Bourjois are such a well known, and well loved high street drugstore brand. Every year they bring out a holiday themed collection, and this year I got to try these out with thanks to Influenster.
This box pretty much contained an entire face worth of a look, including foundation, concealer, mascara, blusher, 3 lipsticks and a miniature eyeshadow palette my Bourjois holiday look only needed a little finessing with some contour and of course a merry glow too. But how well did they all perform?
Let’s break them down and delve in shall we?
I’m gonna jump right in with the foundation first. The Healthy mix foundation in shade rose ivory sounded like it would be a perfect match for my pinky pale skin – unfortunately, this foundation had some insaaaaanely yellow undertones to it. Being named rose ivory I would have assumed this would have had more pinky hues.
It’s formulation however is pretty good – it’s a little runny, but a decent medium coverage and evened my tone out rather well. Sitting at around £10 however, I’m not sure I’d reach out to buy this one first but it’s a good shout nonetheless.
Next up, the Healthy mix concealer. I really like the packaging of the Bourjois concealers, they’re insanely cute and handbag friendly. The doe foot applicator is super soft and dispenses the perfect amount of concealer under eye in one go. However, yet again this stuff is just pure yellow. Whilst this is good to counteract any purple hues that may hover under my… insanely sleep deprived eyes, it’s yellow tone doesn’t allow it to blend past that point.
I can’t say I look good rocking the Simpsons look, just y’know…sayin’
It’s decently priced at around £6 though, so for you gorgeous olive toned/yellow under toned bunch, these would be perfect for you to take on holiday, and of course leave some coin behind for a cocktail upon landing.
Okay….soooo what next.
The Volume glamour push up mascara. The good points about this product? The packaging is pretty cute, classy as are most Bourjois mascaras. It’s also a bristle brush too ( you all know I don’t get on well with plastic ones at all.) It’s all good going however, until you actually use it!
It’s way too wet, in fact it was so wet that it immediately clumped my lashes into one ultra lash and weighed them down. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and went in with scraping off as much excess as I could (and there was a fair amount) alas the formulation is just far too heavy. My short stubby lashes just didn’t benefit from it at all. So for an average £9 a tube it’s pretty safe to say I wont be reaching out for this one again.
Now onto the mini palette included in the box – the smoky stories quad in ‘over rose’. These are cute – again as with the concealer they would be an ideal ‘drop in the bag’ product for the likes of an office party or getting ready at someone else’s. The pigment isn’t insane unfortunately and takes a little building to reach the desired smoky eye effect. It’s winning feature however, is the glitter that sits in the middle of the quad. It’s super pretty and applies perfectly with a finger, it’s also possibly one of the most buttery glitters; it’s not entirely pressed pigment, there’s some shadow with it, I’ve used from drugstores, and for around £8 I probably would look at one of these again.
Then came the blusher in the oh-so-iconic ‘little round pot’ in shade Rose D’or. Now I used to buy these all the time as a teenager, mostly the eyeshadow pots. And well, again, these lack pigment period. The blush required a few swirls to gain some colour and eventually I found some pigment adhering to my cheeks. The shade itself is super pretty, a beautiful delicate pink with a slight orange note beneath it and gold reflects throughout giving a glowy finish. Unfortunately for around £7 a pot, its far too overpriced as a stand-alone blush for me – aside from it lacking the pigmentation, you really gotta werk, werk, werk, werk, werk, werk for this one!
Which leads us to the lipsticks. Yes, lipsticks…you know. The product that I usually despise as I always find they lack the staying power of a liquid lip (ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat)
The Rouge velvet the lipstick err… lipsticks came in 3 shades in this box. Shades included were ‘Magni Fig’, ‘Brunette’ and ‘Berry formidable’. I thought the name choices (aside from brunette) were actually pretty cool, wordplay is a massive eye catcher for me and these did the trick in wording alone. The packaging is stunning and sleek, the Bourjois name stamped into the lid allows it to look rather eye catching and each one closes with a nice satisfying click. The lipstick itself is rather thin, not entirely cigarette thin, but it’s thin enough, its also somewhat tulip shaped at the top and also moulded in a way that hugs your lips as it glides on. So far, so good.
The colours themselves are impressively rich – Berry formidable was the most opaque out of the three, brunette however needed a second coat, But upon application they felt rather moisturising and incredibly comfortable on the lips. They do however have a tendency to bleed with or without liner, so maybe more suited for a night out as opposed to an all day thing. But, they do last well, even through food and topping up wasn’t required as much as I thought it would be. Alas they’re super hard to line the lips with neatly, sooooo you might wanna grab a brush for those parts.
I adored ‘Berry formidable’ it’s such a perfect rich red perfect for winter, ‘magni-fig’ is a deep blue based magenta and brunette is a nice red toned brown. I want to say I love them but I can’t fully commit to that. Whilst the pigmentation is good (for the majority) and they last well for a lipstick, they’re super awkward for application. And again, for sitting around £9 it’s just not something I’d reach out for – hand me a liquid lip and I’m a happy camper!
Overall, I’m very ‘so so’ ‘on the fence’ and ‘meh’ about these products. Whilst I have loved many bourjois things in the past and respect it as a mid-ranged drugstore brand, these ones in particular probably wont have me rushing back to store to restock.
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Sooooo that’s it for this week! (I’ll apologise for my quietness, I’ve firstly been dealing with a house full of chicken pox, secondly – and i’ll link below – I’ve been working on a new YOUTUBE channel! And thirdly how in the heck did Christmas sneak up on us like that?!) I’ll see you all soon dolls
(And now) YouTube!
The products in this review were gifted for free, complimentary from Influenster – all views are my own