour of the eyeshadow which I really like as you can just recognise the shades and pick up if in a hurry. The pots come wIth the handy clasp that ensures no residue spills into your bag.Also whilst the pot is small enough to fit into a clutch bag because of the compact nature of the product it is really long lasting meaning again good value.
The compactness of the product can also cause some problems as I have highlighted before with the blush pot. As the shadow is compact it can be difficult to apply enough product onto the brush. With the eyeshadow however this is made easier by
the brush which is provided with the product.Inside the pot is a small plastic eyeshadow brush.It is sturdy enough to pick up eyeshadow from the pallet but also small enough to fit inside the pot making it efficient.The brush is also curved making it easier to apply eyeshadow and has a very durable sponge on the end which makes cleaning it a bit more difficult but makes application easier than a bristle brush. There is also a small mirror included which is great for nights out.
Whilst the lighter colours seem to need more 're-applying ie every few hours the darker colours seem to last much longer. The shadow in general feels of a good quality and give the results I am after whether it be a bold night colour or a subtle day time coverage.
Like with my lipsticks I'm not shy when it comes to colour, the brighter the better! I love playing around with my eye shadows in my collection of colours I go from Budget to high end ranges.
Bourjois Little Round Pot:
'An intense eyeshadow with a pearlescent shimmer to highlight and illuminate the eyes. Highly concentrated with reflective mother-of-pearl pigments for a silky, feather-light feel. Its soft delicate texture is perfect for blending.'
I have quiet a few of these little pots but my favourite out of all of them is the shade 01 which is pearly white. This really is my eye shadow must have, as this is the base for pretty much everything that goes on my eyes.
I always do a Smokey effect but with different colours so I always wear this shade, it blends so easily with every eye shadow I have tried it with. Has absolutely brilliant staying power and just seems to make other eye shadows appear better on my eyes.
When applying shade 01 - I start at the top so just below my eyebrows make it thicker at the top and smudging down to meet my lashes. It has a gorgeous shimmer and really makes my eye pop, then it is on with the eye liner. Then next the colour, with the colour I start at the bottom above my lashes.
Making it rather deep then I just smear the colour up half way, then lastly the mascara! So for my eye I use it as a top colour at the top of my eyes and a base at the bottom of my eyes. It does make what ever eye shadow I place on top a kind of like pearl sheen.
For what it is compared to others it is a little pricier, but I really think it is worth its weight in gold! This for me works so well in giving me the look I like and what I'm after. It smoothes over the eye lids perfectly. Sits well, I don't get any creasing and it lasts the whole night.
The little pot I personally think is rather cute; you have to handle with care at it rather easy to snap the lids off. It closes by a small magnet at the front of the pot. When opening the pot the eye shadow stands out, and there is also a handy little mirror inside.
You can apply this with your finger or a brush, normally I will use my finger but if I am going for a specialist look I will use a brush. This also works great is you wet the brush, it will give you much more definition. The colour comes up so much deeper, perfect for the night time and photo shoots!
Eye's can be rather sensitive and I have never had any problems with irritation nor do I know anyone that has. It is nice and light on my eyes and I think will work well on a wide age range.
Price and Availability:
I normally get mine from Superdrug as this is closer for me, but I have also picked them up from Boots. The little pots cost around £6.99 each which they seem to last me for ages, given the amount of use. So excellent value for me! They do a lot of different shade so there really is something to suit all.
I really don't have a negative with these eye shadows; I also have a purple, black and gold which work wonderfully. I like how the feel, nice and light even though I add a lot at times, great staying power and no ceasing.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Whenever I am going on a night out which as a student is quite often I pretty much always go for the dark black smoky eyes look. So as you can imagine I've tried plenty of different eye shadows in the past and I'm always looking for new ones.
I first come across this little pot probably about a year and half ago now, its been a while but I came across this product as at the time I had recently bought a black eyeliner which was great from Bourjois so thought I'd try out there other dark eye make up. Bourjois if you don't already know is a very popular make up brand originally from France but now in the UK which sells for for reasonable prices similar to that of Rimmel, Maybelline and other well known brands. Make up from this brand can be found on the website- http://www.bourjois.co.uk/ or in stores such as Boots and Superdrug.
The little round pot eyeshadow-
As said above this caught my eye partly because I'd used a eyeliner which I loved from Bourjois because it was so dark and thought the other eye make up would be similar. Also I had recently broke so many eyeshadows which were making a mess and had to be thrown so I needed something not as easy to break.
