Howdy Beauty Buddies…
I think I may have a slight addiction to Bourjois. Looking back on my posts over the last few months (and at the stash of goodies I’m yet to review) Bourjois seems to crop up time & time again. Maybe it’s the chic packaging, the sexy French pronunciation 😉 or possibly that their products lure me in with a beautiful range of colour options. Either way, I’m having a Bourjois phase right now and I’m hoping the Smokey Stories Quad Palette in ‘Over Rose’ doesn’t disappoint. If you fancy taking a quick peek at my recent ‘Autumn Inspired BOOTS Beauty Haul’ then *Click Here*
Sitting comfy? Then let’s take a closer inspection…
What Bourjois Say…
“Prime, shadow, define and highlight the eyes with Bourjois Quad Smokey Stories eyeshadow. Each palette has 4 complimentary shades that blend effortlessly together to create the perfect smoky eye.
And what’s more, the lightest shade has an integrated base primer to prolong colour for 12hr hold.
Available in 8 smouldering shades.”
Let’s Talk Packaging…
It’s chic simple and pretty. Okay so it’s plastic and probably not going to win any innovation awards for product styling but all-in-all it looks rather pretty in my shadow collection – though it does feel like it could be easily damaged so handle with caution gals. As usual, it comes with a teeny double-ended sponge tip applicator – which if truth be told usually ends up in the bin as I find them rather useless however they are rather handy when you’re topping up your peepers on a night out.
The Smokey Eye Masterclass…
Another cute little feature (which is great for those that aren’t too confident when it comes to shadow placement) is what Bourjois refer to as ‘The Smokey Eye Masterclass‘ – 4 simple steps to keeping you right when applying your shades correctly. You can even pop onto the Bourjois website and watch a tutorial if visual tips are more your thing…
1. PRIME with the lightest shade: apply over entire eyelid to prolong colour
2. SHADOW with the medium shade: blend into the outer corner of the eye
3. DEFINE with the darkest shade: trace along the upper lash line and sweep into the socket
4. HIGHLIGHT with the glitter: lightly dab onto the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone to illuminate the eye
What About The Formula…
I must admit all shades are incredibly creamy and silky to touch – even the primer (the lightest shade) is really lovely and feels no different to the colours. According to Bourjois, it stays put for 12 hours and I have to say it’s really impressed me as it was on for a solid 10 hours with me and only faded slightly under the eyes where I applied the darker shade to ‘smoke it out’ a little. Fall-out is surprisingly minimal with the coloured shades, however, the sparkly highlighter/illuminator in the centre of the palette is quite messy so if you’re not a huge fan of shimmer approach with caution as a little goes a long way. The finish of the shadows sits somewhere between a matte and a shimmer so it really is a very happy medium!
Available in 8 quad shades so a decent range of colour choice
Beautiful buttery feel to the formula
£7.99 – a great price for quality shadows that last a good length of time
Available in a range of drug stores
Small and compact to pop in your handbag
Applicator is of a decent quality (compared to some)
Mini online tutorial to help keep you on top of your application
Packaging is a little flimsy and cheap
The pans of the shadows would benefit from a lip/frame to stop colours blending into each other inside the palette
Highlighter shade has masses of fall out – if only it was as creamy as the shades!
Overall I’m reeeeeeally impressed with this cute little compact. The colours are incredibly easy to blend, very creamy and surprisingly long lasting. For £7.99 it’s definitely a winner in my books! *Click Here* to check it out via Boots online store.
Have you tried the Bourjois Smokey Stories Quad Palette? If so, what’s been your final verdict? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter
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