Testing Bourjois Makeup

Today is an exciting one because I will be reviewing a bunch of Bourjois makeup which was kindly gifted to me in a VoxBox by Influenster to test out as part of the Bourjois Kissmass campaign. 

I have tried a couple of products from Bourjois in the past, from what I remember I quite liked what I tested so I had high hopes for what I was gifted this time round. The box included a foundation and concealer from their healthy mix range, mascara, 3 velvet rouge lipsticks, eyeshadow quad and a pot blush.

Sadly some products didn't work too well for my skin type but there were others that I loved & would highly recommend to you, keep reading to find out my thoughts on each.

First thing that caught my eye in the box was the healthy mix foundation, I used to be really keen on the healthy mix serum foundation back in the day which was more of a light - medium coverage but since then my skin has became more spot/scar prone and oily so that formula really wouldn't suit me nowadays. Regardless I still had high hopes for this one even though the dreaded word 'radiant' is used to describe the foundation.

The coverage is medium but buildable and the shade match was perfect, (I received mine in the lightest shade, 51 light vanilla. There is only 9 shades to choose from.) The formula is infused with vitamins C, E and B5 which gives the skin that anti fatigued look, I have to say it did do a great job of evening out my complexion. 

It feels really hydrating and does give you radiant skin like the claims suggest but for my oily skin it just wasn't suited for me, at first it looked gorgeous after I set it down with a loose powder, sadly after a few hours my skin was like an oil slick, patchy and I could really feel it sitting on my skin, not pleasant at all. If they made a matte version then I would be all for this. For all you dry girls, this would be perfect! 

To go along with the foundation is the healthy mix concealer, again infused with vitamin C, E & B5 but only comes in 3 shades, utter pants! Usually I need a full coverage concealer to hide all my imperfections, especially if I am using a more medium coverage foundation, this as expected did nothing for me but made my skin look even more dewy and the shade match was way too dark and yellow for my skin, I could never use this on its own the colour is that bad. Again, if you have dry skin with hardly any imperfections then I think this will be well suited for you. But for me, it's a big no no. 

I'm not one to gravitate towards little eyeshadow quads, I much prefer a decent size pallet with 8 or more shades but this little quad would be ideal for people that travel often and like to keep luggage light and need something quick and easy to use, or it would be great for beginners jumping into the world of makeup. These pallets come in 8 colour varieties too. 

I used all 4 colours on my eyes, the 3 main colours are pigmented and blended really nicely together in the crease (the burgundy shade is gorgeous), both deep shades build up well for a more intense colour aswell. I did have some trouble with the glitter shade located in the middle of the pallet, I applied that to the center of my lid for some glitz. Long story short, it has AWFUL chunky fall out which ended up in my eye and causing quite a bad irritation. 

It did look really pretty and sparkly on the eyes with a purple shift but I really don't recommend using it unless you have a glitter glue primer. By the end of the day I had no glitter left on my lids but instead all over my face and in my eye. I never use primers on my eyelids and have never felt the need to use one, I must have good eyelids or something but for this particular shade, big mistake by skipping that step. 

I probably won't reach for this pallet often but I do like the colour selections Bourjois has to offer, I believe this particular pallet is a new edition to the smoky story range. I would love to see a bigger pallet by them but maybe skip on the glitters?

Mascaras are very hit and miss with me but also something I am not too fussed about at the same time. Aslong as it gives my lashes a curl and doesn't transfer then it is good enough for me, this glamour push up sadly was abit meh and underwhelming.

I found the formula to be too wet for my liking which was making the application a nightmare but it never made my lashes turn into really clumpy spiders legs, a good thing I suppose unless you like that sort of look. 

I love that it was very black in colour with no transfer, so many I try end up being more grey toned which does no favours for my cool toned lashes. I never ended up with panda eyes or flakey bits all over my cheeks so that's a plus.

I didn't see much lift in my lashes nor did they look seperated, I love my eyelashes to look long, thick and natural but this kinda just made a few lashes stick together and still looked fairly flat, no curl or length in sight.

I wish I had better things to say about this but it was just a flop in my opinion.


I am so excited to finally have my hands on some of the new Rouge Velvet lipsticks, I have had my eye on a few colours for a while but never got round to picking any up and now I've tried them, I NEED more! 

The formula is exactly like the name says, velvety smooth which dries down to a matte finish. Bourjois claims 24 hour wear but tbh I don't quite believe any claim like that, I won't be wearing makeup for that long to test out anyway. The collection comes in 12 shades and I am lucky enough to now own 3 of them, all very vampy and perfect for christmas time. Shades 10, 11 and 12. 

10 Magni Fig - Deep plum
11 Berry Formidable - Burgundy red
12 Brunette - Reddish brown  

Before I applied any of the colours to my lips I done some swatches on my arm and I was blown away by how smooth and creamy they were. One very light swipe is all I needed for a fully opaque swatch. 

The tip of the lipstick has a slight curve to it and that really helped with application, it hugged my lips perfectly for easy application. I have lopsided lips and always struggle with the cupids bow area but thanks to the tear drop shape of the lipstick, it was super easy with no corrections to be made, even with the colour being deep and typically harder to work with. Of course lipliners would make a more crisp outline but I honestly don't think it is difficult to achieve the same look without one.

The formula does dry down fully matte without feeling uncomfortable or drying. Typically I have to use a lip balm under every lipstick I use but I find the formula of these to be so comfortable that a balm isn't necessary. Longevity of all the lipsticks are pretty good, lasting around 4/5 hours before any fading was noticed.

I will 100% be taking a trip to Boots to pick up some of the more neutral shades Bourjois has to offer! Highly recommend if you love a matte lip.  

I love how compact this little blusher is, so easy to pop in your bag on the go with a handy mirror built in the component and a little brush inside too, although I find the brush abit pants and too scratchy for my liking, a nice fluffy brush is what I prefer to lightly apply my blusher.

The baked formula is really nice and feels smooth on the skin when I applied it but the colour wasn't my favourite, I felt like it didn't suit my skintone and it kinda just blended away into nothing so I had to layer alot. 

I prefer a matte mauve shade sweeped across my cheeks rather than a baby pink glitter like this one (the photo makes it look much nicer & doesn't pick up the glitter but trust me it's there.) If that is something you like then this will be right up your street, but for me I didn't really see anything on my skin but a whole lot of sparkle. Intrigued to try more colours from this range though since the formula is lovely. 

There is a floral scent in the powder, not like an overpowering old lady perfume though so don't panic, personally I don't mind it. I wasn't able to smell it once applied to the skin but when I open the pot the scent can seem abit too much, just be mindful of that incase you are really sensitive to scents.

So that was everything I got in my Influenster VoxBox.  Although I didn't love everything included I enjoyed testing new products and exploring Bourjois as a brand abit more. Big thanks to Influenster for choosing me to be a part of your campaign. 

Thanks for reading,


*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.