The eyes shadow retails at £6.99 at the moment which may seem expensive for just one colour of eye-shadow but as I go on you will see it is actually worth it in the long run. The eyeshadow comes in about 21 different shades and colours from black to pink to a glittery silver, whatever you want it probably does! If you wish to see the shades you can look on the website which gives pictures of each and every shade they do.
The pot itself-
The eyeshadow comes in a very small pot, in this case a black matted pot (as I bought the intense black shade) depending on what colour/shade you choose your pots main body colour will obviously be that colour. The pot on the top of it has silver writing stating the brand name Bourjois paris and then that colour is intense extrait 10. If you was to chose a colour which wasn't intense the pot would simply state Bourjois paris and then 'depuis 1863'. The pot is very simple and round and is made from plastic but the silver writing almost gives it a more classier look and it certainly doesn't look cheap and cheerful. The pot can be opened by pressing a small silver button which helps to open the lid which then presents you with a small mirror within the lid of the pot so if you wish to do so you could check or even do your eye make up in that small mirror I sometimes find it helps when checking your eye make up is ok. In the main part of the pot is obviously the eyeshadow and a small sponge applicator (however I prefer to use an eye shadow brush as they apply the make up better in my eyes.) Overall the product is stylish and very compact and small so easy to put in your bag and carry around for every day use if you wished to do so.
Applying the intense eye shadow-
When applying the eye shadow as stated above I do use an eye shadow brush rather than the sponge applicator (which I have lost..oops). This eyeshadow states it gives an intense colour, twice as covering from the first stroke and lasts for 16 hours. Does it? Well I personally believe it does last a very very long time and much longer than my other black eye shadows however I can't say I have had it on for 16 hours ever but it wouldn't surprise me if it did last that long. The eye shadow is extremely easy to apply though with this eye shadow as it is black I would perhaps suggest doing your eye make up first in case when applying it goes either wrong or the powder flicks on to your nose/face whilst applying leaving you with black smudges which is a nightmare and sometimes mean restarting your foundation!! But when applying the eye shadow it is extremely dark and a matt yet smooth look I never ever have had such a dark eye shadow with just applying it the once but I love it. I find with this eye shadow you don't have to re apply and re apply to get the colour you wish as I've found I need to in the past with other eye shadows which can be time consuming and annoying. Also this eye shadow even though dark does in fact easily blend with my other eye shadows such as greys and silvers when I am blending it to get the smoky eye look. I always use this dark colour as a base coat then above it and slightly over it use lighter silver colours. Another little tip with this eye shadow.. and probably any other eye shadow shade in this pot.. is if you wet your brush you are applying it with first the eye shadow will become darker and actually stay on and last longer I have found. Not to forget the hairspray to make it stay on, though these don't actually have to be done with this eye shadow which shows how great a quality it is.
An issue you could possibly state about this product is well its only one colour perhaps that's inconvenient for those who use a few colours as I do and sometimes its more convenient they are all on a pallet together for on the go touch ups but this problem is extremely minor and I'd recommend just buying all the colours you need in these pots as they are only small and won't take up too much space in your hand bag. Also they may be a bit pricey but it really is worth it and I've had mine for a year and half now and it doesn't look as if its going down at all so I certainly will not be needing a new one for a long long long time. Also a great advantage to those who always find themselves smashing or breaking eye shadow pots I have to say this little sturdy pot has been great for me I drop it all the time yet neither the mirror or eye shadow has broke unlike most of my others, so that again is a great advantage and makes it worth buying if your sometimes careless like me.
This is a great very dark and intense eye shadow and perfect for those who love really dark eye shadows as it doesn't come off or fade as easy as other ones may do. This may be problematic when removing the make up in some peoples eyes as I feel it is a bit harder to get off than other eye shadows with only using facial wipes but if you give your face a good enough wipe and take the time to take it off you're fine otherwise you may wake up looking a bit like a panda. But I believe this is only a little issue and certainly acceptable when you think how dark and long lasting the eye shadow is when you need it to be most.
I'd certainly recommend this eye shadow in the black intense colour and even in other colours as I believe this is a reliable eye shadow with lots of perks and certainly worth paying a bit extra for.
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helps.
I have bought these eyeshadows for years I was first attracted to them because of the cute little pot that it comes in.
