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Fairly recently French make up brand Bourjois have updated their make-up range, meaning that many of their older discontinued products have turned up online. This often happens and there are whole websites full of discount make-up in shades that are no longer available in the shops.
I made a fairly large order from beauty website Fragrance Direct back in August with some money I'd received for my birthday and I bought many of the Bourjois lipsticks that have been discontinued. One I bought was the Bourjois Lovely Rouge Bijou lipstick in the shade Rose Éclat (number 19).
As this was purchased online I only had a picture to go from when it came to colour. On the site it looked like a pleasant medium pink colour, so I nearly died of shock when the lipstick arrived and I took the lid off. Turns out this is possibly the brightest pink colour known to man! Now, personally when it comes to make-up I tend to go for subtle. If I ever do brave wearing bright colours I tend to go for bright eyes and not bright lips, so I envisaged putting this in a drawer never to see the light of day again. A couple of days after I'd bought it however, I swatched it on the back of my hand and was quite surprised by what I found...basically despite the bright colour, this lippy goes on incredibly sheer. It looks nothing like it does in the tube, so I would recommend if you do find a shop selling this, to try the shades on the back of your hand even if you're keen on the colour when it's in the tube.
The case the lipstick comes in is pink and it has a small mirror in the lid. Unfortunately it's one of those mirrors that very slightly distorts the image - sort of like the ones you get on baby toys. Saying that it is adequate for applying your lipstick. Not ideal, but adequate and could be useful should you find yourself in a mirror-less emergency!!
One of the best things about the lipstick for me is the texture. It glides onto the lips very smoothly and despite the fact that it contains a shimmer that is actually more like a fine glitter it feels very smooth and not at all gritty. One problem I often find with lipstick is that it can feel very thick and waxy but this one is light and you can't really feel it once it's on the lips. I really like that about it because when I apply make-up that feels heavy on the skin I find I am constantly conscious of it, and it's much better to be able to forget about your make-up and get on with worrying about more important things!
Some people prefer gloss to lipstick as lipstick can be quite drying on the lips, but I actually find this to be very moisturising. It keeps my lips feeling soft and hydrated without being greasy.
The look this gives is really lovely. As mentioned the colour of the lipstick comes out quite sheer despite it's extremely vibrant look when in the casing, and gives my lips just a gentle hint of pink. If you want a strong colour from your lipstick then I'd suggest this isn't for you as it doesn't give a very intense colour, even when going over the lips a couple of times. I was worried that the fine glitter would look too over the top or 'disco', however it just gives the lips the appearance of being quite shimmery. It doesn't look as over the top as expected, but the shimmer, for me, makes it a lipstick that I save for use on nights out rather than through the day. Of course this is all personal choice, and like I said I tend to keep my make-up quite neutral most of the time, but if you're someone who is a little bit braver with colour I don't see why this couldn't be worn during the day.
The lipstick is relatively long lasting on the lips. I find it will easily last a couple of hours, although when eating I find that most of it comes off, but in fairness that happens with virtually all the lipsticks and glosses I own. When drinking I find that some of the lipstick transfers onto the cup/glass however it doesn't come off completely and as it's sheer it doesn't look too bad on the lips...not patchy or anything like that, it pretty much looks like it's still intact.
I bought this lipstick from website www.fragrancedirect.co.uk where it cost a bargain 99p. As I said at the beginning of this review, this line of lipsticks have been discontinued now which means they're not making any more and you probably wont find them at any of the big Bourjois stockists such as Boots or Superdrug. I'd recommend checking out bargain make-up shops and market stalls, and as well as Fragrance Direct, websites direct cosmetics.com and Ebay have this lipstick available.
On the whole I have found this to be a really good lipstick. It feels moisturising on the lips, and the colour is sheer yet shimmery making it ideal for nights out. I think it's a shame that this is no longer being made, but if you can get hold of one then I'd completely recommend this product.
Bourjois is one of the oldest French cosmetics companies as it dates back to the1860s. The lipstick itself has a lovely packaging, it's perfect to pop in your handbag or make-up purse, the colour of the tube matches the colour of the actual lipstick and it has a mirrored lid meaning you can re-apply whenever and wherever you are. Unlike some lipsticks, this one stands upright without wobbling and so looks nice on your dresser. This lipstick comes in many different shades (listed below) however, I think about four are only available in the US, all information can be found on their website www.bourjois.co.uk.
Rose Bonheur 01 (pale pink)
Rose Essentiel 02 (icy peach)
Rose Complice 03 (peachy-rose shimmer)
Sable Unique 04 (nude apricot-beige)
Beige Intime 05 (caramel shimmer)
Praline Desire 06 (nude beige)
Violine Venere 07 (matte neutral plum)
Violet Cheri 08 (deep neutral plum)
Pêche Accro 09 (apricot peach)
Corail Perso 10 (vibrant pinky-coral)
Rose Love 11 (retro coral-pink)
Fuscia Adore 12 (vibrant fuschia)
Cassis Prive 13 (vibrant plum berry)
Fraise Delice 14 (strawberry red)
Rouge Best 15 (classic red)
Brique Exclusif 16 (coral brick red)
Rouge Allie 17 (russett red)
Brun Prefere 18 (rich chocolate)
With all this variety, you're sure to find a colour to go with your outfit and they're great for any occasion. There's subtle an nude shades and some rather bold shades too. It's a versatile lipstick as you can wear it day or night, one colour can be applied sparingly for a daytime look and you can apply it more heavily for a night-time look either way you can't feel it on your lips and it lasts for hours without having to retouch. I was never a fan of lipstick as I felt it was too heavy on my lips and so always opted for a lip gloss but this Bourjois lipstick has really changed my mind. Quite surprisingly, it has a nice fragrance, not something I usually look for in make-up but it's better than smelling awful.
The lipstick isn't sticky and doesn't dry out lips, it has a very creamy texture with a satin feel. There's a sheen to it, I wouldn't say a shine but either way the colour makes your lips look amazing. Ingredients include Vitamin E and protective UV filters meaning this lipstick actually helps your lips stay soft and it doesn't damage the skin.
Bourjois claims they don't test their products on animals. Their products contain no GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and that it tries to make all their products as hypo-allergenic as possible, these are all factors that are good to consider when buying this lipstick or any make-up from the Bourjois range. You can Bourjois from all good chemists and department stores as well as many internet shops, to name a few go to Boots, Superdrug, ASOS.com and many more. The retails price for this product is £6.95.