Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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High pigment and low priced eyeshadow
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow
Advantages: Good depth of colour
Disadvantages: Small range of colours
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!
Summary: A worthy cheaper alternative to MAC