Handpicked Media which took place earlier this week. It was a lovely event - representatives from blogs and websites across the network got together to have a chat and a Cosmopolitan (or three.) Talking about makeup gurus and handbags with Vex in the City and the Domestic Sluts was slightly surreal, but fabulous.
The event was sponsored by and held at the Bourjois headquarters. At the end of the event, Bourjois gave all the attendees a bag containing some very pretty items.
The top picture is of one of the Vintage Collections - a set containing Blanc Diaphane, Beige Rose and Marron Glace. The pots are decorated with designs originally used by Bourjois on its packaging at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The other set includes the Beige Diaphane with a grey and a smoky black, and, interestingly (to me, anyway) I've seen the design on the Noir Precieux on a makeup compact in the Science Museum in London. I really like that the designs are printed directly onto the lid and aren't just a slapped on sticker.
The bottom picture is of one of a set of Limited Edition little round pots with designs by Nathalie Lete on the lids. This shade is Violet Absolu, a shimmery vivid purple, decorated with a picture of the Place Vendome. Again, the designs are printed onto to the lid, and there are five eyeshadow pots and three blush pots in the collection (all with a different illustration depicting a specific facet of Paris.)
The Bourjois baked eyeshadows aren't the most pigmented used dry, but they are very pretty. I find they do best over a creamier base if you want a stronger look. I already have the colours in the Vintage Collection (Marron Glace is a classic neutral) so I'm giving this one to a friend (and yes, she knows I didn't buy it!)
The Vintage sets cost £15, and the individual eyeshadow costs £5.86, and both are available online at ASOS.com. The Vintage collections are also available at some House of Fraser stores.
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