Gold eye liners: Bourjois and Illamasqua

Christmas approaching means getting a bit bling with your make-up is not only encouraged, but practically mandatory.

Top: Bourjois Liner Pinceau Gold
Bottom: Illamasqua Precision Liner ‘Alechemy’
Top: Bourjois
Bottom: Illamasqua

 So here I have two versions of a gold liner – one a more champagne shimmer gold, and the other one a rich golden glittery shimmer. I thought it would be good to review them side by side, to make the colour differences stand out – hoping this is helpful.

Top-bottom: Bourjois, Illamasqua
L-R: Swatches and wiped after a moment

So we have glittering gold, which is Illamasqua Precision Ink in ‘Alchemy’. I love the applicator of this – a long, fine, sponge tip. It’s firm enough that it’s easy to control, but soft enough that it’s fluid and doesn’t hurt to apply. Yes, this one is quite glittery – but the particles are very fine and very tightly packed. So they don’t do that sparse ‘bitty’ thing that cheaper glitter liners are prone to.

The champagne shimmery gold is Bourjous Liner Pinceau Gold. This one is a long thin brush applicator, not as easy to apply (if your not of steady hand, like me) but because the colour is shimmery rather than glittery then it does apply smooth. I adore this colour – it’s stunning and so wearable. I used it on my lower lash line for a Saturday night out of dinner and cocktails and loved how it gave eyes a bit of glamour, without being in your face.

L-R: Bourjois, Illamaqua

It’s a tough choice between the two – for colour and value for money, I would go with the Bourjois. But for application, in a different shade I would choose the Illamsqua – this liner in black could be a big winner for me.

The Illamasqua liner has some serious staying power by the way – after drawing the lines on my hand for the photos, I washed my hands. Then used a scrub on them – and the illamasqua one was still there after drying them. Not 100% perfect, but impressive none the same – it withstood a scrub test. Not just a wash?!

Have you tried either of these? 

The Illamasqua costs £16.50

The Bourjois costs £5.99

**The Small Print**
PR samples provided for review.



  1. October 28, 2010 / 2:41 pm

    These both look beautiful, i love the colour of the boujois one best though. I think i will get myself this as it would be really pretty for xmas x

  2. Sami
    October 28, 2010 / 4:09 pm

    I was at a wedding last weekend and saw loads of people with gold eyeliner… it looked amazing!

  3. The Beauty Edit
    October 28, 2010 / 7:58 pm

    Mmm, they both look lovely!

  4. October 31, 2010 / 8:36 pm

    i love my alchemy liner as well..i really would love to try it in black actually good point, the applicator is better than my mac liquid liner!

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