Bourjois' new Christmas collection has just dropped... and it is all kinds of awesome.
I was very lucky to have been sent a few goodies from the Bourjois team to test out, so I'm hoping to cover their new releases whilst also combining the (technical term coming up) info-ey-schminfo-ey bit with a mini review - I aim to please.
First up: the Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Palette* (£7.99 each). I've got my mitts on (bottom left, clockwise) #03 I Love Blue, #05 Good Nude, #04 Rock This Khaki and #07 In Mauve Again.Whilst these actually came out back in October, they're a great idea for a Christmas party makeup look. They are made with 4 shadows of varying intensity and depth... and much like the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette, provide foolproof application of a smokey eye, with a 'Light Touch' glitter shade at the centre of the palette that can be used to add extra sparkle and highlight to your look.
The shadows have an eyelid base integrated into the formula, allowing for up to 12 hours of continuous wear. I haven't tested out this claim, and to be frank, it would take a lot of convincing to get me to ditch my NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, especially with my super oily 'lids.
Rock This Khaki and Into the Blue probably wouldn't be my personal picks, as I tend to be a neutrals gal when it comes to eyeshadow.
However, the taupe shades of Good Nude, and the plum undertone of Into the Mauve are right up my street.
I was impressed at the pigmentation of the 3 outer shades, with minimal product required for a really good colour pay-off. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed at the Light Touch shadows - given how creamy the 'Pop' shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Palette is, I had somewhat high hopes for this glitter based shadow... but it was quite chalky and powdery (4th finger, right), which surprised me as the other 3 shades in the palette were pretty well pigmented. If you are looking for a drugstore dupe of the Charlotte Tilbury offering, the Smokey Stories quads are probably your best bet, as the 3 main shadows are rather good, especially as, unlike the high-end equivalent, you don't have to go hungry for a week to buy them... but perhaps invest in a glitter pigment like this one to use alongside it rather than going for the Light Touch shades.
Probably my favourite picks from the Christmas collection now: the Color Edition 24 Hr Eyeshadows* (£6.99) in 07 Floccon d'or (above, left) and 08 Marron givré (above, right).
Floccon d'or isn't quite as pigmented as the other shade, and takes a couple of swipes to get full colour pay-off, but I do think that's largely down to my Indian skin-tone. I've had so many compliments wearing these eyeshadows together, with the lighter one across the lid and the darker shade in the crease and lower lashline, I hvae to say the Color Edition 24 Hr Eyeshadows are quite the drugstore gem - definitely a must have, especially in these gorgeous shades.
Over to the Rouge Edition Velvet line-up, now - I've done a full review of the shade Ping Pong here, and whilst the product's formula remains unchanged, a couple of new shades have been added to the range just in time for the party season: Happy Nude Year* (£8.99, above) being just one of them. I previously proclaimed the Rouge Edition nude shades to be completely incompatible with my skin-tone, but with its warm lilac-pink hue, Bourjois have finally added a produced a nude I'll wear happily.
I do think red lips can be a bit of a Christmas makeup cliché, so I'm looking forward to pairing this nude matte-finish lipstick with a super sparkly, smokey eye come party season.
The 1 Seconde Nail Polish range (£6.99 each) also has a couple of new additions: Grey to meet you*, a silver-grey shade (not pictured, forgot to photo it... d'oh) and Glitterizer* (can't find a direct link for this I'm afraid) - a sparkly, glitter-filled topcoat which dries to a gel finish. Slicked over Style*, a cherry red shade, you'll find the perfect Christmas look for your nails!
Unfortunately, given the fact I'm not allowed to wear nail polish in hospital, I haven't had the chance to test these out on myself yet... but I'm sure when I'm exam free and able to indulge in a bit of pampering I'll be able to correct that.
The Mascara Volume 1 Seconde in Ultra Black* (£9.99) has become a new favourite of mine in the space of about a week - and that's no mean feat. Despite the fact I have a full tube of Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara nestled in my makeup bag, I've consistently plumped for this drugstore option these last few days.
I'm always slightly sceptical of the 'darker than black' claim some beauty products have, but I promise it's completely the case with this mascara. The brush is pretty unique (and has been registered as an official Bourjois design... so you won't find an alternative to this mascara in another other brand), and has spherical bristles built into it... apparently this gives more volume to the lashes, and whilst it certainly does do that, I've actually found the best part of this mascara to be its lengthening properties.
Things can get clumpy if you're not careful, though, so to avoid that, always ensure you give the wand a light blot into some tissue before application. I have to say, I do favour the ever-so-slightly spidery lash look, so I love the fact this mascara packs a serious punch when it comes to length and volume.
The new Mega Liner in Ultra Black* (£7.49) is another addition to the Christmas line-up, boasting an ultra black formula and an angulated felt-tip applicator, rather than your run-of-the-mill felt-tip end. I'm so used to working with a normal felt-tip liner that this made quite a refreshing change for me... the slanted tip meant it was really easy to draw the straightest of lines along the lashline, and I felt the staying power was much better than my usual choice of liner. Whilst I think it is as intensely black as my normal choice, I found it actually stayed this way for a lot longer, and I didn't feel like it needed an eyeliner top-up half way through the day as I've found with many other liquid liners.
Whilst the tip is a massive asset for a straight line across the lashes, I did find it a little more tricky to work with when creating a really fine feline flick... so this is where I reverted back to my trusty L'Oréal Paris liner*, but if you're a novice to liquid eyeliner, or are more experienced and want to create a more dramatic cat-eye for the party season (like I will be doing), this Bourjois liner is a great option.