Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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150 years old and still going strong.
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow
Member Name: Dryad
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow
Advantages: A wide colour selection, with a great finish, lovely packaging.
Disadvantages: A little pricey for one colour at a time, pots while seeming sturdy can break fairly easily.
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_bran d/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.
Summary: A nice mid range eyeshadow, some colours and finishes are more worth the money than others