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I bought this product from halfpriceperfumes.co.uk while I was browsing their website and making an order of another few things. I paid just 24p on offer but even at regular price this is only £1.49 no-where near the £5+ other places are asking for this product. I wasn't given a choice of shade but there are quite a few from natural shades to blue and green, I received a green shade and whilst this is not a good colour for me it doesn't detract from the quality of the product.
The packaging for this product is rather unique for an eyeshadow it's very very slim and rather long in size so it's great to pop in your bag for touch up's if required. It looks really nice for some packaging and so cheaply it's great I think. The packaging also reflects the colour of the eyeshadow inside so the packaging I received was a nice olive green colour which matched the shade inside perfectly. The inside has a long slim mirror on the top of the packaging but honestly it's really not much use unless you were in a situation of desperation! The bottom of the compact has a rectangular slot of the shadow and a small part that has a applicator which is a brush instead of a sponge, this is the best thing they could have done as I always tend to find the sponges are harsh and cheap and detract from the overall package but with this being a brush it is so much better. In the palette the eyeshadow has a nice olive green colouring to it, it's not very harsh or in your face but a nice subtle shade which I think is nice.
To apply I sweep the brush over the powder and I find that I don't need to use a separate brush as the one provided does a great job, the handle is a good size to get a good grip on it, it's not like the sponges with the tiny handles that you have to pinch between your thumb and forefinger I can easily use a few fingers to hold the brush. The bristles are also a good size and nice and flexible and they pick up the eyeshadow and retain it very well. I don't find that I have specks all over my cheeks while trying to apply this which is good I think for the price of the product. I then apply it to my eyelid, the powder transfers well and the bristles are very soft against my eyelids. I find that this style of application is excellent for building up colour, as it's a subtle shade you have the ability to have more or less colour depending on your preference. I went for a couple of coats to give me a good hint of colour but not too much. Looking at it there is also a very slight shimmer to it that catches the light rather nicely.
For longevity I found this product to work very well, I apply a primer before use so this may have contributed to how long it lasted but I found this eyeshadow didn't crease at all throughout the day and neither did it slide off or become tired looking. I also found that at the end of the day it was easily removed with a couple of wipes of a remover wipe.
Overall I think this is an excellent product, although the shade was not the colour for me as it clashes with my eyes I would happily purchase this again in a shade that did suit. It is long lasting and can be built up in colour. The compact is strong and stays shut well and the powder applies to my lids easily. My favourite part of the compact is the brush that it comes with, you don't have to use an additional applicator and it means that this compact can be slung in your bag to apply later if needed. I am super happy with this purchase but I would say that £5+ is too expensive for an eyeshadow although this could just be my opinion but I wouldn't pay that, for £1.49 I would definitely buy it again.
Just recently I have moved flats. You may ask then why I mention that fact in a cosmetic review! Well because I must be the most disorganized person in the world and a few days on amongst all the stuff I own I still haven't found any make-up at all! That usually wouldn't overly fuss me but yesterday was my birthday and I went out with my best mate and parents for a nice meal and then on with her for drinks but whilst I managed to find a few bits to wear (which was a struggle as well to be honest lol) I simply couldn't find my make-up and wasn't prepared to go out with none on at all which I why I purchased a few new bits and pieces!
Bourjois is a up there amongst my favourite brands of make-up. I spotted this in my local Savers store costing £2.00 a compact though I have seen this in Superdrug and the likes at about £5.85 a compact and I liked the colour that I chose and snapped it up feeling that I had got a bit of a bargain!
Well this is a long, oblong plastic case which holds 2.5g of powder and it flips open to the top of it. On the top of the compact we are told that it is Bourjois Ombre Stretch Ultra Stretchable Colour (Couleur Ultra Extensible), Bourjois Paris and that it contains Nylon Micro-Spheres (Micro-Spheres De Nylon). On the base of the compact other information listed includes the name and code of the colour you have chosen (which in my case is 05 Vert Etirable), the weight is given (as I have listed already) and contact details for Bourjois are given. Its a nice enough little compact this one and the compact is the same colour as what you choose and when you flip it open, to the top of it you have a long real mirror then to the base you have the block of pressed powder colour with Bourjois Paris engraved into it and under that a long brush. Well presented this is really is.
To use this of course you use it as you would any other powder eyeshadow! The brush that comes with this is thin and made of a see through plastic handle section and the brush itself is fullish and looks made of natural hair and is really very quality indeed. I haven't found this to malt or do anything adverse at all.