I especially like the little pots because you can have lots of different colors and change which ones you wear all the time.
I bought some of the glittery ones at Christmas I chose the grey one which is lovely I think this is actually my favorite although I really think it can only be worn in the evening as it is quite sparkly. I usually wear the matte ones for use in the day time as they don't look as over the top as the sparkly one.
The pot makes the eye shadow look expensive it has a little button on the front of it that you have to press to open them. The great thing about the little pot is that it comes with its own little mirror and also a little applicator so you basically have everything you need all in one pot.
The eye shadow lasts quite a long time you can get lots of uses out of one pot.
The eye shadow is great quality and really easy to apply with the applicator that comes with it. I normally apply my eye makeup after my foundation etc it is really simple to use and you don't need much of it you can just put a bit onto the sponge applicator and rub it over your eyelid and it seems to cover the area really evenly.
I have sometimes found with other eye shadows that they don't go on even and it means some of the eye is darker than other bits but with this it does not it works great. It also blends in well if you are putting on a few different shades which not all other eye shadows do. When ever I apply my makeup it seems to last all day or night I never have to reapply the eye shadow part way through the day which shows its great quality.
I usually buy mine from Boots and pay around £5 for a pot but this is great value as it lasts ages.
I have recommended this product to lots of my friends and have never had a problem with any of the shades that I have used they really are a brilliant product.
Bourjois little round pot - eye shadow
I bought this one day when I was wandering around and was attracted by the cute little pot as well as the colour as my grey had recently run out. This was added to the other four or five I already have. I have far too much make up for someone who doesn't work and spends a lot of time at home but there is something very appealing about make up and toiletries that seems to tempt me despite having drawers full of the stuff.
I have found that I do like the Bourjois eye shadows as they keep well in the pots and don't break easily when in my make up bag or drawers. Some brands pack their stuff in such flimsy cases that they break and look tatty but these seem to survive most of my harsh treatment and the product stays as good as new all its life. I have bought a number of these little round pots of eye shadow over the years and given them as gifts as well as they look like quality items.
I have to admit I rarely pay the full rrp for these as they are not cheap at full price. I believe they are about £7 each which they are worth but I find mine on ebay usually or sometimes they appear in our local market too or even in the pound shop in the pre-packed bargains of branded make up that they have sometimes.
As I said what I like about Bourjois is the little pot that it come in because it is a good strong and simple round pot. The pot is made of plastic and is the same colour as the eye shadow inside which also helps distinguish them from each other easily. The brand name is obvious on the lid and on the bottom it tells you to use within 12 months of opening. The cute little silver button on the front allows the lid to open and keeps it shut when not in use.
Inside the pot the product is in a rounded dome so you get plenty in the pot and to be honest I would run out of date before I ran out of product with this as you get a good amount in the pot. I am not so thrilled with the sponge applicator that comes with it as it is really tiny and pretty ineffective but okay for emergencies I suppose; I have my own anyway so I don't worry too much. You also get a little mirror which is handy for if you want to re apply when out or if camping or travelling to paces where mirrors are in short supply. The actual eye shadow has no smell at all but that is not unusual as most don't.
I do have several shades in this range but my most used is the gun metal greyish silver coloured one as it blends so well with other colours giving depth. It has a very slight hint of silver in it too which I like as it lifts the colour and lightens my eyes .
I find this really easy to apply and I am not an expert in any way I an assure you . I use a small brush rather than the sponge as I find it easier to blend and apply in different depths. I have no problems with this creasing into my eyelids and find it stays put pretty well.
I always remove my make up at night and use my Lush ultra bland as I can use that all over my face and eyes. It comes off easily and leaves no trace after removing. I have also never had any problems with this causing any irritation to my eyes in the years I have used this brand.
On the base of the pot it suggests that it is possible to use a thin brush dampened and apply this as an eye liner but as I have my favourite liners I have never tried this so cannot comment on how it works.
I believe there are about 20 shades in this range but I only have about four or five which I find plenty as I blend and mix mine and have other brands too. The brand is sold in a number of High street shops and is about £7 a pot which is a good price but do look around as they are often cheaper in other unlikely places which is where I find mine . I love bargains and if I can get something for less than the full price I enjoy it all the more.
Recommended ? Yes indeed these are quality eye shadows in great little pots that cope with lots of harsh treatment without breaking.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.
