June 18, 2008

Summer Must Have Makeup: Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech Review

Aren’t random acts of kindness awesome?

I was discussing Bourjois Paris’s New Rouge Hi-Tech a few weeks ago and one of my readers in England kindly e-mailed me soon after asking if I’d like a CP for it!

A big thanks goes out to Laura for helping the Muse out! Laura sent over my stain with a beautiful card that is now gracing my desk!

You can thank her for this review since this new stain is not yet available within the US as of yet!

At first glance the packaging misleads you into believing this is a creamy lip color however its very much a stain! I couldn’t be more thrilled with this as my very favorite product from Bourjous Paris, Bons Baisers de Paris, has long since been gone from our shelves!

The packaging is identical to the Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow. Unscrew to reveal the top of the wand applicator, pop the applicator out, and you’re ready to rock.

The formula is your typical gel like stain that’s a deep rose pigment. These come in a few shade options and I got the deeper shade of pink available. I didn’t find the formula drying in the least. Since this is a gel-like texture it goes on very moist and wet and leaves behind beautiful, pink lips. I love the look of “just bitten” lips or lips that look like I just had a cherry ice pop and this indeed gives me that look!

This is an ideal item for Summer and definately makes its way onto my Summer Makeup Must Have list simply because it’s refreshing, light, extremely long wearing and gives a beautiful burst of color to my lips without being heavy!

I went ahead and got really random by applying it to my cheeks as well as my lips. I’m happy to report it doubles up as a killer cheek stain. Although I’m somewhat grossed out by using one product on my lips and cheeks (as you may have already read my distaste for this from my Stila Cherry Crush Review) I couldn’t resist trying this out. It gave my cheeks a lovely blushing color! I was so taken with it on my cheeks that I may just need a back up bottle to use as a cheek stain!



I’m thinking at this price you can easily use it as a Benefit Benetint or Posietint dupe! You get almost identical results plus it’s much, much cheaper! This was available on sale at Boots for Β£5.75 and will likely cost between $12 and $16 USD when it arrives on our side of the pond.

All in all Bourjois Paris has another winner on it’s hands! Rouge Hi-Tech definately gets a hearty Muse Approval!

The Muse is loving the cost, loving the fresh look it creates, and really loving the packaging! What’s not to like!

This morning I did a quickie FOTD using Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge on both my lips and my cheeks. I did two versions of the photo which shows me wearing the stain with and without gloss. I think the gloss really makes the color of the stain pop!

Without Gloss

With Gloss

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  • Nic Nic

    omg, im so gonna check this out! much cheaper than benefit too! thanks for the heads up!

  • the Muse

    hey nics!

    def worth checking out as it’s way cheaper than benefit πŸ˜‰ Good deal!!!!!!

    You’re most welcome πŸ˜‰

  • Laura

    I am so happy to know you love it! I bought the same shade as I sent you and wear it daily!

    It really is the perfect pink on you.


  • Liz

    Hmmmm, interesting… you like it and it does look good on you!

    I only tried it on my arm at Boots that time. Maybe I would have liked it better had I tried it on my lips… but with testers, I don’t know, I don’t like putting it on my face.

    I may give it a go again though. πŸ™‚

  • MandyPandy

    Damn the English and their cheap-ass Bourjois! And their awesome Boots’ sales!

  • the Muse

    hi Laura πŸ™‚

    Thanks to YOU! πŸ™‚

    It’s quite a universally flattering shade πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again for pickin’ it up for me!


  • the Muse

    hi liz!


    I don’t blame you! I rarely test anything in store side from arm swatching! Too gross! It’s worth trying out if it’s cheap your side! I really LIKE it! I heard a few people say it’s drying but it’s gel like so I felt it went on wet and glossy!

    Come back and tell us whatcha think if you do try it out πŸ™‚

    Love ya!

  • the Muse

    hey mizz mandy!

    I missed you!

    I gotta admit for England this is damn cheap. I’d expect it to be $50 or something πŸ˜‰

  • Shefali

    This looks great on you! Can’t wait to check it out when it gets to the states!

  • Dancinggal

    Hey Muse,
    So glad you’re doing a few lippie reviews this week, as I seem to be chucking all my money away on that stuff, lol. This colour is really pretty, very subtle, looks great on your lips. Am loving the idea of doubling it as a blush also. I haven’t gotten into liquid blushes yet (although I do own Nars blush in Exhibit A which is AWESOME), so its a neat idea to get a product you can do both with. Will have to give this a try if it ever gets down to Australia.

  • Julie

    Welcome back πŸ™‚

    Ooh, Bourjois has some really nice stuff! I hope this comes out in Australia soon. Probably be overpriced though πŸ™

    It gives such a gorgeous light flush!

  • jojoba

    Bourjois is an OLD love… i used to collect its entire loose eye shadow and blushes and many other stuff.

    this is certainly something new to me. and i am not a lip stain user. BUT i am impressed by the pictures you posted, especially the last one as you look great.

    (btw, this is my very first reply on your site but i have been a SERIOUS reader. :P)

  • the Muse

    hello Shefali!