The eyeshadow clings to the brush very well indeed and you simply and gently spread it where you want to on your eyes. This is a soft feeling eyeshadow with no glitter or anything like that in it and simply goes on really silky feeling and with even coverage.
I can blend this with any other eyeshadows of my choice and I just find this really simple to use. I can use this as a wash of colour or build up the colour but whatever I do this is a nicely pigmented colour this one and once on it doesn't fade or move for a good few hours but stays put impeccably well!
Even if I had paid the full rrp price I'd be happy with it, it lasts ages in the compact as you get so much of it to start with and the added brush and mirror is just a great added bonus. I highly regard this product!
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This eyeshadow was purchased on a bit of a whim from the online cosmetics retailers fragrancesdirect.co.uk. The site claims that the original selling price of this eyeshadow is £5.49, while they sell it for only £1.49 - however searching online at other retailers the most I have found it for is £8.
I bought the shade called Vert Eritable - a goldy-green shade. There are lots of other blue and green shades in the range, as well as a white and bronze.
The reason this product caught my eye was the packaging which is really unusual. The compact is extremely long and slim and very different to the usual square compacts. This is a pretty odd reason to buy something, frankly, but I'm sure some other reviewers will relate to making purchases for no real good reason!
When this arrived (very quickly I must add), I was even more impressed by the packaging. It's very sleek and modern looking - the packaging is a nice olive green colour with pink silhouette graphics and silver writing on the front. It is really unique and a bit edgy, and I found that I really liked the look of it. opening it up, inside is a mirror in the lid and a very long strip of eyeshadow! Again, totally different to the usual square or slightly rectangular eyeshadows you may be used to. And, to fit in with the theme, is a long brush!
The eyeshadow itself is a lovely shade of green. It is a slightly olive shade but with a bit of a shine to it. It does appear to be quite an intense shade in the compact so I knew this wouldn't be one for when I wanted a subtle look!
Build it up
I applied this using the skinny brush, and as with most eyeshadows it is a very fine powder formula and is simple to apply. It glides on easily and the brush is nice and slim so you can control where and how you apply the product. Despite the intensity of the colour in the compact, I found that it was more subtle when applied and I did layer the eyeshadow a little in the outer corners of my eye to build up the colour a bit. But you could get away with one sweep of the colour if you didn't want to make it too intense. On the lids the colour is really lovely - a golden, shiny shade of green which is very eye-catching - it is one of those shades that's really noticeable once on so it's not to be worn if you want a more toned-down look, and I would suggest that you keep the cheeks and lips more neutral if you are wearing a shade like this!
I found my eye colour stayed intact throughout the day - but I do use a very good primer before applying eyeshadow so I am sure this helped!
A great bargain
I really love the colour of this eyeshadow and am very happy that I picked it up for such a low price. The packaging is also really cool and different - however to be honest, as much as I like this packaging, and as unique as I think it is, it doesn't really serve any purpose! There is no reason for the packaging to be the way it is other than from a visual point of view, so don't expect that this eyeshadow will deliver any amazing miracles - it doesn't reflect any unique and stand-out qualities of the eyeshadow - ultimately it is just a nice eyeshadow, presented differently!
This ombre stretch eyeshadow created by Bourjois is enriched with nylon micro-spheres. I wasn't sure at first what this actually meant when looking at it in Boots, and what made it different to their other eyeshadows. However it states 'ultra-stretchable colour' so I guessed it would be something to do with the ways you can wear it.
I liked the colours and it was new so at an introductory price of £4.49 instead of its usual price of £6.49. These are what attracted me to the product in the first place. I wanted a dark grey eyeshadow to wear for a night out, and as I hadn't really experimented with dark grey/black eyeshadows much I guessed this would be perfect for that. So I treated myself to this and bought it with my Boots advantage card points. There was a few other colours available including pink, purple and a teal colour. However there wasn't as many shades to choose from compared to their other eyeshadow range and one of the reasons I like Bourjois is for the range of colours they have for me to choose from.
I have had this for over a year now and still cannot see the bottom of it so I still have plenty left, however I don't wear this everyday and only for a night out or special occasions. So if you do wear a dark grey eyeshadow everyday and do consider this one, then don't expect it to last as long as it is for me!