When it comes to make up I dabble her and I dabble there. I have my favoured brands like of a lot of women but I will divert if I see something that takes my fancy. I like the Bourjois brand, love the packaging and I have always been more than happy with the assorted make up items I have had of theirs and I have owned rather a few of the little round pots of eyeshadow over the years and I don't know why I've quietly used them and not given them alot of thought!
The other week I was fortunate to go to a massive open air market which had a huge cosmetic stall and there was loads of these available to test and buy....for just £1.50 each. My beady eyes caught sight of a gorgeous purple colour and knowing that these cost usually far more than less than two quid each I bought it and had to hold myself back from buying one in every other colour too but it was a conscious effort on my part as I am trying really, really hard to cut back on what I buy make up wise as I owned far too much and recently had a humongous clear out!
What I love about Bourjois is the packaging, its simple, robust but girly and so a joy to use. The pot is round and made of plastic and is the same colour as the eyeshadow you opt for then in silver writing on the top of it we are told that it is Bourjois Paris 'Depuis 1863' then in the base of it the colour is stated, we are told from when we open it to use it up within 12 months and contact details for the manufacturer are given. There is a little silver button to it to open and close it with then when you open it up get the baked powder in a slight dome shape to the base of it (and plenty of it), a small sponge applicator rests over that and a full lovely and real mirror to the lid is set in. Like I say its lovely looking packaging this and well thought out and I like the way that I can pick it up to use it and everything is all ready for me!
The shade I went for is a lovely dark and highly pigmented mineral shade of a dark purple and in the pot it actually has more sheen to it then when applied and I find this to go on quite matt and the texture is quite simply lovely (my shade is apparently 04).
Its easy to apply this one the powder isn't powdery as such and the colour just comes off smooth as silk onto a sponge applicator which is what I always use and its ever so simple to blend. Once on its stays put as well as when I first applied it all day long and removes with my usual make up removing routine and in between that time it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes at all. I have used a very thin brush, dampened it and used this as eyeliner (we are told we can do this on the bottom of the pot) , again it worked and stayed put ever so well but the colour option I have just made my eyes look weird and a bit piggy so I just use this over my eyelid now!
The quality of it is superb, it has no fragrance to it and even with regular use it would take more than most women to use the pot up within a year. The applicator given is great quality though quite dainty but great for on the go touch ups!
This get the thumbs up from me and usually retails at just shy £7.00 in all good chemists such as Boots and Superdrug and there are currently about 18 shades to choose from!
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This purchase was a real impulse purchase. Considering how little and how rarely I wear make up, purchasing a single eyeshadow probably didn't make much sense - but I was buying some other bits, and was really drawn to this...
First off, I liked its neat little round casing, it's around 4cm diameter. It has a glittery purple plastic finish, and a small silver plastic button at the front which you push to flip it open. On the lid is the name "Bourjois Paris" and underneath the words "depuis 1863" - I think the French is intended to make you feel you're buying luxury! Once open, in the underside of the lid is fitted a good quality, if small, mirror. The eyeshadow sits in the middle of the base, and there is a small applicator which is moulded to the curved shape of the eyeshadow so that it sits snugly on top in the case. There is 1.5g of the eyeshadow in the pot.
The eyeshadow itself is glittery and sparkly rather than shimmery. I've got to say that this eyeshadow is not something I have had much use from. When applied it was just too dark for me - a bad choice really. Despite that I can still say that it was very easy to apply and didn't fade or wear off. A note on the back of the pot says "for a more vivid effect, use a slightly wetter brush". As I was soon looking for a less vivid effect rather than a more vivid one, needless to say this is something I haven't tried (!) but it does add another dimension to this product.
I can't really recommend this as I haven't had enough use out of it, but my conclusion is that it's quite a bold eyeshadow, which if you are into your make up will likely add a noticeable and striking glittery finish to your work.
I have waxed lyrical in my last few reviews about how much I love MAC eyeshadows and how no company comes close to emulating the love I have for MAC eyeshadows. However, Bourjois are probably the closest I'll ever get to cheating on MAC :) Bourjois eyeshadow is available from Boots and Superdrug and probably various outlets online, I buy mine from Boots. Bourjois eyeshadow was the first 'grown up' eyeshadow I ever bought, aged 11. The colour was Marron Glace - a shimmery brown colour and I still own it today (18 years later - eek I'm getting old!). I mainly keep it for nostalgic reasons but actually the colour, pigmentation and quality hasn't diminished in that time though I'm wary of using it as god knows what sort of bacteria is living on it! It's still good to know that it looks as good when I test it on the back of my hand as it did all those years ago. There are about 18-20 colours in the range of single eyeshadows - not a huge amount but you could find greys, blue, browns, pinks, greens etc should you require one. I hasten to add I have bought eyeshadows from this range much more recently so this review is not based on an 18 year old eyeshadow, it is based on my most recent experience with the colour 'gris delicat'. They are priced £6.49 in Boots.
