Not so long ago Bourjois launched new eyeshadow quads which have been created to take the fuss out of creating a smoky eye. Along with the traditional grey/black toned eyeshadow options Bourjois have eight colour palettes to allow you to pick and choose wither you want a funky, bold statement as a spin on a classic look (I adore a blue smoky eye) or perhaps something more office friendly in soft tones of nude and pink. Whatever your mood or taste you can pretty much guarantee you'll find a palette to suit your needs.
If I am being entirely honest the packaging is a little on the bulky side and the overall plastic design does make the palette appear to be cheap. At £7.99 per palette something has to give and as long as the packaging protects the product inside I am happy - which it does. The foam applicators I could live without but commend the brand for opting for transparent casing as it does make shade selection far easier should you purchase more than one palette.
As mentioned there is eight shade options to choose from, I was kindly sent four to put to the test: 01 Grey & Night - your classic grey colour scheme with two greys (one light, one deep), a bright white and of course a silver glitter shade, 02 Over Rose - is pink toned with a light pink, a mid toned pinky purple and a deep plum finished with a pink glitter segment in the middle. Perhaps my favourite is 04 Rock this Khaki - three various tones of grey based greens completed with a bright but light golden highlighter in the centre, 05 Good Nude - three purple tinged brown shades with a bright silver highlight option.
Regular fans of Bourjois eyeshadows will be pleased to know that the formula is what we have all come to love and expect - well pigmented, easy to blend out and wears well even on oily lids (I do recommend a primer as I do with every powder product). A couple of the lighter shades were a little chalky but nothing too temperamental. As you can see each palette has a glitter segment in the centre this is called the "Light Touch"and has been intended for use in the inner corner corner to brighten and open the eyes. It can of course be packed all over the eye for a full on glitter finish or dampened to create a glitter liner. Despite being a glitter it isn't all gritty and not prone to fall out (nothing worse than glitter all over your face when all you wanted was a little pop of pizazz!) and surprisingly subtle and grown up when applied in the corner of the eyes.
All in all great little palettes that really do take the fuss out of creating a smoky eye.
Bourjois Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Quads £7.99 via Boots - link.
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