I don’t know how well my blogging about events I’ve attended fits with Get Lippie (my idea behind the blog is that it’s all about the products and if they work or not, rather than about me) but I figured I’d tell you about this one, and see how well – or not – it goes down. Anyway, last Saturday, along with a couple of other bloggers, I was invited along to Bourjois HQ to see their latest summer releases, it’s always exciting to be invited “behind the scenes” and this was no exception. The champagne and cupcakes on offer made it a delightful afternoon and were very welcome after a bit of a stressful morning! I was a bit worried when they said this year’s summer collection was inspired by “brown and tangerine” as I still have horrendous memories of my mum’s brown and tangerine decorating scheme back in the early 80’s … anyway, Bourjois’ take on it is actually very lovely, coral lips and nails and a new limited edition brown eyeshadow Tabac Blond (much more exciting than it sounds, honest!) alongside new liner shades, 4 new blushers, a new mascara and new range of foundations and concealers. Sadly, we weren’t able to pick up samples of the lipstick and the nail varnish, but celebrity makeup artist Cassie Lomas was on hand to show us how to create this gorgeous look: (horrific photo – sorry Giorge!) I’ve had a chance to play with the bits of the collection I do have now, and I have to say that Bourjois are really impressing me at the moment! For the price point, their products really are excellent quality, and more and more these days I find myself reaching for their products over and above their more expensive counterparts. Here’s my thoughts on the new launches: Healthy Mix Foundation and Concealer I’ve been using the foundation for an entire week now, and I really love it. It comes in 8 shades, which is the widest range of colours Bourjois have introduced in a foundation range to date – but, I’m sad to report, they still “don’t really cater” for darker Asian or African skins. It is infused with Apricot, Melon, Apple and Ginger for radiance, hydration, anti-oxidant and “energy” (um … not entirely convinced I need an energetic foundation, but hey ho …) so it smells delicious. It’s a semi-matte formulation (what I usually refer to as a satin), a rich, thick liquid, it’s easy to apply and spreads well. I find it gives a medium coverage, and leaves a slight sheen on the skin: I’m shade 52, warm vanilla. The bottle states it’ll last up to 16 hours, I find it lasts around 8, but that’s not really a big deal. I’m a big fan of this product, it’s impressed me a lot more than some high-end foundations I’ve tried in the recent past. The concealer, I’m not such a big fan of. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually an excellent concealer in itself, pigmented and creamy with excellent coverage, but the lip balm-style tube with a wedge applicator strikes me as a bit wasteful – it’s very easy to squeeze too much out. Other people might not find this so much of a problem though, I am notoriously cack-handed! Tabac Blond Eyeshadow This is a lovely golden-taupe shade, with a little golden shimmer to it. I’ve worn it four or five times over the last week – both with and without primer – and I’ve been really impressed with it’s staying power. Even without primer it lasts around six hours with only minimal creasing. Sadly, I took the worst swatch pics of this EVER, so will retake them and bring them to you soon. Blush Out of the four new shades they’re introducing, I chose Tomette D’Or, which Bourjois are referring to as a browny-pink. Personally, I think there’s a hint of red in there, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful shade: Eyeliner This is the green duochrome shade that Cassie used to line the lower inner lash-line of her model: Love the shade, and it’s a lot easier to wear than I expected it to be, but I find it doesn’t last all that well on me. Ultra Care Mascara This is a great mascara, excellent for lash-building and doesn’t dry out on your lashes or make them crispy. I’ve used it in all my makeovers lately, and it’s been great, definitely my new default makeover mascara, as because it’s formulated for sensitive eyes, I don’t really have to worry about my models having a reaction: And that’s all she wrote! What do you think? Do you want to hear more about events I’ve attended? Will you pick up any of the new Bourjois products? What new high street products have impressed you?