My big problem with most non-MAC eyeshadows is the lack of pigmentation and intensity of the colour. They generally tend to be wishy-washy and can sometime blend very poorly. Bourjois is quite the exception for a lower-budget range of eyeshadows. For £6.49 (almost half the price of MAC), you get an intense colour with quite good pigmentation and an easy to blend formula. The downside of course is the limited colours and finishes (i.e. shimmer, glitter, matte etc - there isn't the selection available from Bourjois) that are available but if you are looking for basic colours then there is no reason not to try Bourjois. As with many other eyeshadows I would say the colour lasts on the eyes for a couple of hours but if you use a base/primer then it will last a lot longer. Without a base/primer you are probably looking at around 5 hours worth of colour which is longer than some brands would last alone but using the base/primer will lengthen that for another few hours making this potentially a good eyeshadow to use on a night out. This brand is probably half way between the drama of MAC and the subteltly of some of the lower end products such as Avon and Boots No.7.
For the price of this eyeshadow you get pretty decent quality and I would probably say I would pay up to about £9 for this eyeshadow so to get it for £6.49 is quite the steal. The pigmentation and intensity is good and the eyeshadow blends well so overall I have not very many complaints about Bourjois eyeshadow and do use the colours as a cheaper alternative for my day makeup - the colours as I say are slightly less intense so the 'Gris DELICAT' grey colour I wear for work without it looking too dramatic whereas the same sort of shade from MAC would probably be a bit too heavy for day wear. Overall, a good buy from Bourjois I say!
The bourjois little round pot eyeshadows are a must-have if you wear eyeshadow. Whether you want a natural look, smoky eyes, or vivid colour, they have a pot for everyone!
The packaging is small enough to fit in a little handbag, has a useful little mirror (a bit small for everyday use but great for emergencies or when out and about) and applicator brush. The brush is the right size, and the songe of the tip is sturdily attached and doesn't come off like some others do.
I have got this eyeshadow in loads of colours - silver is one that I come back to, and I have actually had the same silver one for about 5 years (I know that's breaking make-up advice, but it goes on and on!). It is metallic but not tacky, and has an eye opening / lifting effect because it reflects the light. I also have a teal one, a brown one, a pale pink one (a daytime hero - nice and subtle on fair-ish skin), a dark sparkly grey one, a whitish one, a lilac one - you get the picture! The darker ones work great applied just above the eyelashes with a wet brush and blended in to a lighter colour.
I usually just apply with my dry finger, which works really well for a single colour, and these pots are great for varying the intensity - they are fine particles, but you can build the colour up in layers. Use the dry brush if you want to blend colours, and a damp brush if you want a bolder look or an eye-lining effect.
The eyeshadow has never broken up as has happened with many other eyeshadows of mine, which i a major plus!
The eyeshadow doesn't crease, and lasts all day / night. It really feels like a much more expensive product that it actually is, and I highly recommend it!
==Bourjois Little Pot of Eye Shadow==
Eye shadows seem to be of abundance in my make up drawer and most of them are hardly used as I tend to try out new brands and slightly different shades (very slightly) and if I don't like them leave them unused and occasionally try them again to see if they suit me any better over time, which generally they don't and then they sit in the drawer until my biannual clear out or donation to mum.
This Bourjois Little pot of Eye shadow could probably be thrown out as I have had it for a good few years now and I can't see myself using it any time soon. Seeing as it has an 18 month use by guide on the back of the little pot I think after writing this review I will pop it in the bin. I haven't actually used that much of this little pot which goes to show how well I liked it.
I purchased this, like I do most of my make up products, from Boots where I don't think I paid over £6 for it and if my memory serves me there was some kind of special offer on so I would have paid even less for it. The RRP at Boots now has only gone up slightly in the time that I have had this product and it is now priced at £6.49. This isn't a bad price as there is a 1.5 grams in the little pot and it does seem like a good amount.
