Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Review

A friend once described Bourjois as the "poor man's Chanel". Now, I'm not sure if I can compare them to Chanel (because, well, I don't own any of their stuff) but what I can say is that the quality of Bourjois products is very, very good, especially for the price.

Now, the sad part is that Bourjois isn't readily available in the States, but you can get it online at Asos, and I believe the Walgreens website carries a few of their products as well. Or you could always latch on to someone in the UK and plead with them to send you stuff.

The Aqua Laques I have were a birthday gift from a lovely Reddit friend of mine (seriously, she's so sweet!). I've enjoyed all the Bourjois products I have and this is yet another one.

The packaging is similar to their Rouge Edition Velvets, albeit in a shiny finish. The plastic tube is sturdy and transparent, allowing you to see the product inside. The caps are also color-coordinated to the shade of the gloss. They're easy to toss into a handbag, and you don't have to worry about the caps coming loose and/or any product spills.

They come with a standard doefoot applicator. The applicator itself is a little on the hard side, and tends to not apply the product evenly (although the product is self-levelling, so you won't have to worry about patchiness). I find that it doesn't pick up enough product to cover the lips in a single pass; I have to build it up.

There are eight shades in the range. My gripe with the color range is that they all seem kind of similar, and if you have pigmented lips (which I do) they can also look similar.

The shades I have are:

Brun'croyable - this is a mid tone brown pink with a glossy finish. It is slightly deeper than the natural shade of my lips, and is a great everyday wear shade.

Viens si tu roses - this is a deep rosy pink shade with a glossy finish. It looks almost similar to Brun'croyable on me, except that this shade has more pink in it.

Fuchsia perche - this is a bright, deep hot pink-red shade with a glossy finish. It's very flattering on my skin tone, and brightens up my face. This shade is noticeably different from the other two.

Let's talk about the formula - the first few times I wore these, there was a nagging feeling at the back of my head, as though these were familiar... which they are. I find them similar to the Dior Fluid Sticks (which I personally did not like, and ended up giving the one I had away). These are what I wished the Dior ones were like - light on the lips, and not gloopy or sticky. I've seen them compared to the YSL Glossy Stains, but since I don't own any of the YSL ones I can't compare them.

These reflect their name - they feel like water on the lips, they're so light. They are also moisturising, and your lips will feel better after you wear these! They do not bleed or feather, so you don't have to pair them with a lip liner or a lip primer.

They have a very glossy finish, but it isn't like a lip gloss (which I really, really like). However, because they're so glossy and not very tacky at all, they don't last very long. I get about two hours wear (no eating or drinking) after which the glossy finish disappears. There is a stain left behind - however because my lips are so naturally pigmented, the stain left behind by Brun'croyable was undetectable, and Viens si tu roses left only a mild stain. Fuchsia perche stained well, and the stain lasted another  hours on me, which was impressive. They are not transfer-proof, which is to be expected.

Here's how they look on me:

I really like these! If you've been curious about the Dior Fluid Sticks or the YSL Glossy Stains but don't want to spend the money on them, the Bourjois Aqua Laques are a good alternative (at about half the price!). If you're not a huge fan of glosses, but want something that will give you a glossy finish, these are something you should check out.

BGMM Rating: Brun'croyable - B
                      Viens si tu roses - B+
                      Fuchsia perche - A-

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