Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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Bourjois Pastel Lumiere Eyeshadow
Member Name: mrsgladwin
Bourjois Pastel Lumiere Eyeshadow
Advantages: Long lasting, good value, great shade availability
Disadvantages: I honestly can't think of anything!
I decided to try my first Bourjois eyeshadow after being told my a friend they are made by the makers of Chanel. How true this is I'm not sure but I decided I'd try them rather than pay the hefty price of Chanel.
These eye-catching little tubs are so pretty just to look at, I like to line them up and just look at them (yes, I really am that sad). Each little pot is coloured the same shade as the eyeshadow inside, so you can tell fom a quick glance which shade you're looking for. This seems a small thing to get excited about but other cosmetic brands such as clinique and lancome have standard coloured packaging regardless of the colour inside, and when your makeup bag is as overflowing as mine, its a bit of pain to have to hunt for the one your after.
Each pot has a small gold button to press top open the lid. This little button means that the lids don't just fall open in your makeup bag and therefore the shadow stays clean and protected.
Once opened you see the eyeshadow (obviously), but also a little applicator and mirror on the inside of the lid. I have my own eyeshadow brush which I use at home but if on the go the applicator and mirror are a great idea.
They retail at £5-£6 full price which may seem a little steep but you've got to consider what you are getting for you money. Not only are they (supposedly) from the makers of Chanel, you also get the aforementioned applicator and mirror. They are versatile in that you can use them wet (for added impact) or dry. I have also found that they last a very long time. I have bought these quite a few times while they have been on offer. Boots and Superdrug often have special offers on, such as 20% or 3 for 2, which are well worth taking up.
The range of shades available is great, from subtle neutrals to more dramatic blacks and purples. You don't need to be a makeup artist to get the most out of these products. As advised on the packaging you can use it "as is" or you can use it wet. This is useful in building up colour for a more dramatic look. I have also found it lasts longer when used wet.
I have quite a range of these colours but I'll talk you through my favourites.
#90 Blanc diaphane. This is basically just white but its lovely french name makes it sound much more impressive and sophisticating. This eyeshadow may look completely bland and uninteresting but I think its fab. It can be used to in the corners of the eyes to make a more youthful and wide-eyed look. I also find it useful when blending other colours. I have a few of the more dramatic shades that can look a bit harsh for daytime so I apply this shadow over the top for a more subtle appearance. It can also be used for highlighting areas like the brow bone.
#92 - Gris Paillettes. This is a very dark grey, almost black, with flecks on glittery shimmer. This is great for an evening look and ideal for creating smokey eyes. The glitter gives it that extra party feel. I also use it wet, with my own flat-edged eyeliner brush, just along my top and bottom lash line to give my eyes a bit of added "oomph"
#34 Rose Tentation. This is a pale pink with a subtle gold shimmer. I am quite fair and find this colour really suits my complexion. Not only is it lovely as an eyeshadow,I have also found that it works well as a blusher. It has just the right mix of pink and shimmer.
To sum up, I feel that for the price these little pot are a brilliant buy. They a long lasting and the versatility and colour range are impressive.
Summary: Versatile, long lasting loveliness