The packaging that the eye shadow comes in is really good too and the little pot is much more than any other brand seems to pack their single shadows in. Not only is the clasp which holds the lid onto the pot very firm and will ensure that the pot doesn't come open in the make up bag unexpectedly but the plastic the pot is made from is super tough and rather unlikely to break. I seem to have so many little flimsy pots of eye shadow that break and then the shadow inside will be exposed and break up making a right royal mess and of course being a waste of product.
Alongside the well made pot there is also a small little padded applicator brush included within the pot and this is not only helpful to have but appears to be well made and works well, even if I tend to use my own brushes. Yet another great feature of the little pot is that there is a mirror inside the lid! This is really unusual for a single eye shadow and although I haven't used it myself I think it is a nice addition that if I were to be taking the eye shadow out and about then it would come in really handy.
I have the shade 08 Beige Rose, which is the kind of natural shade I tend to opt for in most eye shadows and different brands. The product inside the little pot is raised into a kind of dome shape on first use and takes a few strokes of an applicator brush in order to loosen up the compacted eye shadow powder. I liked the way that a good amount of product was on the brush with minimal effort even though the shadow appears to be really compacted into the pot.
As I said before I have not really used much of this product and I think for the reason was that the shade was just a little too light for me and didn't give me enough creaminess which I usually opt for. The powder was soft and smooth and easy to apply but the tone for me was a little too Rosy and not Beige enough. I have no problems with how the product was in general but just the tone I chose. I was always impressed with the length of the coverage even if I didn't much look of my pinker than usual eyes.
I think I would be more than happy to buy this brand of eye shadow again although I wouldn't opt for this particular shade as it doesn't suit my skin tones or work very well with my look. You get a good product for your money when buying this little pot of eye shadow from Bourjois and just because I didn't like the shade I think I can't mark it down too much as I was impressed with the overall packaging and product. I think I will be fair and give it a score of 4 out of 5 star and I would recommend it as it will just depend on which shade you get and whether it suits you or not otherwise its a great product.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am a big fan of Bourjois products but do find them to be a little pricey, every so often though I will treat myself to one of their little pot of eyeshadows.
I normally buy mine from Boots where they cost around £6.49, often though they are on a three for two offer, which is usually when I invest in a couple of products. The eye shadows come in a little round pot, that comes complete with a little mirror inside and a little applicator brush. They are available in about 30 different colours so whatever your after they can usually accommdate for, from subtle beiges, deep purples, vibrant greens to glittery shimmery ones. Like all Bourgois products they have a lovely smell to them too, a kind of clean and fresh aroma which is really nice. The eye shadow seems to last for ages and barely wares down when you use it, and you dont need much on your application brush either - a little really does go a long way. It is also really easy to apply and easy to blend on your skin, and holds its form well, it doesnt crumble easy so when you apply it, it doesnt go all over your face. It doesnt need to be re-applied often either as it has great staying power, if you do need to re-apply it however its not a problem as the handy little pot is perfect for your handbag.
Overall I would definitely recommend this eyeshadow and all other bourjois products - it is the best one I have ever used, I only wish it were cheaper!
What are they?
These little pots of eye colour from the French cosmetics company Bourjois come in a huge range of shades. From silver to gold, black to white and green to blue, pretty much every colour is covered here. I have used a few of thee in the past, but the shade I am currently using is Raffine. In Boots these currently cost £6.49 but do shop around online as I picked this one up for around £3 from a discount cosmetics site, and they are pretty easy to find for around this price.
How do they look?
The packaging of these eyeshadows is simple but appealing. Housed in little round pots, the colour of each pt reflects the shade of the eyeshadow inside. There is a little writing on the top and a small 'button' on the side which you press to open up the lid. Inside the eyeshadow fills the whole pot and bulges up nicely in the middle, with the double-ended sponge applicator nestled on the top. You definitely feel like you are getting a lot of product for your cash here. And as an added bonus there is a round mirror inside the lid, so this little pot contains everything you need to get started! You can also apply this wet "to enhance colour intensity" according to the product descriptions.
Applying the eyeshadow
As mentioned the colour I have is Raffine. I would describe this as a very orange-toned gold and it is quite an unusual shade - when I bought it I only had the image online to go by and I did think it would be a paler gold shade. Applying it is very simple as it glides on very nicely and smoothly, and the little applicator does a good job. However there are two negatives for me. One is that I am not completely sold on this shade. Against my light brown skin tone it is a bit on the orangey side and I would prefer it if it was slightly paler. I am not sure this would work on very pale skin tones either to be honest. Also, I find that without a primer this disappears from my eyelids quite quickly. With a primer, however, I have no problems with it at all.
