The Bourjois Smokey Eye

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m not a pro when it comes to eyeshadow. The lack of pretty coloured powder featured on this website is testament to that. After a good three years of fitting into the “beauty obsessive category” (which brings me to realise I will have been blogging for three years in 2014 – holy crapola…) I’m finally getting to grips with the whole more than one shade, defining and shaping deal, about time, I know. But when a one shade wonder comes along I cant quite help but revert back to the basics – enter Bourjois.

When my lovely lady Luce popped up a post on the Bourjois Colour Edition 24hr Cream to Powder Shadow (I’m never saying that out loud in a video – I can’t speak at the best of times) in Prune Nocturne I couldn’t help but watch as it fell into my basket on my latest trip to boots.

I’ve seen the texture of the shadows divide opinions a little, but I personally like the cream to powder feel of this one and find it surprisingly easy to work with. I use my ring finger to pat the product on to my lid and the product transfers from tip to lid better than a lot of other cream to shadow powders. I then blend it in with a Mac 217 before it sets. It blends out easily and gives a warm smokey gradient from the lash line upwards. Easy everyday autumnal eyes. (Excuse the lack of full eyelid shot here – I have some serious eye eczema going on!)

If you wanted to smoke it up even more you can run the product under the eyes. For me this technique is a one way road to droopy dull eyes, so I keep the lower lash line clean, and if I feel the need to smoke things out further? Well, that’s where MACs Smut eyeshadow comes in. Yes, I know, a second shadow?! But bear with me here. Tucked into the outer corners of the crease, it adds a little extra depth to the eye and lifts everything up a little, perfect for taking one shadow from day to night. Not that that’s happened yet, I’ve been off work so the most action this look got was a trip to Tesco, but rest assured it lasted (on my currently super dry eye lids) and stayed put for a good four hours – then I decided it was time for a face mask. As you do at 3pm.


  1. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:16 am

    I love the texture and formula of these, and they feel great on the eyelid! Lovely look will try and recreate something similar :o). Xx

  2. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:32 am

    lovely suzie, going to pick this up at lunch! x


  3. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:40 am

    They look great on you! I got some burgundy eye shadow and didn't know how to use it :p Thanks!

  4. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:49 am

    Pretty colour, I've never tried these before but they look really good! X

  5. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:53 am

    I love the formula of these – need to expand my collection definitely.

  6. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:54 am

    This shade is lovely. I wish i could do a flick to accompany mine, but I still cant master that!

    Roxanne | Sweet Style Beauty

  7. 14 Nov 2013 / 10:29 am

    Such a lovely makeup look !

  8. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:01 am

    I love the colour however the other ones I've tested in stores I've not been a huge fan of the formula. Much prefer the colour tattoo's.

  9. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:12 am

    This is a gorgeous colour. Can I ask on a side note what you're doing about your eye eczema? I'm also suffering with it at the moment but anything I'm putting on just seems to be making my eyelids more dry and flakey (lovely!)

  10. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:28 am

    Very pretty .. Loving the sound of these Bourjois Colour Edition eyeshadows and I think I will definitely be picking up a few on my next trip to Boots 🙂 xx

    Rachael | ♥

  11. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:47 am

    I was sent one of these and liked it, but definitely don't think they're as good as the maybelline alternatives. This is such a pretty colour though!

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  12. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:52 am

    I really need to pick up the Bourjois 24 hr Eyeshadows. I have the Maybelline versions and seen the shades of the Bourjois ones an fell in love. Definitely on my wishlist!

    Jess // Coffee and Cosmetics xo

  13. 14 Nov 2013 / 12:13 pm

    Beautiful color!<3

  14. 14 Nov 2013 / 12:30 pm

    Gorgeous I need this shade!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  15. 14 Nov 2013 / 12:57 pm

    I've heard that the texture of these is similar to those Chanel cream shadows. I've been swatching this shade a few times in store and it looks lovely on you, you may have just convinced me to pick a little pot of this up soon x

  16. 14 Nov 2013 / 1:29 pm

    I love the deep rich colour of this – I think it might fall into my basket on my next boots trip too! x

  17. 14 Nov 2013 / 1:30 pm

    This shade is absolutely gorgeous! I do love a good cream eyeshadow x

    Elissa |

  18. 14 Nov 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Absolutely adore that shade.

    Vickie xo | vickieblogs

  19. 14 Nov 2013 / 2:09 pm

    this looks so lovely, such a great shade for winter.I've been considering picking these up for a while, the colours & texture are so much more me than the colour tattoos! Hope your poor eyes feel better soon.

    Katy xx

  20. 14 Nov 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Such a pretty autumn/winter color 🙂

    xx Caroline

  21. 14 Nov 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Very pretty.

  22. 14 Nov 2013 / 3:11 pm

    I love this colour! I need to start using my berry shades as this looks lovely 🙂

  23. 14 Nov 2013 / 3:43 pm

    This looks so nice! I would never pick that colour but I might have to give it a go now because it looks stunning! 🙂

    Alice xxx

  24. 14 Nov 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Oh I've never tried a shade like this but it's looks so stunning!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  25. 14 Nov 2013 / 6:00 pm

    That is funny I JUST bought this the other day and LOVE it! Its not something I would normally go for but its so rich in colour and not too shimmery. Its lovely on you! X

  26. 14 Nov 2013 / 6:02 pm

    amazing colour!

  27. 14 Nov 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Looks beautiful, I love this colour so so much! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  28. 14 Nov 2013 / 8:30 pm

    That berry shade looks beautiful on you & is the perfect winter shade

  29. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:32 pm

    The colour loooks amazing on you! Its very similar to pomegranette from maybelline colour tattoos


  30. 14 Nov 2013 / 9:50 pm

    That colour suits you SO well!! It literally matches your skin and eye colour perfectly especially now in autumn 🙂
    Love you blog, its amazing.

    Lots of love, and keep them posts coming, I love reading them 🙂
    Trae xox

  31. 14 Nov 2013 / 11:08 pm

    Love this colour, it looks great on you too! x

  32. 15 Nov 2013 / 12:13 am

    Going to try this look out with my Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Colour Tattoo. Great look!


  33. 15 Nov 2013 / 2:55 am

    How do you get that eyeliner tick so perfect?! Really suits you xx
    Life of Verity

  34. 15 Nov 2013 / 9:44 am

    Love this makeup look. I wasn't convinced about picking one of these shadows up before but this shade looks lovely.

  35. 15 Nov 2013 / 1:50 pm

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the great work ♡

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  36. 15 Nov 2013 / 6:13 pm

    This shade is just perfect!
    Laura x

  37. 16 Nov 2013 / 12:06 am

    Gorgeous colour on you! I love bourjois products! Hope you can check out my latest post! I love your blog!


  38. 17 Nov 2013 / 12:14 am

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the great work ♡

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  39. 18 Nov 2013 / 12:01 am

    This is a great color. I love how plum colors are really big in fall, and can be made to work with any eye color. I wish they sold the Bourjois brand in the states though.

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