My recent trip to Hainan and to the sea side inspired me to implement more blue eyeshadows to my eye looks. Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Ocean Obsession has caught my eye in the store recently and I’ve instantly imagined some gorgeous navy blue eye looks I could have created with it! Long story short – I got it!
Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette (€14.99 or £6.99) – Prime, shadow, define and highlight the eyes with Bourjois’ Quad Smoky Stories eyeshadow. Each palette has 4 complimentary shades that blend effortlessly together to create the perfect smoky eye. And what’s more, the lightest shade has an integrated base primer to prolong colour for 12hr hold. Available in 8 smouldering shades.
Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Ocean Obsession contains four eyeshadows with four different finishes. The amount of product you get is 3.2 g or 0.11 oz. It comes in a plastic compact with transparent lid that allows you to easily detect it in your stash. It also comes with the double-ended applicator ‘with the soft-foam tip to blend and a precise tip to contour and define‘.
It is designed in a very particular way to allow you to create a smoky eye look that can be intensified with glitter if desired. As instructed on the official website, you can and should use the lightest shade all over your eyelid to prime it (as it has an integrated primer), then follow with the medium shade to accentuate the outer corner of the eye and use the darkest shade to define the upper lash line. Optionally, you can use the glitter shade to make the look more festive and to highlight the inner corner of the eye.
The shades in the Ocean Obsession palette are quite unique. The lightest eyeshadow in the left upper corner is a light silvery grey shade with finely milled silver shimmer and an intense pearly finish. The medium shade (in the right upper corner) is a gorgeous grey-ish smoky blue color with a satin finish. The darkest shade is located on the bottom part of the palette and is a deep blackened navy blue shade with a satiny-matte finish. The glitter shadow located in the center of the palette is a medium dark blue base with strong grey undertones and a ton of silver and blue glitter particles.
All shades swatch nicely and the pigmentation seems to be quite decent. I always do my makeup using my all-time favorite NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base and this palette was no exclusion. These eyeshadows appear to be quite powdery and I’ve experienced some fall-out during application, especially with the medium and the darker shades.
I applied the lightest shade all over the lid (as instructed), then I used a medium shade to define the crease and the darkest shade to darken the outer corner. I followed with the glitter and MAC Fix+ in the center of the lid and I also used a small amount of shadow along the lower lash line to smoke it a bit. All shades applied nicely and had a good color pay-off. Unfortunately, couple hours lately I noticed that my eyeshadow started creasing and glitter migrated all over the cheeks, nose and chin. This is something I never ever experience with NARS primer and I never expected it to happen. NARS primer is the best one to apply even the worst performing eyeshadows so I was quite disappointed.
Regardless of how beautiful these shades are, I never reach for this palette anymore. I do not believe that it is okay for an eyeshadow palette with only four eyeshadows and at such a price point to crease on the eyes. I really like Bourjois as a brand and I do have my favorites from the brand (like Bourjois lipsticks, powders, blushes and concealers) but these eyeshadow quads are to be avoided, at least the Ocean Obsession one.
Have you ever tried the Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palettes? Have you experienced ceasing, fall-out or other issues with these? Tell me what you think in the comments down below!
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