On my recent trip to Canada, I couldn’t resist picking up a few beauty bits and pieces that I can’t (or it’s not easy to) get my hands on in the US. The brand I was most excited about checking out was Bourjois. This is a french brand that is very popular in the United Kingdom, so after seeing many of the products raved about I was dying to get my hands on them. The other brand I raided was Rimmel because the counters in Canada I noticed were significantly more stocked than those I’ve ever seen in the States. Now that I’ve had these goodies for a few weeks, I’ll give you my impression of each of them. (links to products mentioned at the bottom of the post)
Bourjois Cream Blush in 04 ($15.46): I kind of bought this product on a last minute whim. It was the second time I checked out a Bourjois counter and I decided to swatch the cream blushes. I am normally not a huge cream blush fan, probably because of my oily skin, but in all honesty I haven’t tried that many either. I was taken with this blush formula immediately. It dries to a beautiful satin finish and is super creamy and bendable without being sticky at all. The color is a pretty dusty-rose shade that’s perfect for spring. I have been applying it with my BH cosmetics 126 brush and totally loving it!
Bourjois Blush in 74 Rose Ambré ($15.46): This is another blush I picked up in the similar tone range, but this one is more of a mauve rose color. This blush comes with a little brush applicator that fits into the compact which is nice for on the go application. I prefer to use the real techniques blush brush with this product because it’s very pigmented and this brush blends out this blush evenly keeping it from being to pigmented and dramatic. I do like this blush, but I have been reaching for the cream formula more.
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer ($13.22): I was very excited to get my hands on this product because I have heard so much about it from British beauty bloggers. This is a warm tone bronzer that is perfectly pigmented enough to make blending effortless. The undertone is perfect for my warm slightly yellow skin tone and it has surprisingly good lasting power. Overall, I’ve been really happy with this bronzer and have been reaching for it often over my more luxury powders.
Bourjois Air Mat Foundation ($19.95): This was the last product I picked up from Bourjois. Because of my oily skin, I am always drawn to matte foundations so I had to give this one a try and I’m glad I did. This is a perfect light weight foundation with solid medium coverage. It’s perfect for casual days where your skin is not in the condition you’d like because it’s weightless feel makes you feel like you’re wearing a tinted moisturizer, but the coverage helps you out a ton where you need it. It also has a satin finish which beautiful and natural on the skin. One thing I have noticed is that it does oxidize on my skin so if looking to pick on up, swatch it on your hand and keep shopping for a bit so that it’s easier to find your true shade. Overall I have been really enjoying this foundation. (Not pictured)
Rimmel Lastin Finish by Kate Lipstick in 42 ($4.99): The next counter I checked 0ut was Rimmel. I was very intrigued by their new nude range that hadn’t seen yet in the US, so I switched all four of their shades and picked one out. I went for #42 which is a browny, rosey, nude shade which is more in my comfort zone when it comes to nudes. Although it turns out that this nude may not be the perfect shade for me, I do love the formula because it’s creamy and very pigmented. Rimmel lipsticks are some of my favorite formulas in the drugstore, so I definitely recommend checking them out.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer ($8.34): Next I grabbed these concealers also from Rimmel, firstly because I’d heard about them again from some British Beauty bloggers and also because they are so inexpensive! I picked up two shades, #125 very fair and #245 light. Very fair is a perfect highlighting concealer for me. It’s super brightening and illuminating and feels very light on the skin. I do need a corrector to help cancel out my under eye circles under this concealer though because its coverage is on the lighter side, but it is build-able. This is why I picked out the shade light. This shade has a peachy pinky undertone perfect for canceling out dark circles and it also layers beautifully with very fair on top of it. Overall I have been really enjoying this concealer combination.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black ($3.99): This is the last item I picked up in Canada. I have tried these liners before in the shades nude and taupe, but I have never been able to get my hands on the black shade. These liners are super creamy and bendable, perfect for smudging out on the lash line. Also they are very long lasting because when they set, they don’t budge. They are my favorite liner from the drugstore and I highly recommend checking them out!
(prices from amazon and target)
LINKS TO PRODUCTS MENTIONED
Bourjois Blush Cream for Women, # 04 Sweet Cherry, 0.08 Ounce
Blush – No. 74 Rose Ambre – 2.5g/0.08oz
Bourjois Bronzing Powder Peau Matte/Halee 52
Bourjois Fluid Makeup Air Mat 05
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, Light/Medium, 0.23 Fluid Ounce
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner, Black, 0.04 Fluid Ounce