In summary ...
Overall I like the simplicity of this product and I think it's decent enough quality. However, the shade I have is probably not quite right for me although this definitely would not put me off buying other shades in this range in the future, especially at the knock-down price I picked this up for.
Over the years I have owned a few of these Bourjois eye shadows in a variety of colours. Most of them have been gifts or an impulse buy as each eye shadow is relatively inexpensive. Bourjois is a beauty brand I really like, they tend to focus on quality and therefore their products are usually a safe bet.
I don't tend to wear eye shadow all that often any more as I have less and less time and dwindling patience. I tend to only wear it when on a night out or for a special occasions where I want a little extra impact for my eyes. This particular shadow comes in a round compact style design with a lid that flips open. Inside there is a circular, convex disc of eye shadow and on the opposite side a mirror set inside the lid. The clasp that opens the pot is a little round piece of plastic that you push inwards to open the compact, though you could really open it but just pulling it on either side. I do wish that these were slightly more secure as I worry about travelling with items when they can so easily open.
The cases are made in a hard plastic the same colour as the shadow inside. They also tend to be a little shimmery or glittery which adds a real sense of glamour to the product. I think the design of the product is good, the colour on the outside is useful if buying in a rush as you can easily see the colour of the eye shadow. The compact also functions well and I think the mirror is pretty good quality. The eye shadows also come with a small curved single ended applicator. I actually tend to apply my shadows with my finger as I find this a more accurate and less messy technique. However, if you do like an eye shadow applicator this feels like a good quality one. I do find it a little annoying that the applicator sits loosely on top of the shadow instead of being held securely somewhere. I've since removed the applicator as I don't use it but I can imagine if you did keep it in there this might become a little annoying.
The shadows themselves actually vary quite a lot depending on what colour you go for. I've found some of them to be a really nice consistency, easy to apply and soft enough that they go onto the applicator fine. However, the majority of the ones I've owned are literally rock hard. In these cases you have to push incredibly hard to even be able to dig a fingernail into it, let alone an applicator or the soft part of your finger. Though there are positives to this, in that there isn't excess powder/dust and it won't become damaged during travel or crack. I think though that the negatives outweigh the positives unfortunately. The shadow in some cases is so hard that I struggle to apply it. It obviously varies depending on which one you buy but I just wish there was some way of telling before purchase without ruining a load of stock in a shop. Luckily for me I don't wear shadows every day, in fact only really when I have a lot of time to spend on make up before an evening out or special occasions. In these circumstances I have the extra time needed to apply these shadows but if you want it for everyday use I would opt for something else.
The range does offer a wide variety of colours which is great if you like a a wide selection to choose from. It does mean it also makes a really lovely gift, and I will often pair it with one of the blushes if I give this to someone. It is just a real shame that they haven't perfected the consistency of their powders because I have found similar problems with their blushers too.
The shadows can set you back roughly £7 which is relatively expensive for a high street brand but considerably cheaper than high end brands. The eye shadows stand the test of time, if only because they are incredibly hard to apply. I probably will buy some again as they are pretty hard to resist in the shop. However, the fact that they are so difficult to apply will definitely make me think twice.
Bourjois have a long and illustrious history spanning about 150 years, if you'd like to know more about this then you can find information on the Bourjois website here: http://www.bourjois.co.uk/home/the_story_of_a_brand/brand_history
I have had a few Bourjois makeup products knocking around in my make up stash on and off since I was a teenager. Mostly lip glosses, concealer, eye shadows and blushers, but I've dabbled with mascara too. This review is about their gorgeous little round pots of eyeshadow.
These eyeshadows are just as the Dooyoo picture and the same as the blusher pots. I like the fact that there is a little button to press to pop them open and like the satisfying click as they shut. Unfortunately on almost every one that I've owned the lid has broken before the eyeshadow is even half used. I am a little rough on my products, often lugging my favourites around with me in my bag but the same has happened to both my daughters. I do think that Bourjois could toughen up the release mechanism and the hinge, it's such lovely packaging that it's a pity to spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar. While the lid is intact though I have no problem with it popping open when it shouldn't. The little mirror in the lid is a good quality and very handy, and I've never had one detach from the casing yet. There is also a little sponge tip applicator included which is slightly curved to fit the highly domed shadow. I don't like the applicator and prefer to either use my own brush or my fingers.
