The Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow and Liners are chunky crayon style pencils that admittedly are not the easiest to sharpen - quite wasteful due to the soft texture but they are worth bearing with. The chunky style is deceiving as the nib can be sharpened (albeit it with patience) into a fairly sharp point for precision. The style and slight weight to each pencil makes use a breeze which is only heightened by the beautifully creamy formulation, that could rival any high end brand offering out there.
As you can see the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow and Liners come in a great array of shades, six no less which includes many neutrals, a pop of colour and few shades ideal for smoking out. The shades are as follows: 01 Noir Abstrat - a matte, blue bases black, 02 Brun Dadaiste - a deep, golden bronze with plenty of shimmer, a great dupe for ByTerry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection, 03 Beige Minimal - a light, shimmery, yellow toned beige, 04 - Rose Fauviste - a light, beautiful shimmer based rose gold, 05 Mauve - a light, glittery lilac and lastly 06 - Grid Graffiti - again glitter based but a little more subtle, a light blue toned grey.
I made a shade comparison above to the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadows when really I should state that the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadows aren't worlds apart either. Both are creamy, easy to apply and blend out (or smudge if that is your style), not to mention well pigmented and dual purpose; the main difference is the price - one will set you back £6, the other £29! Truthfully the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadows are more user friendly the pencil style allows you to apply with precision be it to line or shade the eyelid. If you like soft kohl style liners the Bourjois Colorband's do not disappoint you can line with ease, safe in the knowledge that they don't tug on such a delicate area. The soft texture does set almost instantaneously so if using as an eyeshadow or perhaps a base for powder eyeshadow you do have to blend quickly. On the plus side once set they do not budge, live up to the waterproof claim and more importantly (in my book anyway) they do not crease nor flake off! As a stand alone eyeshadow on my oily eyelids they wear for up to six hours without primer; eight with. Truthfully as an eyeliner the wear time is dramatically reduced with around four hours of wear per application but then again my eyes are fairly watery at the best of times! Other than that and the slight sharpening issue, I would say the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow and Liner Crayons are the one to beat within the cream eyeshadow market.
Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow and Eyeliner Crayon £5.99 each via Boots - link.
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