Friday, 8 July 2011

Bourjois Intense Eyeshadows and Brush

Came across the Bourjois Intense Eyeshadows (S$19) at Robinsons in Centrepoint today.

Made from 87% mineral pigments, these baked eyeshadows promise 16 hours of wear and twice more coverage than a classic eyeshadow in one single application. Available in 10 shades, the eyeshadows are hypoallergenic and free of parabens and fragrance. The pots are slimmer compared to the Little Round Pots and do not contain a brush.

When swatched dry, these required a couple of layers to show up nicely. I think these would definitely benefit greatly from the use of a primer or perhaps applied with a wet brush. The four shades that I swatched had very refined sparkles. (The lower half of the swatches of #6 and #9 rubbed off by accident.)

I wasn't tempted by the Intense Eyeshadows but the dual-ended brush caught my eye. This usually retails at S$12. Thanks to Robinsons' ongoing 20% discount, I paid only S$9.60 for it.

The brush is made in China and has a sponge tip on one end and a smudge brush on the other end. The brush feels nicely dense and firm with zero scratchiness.

Compared with the Anna Sui Eyeliner Brush and MAC #228, the Bourjois brush is slightly wider and quite a bit thicker. I usually use MAC #228 and the Anna Sui brush for more precise application along my lashlines.

The Bourjois brush is about the same width as MAC #213 but with bristles that are about half the length of #213.

Bourjois' Mineral Matte brush (S$12) is another gem of a brush that's very affordable. It's excellent for applying cream and powder foundations.

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