Bourjois Little Round Pots (picture/swatch heavy)

Bourjois have launched a selection of new and improved Little Round Pots, with improved formula (smoother, more pigmented, easier to blend and with mineral pigments and all sorts of other good stuff added in) as a continued improvement on their little round pots of loveliness, which have been around 1863 by the way. Making my old school pot seem pretty modern.

One of my recent discoveries with these pots is how much more amazing they are when applied wet. When I say discovery, I don’t mean that I discovered it or that it’s anything new or revolutionary – but it was something I tried for the first time a while ago and was very impressed (I did this using the bright purple shade, and it’s AMAZING).

Of the new shades I picked out a selection of eight shades that I had fallen for (all very wearable) and wanted to show them in their wet/dry glory.

Before I do so though, I thought I would show you one of my favourite old-school pieces of make-up – I’ve had this pot since I was around 14 and at the time when I bought it I felt so high-end (Bourjois was a posh/expensive in my eyes at 14…) and I had a think for lilac eyeshadow/eyeliner.

Love how this pot almost looks a bit vintage in comparison to the new versions. Man, that makes me feel old.

So here are the new, sleeker, versions.

Top L-R: 05, 08, 54, 74
Bottom L-R: 11, 14, 07, 04

And here are the shades… (bottom one with flash, top one indoor light)

I adore all of these colours – all of which really ‘pop’ when applied wet. My personal favourite is shade 74 – a gorgeous warm taupe/brown. I also really like the two palest shades for a highlight although when dry it’s very hard to get them to show up on camera with my pale skin.

I know the numbers aren’t the easiest to remember, but these pots don’t have any names (as far as I can find!) on the pots, although they do on the press information although this might just be the description  – so I thought the numbers would be most useful in case anyone wants to track down any of them. But just for reference the name/numbers are below:

05 – Rose Dragee
08 – Beige Rose Delicat
54 – Marron Glace Dore with Golden Tints
74 – Brun Profond with blue accents
07 – Noir aux Reflets Emeraude: emerald tints
04 – Noir Precieux, with a purple tinge
14: Gris Delicat Enriched With Blue Nacres
11 – Bronze Paillete d’or blanc

Number 07 and Number 04 are both absolutely STUNNING when applied wet but a little bit disappointing when used dry. The brown shades are both really lovely both dry and wet and probably the most usable

Top-Bottom: 74 wet, 74 dry, 54 wet, 54 dry.

Top-Bottom: 04 wet, 04 dry, 07 wet, 07 dry.

 The above swatches don’t do these ones justice really. The green or purple shimmer is vivid and generally stunning. Would make an amazing smoky eye for a Christmas party either all over the lid or as a liner.

Top-Bottom: 11 wet, 11 dry.

 The above is quite glittery, which really isn’t my thing normally – but again, when used wet it looks really pretty as a sort of grey-green-silver combo.

Top-bottom: 14 wet, 14 dry.

 The shimmer really ‘pops’ on all the shades when applied wet. I’d need to do a bit of practice to get the hang on applying multiple shades and blending.

L-R: 05 dry, 05, wet, 08 dry, 08 wet.

The two above are the palest shades and hard to pick up on camera. The difference between them isn’t that obvious too. But one is more pink and the other is more peach – very hard to capture on camera.

So there we have it – swatch tastic. Each shadow is £5.99 (for 1.5g) which is undoubtedly fantastic value for the quality of shadow you get.

Do you have any of these, what do you think? Do these swatches tempt you….???

**The Small Print**
PR samples.



  1. dani@callitbeauty
    November 29, 2010 / 8:09 am

    oh wow, they look AMAZING when foiled! 14 is especially lovely 🙂

    also, i can’t believe you still have an eyeshadow you’ve had since you were 14! do you actually still use it or do you keep it around for sentimental reasons?

  2. November 29, 2010 / 8:37 am

    All your photos are great! I’ve only tried Bourjois blush which I didn’t like at all, wrong colour, wrong texture. But I’m liking the look of these shadows, esp. No. 54, so yes, your swatches have tempted me! 🙂 Have an excellent week. ~Siobhan

  3. November 29, 2010 / 9:03 am

    I have their blush and I have the issue of lack of pigmentation like.. at all.. Idk if even the blushes are meant to be applied wet? :S

  4. November 29, 2010 / 2:30 pm

    The foiled swatches look great, but it seems like Bourjois still haven’t sorted out the pigmentation issue when applying these dry which put me off the older verson.

    Sorry, but I’ll be giving these a miss…

  5. Laura
    November 29, 2010 / 4:57 pm

    I have the gris delicat, which I’ve always found to be just wrong for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never worn it out – but I can’t really put my finger on why it’s wrong. I’ll definitely be trying it wet!


  6. lo
    December 3, 2010 / 3:08 pm

    AWSOME, they look so diffrent wet aswel!xx

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