Product Type: Bourjois makeup
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Superb SMOKY Shadows..
Bourjois Smoky Eyes Eye Shadow
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Bourjois Smoky Eyes Eye Shadow
Advantages: Beautiful product - Easy to use - Flawless result..
Disadvantages: Nope - None.
When I got my make-up done professionally on my wedding day a few years back, the make-up artist had created a stunning effect on my dark eyes, using shades of pale pink with a pearl-like tone. She then applied thick, heavy lines of eyeliner with a 'flicked' effect to the upper eyelid and the end result was very 1950's........ exactly what I had been hoping for. I was delighted with the end result and was keen to try and recreate the look for myself. This search brought me to the Bourjois counter in my local branch of Boots, where I knew I had previously seen the ideal item for recreating this "vintage" style...
Packaged in a sturdy plastic 'compact', the Bourjois Smoky Eyes containers are coloured to correspond with their eye shadow contents. In the case of the two I have - 03 "Mordore Chic" which contains shades of bronze alongside a dark, chocolate brown, and 05 "Rose Vintage" which contains a deep pink colour alongside two lighter pink shades, the compacts are coloured brown and pink respectively. A large section of the compact 'lid' is see-through however, so we are able to see the powdery eye shadows contained within quite easily. A small, sponge-tipped applicator is provided in each plastic compact and this has an applicator on each end, which is common practice with an eye shadow compact containing more than two shades in my experience. The compact can be opened quite easily thanks to the sturdy clasp on the front. The small metal button underneath this clasp can be pushed easily and this allows the clasp to open. I have been using some of my Smoky Eyes compacts for absolute months and they have never broken or cracked, so I think the packaging is extremely sturdy and robust.
For the purposes of this review, I will concentrate on the 05 shade which is the "Rose Vintage" combination, although I have used several of the Smoky Eyes trios and have liked them all. There are in fact around ten different colour combinations, ranging from subtle 'nude' like shades to more intense colour combinations such as blacks/greys and blue type hues.
My Rose Vintage compact of course contains three shades of powdery eye shadow. The palest is a subtle pearl-like pink with the middle shade being more 'rose' like in its essence. The final - and darkest - shade is much more intense, being what I would describe as a pale 'raspberry' type shade.
I have found that the three colours compliment each other perfectly. I have found too that blending two of the colours together can be done effortlessly and this usually provides a stunning end result. All three colours contained in the compact compliment each other beautifully, their hues being suited for each other perfectly. By applying the palest of the three shades onto the main 'body' of the eyelid, this provides an attractive 'base' colour which either of the darker shades can be blended into to provide a more noticeable end result. For example, I personally love applying the lightest shade to the eyelid and then blend some of the darkest shade into the corners of the eyelids. This process 'lifts' the paler colour significantly and the end result is really nice. Adding the darkest shade to the outer corners of the eyelids in this way really adds a little 'oomph' and gives a more dramatic end result.
Carrying out this practice too is perfect for re-creating my gorgeous wedding make-up and I find that wearing the middle 'rose' shade alongside the palest shade helps to create this look when worn with some dark eyeliner on the top eyelid. Beautifully vintage - and this effect really makes the "Rose Vintage" product name 'fit' in my opinion.
That is not to say that either of the three shades cannot be worn by its own, and I often use either the middle 'rose' type shade or the palest 'pearl-like' shade in this way. I like the fact that the Smoky Eyes eye shadows can be worn by themselves or with each other as the product feels much more versatile this way.
I think it is worth mentioning that the Bourjois shadows have a slight 'sparkle' in them that is particularly evident in the lighter shades. This should NOT be overestimated however, and fears about having an end result suitable for a 70's themed 'ABBA' party can be put aside! The effect is perhaps best described as a 'sheen' rather than a sparkle, as there is no glitter-type effect or anything and this sheen is not overly noticeable once the eye shadows have been applied to the eyelids. If anything, it adds a 'pearl' like sheen to the end result and it is really attractive, so don't let it put you off.
Applying the shadows is extremely easy and I find that they go on very 'smoothly' without the need for re-application or touching up any areas that have been missed on the first go. I have found that even a quick 'fingertip full' of shadow swept across the eyelid will achieve a near-perfect result if I am in a rush, which could not be said of other eye shadow products I use regularly which smudge or crease far too easily. The powder does create some 'loose' particles during the application process, but no more than other brands and a little 'dabbing' onto the back of my hand prior to application on the eyelid will usually remove most of the excess powder.
One thing I would mention here is that I find the double-tipped applicators provided in the compacts are not overly useful for applying the eye shadows as I find their tips are too small for my own liking. This is even more noticeable when I have chosen to 'blend' two of the colours together and I tend to just use my trusted eye shadow brush to help achieve the desired look. I find too that the small, petite length of the applicators makes them feel quite tricky to use and so the end result can be clumsy as a result. This is not something that would ever deter me from repurchasing a particular eye shadow product, as I am more concerned with how the powder shadow performs itself and I have other applicators and brushes to help with the application process anyway.
The eye shadows used in the Smokey Eyes compacts are of a really high quality in my opinion. I find that the colour remains on my eyes for much longer than when other eye shadow products are used. In actual fact the product comes with a "8 Hour Wear" claim and I would agree with this, finding I can usually obtain slightly more than this before the shadow eventually fades or creases. This fantastic result makes the shadows' slightly higher-than-average price tag seem perfectly justified in my opinion. Furthermore, I find that the colour does not crease easily either which is a huge plus point for me personally, finding a smooth, flawless result instead.
I have noticed nothing in the way of ill effects from using the Bourjois Smoky Eyes eye shadows and there has been no irritation to the sensitive eye area when the product has been worn. The make-up is easily and effortlessly removed with a make-up remover moist wipe or some liquid make-up remover soaked into some cotton wool.
In summary, I would highly recommend the Bourjois Smoky Eyes eye shadow compacts and I have nothing negative to report whatsoever. The colours are easy to apply and easy to blend, with minimal effort being required. The end result is very attractive and as it lasts so well that I feel top marks are appropriate in the product rating score.
As @ the time of writing (August 2012), the Bourjois Smoky Eyes eye shadows 'trios' are available in branches of Boots for the sum of £7.99 each. Alternatively, you can order & purchase online at www.boots.com where postage charges apply.
Summary: Eyeshadow 'trio' compacts that are highly recommended from me!