It comes in a little compact as you can see in the picture, with a brush and a little mirror included. It would be great for carrying around in your handbag. It has came in handy for me plenty of times on a night out when all the girls are crammed infront of the mirror, I can just use the one inside this instead!
I often wear this with other shades of eyeshadow, and use this along the outsides of my eyelids to create a cat-eye effect, but it does look nice when worn by itself too. The brush included allows me to apply it easily and I can keep applying it until it is as dark as I like it. If I use a sponge brush it goes on much darker straight away, and so you can't really experiment with it as much as you could when using the brush.
As I mentioned I do take this out with me on a night out in my bag, but only for its mirror sometimes as the eyeshadow stays on my eyes all night and doesn't really require a top-up. When I have ran out I will definitely be buying this again. It is priced at £6.49 and is available from Boots, Superdrug, some supermarkets and several websites online. It is currently in a 3 for 2 promotion in Boots though.
I love eyeshadow and find it to be a makeup staple as I like to define and make up my eyes. Most of my eyeshadows seem to be part of palettes, but this Bourjois Ombre Stretch Eyeshadow is one which I bought singly.
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 eyeshadow is priced at £6.49. Products are available from Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets and are occasionally available from online discount cosmetics retailers.
The Ombre Stretch Eyeshadow is described as an "ultra stretchable eyeshadow" with an "ultra adaptable result". I admit to being not completely certain what is meant by 'stretch': perhaps it refers to the eyeshadow's adaptability. The eyeshadow is meant to enable you to "imagine, blend and amaze". It contains nylon microspheres to create looks ranging from subtle to intense.
The eyeshadow comes in a small rectangular case which fastens securely and contains the eyeshadow, a small brush and a mirror. The packaging therefore contains all you need to create an effective look, which makes it handy for carrying around in your bag.
I have this eyeshadow in black and I find it easy to apply. I can do so in a number of ways. Using the brush included, I can create a smoky look on my eyelid and make it look smudgy. If I use a sponge applicator I can create a striking block of colour.
The eyeshadow has good staying power, lasting around 4-5 hours before creasing. This is usually fine for a night out, however I have started to use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion which helps it stay on even longer.
I really like the look I get when I use this eyeshadow and I wear it on a lot of nights out. It's ideal for taking away with me for the weekend or taking to work if I'm going out straight after, as it is small and self contained. Though I've used it a lot, I've barely scratched the surface so it's going to last me years.
Overall, I really recommend this eyeshadow, particularly if you're travelling. It's a good quality eyeshadow and it's compact, ideal if you're always on the move.
The eyeshadow is available in several other colours besides black, including blue, green and purple.
I have seen these Bourjois Ombre Stretch Eyeshadow's in the shops for some time but with an RRP of six pound per eyeshadow i thought they where a little pricey for my budget. But when i saw them for sale online for just 99p i thought i might aswell try one out, and i loved it so much i've just ordered more in other colours!
Price: £5.99 (Cheaper online)
Stockists: Boots, Boots.com, Superdrug etc.
Colours: Black, White, Dark/Light Brown, Cream, Dark/Light Blue, Dark/Light Green, Purple and Black Glitter.
(I have only used 10 Bleu Elasthane, which is a dark blue colour, this is the colour this reveiw will be based on)
The eyeshadow comes in a small, plastic rectangular shaped case in a light blue/grey colour. There is silver and bright pink writing on the outside and the sillouhette of a girl. When you open the case there is a small applicator brush with the 'Bourjois' logo on it and a long strip of the eyeshadow above it, there is also a mirror above this in the sam shape as the eyeshadow. I think the little compact is great because its the perfect size for your bag and because the mirrors rectangular it's easy to see your eyes in it to re-touch your makeup, unlike some mirrors which are too small and hard to use.
The colour of the eyeshadow looks like a fairly dark green/blue colour when it's on the pallete and i was little apprehensive about using because very often eyeshadows dont appear as dark on your eyelids as they do in the pallete. BUT this ones the exception! The colour is really striking and the eyeshadow is alot more blue on the skin.
The packaging claims that the eyeshadow is designed to 'stretch and blend infinitley' and there not wrong! The eyeshadow blended really well and could be smudged easily to create a smoky eyed effect. The eyeshadow lasted practically all day and still had the same intense colour, without smudging around the eye.
I would definitley reccomend this eyeshadow as it has a really strong, intense looking colour, is easily smudged/blended, lasts for ages and the applicator brush and panoramic mirror is really handy.