    I’m eager for it’s release here as well. I’m thinking we’ll see it come fall or maybe late summer πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to try out the other shades πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the comment and hope to speak to you again soon!

  • Abbey

    hiya muse,
    i got this last week…its really amazing ‘cos you dont have to touch it up…it stays for hours!! and looks really subtle and natural, so going back for the others!

  • the Muse

    hello there Dancinggal!

    Since you’re on a lippie kick I’ll do a few more πŸ˜‰ I’m doing a “Summer Must Have” for lips so that should be something good to look forward too πŸ˜‰

    If you like a pinch of color this is perfect. It blends super on my cheeks and lasted a good long time!

    Exhibit A I haven’t tried..Hmm! Must go check it out πŸ˜‰

    Multitasking products in the Summer are always a plus for me as I like to go a bit lighter with my makeup πŸ˜‰

    I hope it gets to you down under πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the awesome comment! Hope to speak to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    Hi Julie!

    Thank you kindly πŸ™‚ good to be home!

    Aw πŸ™ sigh overpriced makeup in Aussie stinks πŸ˜›

    It would be great for your warmer weather πŸ™‚ Nice, fresh pink cheeks!

  • the Muse

    hello jojoba!

    Me too. It’s one of the first few brands that I started collecting πŸ™‚

    Thanks! I thought it gave a nice fresh, “pinched” look!

    It’s worth checking out for yourself for sure in my humblest. Good humid, hot weather makeup πŸ˜‰

    Awww thanks for taking time out to reply and the read my silly babblings. Appreciate it πŸ™‚

    I hope I’ll hear from you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hi abbey!

    Yay! Oh my gosh yes. Yesterday I had tea plus I wiped my mouth and it was still pink πŸ˜‰

    Def want the other colors too πŸ˜‰

    Have you tried it as a cheek stain?

    works awesome!

  • LithiaBlack

    I so need to try one of those!

    I love the idea of lipstain but so far I have’nt found any that I liked. Or I did find a great stain but the packaging sucked (Stila’s Lip Rouge, great stain but the cap of the pen come of all the time wich make the pen tip dry = wasted money).

    Then we have Cherry Crush, also a god stain but I find it almost impossible to get out of the klick pen dispenser.

    The Body Shop’s stain taste awful, and Urban Decay’s Lip Envy had a weird smell…

    Oh, this took a turn into a rant..sorry. But yoy can see that I’ve been through a couple of products in my search πŸ˜€

    I have to go online and look for the Bourjois stain πŸ˜€
    Thank you for a great rewiew!

  • the Muse

    hi lithiaBlack!

    How are you!?

    They are very worth your time. I’m looking forward to them popping up my side of the world!

    Stains are everywhere but it’s hard to find a good one that blends well and looks natural!

    I never tried the Stila one but I’ve been tempted some.

    UD makes one that’s like the Stila and it’s really quite like a magic marker. I LIKE it but it’s kinda dark so I don’t use it alot.

    Really??? I got a few duds for Cherry Crush..click pen broke etc..but the ones that actually did work I didn’t have to much prob with. The formula is excellent and I don’t mind the click pen but I think a sponge applicator would have def been a nice idea!

    I don’t really like tbs one at all. It does taste bed and it’s kinda like putting water on your lips. It’s not pigmented enough either πŸ˜›

    Lip Envy I never had a prob with but I actually like this BP one much better. It has better pigmentation!

    No no! Rant away! You’re totally entitled πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying your take on stains πŸ™‚

    It’s hard find the just right product. Are you within the US or UK? Sorry if I asked already and somehow forgot. If you’re in the UK I highly recommend tracking done the BP pen style stains. VS makes a similar one if you’re in the US…I haven’t personally tried the VS version but the BP version is my all time favorite, must have item and I have a funny feeling it may likely still be available abroad!

    You’re most welcome!

    Thanks for the great comment!

    Always a pleasure speaking to you!

  • LithiaBlack

    Hi again!

    I’m fine, but are longing for my vacation weeks πŸ™‚

    I’m living in Sweden, the absolute backalley of the cosmetic world, so most of my make up shopping is done online or when I travel to Paris twice a year.

    I looked for the BJ “magic marker” last time I was there but wasn’t able to find it so I tried Cherry Crush. I think I might have bad luck and gotten a bad click pen or something. Because when I try to use it I got no product or a shit load of product. This kind of pisses me off so I don’t use it a lot. It’s a shame though, I love the smell, the taste and the flush of color the stain gives.

    I’ve tried to find the UD “magic marker” too, but none of the shops I’ve found it in ships to Sweden.

    It is a bit boring that the scandinavian drugstrore brands (we do have a few that has good quality) don’t make stains. They all go for lipgloss or lipstick instead.

    Well, I hope I can get my hands on some BJ stain soon πŸ™‚

    Nice talking to you, too.


  • Beauty Addict

    Hi Izzy, the summer collection of BP is out here but I don’t recall seeing these stains. Hopefully it’ll be coming in so can check it out. Looks very user friendly!

    The click pen on Stila Cherry Crush is driving me mad! It takes FOREVER to dispense and being the impatient me, I’ve lost wasted some products with my overzealous clicking of pen.

