I got my hands on the new Bourjois Paris Smoky Eyes Palettes thanks to a good friend in the UK. She literally ran around trying to locate these little guys as it was a tough one to find. I’m still missing two of the palettes, one of which is the green, that’s the one I really wanted, but I do have a ton of the others to review for you today, good times.
Remember the Bourjois Paris Trios they had a while ago? These were pressed shadows in a trio of contrasting shades, in my opinion, these new smoky palettes are basically the same concept except they come in the standard Bourjois Paris baked formula.
They are lovely but they have their downfalls.
First off, these are a baked formula so it’s kinda like getting three shades of shadow from the Bourjois line in one palette, kinda cool when you think about it. As with most baked formulas you’ll have to work hard to get color pay off with these. They are best used with a sponge applicator as it picks up color and packs it on very well creating better color pay off. In my opinion it’s simply an epic fail trying to apply using brushes. This could sway people from wanting to purchase but I do urge you to give them a try because they are honestly beautiful if you put in a little elbow grease to get them on your eye.
The formula is silky and blends decently but as I said a bit difficult to get good color pay off if you aren’t working on piling it on. Some of the shades are a bit better in terms of creating a look simply because the shades included are sometimes so similar it’s difficult to contrast with them. For example the aqua/teal trio is stunning but it’s very difficult to create any contrast using the shades because they are so much alike.
I love the variety they put out with these. They are available in a total of eight different shade selections so it pretty much covers any and all smoky eyes you’d want to create. My personal favs are the browns, the rose, and the black.
Now although I simply adore the browns it deserves to be mentioned that the two versions are very similar and if you’re indulging you can probably get one or the other but not both. The only real difference is Mordore Chic is a lighter chocolate shade selection and Nude Ingenu is a deeper chocolate. That’s about the extent of it but for the most part they swatch the same and create practically the same look.
The other shades I got were Violet Romantic which is made up of purples, Gris Dandy which is the classic black smoky, Bleu Rock which is a dramatic aqua smoky look, and Rose Vintage which is made up of pinks.
I’m highly debating if I’d call these a great way of creating a smoky eye. Unquestionable they create some very nice, fancy eye looks but I’ve created better smoky looks with other palettes I own.
Overall, I like these alot and I’m very glad I hauled them. I look forward to purchasing the green and gold which are the two shades I am missing. If you love Bourjois Paris I think you’ll likely want to get your hands on these. They aren’t wow aspiring by any means but they are nice to have for creating quickie flattering eye looks without going through a ton of trouble to create the look. Sadly, they aren’t yet available within the US so I do suggest asking a friend abroad to snag them for you or check E-bay.
Anyone try these yet?
On a side note I did not swatch these as they don’t swatch so well on my arm.
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