Friday, 26 August 2016

Road Test: Rouge Edition Bourjois Souffle de Velvet

Bourjois's website describes these as "a semi-sheer veil of matte colour" which provide "softness and hydration for up to 10 hours". They come in 8 sheer shades, are widely available and cost around £8.99. At the time of writing these are part of a 3 for 2 promotion at Boots and Buy One Get One Half Price at Superdrug. I am testing out the darkest colour 08 Carameli Melo today.

First Impressions: The packaging is elegant with a frosted tube and tactile Bourjois logo. These do have an unusual scent which lingers faintly, so try a tester if you are sensitive to scented products.
Application: The applicator picks up a perfect amount of product and the chunky cap is easy to hold. The product has a moussy texture and feels extremely soft and comfortable. One layer of these gives a sheer finish, much like a tinted lip balm. When first applied it looks streaky but as it dries down the colour evens out, similar to a light lipstain.
Top: Ravie en Rose
Middle: VIPeach
Bottom: Carameli Melo
You can see on these swatches that the colour looks streaky when first applied. The pigmentation is buildable, it does not dry or flake. I am wearing just one layer of Carameli Melo here. As it dries it continues to feel velvety soft with no smudging or feathering.
Cup of Coffee Test: There was minimal transfer to my cup, and the product still looked good on my lips after drinking.
After drinking

After Food: The colour had worn away in the centre of my lips after eating, but lasted pretty well. It reapplies over itself smoothly, and because it is sheer you can top it up without needing a mirror.
After eating

Overall: Lighter than a lip cream and more substantial than a balm, this lightly stains the lips and retains a soft, moisturising feel. It is light and small enough to carry in your pocket where it won't melt like a traditional lipstick. The colour payoff is not intense and it does fade slightly patchily after 3-4 hours' wear, but is easily reapplied over itself.
Looks patchy after 3 hours but still feels moisturising

Once reapplied and dried down it does not smudge at all. If you are looking for a bold effect then this will certainly not be pigmented enough. If you can find this product as part of a promotion and buy it for less than £8.99, I recommend it as a sheer, non-drying and prettily-packaged lip colour.
Have you tried these? I don't have anything similar in my collection and am glad to have found them.
Thanks for reading,


  1. I have some of these and they are gorgeous. I don't have this colour. I wear these mostly when I wear very little makeup. They just add a pop of colour to my face. Great review, you have such a lovely way with words x x x

    1. Thank you! Yes, these are lovely for a natural look x

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