    TBS one is good as a cheek stain but not a lip stain. Too watery to stay put and dry properly.

    gracie πŸ™‚

  • the Muse

    hi lithiaBlack!

    I bet! I know that feeling!

    *smacks forehead* I think you told me that! Forgive me for forgetting?

    Paris! w00t! Can I come?

    Damn. I really love those things. I think they are long since gone πŸ™

    It really stinks b/c you can’t return it πŸ™ they’d happily take it back here but I doubt you get the same CS in Sweden πŸ™ Sorry about that lovie.

    It does taste lovely πŸ˜‰ doesn’t it?

    I don’t even think UD has the magic marker anymore but I have seen it on E-bay! Have you tried the US Ebay site? They have ridiculously low prices on UD!

    I adore stains for both my cheeks and lips. I’d be lost without them!

    Hopefully we both can πŸ˜‰ Maybe it’ll pop up soon!

    Good talking to you too! Thanks for the comment πŸ˜‰

  • the Muse

    hi there miss gracie.

    Mmm they are available within the UK so far but maybe soon on my end and yours.

    I love a good multitasking product.

    Someone above just said they hated the click pen too and it was being a pain in the arse πŸ˜‰

    I do the overzealous kicking with my YSL pen and it’s a big goop of highlighter that pops up πŸ˜‰

    TBS agreed! πŸ™ Doesn’t work well as a lip stain at all blah πŸ˜›

  • the Muse

    morning gloria!

    def worth checking out πŸ˜‰ It’ll look lovely on your skin tone too!

    I’m positive it’ll pop up here sometime soon!

  • Rebecca

    What a lovely shade of pink!! It suits your skin tone wonderfully πŸ™‚ I definitely want this now πŸ™‚

    Did you get it in the shade ‘Groseille Irreelle’?

  • the Muse

    hi rebecca!

    Aw thanks πŸ™‚ so much!

    mmm no I believe it’s called rose something!? I’ll look tonight and post the name πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Rebecca

    thanks for the quick response! ohh i’d really appreciate that! i’m doing a swap on MUA for this product and i’m unsure of the shade you’re sporting. it’s just so pretty!

    could it be ‘rose pixel’? i just hope that when i apply it, it turns out as wonderful as it does on you!

  • the Muse

    hello rebecca!

    please excuse my delay in replying!

    The correct shade was Groseille Irreelle! You were right!

    Aw thanks! I hope it works a treat on you when you get it!

    Do stop by and let me know?!

  • Rebecca

    hi muse,

    i finally received the bourjois rouge hi-tech in the shade ‘groseille irreelle’ and it’s beautiful!!! the colour suits my skin tone (thank goodness) and it’s the perfect pink shade for me! i have many pink blushes but they always seem to turn a peachy/nars orgasm kind of colour once applied, which is rather odd but this liptint maintains the same pink shade on my cheeks as well as my lips.

    thanks for your help and thanks for this post! if it weren’t this review, i probably would have never found my HG cheek/liptint product:):)

  • the Muse

    hi rebecca!

    thanks so much for dropping back tot ell me!!!!

    yay! I’m so glad it’s perfect for your skin!

    It sounds like it works amazingly well for you! Fantastic! That makes me so happy πŸ˜‰

    Aw you’re most welcome, it’s my pleasure πŸ™‚

    Enjoy lovie!

    I hope to talk to you again really soon!

  • pinkest pout

    I adore the rouge hi-techs! I was wondering why i hadn't seen any reviews on blogs or on youtube , didn't realize it didnt come out in the states..I got 3 of them as soon as I saw them, they're gorgeous <3

  • the Muse

    hi there pinkest pout!

    Me too, thesewere fab. I got two colors now and want the 3rd they have.

    Sadly not as of yet πŸ™ And I doubt they will in all honesty!

    Damn it!

    Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • Misty

    Hi, Muse!!

    I love your blog!! πŸ˜‰

    I have this product and I absolutely love it!! ^^ And it’s good because you have 200,000 products in one. It’s not only a blush and a liptint, but it can be several labials. Try applying several layers of it. The colour deepens to a dazzling red!! So you can get several shades with just one product πŸ˜‰ And with a gloss on top, not only do you have 100,000 shades of liptint, but also 100,000 shades of gloss!! ^^

    I also have rose pixel (#84). It’s similar to groseille irΓ©ele, but less harsh. I’m so buying more of these products!! XD I want to try Benetint and Posietint, but I don’t want to spend all that money right now… I’m in no rush to try them, I can wait, but one day they will be my victims!! XD

  • the Muse

    hi misty!

    Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ I truly appreciate you’re reading my blog!

    I simply love it too..it’s amazing! I agree it really multitasks well plus you can do bold or subtle looks so pretty!

    I must say this is actually better than Benetint!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ plus it’s heaps cheaper πŸ™‚

    Thanks for all your lovely comments!


  • Christina

    hi gals,

    I get most of my Bourjois stuff from UK ebay sellers… have had nothing but positive experience so far. And their international shipping was cheap too.. I could not have as many Bourjois products as I own without ebay πŸ˜‰