25th January 2011

Bourjois Little Round Pots

By Get Lippie

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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