Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Bourjois Little Round Pots
I love me some Bourjois, I think they're actually my favourite high street brand. I find their products are very high quality for the price point (even as I notice that price point is creeping ever-upwards these days), but it's fair to say that my makeup collection contains a sizeable collection from the brand.
When I discovered they'd relaunched their entire collection of "Little Round Pots" recently - after being astonished to discover they were 150 years old! - I was a little concerned, as sometimes, reformulation generally means poorer quality, but on trialling a few over the last month or two I've had my concerns allayed somewhat, and I'm happy to say that the new, reformulated Little Round Pot is better than ever.
I picked up a selection of shades to try, as you can see above, clockwise from bottom left you have:
02 - glorious mermaid blue (shimmer)
04 - beautiful deep purple (shimmer)
14 - steely grey (shimmer)
07 - deep blackened forest green (shimmer)
74 - purple-based taupe (shimmer)
13 - lightly pinked-purple (glitter)
11 - concrete grey (glitter)
and in the centre, there is: 08 - an apricot-beige highlight shade.
Previously, the LRPs might have been considered a little hard, and were occasionally hard to blend, owing to their baked texture, but I've found that they're a lot softer these days, and easier to blend as a result. If you're applying them dry, however (or without a base) then a lot of these shades can appear muddy if you over-blend.
I swatched them with a slightly damp brush, and I found this was amazing for bringing out the pigment to its full extent, some of these shades are very lovely indeed:
Also, using a slightly damp brush (swatches are shown without a primer) means you get minimal fallout, and the glitter in the more dramatic shades will stay put!
In slightly different (less direct) light:
One quick note, if you apply the blue damp, it will stain your skin - I found that out the hard way! I think my favourites are 11, 74 and seven. How about you?
The Fine Print: PR samples, but I've bought loads of these too ... gotta love 'em.
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