When I first bought this product as a teenager I thought there was a huge amount of shadow in the little pot as it appears quite deep plus the shadow as mentioned is domed. The shadow does last an absolute age, I still have one from the 80's which was well used, and is still used sometimes with no ill effects and there is still plenty left. However that said the amount of product isn't as generous as it appears as one of my shadows became detached from the pot and shows that it is barely deeper than the rim of the pot. A domed disc simply glued onto a 'false' base very slightly below the edge of the pot.
These shadows are paraben and fragrance free, and are hypoallergenic. The ingredient list is massive and full of 'oxides' of one type or another, with mica listed as the greatest quantity ingredient, this can cause irritation to some skins, they also contain lanolin (alcohol) which can be an irritant too so I was surprised to see that they are hypoallergenic. However I have no issue with that claim as they have always worked perfectly well for me and even though my eyes have become more sensitive over the years I never get any reaction to this eyeshadow.
The range has had a slight overhaul of late and is now are sub divided into the 'little round pots' 'little round pot intense' and 'little round pot eyeshadow light'. I love the iridescent and pearly colours best and rarely use a completely matt eyeshadow.
According to the Bourjois website there are currently 20 shades available, however Boots show 23 so I guess it varies from season to season.
At the moment I have three colours the one which I've had for ages and doesn't seem to be available anymore this one is an almost metallic golden coppery colour with emphasis on the gold, I also have purchased more recently No08 Beige Rose Delicat which is a beautiful natural base colour, pale pink with a hint of peach which also does a good job as a highlighter, and no 12 Bleu Magnetique which is a gorgeous deep iridescent blue and is purplish in some lights.
All the colours can be applied wet or dry and any iridescence or shimmer is more apparent when used wet. This is my favourite way to apply the No 12 as I primarily use it as eyeliner and it works very well in this capacity giving a good opaque iridescent line which stays put for many hours. I don't often apply a smoky eye but the No 12 also works well for this look. Using the shadows wet doesn't spoil them and make them difficult to use dry as with some shadows, as they are baked this seems to allow them to be used both ways with no ill effects. Applying the colours wet also seems to improve staying power.
When applying the shadows wet I've noticed that pressing the powder onto the skin seems to give a better more even finish that dragging the moist brush along the lid.
The textures differ slightly between the colours, some being creamier while others feel quite powdery. Mine all feel fairly creamy but my daughters matt black is quite a powdery finish, which still looks good and we haven't noticed any little sprinkles of powder left on the cheeks after application. Whatever the texture all the ones I've tried are easily blended, I haven't tried the more glittery shadows as I don't like the texture and finish on my skin so can't vouch for this type.
Obviously some pots are less pigmented than others the standard pots needing a little more building to create more depth of colour. The intense shades are very pigmented and quite opaque needing carful blending and or light application if you want a more sheer look. The shadows last well during wear whichever 'variety' you are using and I will rarely have to touch up eye make up while using these. They come off well with a creamy cleanser though and it's then that you can see just how pigmented they are!
If you have oily eyelids the darker and more intense colours will crease at some point and even the paler ones will 'travel' a little. My niece accidentally achieved quite a hot rock chic look this way, she was aiming for sophisticated smoky eye. Even though some of the colours crease a little more than others in my opinion it is still less than many other similarly priced powder eyeshadow brands. Of course they will last longer and stay where put better if you use a primer and or powder on the lid first
I would not consider these a cheap shadow as even though you are getting a good quantity of product you are only getting one shade at a time costing between about £5 and £7 on the high street depending where you buy them, I believe they can be sourced a little more cheaply online.
I really like these eyeshadows and will probably always have one or two in my possession as I just love the design and the iridescence they can give - if that is a look you like. I do however prefer some other brands such as Urban Decay, Too Faced and Benefit, but Bourjois are a good mid range price (especially if you can get them for around the £3 mark online) and for me they are a trusted non irritating product which I know will do what I want them to.
Eyeshadows / Fine powder eyeshadow for luminous colour / Applied dry, the eyeshadow is light and luminous / Apply wet to reveal the full intensity of the colour pigments and pearl effects for an intense result / Now with an integrated mirror for ease of application any time anywhere!